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Who knew the New York Islanders were a rival?

Oct 20, 2018; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Barclay Goodrow (23) and New York Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield (24) fight during the second period at SAP Center at San Jose. Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Un desmadre.

In English, it translates to “chaos” and it’s one word to describe Los Tiburones 4-1 win over the New York Islanders on Hispanic Heritage Night in a game filled with one-sided goals and physical confrontations.

In their first meeting nearly two weeks ago, Los Tiburones controlled possession of the puck with a 62 percent Corsi-for (CF%) and much was the same in this second go-around against the Islanders.

In the first period, Los Tiburones were maintaining the puck with a CF% of 67 percent; as a result, they were able to open up the scoring via a goal from Timo Meier. Through the period, Los Tiburones were able to create offensive pressure as they generated 11 shots for along with eight scoring chances.

However, they were unable to come away with more goals, and because of a Brent Burns miscue, the Islanders were able to tie the game at one with 32 seconds remaining in the first period. After generating an onslaught of offensive pressure, Los Tiburones were unable to get more than one puck past Robin Lehner and both teams headed into the locker room tied at one.

In the second period, Los Tiburones manufactured a 74 percent Corsi-for and were able to capitalize on their scoring chances, creating 14 scoring chances while having 12 shots for. They turned these opportunities into two goals from Joonas Donskoi and Brent Burns. Keeping up on both ends of the ice, Los Tiburones were sound defensively, only allowing the Islanders two scoring chances.

As the gameflow chart shows, Los Tiburones took charge in the second period where they only allowed for the Islanders to possess the puck for 26 percent of the period and two, yes two scoring chances in 20 minutes. Furthermore, when the Islanders did generate any attack, they were stumped by Martin Jones.

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Lehner was the sole reason that Los Tiburones were unable to turn to the game into a rout early on. The Swedish netminder kept the Islanders in the game, but eventually, Los Tiburones were able to get the puck by him.

The other aspect of this game was the chippiness, even though these two teams only play each other twice a year. Nonetheless, the second period became the start of extracurricular activities as Scott Mayfield, and Barclay Goodrow dropped the gloves — a prelude of what to expect in the third period.

During the third period, Los Tiburones didn’t concede possession as they maintained a 54 percent CF% in the third period. Logan Couture went on to ice the game with a goal that made it 4-1, but the entertainment of this match would stick around for the remainder of the game.

For two teams that only play each other twice a season, there was animosity between the two squads.

Evander Kane, Barclay Goodrow, Anders Lee and Mayfield were at the center of all the physical gatherings. It culminated with both Lee and Kane throwing punches and getting into a wrestling match.

On Thursday, Los Tiburones dealt with Zach Bogosian’s antics after the last whistle; tonight it was no different as Andrew Ladd decided to throw punches once the game was over. Luckily no one was injured due to Ladd’s antics; however, it’s an incident that the league should take a look at.

During their last game against the Buffalo Sabres, Los Tiburones were able to awaken their power play after it struggled out of the gate. Against the Islanders, Los Tiburones 5-on-5 play was the key to their win, with three of their four goals at 5-on-5, while the other came during 4-on-4.

After a successful two-game stand, Los Tiburones appear to have found their offensive groove on the power play and 5-on-5 and look they look to take this form on the road when they visit the Nashville Predators on Tuesday.