Going through an offensively explosive group just like the Lightning within the Stanley Cup semifinal, the Islanders knew they had been going to wish contributions from all 4 traces so as to sustain.
However after getting shut out 1-0 in Recreation 7 on Friday to carry their postseason run to a screeching halt, it begged the query whether or not the Islanders’ lineup was geared up with all it wanted to compete with Tampa Bay offensively. Particularly since winger Oliver Wahlstrom appeared to be accessible.
Wahlstrom, the rookie with a deadly shot who scored 12 objectives within the common season, suffered a lower-body damage in Recreation 6 of the first-round sequence in opposition to the Penguins. He had recorded a objective and two assists in 5 playoff video games earlier than his damage, however was stated to be working his method again by means of the second spherical in opposition to the Bruins.
By Recreation 1 of the Lightning sequence, Wahlstrom was taking pregame warm-ups and was seemingly able to go. However head coach Barry Trotz opted to stick with veteran Travis Zajac, who had completed properly changing Wahlstrom on the third line.
Requested if he questioned his determination to not put Walstrom again within the lineup, Trotz stated he didn’t and alluded to different accidents taking part in an element.
“I don’t query any choices,” Trotz stated Sunday through the Islanders’ exit interviews. “If you happen to might sit within the coaches room and know the accidents and all the chances, it’s simple to play fantasy hockey while you don’t have all the knowledge generally. That’s a part of the enterprise.
“We misplaced 1-0 on a shorthanded objective. To beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, we weren’t actually going to have the ability to flip it right into a monitor meet and go finish to finish and attempt to rating. … Now we have to defend and we had some folks as you’ll discover out finally, guys had been banged up and harm so that you needed to cowl all of your bases.
“On the finish of the day, we make the selections that we do and you’ll’t look again. That’s the weak strategy to do it.”
Wahlstrom stated he felt his recreation advanced all through his first NHL season and that he’s excited to get again to coaching camp. Although it was robust to observe from the sidelines for a majority of the postseason, the 21-year-old stated it was a studying expertise.
“Clearly, it’s actually robust to get injured,” Wahlstrom stated. “You need to play with all of your brothers and it was robust however on the identical time it was a superb studying expertise to undergo that. And mentally, to work on my thoughts a bit of bit, so it was actually robust.”
Jean-Gabriel Pageau admitted that he was “a bit of banged up” through the semifinal sequence, however declined to elaborate.
After scoring three objectives and dishing 10 assists by means of the primary two rounds, Pageau went pointless in opposition to the Lightning and it was clear he wasn’t one hundred pc.
“I might quite preserve it private, however there’s clearly little stuff however nothing completely different than another guys,” he stated. “Everyone seems to be banged up at this level of the 12 months.”
Trotz revealed that he expects the Islanders to open up subsequent season on the highway to permit for UBS Enviornment development to be accomplished.