Anders Lee tied the game up at two with a minute left, but the Blues earned the win in the shootout, 3-2, at the Barclays Center >> Read more
9:38 STL Vladimir Tarasenko (2) ; Assists: Paul Statsny (3)
15:34 STL Vladimmir Tarasenko PPG (3) ; Assists: Jaden Schwartz (4), Alex Pietrangelo (3)
13:04 NYI Andrew Ladd (1) ; Assists: Jason Chimera (2), Brock Nelson (1)
19:00 NYI Anders Lee (1) ; Assists: Thomas Hickey (1), Jordan Eberle (2)
It may go down as a loss, but the Islanders did yeoman's work to get a point in this one.
After a sluggish first period, Vladimir Tarasenko netted a pair in the second to give St. Louis a two goal advantage. But the Isles fought back in the game's waning minutes. Andrew Ladd wristed one past Jake Allen with just under seven minutes left in third to get the Isles on the board, then Anders Lee scores a patented goal from the dirty area with just under a minute to play to ensure the Isles would get out of dodge with at least a point.
This Isles season may come down to how quickly they can get the power play together. So far, it's been lifeless, speciality the PP2 unit, which has been a mess. New York squandered almost six consecutive minutes of time with an extra attacker in the second, and it's those opportunities that they just can not afford to waste if they want to contend in hockey's best division.
Meanwhile, the PK has been fantastic, and they were again on Monday, specifically in overtime. Thomas Greiss(and the crossbar) made a few big stops, but overall, the kill is words ahead of when the power play is...again.
This can't be a repeat of last season. The Isles will be able to play with anyone provided they can start cashing in with the man advantage. It's still early, and the players need to be given a chance to gel, but an 0-for-6 looms large in a game that went to a shootout. They need to get this figured out and soon.
The Islanders will begin a three-game West Coast trip starting with the Ducks on Wednesday at 10:00 p.m.