Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 11/23/2013

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The New York Islanders struggles continued last night in terms of picking up two points on the road as they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 at Consol Energy Center.

After playing what was their best even strength five on five game in some time, the team deserved a better fate, however the special teams once again conspired to do them in yet again.

You just are not going to win many hockey games, especially when you are struggling in the defensive zone as much as New York, going zero for six on the power play and two for four on the penalty kill.

The bright spots in the lineup were clearly the return of Thomas Vanek, who looked outstanding all evening long and was a threat around the offensive zone and the play of Matt Donovan, who had what could have been perhaps his best game of the season against a very dominating offensive hockey team.

Not to mention the superlative effort of goaltender Kevin Poulin, who early on in his trial run as the Islanders de-facto number one goalie, is looking every bit the part.

On the other side of the ledger however there were still too many players not playing up to the level of mid to late 2013. Josh Bailey continues to struggle mightily and was invisible yet again. Michael Grabner, in his return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch, did not make any impact and still has not scored since opening night. Cal Clutterbuck was glaring in his defensive mistakes, leaving Penguins captain Sidney Crosby all alone to Poulin’s right for the game winning goal. Radek Martinek might have struggled the most as the team still looks for answers on the blue line.

All in all, another disappointing result. At least, the effort was clearly there and the team seems to be working hard to get itself out of the current funk they find themselves mired in. But at this point in the season, with the rest of the Metropolitan division playing much better, effort alone is clearly not allowing them to move any closer to coming out of the division’s current last place standing.

And time is beginning to slip away.

 

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METROPOLITAN

 

GP

W

L

OT

P

ROW

GF

GA

1

PITTSBURGH

23

15

8

0

30

14

67

51

2

 WASHINGTON

23

12

10

1

25

7

71

66

3

 NEW JERSEY

22

9

8

5

23

9

48

53

4

 NY RANGERS

22

11

11

0

22

11

46

54

5

 PHILADELPHIA

21

9

10

2

20

9

44

51

6

 CAROLINA

22

8

10

4

20

7

43

63

7

 COLUMBUS

23

8

12

3

19

7

56

71

8

 NY ISLANDERS

23

8

12

3

19

5

66

77

 

Across The Sound

Bridgeport also lost last night, dropping a 4-3 shootout decision to the Providence Bruins. Kenny Reiter was spectacular in goal for the baby Islanders, stopping 42 shots. The recap can be had from the official site right here.

Next up for Scott Pellerin‘s team is a game at Worcester tonight at 7pm followed by a home contest tomorrow at 3pm against the St.John’s Whitecaps.

Scoring
2. PRO Cross, (2) (KnightFallstrom), 2:04
2. PRO Cunningham, (7) (FraserWarsofsky), 12:41
3. BRI Halmo, (7) (de HaanJackson), 0:20 (PP)
3. BRI Kabanov, (2) (SundstromSim), 0:38
3. BRI Lee, (5) (StromeJackson), 10:31 (PP)
3. PRO Lindblad, (2) (FlorekWarsofsky), 14:32 (PP)

 

ank Northeast Division GP W L OTL SL PTS GF GA

1

Springfield Falcons

15

11

3

0

1

23

43

35

2

Albany Devils

18

10

7

0

1

21

47

44

3

Hartford Wolf Pack

17

8

7

0

2

18

48

58

4

Adirondack Phantoms

16

7

7

0

2

16

38

44

5

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

15

4

8

1

2

11

39

55

 

 

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