The 5-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes is one the Islanders want to quickly forget considering the lackluster performance they put on in front of a sold out Nassau Coliseum. The Isles allowed 41 shots on net through three periods, while only registering 24, and the Hurricanes led in shots attempted 70-46.
The Islanders, who are now preparing for a four game road trip, played sluggishly and allowed the Hurricanes to out work them for most of the 60-minute affair.
"It certainly wasn't a very good game," John Tavares said. "We obviously played slow, we looked flat and execution was very poor. Disappointing to end the homestand this way... Give them credit, they came hard and looked like the more desperate team tonight.
It took the Islanders roughly five minutes to register their first shot on goal and when Michael Grabner scored 11:47 into the first period, it was just the team's fourth shot on net.
Special teams played a role as well. The Islanders power play struggled to find much rhythm and the penalty kill surrendered two goals against. The lack of puck control also forced Chad Johnson to have tot make 36 saves.
"They have some skilled players there. If you don't execute the penalty kill and if I don't make some saves there, they are going to capitalize on their chances. It's something we're going to have to re-group with. It's sort of a wakeup call for us. We have to get ourselves together here and re-group," Chad Johnson said.
The Islanders have not had the easiest of schedules in the month of February. The Isles finished a stretch of games that saw them play five games in seven nights and for most of the month played every other night -- 15 games over 28 days. In addition, Saturday night was the second game of a back-to-back.
Nonetheless, the Islanders weren't letting their hectic schedule be used as an excuse for what happened during the rare 5 p.m. game.
"I don't think we can use that as an excuse," Matt Martin said. "It's a game we should win. We need to win and just a disappointing effort. Just not acceptable."
Martin added: "I just don't think it was good enough from our end and just as a whole have to be better. Have to get more shots and came out of the gate slow and didn't play a very good game at all."
The Islanders will have the chance to move on from the loss. They will head to Texas to kick off a four game road trip.