Barry Trotz Islanders Getting It Done

With the Islanders a few games into the season it has been a mixed-bag of results. Not a surprise given that the team changed GM and Coach, lost their marquee player to free agency and placed the franchise on the shoulders of a sophomore player in Mat Barzal.

This home and home series against the Pens was on my list for seasonal bench marks for this new Islanders team. How would a Trotz led (he really has the Pens number at the moment) team play against a great Metro team?

What a fantastic result, but more on that in a moment. Having been an Islanders fan since before the four cups has been a slog for decades. Hal, Ked, and the rest of the Rangers fans I know that you know what I mean. The ups and mostly downs of having talent leaden teams that underperform and give away leads and shoddy goaltending has been the norm.

Gritty, No Not That One, Islanders Kicking It Old-School

Briefly there are are a number of things to like about this iteration of the Islanders. Having Matt Martin back to patrol the blue line. Not to mention his 3 goals this early in the season is great. Newly Sober Robin Lehner  and a Thomas Greiss that finally seems to be playing up to his potential is enough to make this Islanders fan and many others pretty happy. Yeah we freaking know that the season has just begun, but there seems to be more fight, pride and team identity with the Islanders this year.

A couple of examples:

Late in the game Greiss goes old-school and poke checks the puck off of arguably the greatest player in the game, denying Sid the Kid the goal and preserving the the game in the process. Here for you in SLO-MO no less.

and in still photo Upper Deck ready form:


Lehner has been out, Barzal has been inconsistent at times, like the slip in OT that led to the Crosby breakout but this team has something that is hasn’t had for years.


If there is nothing else that has that Trotz and Lams have brought to the Island it would be the desire for the team to roll up their sleeves at every point of every game and get the job at hand done.

Author: Isle5cleanup

Yes! Yes! Yes! Keeping the drive for 5 alive from Seattle, but not without the occasional clean up. Been an Islander fan for much longer that I should have been. Seen the ups, the 4 cups and the downs. I guess you could say I am a masochist with a love for hockey and the Blue and Orange. Even when Seattle gets a team, I will always stay true to the Isles. I write about this sport we love and spend a ton of time with my 9 year-old daughter at the rink. I also direct a beginners hockey program. The best thing in the world is helping those kids reach their goals.

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