The New York Islanders fell to the Nashville Predators by a score of 5-2. The Isles are now 2-2 on the season after their second loss.
It was a rough start from the puck drop for the New York Islanders after their four days off. In the first period, they were flat out dominated by Nashville and it showed on the stat sheet and by the eye test.
The Islanders were outshot 16-4 in the period. Calle Jarnkrok got the Preds on the board at the 15-minute mark after Robin Lehner stood on his head in the early portions of the game. It was on a rush set up by Nick Bonino to break the ice in this one.
Just over a minute later it was Filip Forsberg who put Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk into a box on a two-on-one with Ryan Johnansen. Finally, with just 10 seconds left in the period, Viktor Arvidsson made it a 3-0 game to end a period from hell for the New York Islanders.
Nashville skated circles around the slow, gritty Islanders team and their lack of skill position players showed in period one.
Period number two was another story. Brock Nelson netted his first goal of the season 6:14 into the period.
It was Nelson’s 100th career goal, and in not so surprising fashion Brock Nelson scored in October. Nelson is known for scoring in the early and late months of the season so him having a strong game tonight is no surprise.
After that, Mathew Barzal found Andrew Ladd who netted his first of the year in his first game of the season. Last year, Ladd had just 12 goals so the hope is that he gets back to form this season.
Mathew Barzal continues his point streak and now is on pace for 103 points on the year.
In the third period, the Islanders came very close to tying up the game at 3 when Brock Nelson slid one through the legs of Juuse Sarros that then hit the post. On the power play, Kyle Turris made it a two-goal game.
The Islanders never really got going in the third period, and after Thomas Hickey took a tripping penalty it all but sealed the win for the Predators. They would add one more goal on an empty netter and the final score was 5-2.
Ultimately, the Islanders lost this game in the first period. They looked like a team who hasn’t played in four days and they’ll now have a three-day break before they play again on Wednesday.