Finally, the New York Islanders were able to open their brand new building, UBS Arena. As someone who was lucky enough to be in the building for the festivities, it was perfect, it couldn't have gone any better.
That is until puck drop. The Calgary Flames jumped out to an early 1-0 lead 4:05 into the period when Brad Richardson scored unassisted. It was off a brutal Matt Martin turnover in the Islanders end and Richardson made no mistake about it, burying the puck past Semyon Varlamov.
The Flames weren't done, at the 13:18 mark they'd make it 2-0 on the power play. At this point the Isles were already 0-for-2 on the power play, and the penalty was taken right after the power play expired, a bench minor for too many men.
Luckily, the Islanders got one back as they finally were able to get one past Jacob Markstrom to make it a one-goal game.
After a busy first period, the Islanders trailed 2-1. With the start they had it felt like it should've been a bigger deficit but it wasn't . Unfortunately, the ineffective special teams would continue in the second period.
First the Isles were unable to capitalize on a Sean Monahan hooking on Oliver Wahlstrom and then after Zdeno Chara hooked Noah Hanifin, Andrew Mangiapane made it 3-1 on the power play.
Early in the third period, Brock Nelson once again got the Islanders within one, this time it was unassisted.
The Islanders played much better in the third but it was too little too late. Calgary would add two empty net goals to make it a 5-2 final score. The Islanders have dropped five games in a row, and they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow in a back-to-back situation.
To the Isles credit, Robin Salo looked the part in the loss in his NHL debut. Look for him to continue to get power play time for New York.