04 November 2011
Uniondale, NY -- The Islanders lost their sixth straight game last night losing to the Winnipeg Jets 3-0 at Nassau Coliseum. Evander Kane, Johnny Oduya, and Alexander Burmistrov led the charge for the Jets offensively, while Ondrej Pavelec stopped all 34 Islander shots he faced in net.
“(Pavelec) was good,” Commented Josh Bailey after the game. “He’s a good goalie, we knew this coming in, and we knew we needed to put a lot of pucks towards him. I thought we did that; it’s just a matter of putting pucks in the back of the net.”
Putting pucks in the net was the Islanders downfall last night. They had 34 shots on net and created opportunities throughout the game, especially in the second period where the Islanders were clearly the dominant team. Pavelec, allowed the Islanders two or three chances on a single rush at times by leaving “juicy” rebounds in front of the net. Unfortunately for the Islanders they would over skate them or wouldn’t be able to finish them.
“It’s one of those games where through screens the puck just seemed to find the goalie,” Islanders starter Rick Dipietro said following the 3-0 loss. “We had some good opportunities. Again you score one and you score two or three and it’s a different game. The forwards worked hard, I thought the D played a great game. We had a lot of cuts to the net, just didn’t capitalize.”
For his part, Dipietro held his own tonight looking strong stopping 23 of 25 shots he faced. The two goals he let in were not his own fault, although the fans will most likely blame him anyway, but the result of defensive breakdowns in front of the net.
Kane’s was able to score in the first period because he worked his way through Travis Hamonic and Andrew MacDonald, who both seemed to back off Kane as he made his way to the net. Then Oduya scored in the third period as Travis Hamonic fell to the ice.
“Just came in and I don’t know if he faked, a couple shots got blocked and I was kind of like up down up down, Dipietro said about the Kane goal. “And the puck, some how, landed on his stick there. The third whack at it and that was it.”
The loss was a tough one for the Islanders, but they are trying to look at the positives and what they can build off of for Saturday nights game against the Capitals.
“You can’t really focus on that though,” Bailey said in response when asked if the team was snake bitten. “You don’t want to let it snow ball… you move on and focus on positives from the game before and I think there are a lot of positives to focus on tonight.”
Islanders’ defenseman Steve Staios expanded on Bailey’s thoug.
“We did a good job in the offensive zone,” Staios said. “We got pucks in deep, we played in our system, and we didn’t give up much defensively.”
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