The Islanders dominated Tampa Bay in this game, particularly in the final two periods, but it wasn’t really through the Neutral Zone. The Isles out-entered the Bolts by a good amount, but the Bolts held the Isles to carry-ins on only 37% of entries, which is really impressive vs this team. Unfortunately for the Bolts, the Isles got .6 unblocked shot attempts per DUMP IN, which is twice the average amount.
In short, while the Bolts were preventing the Isles from carrying in with speed, they did an awful job winning board battles for the puck after dumps, leading to multiple Islander chances after uncontrolled entries. Excellent offensive zone performance by the Islanders this game, which is what turned this game from a game where the Islanders outplayed the Bolts by a decent amount to utter domination.