After winning five of six games, the New York Islanders dropped their second consecutive game, falling 5-1 to the Ottawa Senators Sunday afternoon at Nassau Coliseum.
The Senators opened up the Islanders with three goals in a 10-minute span in the second period to pull away from a 1-1 deadlock. Sergei Gonchar, Milan Michalek and Nick Foligno struck for the Sens, while the Isles were unable to answer in the middle frame.
“There was a nine-minute lapse that we had in the second period,” Jack Capuano said. “We didn’t compete hard enough tonight, we didn’t deserve to win that hockey game and we had some guys that played with no urgency in their game at all.”
Mark Streit put the Islanders ahead in the first period, deflecting a John Tavares pass off of his skate and past Craig Anderson. The play was reviewed, but ultimately the goal would stand.
Following Streit’s goal, Ottawa took over the game, and the combination of Milan Michalek, Turris and Gonchar combined for nine points on four of Senator’s five goals. Turris led the way with four points (2g/2a) while Michalek netted a goal and two assists and Gonchar added two points (1g/1a).
“They kept it simple and they worked pretty hard,” Streit said. “We just played too complicated. It was pretty horrible on our part.”
Micheal Haley provided some energy for the Islanders, delivering nine hits and dropping the gloves with Sens enforcer Chris Neil in the first period. Capuano rewarded the feisty winger with 13:02 TOI.
“We were trying to give guys some minutes that we want to take a look at and evaluate,” Capuano said. “He gave us the energy that we need. If physical play is needed, he steps up for his teammates.”
Haley stepped up again in the third period as Neil was taking liberties with Andrew MacDonald, but Neil had no interest in a second round and Haley was given a roughing minor.
“I just thought I’d say that we aren’t going to take that,” Haley said.
While the Islanders took strides against divisional foes this season and swept the Carolina Hurricanes, they did not have an antidote for the Ottawa Senators. After taking the first meeting of the season in overtime, the Islanders dropped three straight to the Sens.
As a part of Fan Appreciation Day, the Islanders participated in the annual “Jersey’s off our Backs” ceremony, giving game-worn jerseys to lucky fans. Also, before the game, Matt Martin was announced as the 2012 Bob Nystrom Award winner for the Islanders player who “best exemplifies leadership, hustle and dedication.”
After back-to-back matinees, the Islanders return to action against the New Jersey Devils Tuesday night at Prudential Center. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.