As the New York Islanders head home from their five-game road trip versus the Western Conference at 3-2-0, there were some high and lows. The way the trip culminated in Chicago on Sunday was definitely one of the lowlights.
Chicago rolled to a 5-0 victory, sending New York home after a trip that took it to Michigan, Alberta, Colorado and finally Illinois.
The Islanders, 8-3-1 in their last 12 games, were not the team of recent times that had beaten Detroit and Colorado, two powers in the Western Conference.
“Other than tonight and probably against the Rangers the other week, we’ve been handling adversity a lot better and just executing our game plan a lot better,” Islanders forward John Tavares told NHL.com afterwards. “That’s what’s been working but we didn’t do that tonight.”
Goalie Nathan Lawson was kept more than busy on the evening, as he faced 45 shots, of which he made 40 saves. New York (13-21-6), meantime, managed only 29 shots on the evening.
Less than five minutes into the game, Blackhawks (23-18-3) forward Patrick Sharp scored a power play goal to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead, a lead they would never relinquish.
“I think we got away from our game plan,” Islanders forward Michael Grabner noted to NHL.com. “I think we tried to do things one way but it doesn’t work obviously so we have to get back to work and do what our coaches tell us to do.”
Chicago also got four goals in the second from Marian Hossa, Patrick Kane, Dave Bolland and Niklas Hjalmarsson.
The Islanders, who have the second lowest point total in the Eastern Conference (ahead of New Jersey), now turn their attention to the Vancouver Canucks, a team they will host in Uniondale Tuesday evening.
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Written by Dave Thomas