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Top Shelf: Islanders Daily 12/4/13

By Peter McEntee

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

December hockey started on the wrong foot as the Islanders lost yet another heart breaker to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-2 in overtime.

The games themselves are eerily similar; the Islanders establish a lead only to cough it up in the third period and have a superstar player score a great goal in overtime. This seems to be a recurring theme with this Islanders team, blowing third period leads and losing games. Too often have we seen this happen, and it continues to prohibit the Islanders from making any legitimate advancements in the struggling Metropolitan Division.

However, despite the really tough loss, there are positives to take from this game. Yet again, Anders Nilsson had another brilliant game in net, making 31 saves on 34 shots. His play has continued to keep the Islanders in games, as he bailed the team out a few times in last night’s game.

The defense played a surprisingly strong game as well, jumping up on the play and playing solid in their own zone. Calvin de Haan continued  to impress with his shut-down defensive play throughout the contest.

The Islanders’ first line played well tonight, particularly Kyle Okposo, who scored twice in the first period. Okposo had been quiet for the last handful of games on the first line, and it surely was nice to see a resurgence in his play.

So with that, we wait until Thursday until the Islanders take on a very good team in the St. Louis Blues. The Islanders have arguably the hardest five games of the season coming up, and all of which are on the west coast. The Islanders certainly need to play well over the next pair of weeks if they want to be playing hockey in April.

-PM (@pjmcentee)

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Around the NHL

  • Pittsburgh Penguins 3, New York Islanders 2 (OT)
  • Carolina Hurricanes 4, Washington Capitals 1
  • Ottawa Senators 4, Florida Panthers 2
  • San Jose Sharks 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 2
  • Columbus Blue Jackets 1, Tampa Bay Lightning 0
  • Dallas Stars 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3
  • Phoenix Coyotes 6, Edmonton Oilers 2
  • Vancouver Canucks 3, Nashville Predators 1
  • Los Angeles Kings 3, Anaheim Ducks 2 (SO)

Across the Sound

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers are coming off a 3-2 win over the Manchester Monarchs on Sunday afternoon. Ryan Strome continued his dominance, scoring once while earning 1 assist in the game. Strome is currently on a six game point streak, scoring 3 times while racking up 6 assists during his streak. He leads the team in points with 25.