Young Islanders Inability to Hold Onto a Lead Is Costing Them

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IOctober 26, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 21:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 21, 2009 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. The Isles won the game 4-3 after a shoot out.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

In nine games this season, the New York Islanders have only won one game.

But even more than that, five of those nine have gone into overtime, with three of those going to shootouts

While the Islanders do get a point for making it to overtime even with their opponent, it is hurting the team because in many cases they had leads going into the third period, and then let the opponent back in the game.

For example, in last Saturday's game vs the Washington Capitals, the Islanders led 2-0 with just under 17 minutes left to go in the third period.

But the Islanders defense let in two goals before the end of regulation, and then in overtime Brooks Laich scored a goal which sealed the win for the Capitals.

Another example is the Islanders game at the Boston Bruins on October 10. The Islanders had a three goal lead going into the third period after scoring all their goals in the second period.

But Boston responded with three of their own in the third and then beat the Islanders in the shootout to get the two points.

For the Islanders defense, this type of play is unacceptable, and must be fixed sooner rather than later.

Otherwise for Islanders fans, and Islanders golies (Martin Biron and Dwayne Roloson) its going to be a long season.