HOW IT HAPPENED
Travis Boyd broke a scoreless tie with a power play goal 1:00 into the third period as the Arizona Coyotes (6-6-1) shut out the Islanders 2-0 at UBS Arena on Thursday night. Karel Vejmelka made 24 saves in the win for Arizona, which has won three straight and is 5-2-1 in its past eight games.
Ilya Sorokin made 27 saves for the Islander (9-6-0), who had won seven of eight and two straight before Thursday’s loss. Jack McBain scored an empty net goal with 31 seconds left for Arizona.
WHAT WENT RIGHT
Ilya Sorokin was fantastic between the pipes yet again. The Islanders goaltender made 27 saves to keep the game scoreless through two periods and more in the third period to keep his team a goal away from tying the game and completing another comeback.
When Travis Boyd scored on the power play one minute into the third period, it ended Sorokin's shutout streak against the Coyotes at 161:00 after shutting them out twice last season.
WHAT WENT WRONG
The Islanders simply could not hit the net or their shots weren't getting through to the net. They had 64 shot attempts overall, 24 were on goal, 23 missed the net and another 17 were blocked.
"You can't score if you don't hit the net," Lane Lambert said after the game. "That's the bottom line. Seventeen attempts blocked, 23 missed shots, that's too many."
Per Eric Hornick, the Islanders had 23 missed shots - tied for the 6th-most in club history since the NHL started keeping the stat in 2005. The club record is 31, set on 3/25/2007 vs. the NYR.
STATS OF THE GAME
Per NHL PR, this was the Islanders first home regulation loss to the Coyotes since Oct. 29, 2002. The Isles had gone 10-0-1 in their last 11 home games versus Arizona dating back to Dec. 13, 2007.
The Isles have allowed seven power-play goals in the last seven games after being perfect on the penalty kill in the first eight games this season.
SOCIAL MEDIA MOMENT OF THE GAME
During pre-game warm ups, the Islanders wore camouflage jerseys in honor of Veterans Day. Each will be auctioned off with the proceeds benefiting the Islanders Children's Foundation.
The Islanders will aim to get back in the win column on Saturday night when they host Johnny Gaudreau and the Columbus Blue Jackets at UBS Arena.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM