The Streak reaches 14 as Islanders Get Stung in Overtime in 4-3 verdict to Columbus
New York, NY- In spite of a brilliant performance from keeper Rick DiPietro the New York Islanders (4-12-5) dropped their 14th straight game. In a heartbreaking overtime frame to the Columbus Blue Jackets (14-6-0) by a tally of 4-3 in hockey action on Wednesday night.
The Islanders were able to strike for the first goal in their third consecutive game, as Trent Hunter found the back of the net at the 10:16 mark of the first period for his first goal of the season. Hunter who netted a quick wrist shot for his 99th career NHL goal gave a quick fist pump, as the Islanders took the lead.
Columbus struck back with two quick goals of their own as Antoine Vermette netted a power play goal at the 13:48 mark for the first Blue Jackets goal. Chris Clark gave the Blue Jackets the 2-1 lead at the 15:58 mark as he took a juicy rebound and let off a snap shot that went past DiPietro.
That juicy rebound was just one example of how the defensive core could not help what was a very strong performance by DiPietro who finished the night with 34 saves. DiPietro did a stellar job of keeping the Islanders in Thursday nights game. On the other side of the ice Mathieu Garon made 21 saves in the victory for Columbus.
It had seemed as if New York was not done though as they were able to get some offensive momentum going with a backhanded shot at 00:51 of the second period as Michael Grabner tied the two teams up at 2-2. John Tavares netted a backhander of his own at the 2:24 mark to give the Islanders the 3-2 lead.
Columbus was able to find an answer though as R.J. Umberger netted a wrist shot at the 6:46 mark in that frame to tie the two teams up as they would need the overtime frame to decide a winner. The Blue Jackets were able to find the game-winning goal from Jakub Voracek as he was able to tip-in the fourth Columbus goal at the 2:31 mark of that overtime frame to give the Blue Jackets the victory.
For New York they will now have an interesting test on Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. as they face a resurging New Jersey Devils squad. The Devils had been struggling themselves earlier this year have recorded back-to-back victories with their 2-1 shootout tally over Calgary on Wednesday night.
It should be interesting to see how the Islanders who are progressing with each game that they play respond to a rivalry game, can New York find an answer against their Metropolitan Rivals? Or will the Devils for the first time this season win three games in this 2010-11 NHL season?