The Islanders fought back from a 3-0 first intermission hole to tie the game 3-3 in the second period before losing out to the Blue Jackets 6-4. They nearly came back from a multi-goal deficit for the second time on the night, but that effort fell just short before Columbus added a last-second empty net goal.
Josh Bailey scored a hat-trick in the losing effort.
- 3:57 CBJ Zach Werenski; Assist: Artemi Panarin
- 6:23 CBJ Markus Nutivaara; Assists: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Alexander Wennberg
- 15:52 CBJ Pierre-Luc Dubois (PPG); Assists: Zach Werenski, Artemi Panarin
- 5:00 NYI Josh Bailey; Assist: John Tavares
- 7:49 NYI Casey Cizikas; Assists: Scott Mayfield, Calvin de Haan
- 13:52 NYI Josh Bailey; Assists: Anders Lee, John Tavares
- 15:03 CBJ Seth Jones; Assists: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Cam Atkinson
- 17:52 CBJ Nick Foligno; Assists: Alexander Wennberg, Oliver Bjorkstrand
- 7:11 NYI Josh Bailey (PPG); Assist: John Tavares
- 19:59 CBJ Josh Anderson (empty net); Assist: Artemi Panarin
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The Islanders once again come out slow. Once again, they suffer too many defensive zone lapses from both the defenseman and forwards. Once again, they don't get the big save when they need it most.
That all adds up to another tally in the loss column as they drop a 6-4 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Ohio, wasting Josh Bailey's first career hat trick and captain John Tavares' three assists.
After being outshot 16-4 and out-attempted 31-15 as they were run ragged in the first period, New York battled back to the tune of 4-3 in goals, 21-19 in shots and 52-33 in attempts in the remaining two periods. But, it was too little, too late.
They have now lost six of eight as they return to Barclays Center for six of their next eight to close out the new year, starting with Saturday's contest against the Los Angeles Kings. With no apparent help coming, it's going to be up to the coaching staff led by Doug Weight and the players to figure out how they play a complete 60-minutes and stop starting the way they have over the past eight to 10 games.
The good news is that Bailey continues to produce at an elite level and nobody seems to be running away with the Metropolitan division right now, leaving the regression window open just a crack where it doesn't necessarily threaten, at present, to sink the entire 2017-18 season. But things most certainly need to change, and that change needs to start in their defensive zone.