Back at the Coliseum for the first time since Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, the Islanders let a two goal lead slip away in the third period, falling 3-2 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shoot-out.
Matt Moulson and Lubomir Visnovsky scored their first goals of the season for the Islanders with Visnovsky adding an assist. Evgeni Nabakov made 27 saves in another solid performance. The goalie that has been under some speculation this off-season is certainly making a statement that he can carry the team.
The Islanders are now 4-8-3 all time against the Blue Jackets. This is the fifth straight year the Islanders have lost a home opener. A 5-2 win over the St. Louis Blues in 2008 was the last time the team has won its first game at the Coliseum.
Phoenix is next to visit the Coliseum on Tuesday night as the Coyotes are coming off a loss in San Jose that followed a 4-1 win over the Rangers on Thursday night.
Teams that want to be considered as threats in the NHL cannot give up two goal leads, especially at home. If the Islanders want to see success they will have to make the Nassau Coliseum a fortress.
In case you missed it:
Snap Shots: Isles vs. Jackets (Eyes On Isles)
Home Opener in Uniondale (Eyes On Isles)
A Q&A With Islanders Legend Butch Goring (Eyes On Isles)
Five Burning Questions for the 2013-14 New York Islanders (Islanders Op-Timism)
Two Minutes for Tweeting:
There were plenty of fans and plenty of optimism going into the Islanders’ home opener. Though giving up a two goal lead late diminished the mood, there is plenty of excitement surrounding this team. Even ESPN’s Linda Cohn was getting into the hockey fever.
— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) October 6, 2013
— Jake Brown (@JakeBrownESPN) October 6, 2013
There hasn’t been such a feeling of optimism for an Islanders season in quite some time. As long as the fans keep showing, it will add extra fuel to a team that is hungry to prove itself to the NHL.