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The New York Islanders Know They Are In A Tough Series

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

So the essential question arising from the Lightning’s 4-2, Game 2 victory in Tampa on Tuesday that squared this Cup semifinal at one-all is this:

If the defending champs continue to play with the same intensity and alacrity as they did in this one, can the Islanders elevate their game, avoid the unusual number of forced and unforced errors they committed in this one and match the Lightning for the duration of this series?...

Forced and unforced, there were just too many errors, too many lagging details. Again, though, did you expect the Lightning to abdicate?

“We knew a very good hockey team was going to have a desperate push,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “From my standpoint, we can be a lot better and we will be. We knew they were going to have their ‘A’ game.

“We’ve got to execute a little bit better and then we’ve got to battle that out. The third goal was a prime example of that. Too loose on the play, not enough execution and a little bit of everything on the exits. We’ve got to have those details and we didn’t have it.”

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