Islanders Get Bit by the Sharks in 2-1 loss
New York, NY- The New York Islanders (4-9-3) were able to take a very tough San Jose Shark (7-5-2) team to the shootout frame in hockey action on Thursday night, but were not able to get a win as they fell by the score of 2-1.
Good news for Islanders fans is that two negative trends were broken in the Thursday night game. The first is that the Islanders were able to score first on the strength of a P.A. Parenteau goal at the 4:51 mark, that was set up by Jack Hillen and John Tavares.
Thus far the Islanders have not been able to score first in this winless streak and that had to have been something that was disturbing to most fans. The second was that the Islanders held a very good shooting team to the Sharks to just one goal in the regulation period.
It was on the strength of a beautiful Dan Boyle backhanded shot that went top shelf in the shootout frame that the Sharks were able to skate away with the victory . Sadly for Islanders keeper Dwayne Roloson who took the loss in the game on Thursday night after making 37 saves. Roloson skated off the ice in frustration, vented some of it by banging his stick against the boards before exiting the ice.
Roloson who was banged up several times during the course of the game including one of the scariest moments at the 16:10 mark of the third period where a Dan Boyle shot blindsided the keeper. Thankfully Roloson stayed in the game and finished with several amazing saves.
Also making some nice stops was San Jose keeper Antero Nittymaki who ended the night with 24 stops. One of his most impressive stops was at the 14:08 mark on the scoreboard when Trent Hunter made a great move and a shot, but that shot was stopped by Nittymaki.
Eventually after a very competitive overtime period the two teams went into the shootout in which the Islanders could not cash in on any of their chances. One does have to wonder why Islanders head coach Scott Gordon didn’t have winger Matt Moulson as one of his top two shooters in that frame.
This long West Coast trip will end for the Islanders on Saturday as they have a 10:30 p.m. face-off with the Los Angeles King’s before returning home to Long Island for a 7:00 p.m. Wednesday night face-off with the Tampa Bay Lightning.