Sometimes a game gets away from you. That probably puts things pretty mildly for the New York Islanders after they were dominated by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Isles probably aren’t happy about how the penalties shook out after Calvin de Haan‘s big hit on Jonathan Drouin and fight with Ryan Callahan, but either way, the Bolts finally gained an early lead and never looked back.
It’s unfair to lay it all at the feet of the Islanders goalies, really, as sloppy play and bad bounces were in high supply.
In a way, this odd little goal tells the story of the night, at least beyond that hit that injured Drouin and gave the Lightning those early power plays.
Remarkably, Tampa Bay responded to a 6-1 loss to the Rangers with this 6-1 win, closing out a bruising road trip on a good note. The Islanders saw the reverse: suffering a 6-1 loss after a 5-1 victory.
Not the best way to get people to focus on something other than the questionable ice …