Depleted Islanders Drop Seventh Straight (Highlights)
By Matt O'Leary
Another game, another loss for the New York Islanders. Make it seven in a row for the Islanders to match the same number of players in COVID protocol right now for this team. Also, you had the news that Noah Dobson would be day to day before the start of the game.
In the first period , the Islanders looked pretty good. Shots were even at eight each as the score was 0-0 after one. Each team had two power play opportunities but nothing came of either of them and the play at 5v5 was fairly even.
The second period was much different. Just six seconds in, Mathew Barzal took a hooking penalty. His second hooking of the game, which ended up leading to a Chris Kreider goal.
That's Kreider's ninth power play goal on the season. For context, Brock Nelson who hasn't played in two games leads the Isles with nine goals on the season.
The Islanders would essentially get back to back power play opportunities and they did absolutely nothing with them as they were 0-4 on the power play by the time the halfway mark of the game was rolling around.
Things went from bad to worse when the inexperience came into play. Otto Koivula and Paul LaDue who made their season debut looked like it when they gifted a goal to Kevin Rooney. At the end of two, it was 2-0 Rangers and the Islanders were now 0-5 on the power play.
Early in the third period, the Islanders finally got a goal from none other than Andy Andreoff.
Just 20 seconds later, the Rangers were up two once again as Kevin Rooney got his second of the game. Paul LaDue, again, couldn't handle the puck and Thomas Hickey, well, Hickey looked like he didn't play an NHL game in a very long time.
Just four laughs, Chris Kreider got his 15th of the year to hand the Islanders a seventh straight loss. They were 0-for-6 on the power play. I'm running low on words. They play next on Friday against Pittsburgh.