Islanders Looked Lost in the Desert; Fall to Phoenix 5-1

Another frustrating game for the New York Islanders, falling 5-1 to the Phoenix Coyotes for their second straight loss. A 1-2 road trip leads them to their next game at home on Tuesday against the Detroit Red Wings.

But let's talk about last night's game. It was yet another Islander game of the whole team just not having it. The team looked sloppy and just could not make a play. As for the Coyotes, being a team currently out of a playoff spot, they needed this game as much as the Islanders did. But it looked as if the Coyotes wanted it more. The Coyotes were pressuring the whole game; Phoenix is not a team of all stars. There was no reason the Islanders should've made them look like one.

Coyotes captain and veteran Shane Doan was the star of the show last night, scoring his first career hat trick, the third goal coming with 00.1 seconds left on the clock. The other two goals coming from Oliver Ekman-Larsson and former Islander, Taylor Pyatt. Oh, Frans Nielsen scored for the Islanders; I have to take a positive out of a negative somewhere, eh?

It was just a sloppy, sloppy performance from the Isles. Players even acknowledged after the game that they just did not have it.

So maybe it's time for a little change. Maybe Capuano should shake up the lines again? Or maybe even let Nabokov have some rest and let Anders Nilsson get a few games in.

Anyway, there is still a few days in between games for the Isles, maybe some time off and a practice will do them some good. Not much else to say that hasn't already been said. The Isles are playing for a spot in the playoffs, but it hasn't been looking like they are.

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P.S: I know this isn't Islanders related but congratulations to Calgary Flames captain Jerome Iginla on 500 NHL goals. One of my favorite players of all time and an amazing playmaker.

2 Comments

Rob McGowan's picture

I couldn't get over the way that Doan scored that hat trick. As much as it stunk to watch from an Islanders perspective, from a general hockey point of view it was just mind blowing. Great guy who deserved to have a hat trick in that style and fashion.

Evan Pivnick's picture

I agree 100%, Rob. I was really surprised it took him that long to actually score a hat trick in the NHL!