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The New York Islanders’ five-game winning streak came to an end yesterday, falling 3-0 to the Detroit Red Wings.
The Islanders were outplayed badly through the first half of the opening frame, taking a couple penalties and being outshot by a huge margin. The Islanders did get going in the back half of the period and started to generate more quality chances, but the game remained scoreless through 20 minutes.
Detroit opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 in the second period, with Lucas Raymond capitalizing on a broken cross-crease pass from Dominik Kubalik to beat Semyon Varlamov. Then when the Islanders had a power play chance of their own later in the period, Noah Dobson got caught pinching and Pius Suter went in on a breakaway to score, extending the lead. New York managed just five shots in the period, exiting the frame down by two.
The Islanders actually did put together a better third period, getting some chances off the rush and outshooting Detroit 12-4. However, the lone goal of the period came when Dominik Kubalik came down on a rush midway through the period and beat Varlamov short-side, putting the Red Wings up by three. They hung on after that, shutting out the Islanders.
It was a disappointing outing for New York, who came in with a lot of momentum and a chance to end their brief road trip with a sixth straight win.
Penalties were an issue for the Islanders, taking four just within the first period and a half of the game alone. Despite the fact Detroit only capitalized on one, it’s pretty difficult to get much going offensively when you’re spending that much time shorthanded. Then when they did have their first power play, obviously, it didn’t go so well.
Semyon Varlamov did exit the game midway through the second period after a collision in the crease, but was able to return for the third period.
The Islanders generated just 24 shots overall, and only 12 through the first 40 minutes. They did have some better opportunities in the third period, but they couldn’t capitalize and by that point it was probably too late to get things going as is.
It’s been a good stretch of games for the Islanders and while it was a disappointing loss, hopefully they’re able to regain momentum at home tomorrow, when they face the Calgary Flames.
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