It was back to bad habits for the New York Islanders (25-26-8), in the 6-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators (31-22-8) in NHL action on Monday afternoon. The Senators outplayed the Isles in every category, as New York let two vital points skate away.
Seemingly back on their heels for most of the game, the Isles were outshot, outhit and outhustled throughout the three periods of play.
Matt Martin was the lone name that Islanders head coach Jack Capuano mentioned afterward, saying the winger stepped-up to the plate in playing a physical game against the Senators. The winger finished the night with two hits and a blocked shot got, got the home crowd rocking with his fight with Zack Smith in the second period.
Ottawa opened the game quickly on two goals on five shots on starter Kevin Poulin, who was replaced by Al Montoya (23 saves). The Senators continued to skate well cashing in on power play opportunities, and anything else the Islanders gave them.
The Senators were led by Erik Karlsson, who had four points (two goals and two assists); Jason Spezza tallied two points (two goals) and keeper Craig Anderson, who recorded his 19th career shutout.
New York had a couple of power play opportunities of their own, but could not cash in on the extra-man advantage.
The Islanders remain six points behind Toronto for the conference’s eighth and final playoff spot, squandered their fourth chance in their last six games to move above the .500 mark for the first time since October.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Islanders, as they hop on the plane for a Tuesday night game against the Buffalo Sabres. The game between the Isles/Sabres is slated for 7:00 p.m. with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Presidents’ Day and Community Relations notes: Prior to the Isles/Sens game,the Washington Nationals Presidents’ were on hand to greet fans, while participating in the Presidents’ Day race. The Islanders also had special autographed t-shirts for $25, with proceeds going to Smile Train.
Fans interested in checking out more information on the Smile Train, can check out the orginization’s official site by clicking here:
Written on February 21, 2012