The Upshot: Islanders earn a point; deserved better in 2-1 shootout loss to Dallas

Dallas Stars v New York Islanders
Dallas Stars v New York Islanders / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages
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HOW IT HAPPENED

Jake Oettinger made 27 saves and stopped all three shots in the shootout as the Dallas Stars defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 in a shootout at UBS Arena on Tuesday night. Jason Robertson scored the first goal of the game and was the only skater to convert in the shootout for the Stars (25-11-6), who have won two straight. Anders Lee scored on the power play for the Islanders (22-17-3), and Ilya Sorokin made 25 saves for the Isles, who have lost three straight.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

After the subpar defensive performances in Edmonton and Calgary, the Islanders played a sound game overall against the Dallas Stars, marking the fourth straight home game the team allowed one goal in regulation. "Both teams were pretty stingy," Anders Lee said. "We did a really good job in our zone and being able to stop pucks and exit the zone with possession, which ended up leading to a lot of opportunities at the other end."

WHAT WENT WRONG

The Isles appeared to take the lead late in the second period after Oettinger misplayed a dump-in behind the net allowing Casey Cizikas to gain control of the puck and score. However, just as Cizikas got possession a whistle was heard as the play was called offside.

The replay showed that Anthony Beauvillier was in the Stars' zone when trying to make a line change. “I think you have to be more aware of where you are,” Lambert said of Beauvillier’s mishap.

STATS OF THE GAME

Per Eric Hornick, Lee's first period power play goal was the Islanders first in the opening period this season at UBS Arena. They have four 1st period PP goals on the road.

SOCIAL MEDIA MOMENT OF THE GAME

The organization welcomed their 1,000th fan to UBS Arena, who was greeted by co-owner John Ledecky, Sparky the Dragon, Nyisles, and confetti. The winner, Jennifer Belechto, and her family were attending a game at UBS Arena for the first time and got to watch it from the owner’s suite.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Islanders' season-long five-game home stand continues on Thursday night when they host the Minnesota Wild at UBS Arena. The puck drop is at 7:30 p.m.

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