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‘This one is on us’: Islanders lose high-scoring game to Coyotes

Dec 13, 2013, 1:30 AM EDT

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After a brief recourse from a hideous 10-game losing streak, the New York Islanders once again felt the sting of defeat.

This time, they gave up half a dozen goals in a 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, as their road trip out west came to an end. In five games away from Long Island, the Islanders were victorious just once. They’ve now dropped 11 of their past 12 games, with the only win in that time coming against the San Jose Sharks in a shootout on Tuesday.

The two teams combined for six goals in the second period, with the Coyotes scoring four. They are also without their captain and one of their top scorers Shane Doan, who is out “for the foreseeable future” due to illness.

“When it’s a 6-3 final and your goalie is still your best player, it’s a bad sign,” Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey told Newsday Long Island.

“This one is on us. You can’t have your goalie bailing you out all the time.”

Islanders’ 23-year-old goalie Kevin Poulin saw his record fall to 4-12-0. He made 31 saves in the loss.

  1. 19to77 - Dec 13, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    What, as opposed to the others? Not to defend NYI’s awful D corps, but their goalies AREN’T bailing them out, nor is almost anyone else on the team. Tavares, Okposo and Nielsen can’t do literally everything – hence the League-worst 10-game losing streak.

  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 13, 2013 at 3:16 AM

    Funny, I was just looking at a game summary from 1985 when the Oilers won in Chicago 12-9. Hawks held Gretzky to a mere 7 assists; Glenn Anderson 3g and 3a. Tell you how nuts it was: even Ed Olczyk had 2 assists. Then I see this headline about this “high-scoring game”. LOL. Times have sure changed. Players and goalies seem twice as big as in those days. Players catch hell from coaches if they don’t dive in front of every shot. Not sure which I like better.

  3. jhaegs - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    Goaltending was TERRIBLE back then. Most of the time the goalie would just flop around the ice, instead of making some sort of athletic attempt at a save.

  4. jpelle82 - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    hey i though brian strait coming back was going to save their season? maybe nabakov can do it? (holding my breath)

    • neeza06 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      I apologize if you got duped by some of our more delusional fans. its possible years of loosing has warped their minds and causes them to believe we are a stanley cup contender after our first playoff appearance in a long time as an 8 seed in a lockout shortened season. The fans who believe strait is a top 4 dman are also the same ones who think grabner is a top 6 foward or even worse our second best player ever since he had one 30+ goal season ( even though he scored about 28 of em on his 100 breakaway chances) and also truely believe that matt mouslen and thomas vanek are equal players. as you can see there senses have been lost.

      That being said I will take strait over carkener in our bottom six any day. And maybe I am being delusional but I see us as at least a .500 hockey club with visnovsky and nabakov back fully healthy. And I also could see us as a low playoff seed in the east if we fire capuano and get a new coach which HAS to happen (although the playoffs might be too far gone after this terrible stretch)

    • jpelle82 - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      keep your head up, the metro is the worst division in hockey…anything could happen in the next 4 1/2 months.

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