It was too little too late for the Islanders tonight at the Coliseum. They got two late goals to claw back to within one. First it was Frans Nielsen finding a loose puck and roofing a clear shot from the slot with the man advantage with about seven minutes to go. Then, with three minutes to go a poorly timed delay of game penalty from Carolina's Justin Faulk gave the Islanders a 6-on-4 for two minutes. They wouldn't score on the man advantage but seconds after it expired Kyle Okposo also found himself with a clear shot from the slot, which he buried for his third of the year (note: he had only four all last season).
The Islanders did have a 6-on-5 with a minute to go to try and force overtime. Inexplicably for Carolina, Okposo was sprung for a clear shot with about half a minute to go, but nothing came of it and the Islanders were unable to find the tying marker late.
There are two pressing concerns from this game. The first is that the team failed to play hard for much more than 20 minutes after a fine effort at the Coliseum on Thursday night. Secondly, and more importantly, is the status of Lubomir Visnovsky who left during the first period with a concussion and did not return.
Visnovsky is one of if not the best defender on the team and runs the point on the power play (and the Islanders play four forwards and one defender on said power play). It's a good unit too, the Islanders were seventh in the league on the man advantage following tonight's game. Andrew MacDonald took his spot on the point for the Isles and they did go two-of-five with the extra man tonight, both goals coming without Visnovsky.
[sny-box]The Islanders finish up their four-game home stand on Tuesday night at the Coliseum against the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver is 5-3-1 on the season, losing in a shootout to Pittsburgh tonight.[/sny-box]