The Upshot: The NY Islanders go winless on road trip after loss to the Blackhawks

Jan 19, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Colin Blackwell (43) and New York
Jan 19, 2024; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Blackhawks forward Colin Blackwell (43) and New York / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports
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HOW IT HAPPENED

The NY Islanders suffered another OT loss to one of the league's bottom-dwellers. Brock Nelson got the Isles on the board first with his 20th of the season, as he leads the Isles in goals. The second period saw a flurry of defensive lapses from the Islanders lead to two goals from the Blackhawks, as the Isles enetered the final stanza trailing by a goal. A Noah Dobson error at the blue line led to a pass from Joey Anderson to Jason Dickinson to extend the 'Hawks advantage to two. Bo Horvat brought the deficit back to one, scoring just over a minute later, and Kyle Palmieri's 11th of the season knotted the game at three. Into the extra frame we went, as an innocent Seth Jones shot from the blue line found its way past a screened Ilya Sorokin as the Isles fell 4-3.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Brock Nelson was all over the ice from the opening faceoff, as he was the best player on the ice from the opening whistle. He had plenty of opportunities throughout the night and could have easily finished with multiple goals.

The Isles could have easily walked away from this game if not for Colin Blackwell missing a gaping net in the game's waning moments.

WHAT WENT WRONG

Losing to a team without their star rookie Connor Bedard and missing a bevy of veterans due to injury, the Isles were only managed one point. Defensive lapses led to odd-man opportunities all night for the Blackhawks.

Lane Lambert called the Islanders' performance unacceptable and believes that there are players on his team who need to give more. "I don't feel the team is anywhere near where it can be or should be."

STATS OF THE GAME

  • Brock Nelson reached the 20-goal mark for the eighth time in his career - sixth on the Islanders all-time list
  • Nelson's first period goal was the 498th of his career as he edges closer to 300
  • Chicago's four goals tonight were the first time they've scored more than one goal in their last six games
  • Mat Barzal recorded his first point in his last three games, credited with an assist on Bo Horbat's third-period goal.
  • The Isles didn't allow a shot-on-goal in the final 14:28 of the third period

SOCIAL MEDIA MOMENT OF THE GAME

Kyle MacLean made his NHL debut with his father behind the bench, playing 10:21. Before warmups, he skated out for the traditional rookie lap.

WHAT'S NEXT

The Isles head back to UBS Arena where they'll host the Dallas Stars for a 7:30 pm EST puck drop.