New York had a case of the third period blues as the team was outscored in that frame, as the guys fell to the the 5-2 Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2 on November the 9th. The Islanders have had strong second periods scoring 24 of their 47 points in the frame, only to suffer in the last period as in the game against Columbus they were outscored 15-10.
Leading the way in the scoring department was Frans Nielsen and Thomas Hickey. For Hickey the goal was the second in his career. Left Winger Eric Boulton now has two assists in three games this season. The Isles allowed two more power play goals and have now allowed 14 goals in 54 times short (74.1%).
Versus the Canadiens:
The Isles are 5-6-1 in their last 12 games in Montreal, starting with a loss on March 13, 2007 in a game in which Rick DiPietro was forced from the game after a collision with Steve Begin, however all five Isles wins in that stretch have come in extra time (three times in shootouts, twice in overtime), leaving Les Habitants 7-0-5 in those 12 games.
Second to The One
Jack Capuano is now second on the all-time Islander list in both games coached (212) and wins (90).
Travis Hamonic played in his 200th NHL game against Columbus.
Crossin’ the Atlantic:
The Islanders are 2-0-1 against Atlantic division teams this season. That record is put to the test against a Canadiens team with a 3-0-0 record against the Metropolitan division.
The Islanders and Canadiens game is set to air on the MSG Plus 2 network, with face-off scheduled for 6:00 p.m.