New York Islanders Lose to the St. Louis Blues

By James McDermott

The New York Islanders suffered just their third loss in their last 16 games today at the hands of the St. Louis Blues. The 6-4 loss was Jaroslav Halak‘s first loss in 12 starts, snapping an Islanders record streak. It was also the Isles first home loss since October. Here’s how the game looked from section 304:

  • The Isles came out in the first period and earned themselves a 3-0 lead. They capitalized on their chances, as they have been doing regularly over the past month. They chased Jake Allen from the game in favor of Martin Brodeur to start the second.
  • Things fell apart after that.
  • The Isles played their worst two periods of hockey of the season.
  • The penalty kill was atrocious yet again, allowing three more power play goals.
  • The defensive injuries that are plaguing this team loomed large today. The team’s inability to clear their own zone and make fundamental defensive plays cost the team.
  • Matt Donovan and Brian Strait did not play as well as they did on Thursday night in Ottawa. Strait was in no man’s land on what proved to be the game winning goal allowing Paul Stastny to convert a chance on a wide open net.
  • Halak was not particularly strong in this game, but I think it’s fair to give him a pass, he has earned himself the benefit of the doubt. I’ll sign up for 11 out of 12 every day.
  • The Blues are a good team. A very good team. Today they were the better team and they deserved the result they got.
  • It’s only one game Isles fans. Yes, the team played poorly, but every team has some down games. They have to weather the storm until their injuries woes subside. No one should be happy with the performance today, but there’s no reason to panic in Islander land.
  • This team is still tied for first place. Perspective is key.