Thursday was also the team's third loss in a row. The Blues held a 2-0 lead in the second period, but goals by John Tavares and Mikhail Grabovski evened the score. Alexander Steen scored an early third period goal and the Blues added three more in the final 20 minutes.
The Islanders are still one point out of first place in the Metropolitan Division and are 19-10-0 on the season.
The Five Points
- This is the team's first three game losing streak since the end of October, when the Islanders dropped games to the Winnipeg Jets (Oct. 28), Colorado Avalanche (Oct. 30) and San Jose Sharks (Nov. 1). The Islanders have blown two three-goal leads in the last three games, but the Islanders turned the tables a bit on the Blues rallying from a two-goal deficit. Yes, they didn't complete the comeback, but the Islanders play took a step in the right direction after really only playing in the first period of the previous two games.
- The Islanders special teams has been struggling, and last night was no exception. The power play went 0-for-3 against the Blues Thursday night. The power play has struggled throughout the losing streak and has failed to yield many results. The Islanders continue to play the puck along the outside and not take shots when they have the man-advantage. They continue to pass the puck too much, instead of taking shots on net and creating chances down low.
- The Penalty kill failed to keep the Blues from scoring. The Islanders went 0-for-2 while down a man, which resulted in St. Louis's first and fifth goals of the game. The officiating has not been great over the last several games, but the Isles have been playing less disciplined than they should be. The Isles penalty kill has gone 6-for-12 over the three game losing streak.
- The Islanders defense has been missing Travis Hamonic and Johnny Boychuk over the recent stretch of games. Brian Strait has taken the brunt of the blame for the team's defensive woes -- he was on the ice for three of the goals against -- but as a whole the team's defensive mistakes have cost them.
- Jaroslav Halak gave up five goals for the second time, and to the same team, in back-to-back starts. He did make 27 saves and thwarted several good chances by the Blues through the first 40 minutes. He couldn't, however, hold off the Blues in the third as they scored three goals and an empty netter.
They Said It: "Way too many turnovers and you saw the chances they had. Really mismanaged the puck in the third. Guys are going to have learn pretty quick if they want to have success." - Jack Capuano
"It's definitely not a good [feeling]. Right now trying to dig ourselves out of what we're in right now. A little bit of adversity, but at the same that's what makes you a better team. You have to learn from what we need to build off of and continue to focus on what we need to do." - Brock Nelson
"It's a good test and we're going to come out hard, that's for sure. They're a good hockey club. It's going to be a great test for us. It's going to be a good rebound game for us to see what we're made of." - Kyle Okposo on Saturday's game against the Blackhawks.
Islanders Three Stars:
- John Tavares -- The Islander Captain had a goal in the loss and finished the game a plus-1 in 21:52 of work.
- Thomas Hickey -- Hickey has played well for the Isles and Thursday was no different. He played a good defensive game and had four shots on net.
- Mikhail Grabovski -- Grabovski tied the game late in the second period and broke a 10-game drought. He was a plus-1 as well.