The New York Islanders lost to the Blue Jackets by a score of 6-4. Unfortunately, it was much of the same issues for the Islanders.
After a disappointing performance against Dallas, the New York Islanders headed to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets. Unfortunately, the team came out pretty flat in the second game of the back to back as well.
Zach Werenski was able to get the Blue Jackets the early lead on a beauty of a pass from Panarin. It didn’t stop there. Markus Nutivaara and Pierre-Luc Dubois added a couple of goals to give the Jackets a 3-0 lead after one period of play.
The Islanders only had four shots on goal in the first period. They looked like the better team before the first goal, but things quickly shifted.
Five minutes into the second period the Islanders got their first goal of the night courtesy of Josh Bailey.
What a move from Mr. Bailey for his sixth goal of the year. Shortly thereafter the Islanders got goals from Casey Cizikas and Bailey again to tie it up at three.
Unfortunately, Greiss couldn’t hold the game close at this point. After making a few big saves early on, he allowed goals to Seth Jones and Nick Foligno before the end of the period.
In the third period, the Islanders got a power play opportunity and were able to cash in right away. Josh Bailey scored his third of the game for his first career hattrick.
In his 10th year in the league, Josh Bailey was able to record his first career hattrick. Hats off (literally) to Josh who is continuing his stellar year.
An empty-netter from Josh Anderson would seal the 6-4 victory for Columbus. Despite a productive night from the offense, Thomas Greiss was subpar overall.
At times he made big saves but looking at the full sample size it was another failure. He allowed five goals for the fifth time already this year and his save percentage was .853 tonight, not good enough for your team to win.
The Islanders now have jumped up to second in the league in goals allowed with 110, as they trail only the Arizona Coyotes, who are currently a bottom feeder in the West with a 7-21-5 record.