The Islanders continue to have no issues scoring, but lose 5-4 (OT) against the Ducks. John Tavares scored twice and added an assist, while Josh Bailey had three assists.
- 8:09 ANA Hampus Lindholm; Assists: Andrew Cogliano, Ryan Getzlaf
- 9:54 ANA Ondrej Kase; Assists: Nick Ritchie, Josh Manson
- 5:39 NYI Mathew Barzal (PPG); Assists: Josh Bailey, John Tavares
- 12:36 ANA Hampus Lindholm; Assist: Ryan Getzlaf
- 16:59 NYI John Tavares (PPG); Assists: Mathew Barzal, Josh Bailey
- 5:54 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Josh Bailey, Nick Leddy
- 7:52 NYI Andrew Ladd; Assists: Scott Mayfield, Jordan Eberle
- 18:45 ANA Rickard Rakell; Assists: Brandon Montour, Ryan Getzlaf
- 4:03 ANA Hampus Lindholm; Assists: Bradon Montour, Ryan Getzlaf
That's a brutal loss. The Isles did a great job to fight back from two separate two-goal deficits and take a 4-3 lead late into the third. But once you get it, you have to keep it. Not only did New York let the regulation win get away, but they squandered the second point, too.
In the nightly game of take-your-pick-of-bad-goaltenders, the wheel landed on Jaro Halak, who turned in another skunker. I know that the Ducks put 40 shots on net tonight, but I'm sorry, there's at least one soft goal a game. At some point in the season, your goaltender needs to be your best player. Heck, the Isles would settle simply for a passable performance, and they're just not getting it. Something has to be done here.
On a bright note, the first line was fantastic, and Josh Bailey keeps getting better and better. Bailey's kept his points streak going, extending it to seven games, and his three assists now give him an NHL-best 35 on the year. The set up on John Tavares' second goal was absolutely gorgeous. It's just hard to believe the Isles can be this good offensively and still be in this slide they're currently in.
One more game before the Christmas break, and it's not an easy one: a Saturday matinee against Winnipeg. New York needs two points in the worst possible way. Let's hope they can get them and reset a little bit, as we roll toward the New Year.