Third Period Is The New York Islanders' Achilles Heel So Far This Season

Nick DeSilvioCorrespondent INovember 9, 2008

Hello and I'm the Angry New York Sports Fan, where I rant about the hottest topics of New York Sports so that you don't have to.

And Today I'm going to rant about my frustrations with the forgotten hockey team of New York: the New York Islanders.

As I've mentioned in my previous articles, it didn't take a rocket scientist to realize that the Islanders would have a tough road to get into the playoffs this year. They have a lot of youth and are in a rebuilding mode with a new head coach whose never coached at the NHL level.

But If you have watched every game the Islanders have played this year, you'd notice that they have played good enough to win nearly EVERY game they've played this year!

It is so painful when you watch your team control the game for the first two periods and then choke it away in the final twenty minutes. This is becoming almost a new tradition for the team.

I don't know what it is. Is it bad luck? Is it just a coincidence? Are the players getting tired late in the game? I don't know, but what I do know is that IT'S REALLY STARTING TO GET ME MAD!

I can take it when the team blows a lead to a good team like the Montreal Canadiens, but when you almost let the COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS come back and beat you, it just drives me so crazy that I could jump onto the ice and steal the goalie's green water bottle.

Joey MacDonald has done a decent job so far, but I wish Rick DiPietro could see a priest, a witch-doctor, an eskimo spirtual healer or anyone who could make him get his life-long-contracted butt back on the ice!