The New York Islanders liked a lot about their game on Tuesday night, but a 22-second span proved to be the difference in a 3-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
Leading 1-0 early in the third, the Isles gave up two goals in 22 seconds, including Adam Lowry's eventual winner at 3:39. Goals didn't come easy for either side and despite creating a bevy of chances throughout the night and limiting Winnipeg's, the Isles couldn't catch up to the Jets after they took off in the third.
"We played a really good hockey game against a really good team and had a few lapses and can't do that against good teams," said captain Anders Lee. "We had some really good opportunities to score and Hellebuyck kept a lot of them out," Lee said. "Credit to him on those, but for the most part, we did play a pretty good game."
The loss ended the Islanders' two-game point streak. Winnipeg's win was their fourth in a row.
JETS TURN TIDE IN 22 SECONDS:
The Jets turned Tuesday's game around in 22 seconds in the third period.
Jacob Trouba tied the score 1-1 with a power-play goal at 3:39 of the third period, while Adam Lowry scored the eventual winner at 4:01. Trouba's tally beat Greiss through traffic on the power play, while Brandon Tanev's rebound landed on Lowry's stick for the game-winning goal. Nikolaj Ehlers iced it with an empty netter at 19:57.
"The lesson we can learn is that you can't take your foot off the gas, especially against a team like that," Matt Martin said. They are one of the best in hockey and we have to execute, the penalty kill and that next shift we have to be ready. We let this one slip away."
Video: WPG@NYI: Lee tucks home opening goal in 3rd
LEE NETS 10TH OF THE SEASON:
Lee broke through for the game's first goal 1:33 into the third period. Brock Nelson tipped a Johnny Boychuk shot into Lee's midsection, but the Isles captain knocked the puck onto his stick and swept a shot around Hellebuyck.
The goal was Lee's team-leading 10th of the season and third straight game lighting the lamp. The Islanders captain has goals in his last six games against the Jets.
Video: WPG@NYI: Greiss turns aside Connor with his mask
GREISS AND HELLEBUYCK DUEL:
The first 40 minutes of Tuesday's contest belonged to the goalies. Thomas Greiss (21 saves) and Connor Hellebuyck (27 saves) went stop-for-stop in a game that looked destined to be a goalie duel.
Each had a couple of highlight-reel saves, as Hellebuyck followed up a toe save on an Anders Lee redirection with a sprawling glove save on Jordan Eberle's rebound. Not to be outdone, Greiss robbed Kyle Connor of an open net, throwing his body across the crease to get a piece of the puck with his mask.
The Islanders were not short on chances, hitting a couple of posts in addition to the 28 shots on Hellebuyck. Barry Trotz said he was happy with his team's push early, shaking off the potential letdown after Saturday's emotional game at the Coliseum. Energy was not the difference, the Jets' goalie was.
The Islanders power play went 0-for-2 on Tuesday night and is now 0-for-17 over the team's past eight games... The Isles penalty kill went 2-for-3... Christopher Gibson backed up Greiss after being recalled on Tuesday morning... Robin Lehner is day-to-day.
The Islanders head out on a two-game road trip starting in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.