Jaroslav Halak surrendered three goals in the first period as the New York Islanders lost to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Sunday at PNC Arena. >> Read more
- 1:50 CAR Sebastian Aho (power play); Assists: Teuvo Teravainen, Justin Faulk
- 3:40 CAR Teravainen; Assists: Aho, Noah Hanifin
- 10:44 NYI Nick Leddy
- 17:13 CAR Elias Lindholm; Assists: Phillip Di Giuseppe, Jeff Skinner
- 17:40 CAR Teravainen (power play); Assists: Justin Faulk, Aho
- 13:13 NYI John Tavares (power play); Assists: Leddy, Mathew Barzal
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
All things come to a head for the Islanders after Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Playing their third game in four nights, poor goaltending by Halak, a poor power play (1-for-7) and bad penalty killing (3-of-5) combined to see them trail 4-1 at the end of two periods. Up front, there's nothing really to note, as no Islanders forward stood out nor made any glaring mistakes.
Halak looked slow and uneasy throughout the contest, "fighting the puck," as they say, and just cannot seem to get into a groove early in the season. With another stretch of three games in four nights coming up this week, New York will need both of its goaltenders to be sharp. Thus far, Thomas Greiss has vastly outplayed Halak for the starting gig.
On the other end, Cam Ward was spectacular, especially in the second period, when the Islanders outshot Carolina 11-6, making a number of highlight reel stops when the game was still 3-1 and well within reach.
The Islanders play the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday at Barclays Center at 7 p.m.