Singing the Blues; Islanders flat against St. Louis

November 22, 2009

Blues goalie Chris Mason was fantastic

What started off as a nice road-trip has taken a turn for the worse.  The Islanders were just out played last night against the Blues, and Rolosson was shaky in net for really the first time all season.  It was also the first time the Isles dropped two consecutive games in regulation since November 4-6. 

The Islanders got a goal from Josh Bailey and that was it for the offense.   Bailey’s wrister from the top of the right circle got past a screened Mason 5:10 into the game. It was Bailey’s fifth of the season and second in two nights.

“Our biggest problem was we didn’t push the puck when we had opportunities,” Islanders coach Scott Gordon said. “Our backcheck was our biggest nemesis. We just gave them too much time on the entries.

The team once again struggled on the power play. 

“It definitely wasn’t our game tonight,” Islanders winger Trent Hunter said. “Sometimes it takes a few minutes to get your legs going after playing the night before, but that wasn’t the case. We can’t use that as an excuse that we played last night.”

The Blues quickly answered Bailey’s goal. Brewer’s shot from the left point at 8:02 tied the game. It was his first goal since Oct. 16, 2008. Patrik Berglund’s first goal in 13 games proved to be the difference, and Blues goalie Chris Mason was outstanding in goal as St. Louis won back-to-back games for the first time since beating Detroit in Sweden on Oct. 2-3. St. Louis is 3-2 on a six-game home stand.

The Islanders look to regroup after a day off Sunday, and will take on the Maple Leafs in Toronto Monday night.


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