New York Islanders Recap: Isles Blow 3-0 Lead, Fall to Colorado Avalanche 4-3

November 11th, 2011 by Daniel Friedman Leave a reply »
For Islander fans, last night's defeat was a tough one to swallow.

New York got off to a great start and played arguably their best hockey of the season through 40 minutes of regulation time.

Things seemed to be going their way (except for the phantom tripping call on Brian Rolston), the offense was clicking, the defense hadn't missed a beat and Al Montoya was sharp between the pipes.

My philosophy is that timely goals are infinitely more effective than goals scored in the middle of a period. To me, the two most opportunistic times to cash in offensively are in the opening and closing five minutes of the frame.

The Islanders were able to find the back of the net twice in such fashion.

First, Josh Bailey deflected in Mark Streit's point shot with 4:24 remaining in the first period, putting the Isles ahead 1-0. That goal was huge for two reasons: It was a power-play goal for a unit that was desperate for any sort of confidence booster, and it was Bailey's first goal of the season, perhaps just what the 2008 first-round pick needed to get his game going.

Then, just 34 ticks into the middle stanza, Rolston finished o ...

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