Game 3 is in the books and Sunday night’s results saw an offensive explosion by the still-undefeated New York Islanders. The final box score was indicative of the oddly effective Islander lineup. After battling evenly for the first 30 minutes, midway through the second period, the Islanders took over the game, finding the back of the net four consecutive times while GM Curtis’s Sharks were embarrassed.
Frederik Anderson didn’t quite make it to the halfway mark of the final period, sitting down while Michael Hutchinson replaced him, allowing another 2 goals on just ten shots.
Led by Alex Pietrangelo’s 2 goals, 2 assists and a plus 5 performance, the Islanders also rode a 4 point performance by Viktor Arvidsson, 2 goals from Mike Matheson as well as singletons from Jake Dotchin and Josh Ho-Sang. GM Steve was uncharacteristically quiet (aka sober) after the game but he did take note of the 5 goals by blueliners. “That’s very unusual.” He said.
This game, despite the lopsided score and the favorable outcome, wasn’t all good news for the Isles. They will take a cap hit for the next few games as both Ian Cole and Nino Niederreiter were injured. Cole suffered a serious bruise to his shoulder and will be sidelined for up to two weeks. Niederreiter was seen limping as he left the dressing room and the word is that he had a minor hamstring pull. Nino is reportedly day-to-day at this time.
Trying to minimize the cap impact, the Isles promoted inexpensive fill-ins Oliver Bjorkstrand and Ryan Sproul from Bridgeport. Fortunately, the Isles won’t be playing again until Thursday when they travel to Nashville to face the Predators and then not until Monday, October 15th, when they begin a west coast swing in Anaheim.