It's about time. I can stop holding my breath... for now.
The New York Islanders played the Ottawa Centers tonight north of the border and entered the third period with a 3 to 1 lead. They broke the 1-1 tie score with a power play goal by Trent Hunter, and Bill Guerin added another to give the Isle's the two goal advantage.
But then came the third period, and I sat on the edge of my couch the full twenty minutes, hoping and praying that they can lock this one down. I was sick and tired of watching my team collapse in the third period every single game, and maybe the players themselves are starting to get frustrated with it too.
The Senators had their chances in the third, as the Islanders committed a ton of penalties, including a double minor towards the end of the game. The penalty kill was outstanding and showed a lot of fight to back up their goaltender Joey MacDonald who had a great game. In the final two minutes, Ottawa had a six on three man advantage, yet they could not find the back of the net and the Islanders actually HELD ONTO THEIR LEAD to prevail 3-1.
I will not get too excited over this win, however, because the Senators played miserably and they will be making the trip down to Long Island to play the Isle's on Saturday night and I'm sure they aren't going to put up the same sloppy effort that they did today.
As of now the Islanders dwell in the NHL's cellar, and aren't taken too seriously by their opposition, but if they begin to play consistent hockey in all THREE periods, maybe, just maybe, this team won't have the lowest point total of the season when it's all said and done.