The above numbers are affected a bit by score effects, but even before the Avs put this out of hand, this was a pretty damn strong Islander neutral zone performance. The first period’s #s surpassed even that of the Jets’ game, making this two straight games where the Isles have put up a strong first period in the neutral zone, which is a good sign given that the Isles hadn’t dominated the neutral zone really this year. Meanwhile, while the carry-in rate was still not great, Nick Leddy had 6 carry-ins by himself, which is pretty insane for a D-Man.
Again, there was plenty of good in this game. This was basically the inverse of the Isles-Rangers game from 2 weeks ago (Game 3) – the Isles in that game were dominated for most of the game, but struck multiple times in a 6 minute of so span, with goaltending saving them in the rest of the game. Here the Isles dominated the Avs for most of the game, but for a 6 minute stretch in the 2nd period, and Varlamov saved the Avs for the rest of it.
This wasn’t a game that was THAT discouraging really. Gotta keep up this type of performance and we’ll win more often than not.