Marc-Andre Fleury, often an after thought when naming the Penguins stars was brilliant, made some nice saves, but also saw some not-so-great shots from the Isles. Malkin looked like he never missed a beat.
Believe it or not, there is something to say for the Islanders having a better effort. When you look at it in a vaccuum this was a game against a tough opponent playing well all around at this time and they shut the door on the Isles all night.
|Staios didn't have his best stuff Tuesday. Photo by C. Hessel|
Aside from a couple of defensive breakdowns, the Islanders looked much better than in their previous games. The defensive pair of Mark Streit and Steve Staios had their worst showing thus far, in particular Staios in my eyes.
As far as the forwards go, I felt that Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey and Blake Comeau looked a little better, not that it was hard to do that. Bailey and Comeau weren't as noticeable until the second half of the game though. Each had their chances, but had moments where they held on to the puck a tad longer than anyone should. This is what goes on when you're in a scoring slump.