There will be at least one more game in the Islanders Qualifying Round series with the Florida Panthers. The Islanders couldn’t’ complete the sweep on Wednesday in a 3-2 loss in Game 3.
It was a more uncharacteristic performance from the Islanders, who made several mental mistakes that cost them in the end. They did hold Florida to 22 shots, but gave them five chances on the man-advantage and went 0-for-3 on the power play themselves.
1. Special teams really did make the difference on Wednesday afternoon.
The Islanders played well at even strength against the Panthers in Game 3. In fact, looking at the numbers Game 3 wasn’t one that the Islanders should be losing. The Islanders finished the game creating high danger chances 65.96% of the time five on five, with an expected goals rating of 69.26%, according to Natural Stat Trick.