Last night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs was the latest blow to the Islanders hopes of gaining ground in the Eastern Conference standings. The Islanders sit 14th in conference and 11 points out a playoff spot with 49 games left to play. Though they’re not out of it by any means that could change quickly if they don’t turn things around when the NHL starts back up following the winter recess.
The 5-3 loss was a microcosm of the Islanders struggles all season; bad defensive play and an inability to find the back of the net. Throw in poor call by the officials and you may have found a theme for Islander games this season.
It’s safe to say that everyone watching the game was flabbergasted by the diving penalty assessed to John Tavares in a crucial juncture in the game. The penalty took the Islanders best player off the ice and killed the momentum the Islanders had at that point.
Of course this hasn’t been the only time the Islanders have been given the short end of the stick when i...