11/07/2021 vs. the Minnesota Wild
The first meeting between the Islanders and the Minnesota Wild received plenty of votes.
The Islanders headed into the third period with a 2-1 lead on the back of Anders Lee who had two goals through 40 minutes. Things were going well after two periods with the shots pretty even but in favor of the Wild 23-19.
It was the third period where the system really shut down and the Islanders held the door wide open for the Wild to take advantage. In the final frame, the Wild took control of the game, beating Semyon Varlamov twice and adding two empty-net goals on 16 shots meanwhile the Islanders were only able to manage two.
If it wasn't for Varlamov in this one, the score could have actually been a lot worse. Despite allowing three goals against on 37 shots, Varlamov ended the game with a .919 SV% and made all six saves on six shots during two Islander penalty kills.
Following the loss, the Islanders dropped 11 straight games with the last three coming in overtime or a shootout. It was the start of a terrible streak, but because it wasn't in front of their home crowd and the Covid complications and injuries started, it was bad but wasn't the worst game of the season.