EDMONTON — The New York Islanders are gaining confidence in their series with Tampa Bay, but coach Barry Trotz understands this is still an uphill battle.
After dropping the series opener 8-2, the Islanders took the Lightning to the wire in each of the next two games.
The teams split those, so now New York is in a position where it can even the series with a victory in Game 4 on Sunday.
The Islanders were coming off a seven-game win over Philadelphia in the previous round.
That’s part of the reason Trotz thinks the past two games are a better indication of his team’s ability than the lopsided Game 1.