The Islanders fell 3-2 to the Anaheim Ducks in front of a sellout crowd in Uniondale. It was the seventh straight home contest that the Islanders have failed to win and it was their seventh loss in the last eight games.
"We're trying to figure it out," John Tavares said after the loss. "We're not playing as complete of a game as we did before... I think we're seeing how tight the games are at that time of year. I men we're not far off. We're losing a lot of games by one goal. You have to stick with it for 60-minutes. We're facing some adversity and we have to find a way to overcome it."
Although it wasn't the shooting gallery it was on Thursday against the Kings, the Islanders were outplayed in the opening period and let in the game's opening goal at 8:23. The puck bounced off Nick Leddy's skate and into the net.
The Islanders were able to even up the score late in the period with a goal from Lubomir Visnovsky. A shot from the point by Visnovsky hit off the skate of a Ducks' player and past goalie Frederik Andersen. The Ducks retook their lead 1:46 into the second period, with Kyle Palmieri scoring the goal, and then took a two-goal advantage with 4:50 remaining in the second.
Casey Cizikas was able to get a late game goal in the closing minutes of the third to cut the deficit to one.
The Islanders ended up outshooting the Ducks, who clinched a postseason birth with their win, 31-24, but Anaheim looked like the more fundamentally sound club for the 60-minute contest. The Isles power play also played a big factor, and not in a good way.
With the Ducks leading 2-1 in the second, the Islanders had a 5-on-3 man advantage for 1:54. The home team generated chances, but failed to convert on the nearly two minute advantage. Andersen did make a handful of big saves during for the Ducks during the penalties and a few minutes after the Isles' power play ended the visitors from California pulled ahead by two goals.
The Islanders power play has continued to be an issue throughout the 2014-15 season. "Obviously you watch the game the 5-on-3 is the turning point," head coach Jack Capuano said.
Johnny Boychuk added: "Well we did have some chances. The puck was bouncing a little bit, but we did still have a couple good opportunities to put it in and their goalie made two good saves. You just have to bear down when you have those chances."
There were no breaks to be had Saturday in the standings for the Islanders. The Pittsburgh Penguins won moving into second place in the Metropolitan Division. The Islanders are three points ahead of the Washington Capitals in the division.
Detroit visits the Islanders on Sunday, as the Isles still search for their first home victory in the month of March.