You can’t say there aren’t consequences during the Todd Reirden Era.
Jakub Vrana became the latest player to hit the pine after a soft play led to an unassisted Brock Nelson goal.
Vrana was on the ice for two consecutive goals against.
The Nelson goal started in the Islanders’ defensive zone. A lackadaisical Vrana got control of the puck near the blue line. Instead of making a strong play or dumping the puck in, Vrana just stood there like a deer in headlights and turned the puck over.
Nelson raced in on a breakaway and scored on Braden Holtby to give the Islanders a 3-2 lead.
The previous shift, Vrana got beat to a loose puck along the boards by Scott Mayfield. The Islanders’ defenseman, Vrana’s man, found Matt Martin in front of the net for an easy tip-in.
Vrana sat after Nelson’s goal and did not see the ice for the rest of the second period.
Vrana returned and took the first shift of the third period.
Screenshot courtesy of NBC Sports Washington
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