Snap Shots: Islanders Vs Blues — 12/05/13
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
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
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
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.
Islanders- 23, Blues- 26
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.
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.