Postgame 3/1/14: Devils defeat Islanders 6-1 at Coliseum

The first day of the new month was one the Islanders would like to forget having been defeated 5-1 by the New Jersey Devils at home this afternoon. The game was overall a poor performance and one like this that hasn’t been seen from the Islanders in almost two months.

Both teams entered the game coming off wins and while the Devils are looking to stay in the playoff race, the Islanders continue to find momentum on this disappointing season. The goaltending matchup featured Evgeni Nabokov for the Islanders and Martin Brodeur for the Devils who could be in his final days as a member of the Devils. Right from the start the Devils took advantage and created early chances on offense. Penalties killed the Islanders today and signs of the penalty kill struggles returned when Adam Henrique scored 5 minutes into the game on the power play. The Islanders better team efforts of the day came in the first with a few scoring chances and Mike Halmo coming inches shy of his first NHL goal.

The 2nd period was a different story. Issues from the start for the Islanders on every aspect of the game from killing penalties, not playing aggressive, and costly mistakes that led to falling very far behind in this game. Two more power play goals were scored by the Devils and they had a total of 4 on the power play for the day. Marek Zidlicky and Ryane Clowe were the scorers with the man advantage but the Devils highlight of the period was JaromirJagr scoring his 700th career goal early in the period. Jagr is the 7th player in NHL history to reach the 700 goal mark for his career. The lone Islanders goal of the day came from Kyle Okposo his 25th of the season.

Evgeni Nabokov didn’t have any support today nor play well on his end as he was pulled from the game for Anders Nilsson who played the 3rd period. Nilsson was recalled from Bridgeport and Kevin Poulin was sent down. This was to get Poulin game action that he hasn’t seen in almost a month. The frustration of the day led to a pair of misconduct penalties by the Islanders. The misconduct to Travis Hamonic could possibly lead to a 1 game suspension since it was in the final 5 minutes of the game. A poor effort of play led to a dismantling defeat on home ice as the Islanders have lost 3 of 4 games on this 5 game home stand that included games prior to the Olympic break.

The week ahead for the Islanders concludes the home stand tomorrow afternoon against the Florida Panthers at 3:00 PM before heading on a 4 game western Canada road trip on Tuesday night.

-John Santamaria

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