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Islanders routed by the Panthers

December 15, 2009

Nathan Horton scores his first of three goals

I actually watched most of this game, and what an embarrassment it was.  The Islanders were beaten to every loose puck, could not get their fore-check going, and looked flat in every aspect of the game. 

If there had been anything more significant than the sparse crowd on hand at Nassau Coliseum last night, the Islanders would’ve been hit with a hurricane of boos, but with the paltry attendance (listed as 10,489) the team was lucky to escape with just an understated shower of discontent after a humiliating 7-1 defeat by the Panthers.

The Isles consistently turned the puck over, even on the power play, and it became clear early that they may have been looking ahead to Wednesday and Thursday’s games against the Rangers.  

“To be honest, I thought we were a team that forgot we were playing tonight and was looking forward to the Rangers games this week,” Roloson said.

Trailing 3-1 after two periods, the Islanders gave up four goals in the third period in arguably their worst loss of the season.

In an atrocious third period, the Islanders essentially handed over two goals in the first 55 seconds, leading Scott Gordon to pull goaltender Roloson and replace him with Martin Biron.

Roloson was not the same goaltender that has been stealing games for the Islanders of late, but the Islanders didn’t do anything to reciprocate the many times he has bailed them out as they gave up a season-high 7 goals, including a hat trick for Nathan Horton.

“Probably the worst game of the season so far,” Mark Streit said. “We were just awful tonight.”

There really is nothing else to say about this game, so I won’t bore you with unnecessary details. 

The Islanders resume play with a home-and-home against the New York Rangers, beginning Wednesday night.  Game time is 7 pm.

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