Nov 19, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Islanders goaltender Kevin Poulin (60) knocks over Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jay McClement (11) during the second period at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf: Islanders Daily 11/20/13

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The New York Islanders began their three game road trip last night in negative fashion, losing 5-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Islanders play summed up in three words: Lack of effort. The Islanders were making lazy plays, they weren’t crashing the net, and the defense certainly didn’t have a good night, as several of the Islanders 5 goals against were a result of sloppy defense throughout the game.

I personally like to take positives out of games, but there really wasn’t anything enigmatic or solid to take out other than a nice goal by Casey Cizikas, who scored his third goal in as many games.

Save for a last minute push towards the end of the game, the Islanders didn’t really have a dominating presence on the ice. Although they did outshoot Toronto 35-23, which is a formidable amount, the game just didn’t seem to be in the Islanders’ control. They couldn’t get anything started on the power play, which has been affecting the team as of late.

So with another game crossed off the calendar, we look forward to Friday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and hope that the Islanders can play in their top form like we saw in Pittsburgh earlier this season.

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Around the NHL

  • Philadelphia Flyers 5, Ottawa Senators 2
  • St. Louis Blues 4, Buffalo Sabres 1
  • Nashville Predators 2, Detroit Red Wings 0
  • Boston Bruins 2, New York Rangers 1
  • Montreal Canadiens 6, Minnesota Wild 2
  • Toronto Maple Leafs 5, New York Islanders 2
  • Colorado Avalanche 5, Chicago Blackhawks 1
  • Florida Panthers 3, Vancouver Canucks 2 (SO)
  • Edmonton Oilers 7, Columbus Blue Jackets 0
  • Los Angeles Kings 5, Tampa Bay Lightning 2

Across the Sound

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Hartford Wolfpack, their second consecutive loss. Sound Tigers defenseman Mike Keenan scored his first American Hockey League goal. Islanders prospect Ryan Strome currently leads Bridgeport in assists and points with 12 and 16, respectively.

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