Dec 5, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; The St. Louis Blues celebrate a goal against the New York Islanders during the second period at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Snap Shots: Islanders Vs Blues — 12/05/13

Welcome to Snap Shots, our condensed post-game recap of the New York Islanders latest NHL matchup

New York Islanders (8-15-5, 21 pts) Vs St. Louis Blues (18-5-3, 39 pts)

Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO

8:00 PM EST

Blues 5, Islanders 1

Starting Lineup

26 Thomas Vanek – 91 John Tavares – 21 Kyle Okposo

40 Michael Grabner– 51 Frans Nielsen– 12 Josh Bailey

96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard – 16 Peter Regin – 15 Cal Clutterbuck

17 Matt Martin – 53 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald


47 Andrew MacDonald – 3 Travis Hamonic

14 Thomas Hickey – 44 Calvin de Haan

55 Aaron Ness – 7 Matt Carkner


45 Anders Nilsson

60 Kevin Poulin

Scratches: Brock Nelson, Radek Martinek


Game Summary

The Blues struck first in tonight’s contest, as Jay Bouwmeester fired home a power-play slapshot for his second goal of the season assisted by Vladimir Sobotka and Ian Cole. Bouwmeester’s goal proved to be the only goal scored in the first period of play.

The Islanders showed signs of life early in the second period, as Andrew MacDonald put the Islanders on the board with a booming slapshot on the power play assisted by Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo. However, despite the Islanders’ timely goal, the St. Louis Blues responded very well. Derek Roy regained the lead for the Blues just minutes after Andrew MacDonald scored the equalizer goal. St. Louis never looked back, as David Backes netted his 13th goal of the season and Magnus Paajarvi scored his second of the season to make the score 4-1 in favor of St. Louis.

The Islanders, evidently frustrated coming into the third period, couldn’t get anything going. The team took several frustration penalties, and Brenden Morrow put home his fifth goal of the season amidst the Islanders’ frustration. The Blues won easily by a score of 5-1.

The Islanders’ penalty killing unit proved to be their downfall, as they gave up 3 power play goals. The Islanders currently have the worst penalty kill success rate in the NHL with a 71.4% success rate.


11:47 STL PPG – Jay Bouwmeester (2) Slapshot – ASST: Vladimir Sobotka (8), Ian Cole (2) 1 – 0 STL
05:19 NYI PPG – Andrew MacDonald (3) Slapshot – ASST: Frans Nielsen (13), Kyle Okposo (18) 1 – 1 Tie
07:02 STL PPG – Derek Roy (7) Wrist shot – ASST: TJ Oshie (19), Kevin Shattenkirk (17) 2 – 1 STL
09:33 STL PPG – David Backes (13) Wrist shot – ASST: Alexander Steen (12), Kevin Shattenkirk (18) 3 – 1 STL
14:59 STL Magnus Paajarvi (2) Wrist shot – ASST: Patrik Berglund (8), Jay Bouwmeester (19) 4 – 1 STL
13:19 STL Brenden Morrow (5) Tip-in – ASST: Derek Roy (12), TJ Oshie (20) 5 – 1 STL


03:32 STL Patrik Berglund  Hooking  – 2 min against  Matt Martin
04:09 NYI Andrew MacDonald  Hooking  – 2 min against  Alexander Steen
06:44 STL Brenden Morrow  Holding stick – Obstruction  – 2 min against  John Tavares
09:48 NYI Thomas Vanek  Hi stick – double minor  – 2 min against  Kevin Shattenkirk
16:00 STL Alexander Steen  Head butting  – 2 min against  Andrew MacDonald
16:00 NYI Andrew MacDonald  Head butting  – 2 min against  Alexander Steen
03:54 STL Derek Roy  Tripping – Obstruction  – 2 min against  Peter Regin
06:20 NYI Matt Martin  Hi stick – double minor  – 2 min against  Vladimir Tarasenko
09:02 NYI Matt Carkner  Boarding (maj)  – 5 min against  Chris Stewart
09:02 STL Chris Stewart  Boarding (maj)  – 5 min against  Matt Carkner
09:02 NYI Matt Carkner served by Pierre-Marc Bouchard  Holding  – 2 min against  Chris Stewart
09:02 NYI Matt Carkner  Kicking – match  – 10 min
17:54 NYI Matt Martin  Butt ending – double minor  – 2 min against  Ian Cole
17:54 STL Vladimir Sobotka  Hi stick – double minor  – 2 min against  Colin McDonald
13:59 NYI Aaron Ness  Head butting  – 2 min against  Alex Pietrangelo
17:31 NYI Andrew MacDonald  Instigator  – 2 min against  Brenden Morrow


Islanders- 23, Blues- 26

Turning Point

Just minutes after Andrew MacDonald ties the game for the Islanders, Derek Roy responded with a Power Play Goal for the Blues. It was the game winning goal, as the Islanders simply could’t respond to St. Louis’ tenacious offense that followed this  goal.

What’s Ahead

The Islanders take on the Los Angeles Kings this Saturday at 10:00 PM EST in their second game of a five game West Coast road trip. The Islanders continue to face top-tier teams in the NHL’s best conference, and the Islanders need to have their work cut out for them if they want to salvage anything over the next four games.

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