The Upshot: The NY Islanders lose seventh straight in 4-3 shootout loss to Seattle

New York Islanders v Seattle Kraken
New York Islanders v Seattle Kraken / Steph Chambers/GettyImages


Kailer Yamamoto tied the game in the third period and the deciding goal in the eighth round of a shootout, lifting the Seattle Kraken to a 4-3 win over the Islanders on Thursday night. Matty Beniers and Alex Wennberg also scored power-play goals, and Philip Grubauer made 20 saves for the Kraken (6-8-4). Anders Lee scored his second of the season on the power play, and Casey Cizikas scored his 100th career goal. Noah Dobson also scored on the power play, and Mathew Barzal added a pair of assists. Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves for the Islanders (5-6-5), who have allowed 12 power-play goals in 24 chances during their seven-game losing streak (0-4-3).


Anders Lee finally scored again. The Islanders grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first when Bo Horvat found the captain’s stick as he was strong enough to keep it in position and deflect the puck into the net. The goal marked the 11th time in 15 games the Islanders scored the opening goal.

Casey Cizikas became the 34th Islanders player in history to score 100 goals with the team and Noah Dobson's power-play goal in the third period marked the first time they have scored multiple power-play goals on consecutive nights for the first time since October 10-11, 2014.


To say the penalty kill has been bad would be a gross understatement. During the seven-game losing streak, the team has now allowed 12 power-play goals in 24 opportunities (50%). Of the 11 goals they've allowed on this road trip, only one has been at even strength, demonstrating just how much special teams have killed them.

“It's been an awful stretch, but there's have been games that we've played better than we have when were winning,” Anders Lee said. “A lot of our stuff in the neutral zone, five on five, we're getting out better, we're doing a lot of these things that are building our game. We just have a little bit of Achilles heel right now, and it's costing us.

They allowed three power-play goals for the first time ever on consecutive nights.


PerEric HornickinThe Skinny, The Isles have allowed eight power-play goals in a three-game span for the first time since December 17-21, 2009, when the Rangers, Montreal, and TB also scored eight power-play goals.


Adam Pelech taking his frustration out on a water bottle


The Islanders conclude their four-game road trip in Calgary on Saturday night against the Flames. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST.