The Islanders suffered their 10th straight loss, falling 5-1 to the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on Saturday Night. After trailing 2-0 at 5:02 into the first period on two goals by Anze Kopitar, the Islanders could not battle back for the win despite center Rob Schremp’s goal just 37 seconds after Kopitar’s second goal.
Islanders head coach Scott Gordon was not pleased as he expected more.
“We can’t afford to give up two goals in the first five minutes and think that we’re going to come back, especially when we’re not scoring,” said Gordon. “It’s a huge issue and as far as not being ready for the start of a game, there’s no excuse for it.”
With the loss, the Islanders are 4-10-3 and are desperately fighting for points.
Doug Weight #93 of the New York Islanders skates with the puck against Anze Kopitar #11 of the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on November 13, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noah Graham/NHLI via Getty Images)
“I’d say it’s very taxing when you miss a streak like this,” said Islanders captain Doug Weight. “It’s very taxing every night. It just resonates and accumulates. It feels like it’s much tougher to come back.”
The Islanders have been plagued by injuries this season and have been short defensively, forced to play with six defensemen as Mark Streit, Andrew MacDonald and Milan Jurcina have all been sidelined. As a result of an illness to Jack Hillen, the Islanders were forced to play with five defensemen in Saturday night’s matchup.
“Yeah I don’t think it helped,” said Gordon. “They’re a team that has a lot of speed and they get on the D pretty quickly. I found at times that we were overextended and it shouldn’t have played out that way, but the D that we had played hard and when you’re playing a team that has a lot of speed like that it makes it hard to get out of your zone and they came hard tonight.”
Despite playing with fight, the Islanders continued their losing streak in Los Angeles as they have not defeated the Kings (15-3-0) in regulation since Feb. 15, 2003 bringing their record against the franchise to 1-5-2.
In the second period, the Islanders kept up with the Kings as each team had nine shots on goal, but their deficit grew to two goals as forward Justin Williams scored the third goal for the Kings.
But when the teams came out for the third period, the Islanders were overpowered by the Kings as they were outshot 13-3, allowing two goals as Dustin Brown earned a penalty shot, scoring five hole on Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson and Drew Doughty’s one-timer sealed the score at 5-1 on the power play.
As a whole, the team was not happy with their performance on Saturday night as they were outshot 34-19 and they were unable to produce on even one of their five power play opportunities.
“We played two of our better games (Anaheim and San Jose) coming in to this one and we came with a goal right in the second shift after their second goal,” said Weight. “We felt like we deserved a win in the first. To explain the rest of the game, I don’t know. It’s pathetic. We just have to find a way to get 60 minutes going and find a way to win a hockey game so that things can slowly turn around.”
With only five home games this season the Islanders are ready to come back to Long Island and they look forward to turning their streak around as they will play their first home game in 11 days when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night.
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Interference - Goalkeeper
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