Short-handed Goal Snaps Islanders Streak in 2-1 loss to Edmonton

New York, NY - The seven game winning streak the New York Islanders (12-20-6) was snapped on a short-handed goal by Dustin Penner, which gave the Edmonton Oilers (13-19-7) in hockey action on Thursday night.

The Oilers were able to strike quickly in the first period as at the 3:22 mark Gilbert Brule (6) tallied a 10 foot wrister, that went past the five hole of Nathan Lawson for the 1-0 lead. The first Edmonton goal was set up by Andrew Cogliano (eight) and Dustin Penner (15).

Edmonton was able to strike again at the 5:17 mark when Penner (12) was able to net a top-shelf 10 foot backhanded shot, which was set up by Andrew Cogliano (eight) to give the Oilers the 2-0 lead.

New York then made a drastic move, making the call for backup and rookie Kevin Poulin to make his NHL debut in the cage on this night. It happened at the 5:17 mark when Islanders fans would see what the keeper would be made off.

Fans of the Islanders would be very happy as he was named to the third star of the game stopping 19 total shots in the night. The first save in the young keeper’s career happened at the 6:27 mark when he stuffed a 30 foot wrister attempt by Alex Hemsky.

The Islanders would cut into the lead at the 13:00 mark of the second period. Blake Comeau (9) would hammer a quick one-timer on a 35 foot snap shot, that went through the five hole of Edmonton keeper Devan Dubnyk, to make the score 2-1. That first Islanders goal was set up by Rob Schremp (eight) and Josh Bailey (5), to give the Islanders some offensive momentum.

Sadly the Islanders could not cash in on that offensive momentum, including a 5-on-3 opportunity towards the winding minutes of the third period of play. The Oilers would not only skate away with the 2-1 victory, but also snapped the seven game winning streak that the Islanders had.

New York will continue on this long road trip as they head to Colorado on Saturday for a 3:00 p.m. afternoon face-off against the Avalanche.



Adam Reid's picture

This is a HUGE surprise to me. After the Roloson trade, and DiPietro getting hurt, I expected this game to be a blowout, 7-1, or something in that ballpark. Really impressed with the play of the two inexperienced goaltenders to pull up their socks.