The New York Islanders (24-25-8) were feeling blue after a 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues (35-15-7) in NHL action on Thursday. Minus keeper Evgeni Nabokov and Steve Staios, due to flu symptoms the Isles could not contain a scoring barrage by St. Louis.
New York opened the game on a great note as Frans Nielsen (11) wristed home a rebounded shot 59 seconds into the first period, which was set-up by Michael Grabner (9) and Andrew MacDonald (7). St. Louis found an answer when Jason Arnott (13) unleashed a wicked wrister at the 14:40 mark.
The Blues did not look pack scoring four unanswered goals, two of those being on the extra-man advantage. St. Louis defender Alex Pietrangelo had three assists, in earning the first star of the night, while cager Brian Elliott earned the second star in making 26 saves.
Getting the spot-start for the Islanders, was cager Al Montoya made 21 saves in the loss, as the team’s road winning streak was snapped at four games.
The Isles had three players finishing with four shots, as Josh Bailey, Aaron Ness and Brian Rolston paced the offense. Ness continues his fine play for the Isles, as the young blueliner finished with a plus-one rating in the game, while also blocking two shots.
New York will next be in action on Saturday, when they play host to the Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Isles/Canes game is set to air on the MSG Plus network, with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Written on February 17, 2012
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