Islanders Can’t Hold back the Capitals in the 2-1 loss

New York, NY - Rookie winger Nino Niederriter tallied the Islanders first goal of the game at 3:14 of the first period, but the New York Islanders (1-1-1) couldn’t hold back the Washington Capitals (3-1-0) as Alex Ovechkin and company roared back for a 2-1 victory over New York on Wednesday.

The ‘Great Eight’ could not be contained scoring the game tying goal at the 18:19 mark of the second period as he connected on an assist by Nicklas Backstrom. The two would hook up again in the third as Backstrom cashed in on a pass from Ovechkin and helped to lead Washington to its third straight victory.

For New York they could not only cash in on their power play opportunities but also took a bad penalty which eventually lead to the Capitals netting the game winning goal. The penalty was a roughing call on Blake Comeau at the 15:55 mark.

According to the Islanders website it was a call that both head coach Scott Gordon and Blake Comeau did not like. Coach Gordon was quoted as saying, “Well the guy he went to hit actually pushed his arms up into Comeau and I don’t think his arms even got close to his face.”

Comeau had this do say, “I didn’t agree with the call. I thought I missed the guy completely and the referee said it looked like I was trying to hit him high. The referee said that he’s got to call it, so I don’t understand it, but it is what it is I guess.”

The disturbing thing for Islanders fans is the fact for the second game this season the Islanders could not cash in on their power play opportunities. The last time the team had these failures was in the home opener against Dallas. This is a trend that the Islanders will need to fix if they have any hopes of contending in this 2010-2011 NHL season.

New York will continue on this road trip with a 7:00 p.m. game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday before returning home to Long Island on Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. face-off against the Colorado Avalanche.