I appreciate what he says, but the reality is, the Islanders outplayed us all series, and we were 3 OT goals from being swept. There wasn't that much air in the balloon, if you look at it realistically, although as a player you probably look at the score outcome, and say "We could have won" and be frustrated, like Sanheim does here. The Islanders top players and leaders showed up when called upon, ours did not.
I get that this is a "thing that can happen" but am disappointed that the leadership group apparently "let the air go out of the balloon" after one goal.
This is part of the learning experience of the playoffs, but is also the difference between a 2010 team two years removed from a Conference Final appearance and a 2020 team with three rounds of playoffs in the previous seven years.
That said, last season the Isles we swept in the second round and this year are battling i
Hopefully this will be a learning experience for the youngsters.
Watching the ECF the Lightning are able to deal with the forechecking of the Islanders more efficiently than our guys did.
Interesting to see how many "flybys" there are from the Islanders F1s in this series. Those guys just bore-down on our defensmen, there was no help and poor decisions were made. Having some guys who've been through it is helpful and that shows.
It also doesn't hurt that the top end talent