Jaroslav Halak allowed a game-winning goal to Arizona's Nick Cousins in overtime as the Islanders lost to the Coyotes 3-2 on Monday at Gila River Arena. >> Box score
- 12:20 AZ Nick Cousins; Assist: Oliver Ekman-Larsson
- 0:34 NYI Anthony Beauvillier; Assist: Josh Bailey
- 9:52 AZ Brendan Perlini; Assists: Luke Schenn, Cousins
- 2:53 NYI Beauvillier; Assists: Thomas Hickey, Mathew Barzal
- 2:21 AZ Cousins; Assist: Christian Fischer
Andy Graziano, SNY.TV Twitter
This was a brutal point for the Islanders to drop in Arizona to the last-place Coyotes in a game that, frankly, they just weren't good enough or urgent enough. Again.
The loss keeps New York on the outer fringe of the playoff race, but enough to wonder if a point like this comes back to bite them later, as it did last year when they missed out on the postseason by just a singular digit.
Beauvillier was once again the offensive hero with two more goals, giving him eight in his past seven games. Barzal, typically, was all over the place. The first line also had some a nice possession game, spending a good amount of time in the offensive zone, but a familiar problem crept up once again that can only be fixed by the general manager.
The Islanders' third and fourth lines continue to be an albatross that is sinking the ship, playing defense almost the entire night, generating nothing at the other end. It's a problem that could be easily fixable, only if the right man with the right amount of guts decides to pull the trigger.
The Islanders play their third straight road game when they take on the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday at 10 p.m.