Islanders Get Blown Away by Blackhawks in 5-0 loss
New York, NY - The New York Islanders (13-21-6) suffered from some severe exhaustion in their 5-0 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks (23-18-3) on Sunday night. The once hot offensive Islanders team could not get a goal past Chicago keeper Corey Crawford, as the defending Stanley Cup Champions were able to blow away the road weary Isles.
Chicago was able to strike for their first goal on a power play opportunity as at the 3:59 mark of the first period Islanders blue liner Bruno Gervais served a two minute penalty for holding center Dave Bolland. The Blackhawks then took the 1-0 lead at the 4:52 mark when Patrick Sharp (25) tallied a 30 foot wrister, which was set up by Patrick Kane (20) and Brent Seabrook (20).
The Blackhawks then opened the floodgates with their offensive scoring in the second period of play. Beginning at the 2:10 mark as Marian Hossa (10) tallied a 31 foot wrister, that was set up by Tomas Kopecky (19) and Sharp (19) to give Chicago the 2-0 lead.
Kane would then join the party, recording a 24 foot slap shot at the 7:19 mark to give the Blackhawks the 3-0 lead. That third Chicago goal was set up by Jonathan Toews (20) and Niklas Hjalmarsson (4). Davie Bolland (6) would tally a 21 foot wrister at the 16:24 mark, which was set up by Hossa (14) and Bryan Bickell (13) to make the score 4-0 in favor of the Blackhawks.
Before the horn would sound to end the second period of play Chicago would make the score 5-0, when Hjalmarsson (2) would tally a 39 foot slap shot, which was set up by Hossa (15) and Brian Campbell (13) at the 19:04 mark.
That would be all the offense needed to help first star and keeper Corey Crawford as he stopped 29 saves in the victory for the Blackhawks. In what was a rough night for Islanders keeper Nathan Lawson made 40 saves.
The good news for Islanders fans is that the team will now get to return home to Long Island for a few home games before their next road stretch. The Islanders will have an interesting test on Tuesday as they have a 7:00 p.m. face-off with the Vancouver Canucks, who are currently the top team in the Western Conference.