Islanders Take President’s Day Off Against Ottawa
In a game that the Islanders needed to play extremely well and come out with a win, they just simply didn’t show up to play.
The Islanders came into the game needing a great game in order to stay in the playoff race. They started the game in the exact opposite fashion. Just 1:08 into the first period Erik Karlsson was able to sneak a shot in from behind the goal line on Kevin Poulin in order to take the lead. The goal was Karlsson 11th of the season and was unassisted. It didn’t get better for the Islanders as just under 30 seconds later Spezza was able to find the back of the net off a wrist shot from the slot. The goal was assisted by Foilgno and Neil and was the end of Kevin Poulin’s afternoon.
Al Montoya entered the game just 1:35 from the start. The period continued with the Islanders playing flat and uninspired hockey as the Senators were controlling the game. PA Parenteau had an extremely bad period as he took 2 different penalties but one unsportsmanlike conduct found him in the box for 12 minutes. The Senators weren’t able to convert on any of the penalties but just as one was ending Karlsson was able to find the back of the net for the second time in the period. At 14:03 he took a feed from the corner from Alfredsson and fired the shot in the back of the net giving Ottawa a 3-0 lead. The Senators were all over the Islanders in the first period as it ended with the Senators leading in shot 15 to 5.
The second period continued with much of the same from the first for the Islanders. The Senators continued controlling the play and not giving the Islanders much space to do anything in the offensive zone. Steve Staios added to the Islanders problems 9:20 into the second when he flipped the puck out of play for a delay of game penalty. It didn’t take long for the Senators to make him pay, just 20 seconds into the penalty Phillips takes a shot from the point that goes through a screen and beats Montoya. The only type of life we saw out of the Islanders in the second period was when Martin dropped the gloves at 12:59 in the second period. He was hoping to pull some life out of his teammates but still no response from the Islanders. The period ended with shots still heavily in the Senators favor at 27-10.
The third period also didn’t show much change in the game as the Senators controlled the lifeless Islanders. Lee continued the scoring for Ottawa at 9:49 of the third with a shot from the point that beat Montoya. It was Lee’s first goal of the season. After the play Parenteau continued his complaining to the refs and they continued to give him penalty minutes. PA was giving a 10 minute game misconduct which ended his afternoon early. Not long after Pandolfo took a minor for hooking Spezza put another in the net on the power play. Spezza’s second goal of the game made it 6-0 and would pretty much close out the game. The Senator’s finished the game leading shots 32-28 which shows it a lot closer than it really was.
There isn’t much to be said about this game besides the Islanders just simply not playing like they should in a very important part of the season. Lucky they are back on the ice tomorrow night in Buffalo and I am sure they will look to bounce back and play a much better game than they did this afternoon.
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