The New York Islanders could not have had a worse start to this game. Just 3:36 into the game Brandon Duhaime got the Minnesota Wild on the board after Noah Dobson couldn't clear the front of the net.
It went from bad to worse as Kyle Palmieri immediately took a penalty and sent Minnesota to the power play. Joel Eriksson Ek scored just 1:03 after the Duhaime goal and just like that, the Wild were up 2-0.
Also can we just appreciate for a second how bad Kyle Palmieri has been since returning from injury in these two games?
Before the end of the period, Robin Salo threw one on net that bounced right to Brock Nelson who made no mistake about it beating Kaapo Kahkonen to get the Islanders on the board.
It was right after the power play expired so it didn't count as a power play goal but the momentum certainly swung to the Islanders side, or so we thought.
Early in the second, Matt Boldy netted his fourth goal of the season to make it a two goal lead once again for the Wild. Robin Salo lost a puck battle which led to the Boldy goal but luckily for Salo Ross Johnston would bail him out moments later.
Yes, Ross the Boss netted his first goal since 2019 to get the Islanders back within one. The second period was a much stronger period as the Isles outshot the Wild 14-6 in the second frame.
The third period started well for the Islanders but unfortunately they weren't able to grab the equalizer. Instead it was Kirill Karpizov who scored his 18th of the year assisted by Matt Dumba to make it 4-2 Wild.
Just when you thought the Islanders were done, they were sent to a power play. Mats Zuccarello took a hooking penalty against Brock Nelson and a desperation effort from Oliver Wahlstrom to get the Isles within one.
It, as usual against a playoff team, was too little too late. The Islanders drop under .500 again and they will play the Seattle Kraken on Wednesday. Just not a good effort and poor play in net really did them in tonight.
Ilya Sorokin pitched an .810 save percentage on just 21 shots. Offensively, the Islanders got to their three goals mark. They just didn't get the play in net in order to win the game.