The Islanders couldn't capitalize on their third period forecheck, and in turn, dropped the contest to the Oilers, 2-1, in overtime.
It was a lopsided third period as the puck stayed in the Islanders offensive end. However, Oilers G Cam Talbot was stellar, saving 13 shots to cap off a 36-save night. He allowed the one goal from Jordan Eberle in the second period, but was lights out after.
Mathew Barzal knew the Islanders should have cashed in during their late surge.
"I thought we dominated the third," Barzal told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "It's frustrating. To not win that one, it's definitely frustrating. Any other night, two or three of those go in in the third."
Instead, Oilers' star Connor McDavid sniped a one-timer passed G Thomas Greiss to win the game in overtime with just 38 seconds expired on the clock.
Despite the Isles' luck, head coach Doug Weight though his team played well against a strong Oilers team.
"Greisser was good, Talbot was good, the game was good," Weight said. "We really closed up defensively against a good, strong team."
Greiss only saw 25 total shots in the game, including a mere two in the third period. Unfortunately, the final shot was placed perfectly out of the reach of Greiss.
In the end, though, the Islanders needed to convert on their chances in the third.
"We had a lot of chances, I had a few, you just have to bury them," Barzal said.
The Islanders still see a bright side to the loss at Barclays Center as their overall play would translate into wins down the road.
"Sunday we got very lucky and tonight we didn't," Greiss said. "If we play that way, we'll win a lot of games."
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The Islanders red-hot power play let them down last night as they went 0-for-3 with the man advantage. The first unit generated some chances, but none really that could be called 'high-danger', and the second unit could not generate anything of note.
All in, however, a really solid game from the Islanders, the second time over the course of the past three games they have outplayed the opposition, but failed to come away with the two-point reward. They kept reigning MVP Connor McDavid in check until his overtime winner, renewed acquaintances with Ryan Strome, and peppered Talbot with 37 shots and 57 attempts.
In the third period alone, they outshot Edmonton 13-2 and poured on the pressure, even down a forward when Nikolay Kulemin left the game with what appeared to be a shoulder injury.
As long as the Islanders continue to fire on all cylinders like this, they will win more than they lose, that's for sure. You'll take a point against a Western conference team with the style of play we saw last night rather than the stinker performance we saw in Minnesota last week every...single...day.
Last night was the first time in eight games they failed to score at least three goals. The team, to this point, is averaging 3.6 goals per game, good for third in the entire league.