They say that the number 13 is unlucky. For the New York Islanders, that certainly holds true.
The Islanders dropped their 13th straight game Sunday evening, a 2-1 OT loss in The Peach State to the Atlanta Thrashers, as Dustin Byfuglien (member of last year’s Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks) tallied the game-winner at 1:30 into overtime for the home team.
With the loss, New York (4-12-4) has its longest winless streak going back to 14 straight games without a win Feb. 13-March 15, 1990. That streak involved three ties.
“We had several chances to win,” New York’s Matt Moulson told the Associated Press afterwards. “We have to score goals. … You can’t take comfort in getting just one point.”
New York’s Michael Grabner knocked in a deflection with :13 remaining in the second period to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead.
New York goalie Rick DiPietro registered 33 saves and held Atlanta to one goal in regulation.
The bottom line, however, is that the Islanders once again left an arena without a victory.
With Columbus coming to Nassau Coliseum this Wednesday night (7 p.m. ET), the Islanders hope that number 14 is not in their cards.
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Written by Dave Thomas