Feeling Blue: Isles Endure Another Defeat in St. Louis
Lack of pride, toughness, and skill have all added up to the Islanders latest defeat. This loss came at the hands of the St. Louis Blues at the Scottrade Center with a final tally of 5-1. The Blues proved why they are an elite team in the league and the Islanders showed that they are nothing more than a poor group of hockey players with absolutely zero confidence.
The Isles began the game status quo to the way they have been playing the past month:
They got a few scoring chances which they either missed the net or shot right at Jaroslav Halak's chest. They developed a couple of breakaways that they couldn't finish. They even drew a couple of penalties, but quickly nullified one by taking their own penalty and looking awful on their other power play chance.
The Blues actually drew 3 penalties in the 1st period and connected mid way through the period on a monster slap shot from Jay Bouwmeester with the man advantage.
After out playing St. Louis for a period, the Islanders started the 2nd period exactly the way they needed to; scoring a power play goal. Not only did the Isles score a power play goal, but Andrew MacDonald scored it! The good times didn't last long though.
Less than 2 minutes later Derek Roy took the lead right back for his squad and of course it was on the power play. The man advantage dominance did not end there, but what else is expected when a third ranked power play unit squares off against the worst penalty killers in the NHL?
David Backes wristed the puck over Anders Nilsson's glove and with that the rout was officially on.
The Blues ended the period finally scoring at even strength when Magnus Paajarvi was left completely alone in front of the net and he easily slipped the puck past Nilsson.
Unfortunately for New York the game wasn't over after that even though the Isles didn't have any interest in being there anymore.
The 3rd period was sloppy, riddled with mistakes, and just plain embarrassing. Brendan Morrow scored the only goal in the final 20 minutes, but their could have been a lot more.
Something's got to give. Whether it's the GM, coach or players, there must be changes. If there aren't then this team will have taken 3 steps back after 1 step forward last season.