Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 1/8/16

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UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 25: Ryan Strome #18 of the New York Islanders and Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals exchange shoves during the first period as linesman Steve Barton #59 stands between them during the first period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tragically reminiscent of Game 7, the Islanders were outmatched by their opponent last night in a 4-1 loss. The Capitals came out quick and dominant, and anchored by world-class goaltender Braden Holtby, they emerged victorious in convincing fashion.

The bitter feelings between these two teams were present last night; however, intimidation seemed to be the overpowering emotion for the Isles last night. They played the first period like they were afraid of the Capitals, and they got dominated as a result. The 2-0 lead amounted proved to be enough for the Caps, as New York was only able to muster up one goal early in the second period over the final forty minutes.

The goal scored towards the end of the second period by Nate Schmidt was the dagger in this game, as it completely squashed the momentum the Islanders had been building up during their strong middle frame. Morale just was not as high after that goal, and the absence of tenacity was enough to do the Isles in.

As frustrating as the loss was, everyone needs to simply move on. This won’t be the lass tough loss of the season, and these type of games are part of the growing process. It was not pretty, and it was not always fun, but a loss like last night’s is something young players can learn from, and that knowledge gained is invaluable for a team’s mental state.

Islanders Links

Eric’s in-depth breakdown of last night’s loss

Tom looks at the strengths brought forward by Adam Pelech

Morning Skates are coming back to Long Island

The latest installment of the Point Blank Podcast is available

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