The New York Islanders had a chance on Tuesday night to get themselves back into a position where making the playoffs was a real possibility. However, the Islanders gave up four goals in the third period of a 5-3 loss to fall back to the .500 mark for the season and stayed three points out of the last playoff position.
This is a crushing loss for the Islanders, who had to believe that a two-goal lead would be enough to gain a victory at home.
This is an Islanders team that desperately needs a goalie who can stop shots on a regular basis. Eugeni Nabokov did that for two periods, but couldn’t finish the job for the Islanders on Tuesday.
New York will be very happy to have Tim Thomas hopefully between the pipes next season if he decides not to retire. Thomas is a much better goalie than what the Islanders have on the roster at this point in time and should allow for a more complete team next season.
This season is starting to slip away from the Islanders. They can’t wait much longer to go on a hot streak that will push them into the playoffs. John Tavares can only do so much for this team and without any additional help from his teammates on a regular basis, it is going to be another year of waiting for a Stanley Cup title.
This loss should be a lesson to the Islanders about what they can and can’t do the rest of the season to be successful.