Feature Fish Sticks; The Islanders are starting to become the Islanders again by Chris Passarelli March 15, 2019 The New York Islanders have sneakily won four of their past five games, despite the fact that the sky was falling on their Cinderella season. The last two, both home against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens, were essentially playoff games due to the tight nature of the game and intense atmosphere inside the Coli. The Islanders had a bit of a slide, starting with the Western Canada road trip up until their two wins against the Ottawa Senators. They got blown out by the Philadelphia Flyers twice but even when they were winning they didn’t look like themselves. After these past two games, it’s safe to say that the Islanders are on the right trajectory. In the Columbus game they played an extremely tight game where a couple of posts and the fabulous goaltending of Thomas Greiss carried them. In the Montreal game, it was probably the most entertaining 2-1 game we’ve seen in a while, and being there the Coliseum was electric. The clutch, crisp passing of Mathew Barzal was in full force on Thursday night, putting the puck on a string and then throwing one through Jeff Petry’s legs for Anders Lee, who was rushing on a 2-on-1 and made no mistake to win the game with under three minutes to go. The biggest reason for optimism going forward is the lack of secondary opportunities and the clamping down in their defensive zone. In the previous two weeks, the Islanders looked lackadaisical at times in their own zone and were constantly letting men beat them in the slot for rebounds. They were softer than they were the middle of the season and although the goaltending dropped a little bit, it was partially due to them being put in compromised positions. These past two games they’ve been back to the Islander brand of hockey; A grinding, win at any cost style which usually compasses great defense, great goaltending, and timely goals. They did that against Montreal and Columbus. They need to continue that going forward to win the division. Can they keep this up? Post Views: 1,031 The following two tabs change content below.BioLatest Posts Chris Passarelli Football Editor - Hockey Editor - New York Islanders Lead Writer - New York Lizards Lead Writer - UConn Football Lead Writer Latest posts by Chris Passarelli (see all) NFL Network to Premiere ‘The Top 100 Players of 2020’ on July 26 - July 22, 2020 The ‘Toilet Bowl’ may be coming to Western New York - July 16, 2020 Bigger is Better; SoFi Stadium Completes Largest Videoboard in Sports - July 1, 2020 Smoltz, Vrabel and Brown talk American Century Championship and Everything in Between - June 30, 2020 Related TopicsAnders LeeColumbus Blue Jacketsmathew barzalmontreal canadiensNew York Islanders 1 Comment 1 Comment You must be logged in to post a comment Login Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Newsletter Subscription Can't Miss Posts! Women in Sports: NHL Network Host, Jackie Redmond by Nicholas Durst | posted on March 4, 2019 Lochte, Dressel and Ledecky all Chasing Gold at 2021 Tokyo Olympics by Anthony Paradiso | posted on April 18, 2021 How To Avoid Scams When Purchasing Football Tickets Online by Guest | posted on July 23, 2020 You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video) by Nicholas Durst | posted on April 19, 2021 You Know I’m Right, Episode 110: New York Giants’ Insider Paul Dottino (Audio/Video) by Nicholas Durst | posted on April 21, 2021 More in Feature You Know I’m Right, Episode 113: New York Post Columnist Phil Mushnick (Audio/Video) On the 113th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 112: New York Jets’ Insider Brian Costello (Audio/Video) On the 112th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 111: New York Giants’ Insider John Schmeelk (Audio/Video) On the 111th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... You Know I’m Right, Episode 109: The Athletic’s Marc Carig (Audio/Video) On the 109th episode of You Know I’m Right, Nick Durst and Joe Calabrese are joined by... 5 Minute Major – Season 2, Episode 21 – Too late, baby for Flyers? What legacy does Odell Beckham Jr. have as a Giant?