The New York Islanders had their three-game winning streak snapped Sunday, falling 5-2 to the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Edmonton native Johnny Boychuk scored a goal and an assist on his home soil, but it was not enough for the Islanders, who fell behind early and never led.
“It was an unacceptable game from us,” Matt Martin said. “There’s no way we can just give these two points away, or worse, not even show up. We had small spurts of playing okay, but then we were making bad decisions on both sides of the puck.”
The Oilers drew first blood late in the first period, as Matt Hendricks took advantage of a Jaroslav Halak misplay behind the net and scored the first of his two goals at 16:59. The Islanders did not get off to the start they wanted in the second period either, as Jordan Eberle snapped a wrist shot past Halak on the Oilers first rush, just eight seconds into the frame.
“We were slow coming out,” John Tavares said. “We let them do some things they wanted to do, give them credit. But we were just slow and outworked. It’s not good enough.”
Boychuk put the Islanders on the board with a power-play goal three minutes later, blasting a heavy slap shot past Ben Scrivens at 3:41. The goal gave the Islanders some jump, but they couldn’t capitalize on the momentum.
The Islanders stingy penalty kill came up with a big stop on a 56-second five-on-three to end the second period, but again, the momentum couldn’t carry over. A turnover behind the Islanders net led to an unassisted Derek Roy goal at 2:33, putting the Oilers up 3-1.
Hendricks tallied a long range empty netter with 2:30 to play and Matt Fraser put salt in the wound with his fifth of the season 17 seconds later. Brock Nelson squeaked a power-play goal through Scrivens with 31 seconds to play to complete the 5-2 scoreline.
Halak made 18 saves in the loss, ending a personal seven-game winning streak in the process. Scrivens stopped 31-of-33 shots.
The Islanders continue the Western Canadian swing of their road trip Tuesday night in Vancouver, when they take on the Canucks at Rogers Arena. Puck drop is at 10:00 p.m. eastern time.