Isles face first series deficit in Cup chase
Look to rebound on Wednesday from brutal Game 1 loss
The New York Islanders weren’t interested in making excuses after their 8-2 humiliation at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals at the NHL’s bubble site in Edmonton, Alberta on Monday.
So Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper made one for them.
“Let’s be honest, this is a one-off,” Cooper said after his team swamped the Isles from start to finish during the Brooklyn/Long Island-based franchise’s first conference finals appearance since 1993.
“They had to grind through a seven-game series [with Philadelphia in Toronto] and then travel and play and change time zones.”