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Rapid Reaction: Islanders Drop Fifth Straight Game, Lose 5-2 to Canes



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ELMONT– Another game, another loss for the New York Islanders as their losing streak reached five games following a 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday afternoon. The Islanders are now 35-34-10 on the season.












Derek Stepan intercepted a Noah Dobson pass inside the New York Islanders zone and beat Semyon Varlamov at 2:25 of the first period. His ninth of the season was unassisted.

Seth Jarvis gave the Hurricanes a 2-0 lead on the power play as he beat Varlamov over the glove from the top of the crease for his 17th of the season at 8:09 of the first period. Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho were credited with the assists.

Ross Johnston got the New York Islanders on the board with 1:45 to play in the first period as he redirected a Matt Martin pass past Carolina Hurricanes netminder Antti Raanta for his second of the season. Matt Martin and Casey Cizikas with the assists.

Ryan Pulock tied the contest at two on the power play as he made a quick move at the Hurricanes blue line to create space before beating Kochetkov glove side for his fourth of the season. Josh Bailey and Kieffer Bellows were credited with the assists at 15:27 of the second period.

Max Domi gave the Hurricanes a 3-2 lead with under six minutes played in the third period as he was left all alone in front of Varlamov for an easy goal. Domi’s 11th of the season was assisted by Teuvo Teravainen and Jordan Martinook at 5:40 of the third.

The Carolina Hurricanes added two empty-net goals late in the third to take a 5-2 lead. The first, Jesper Fast (17:53). The second, Brendan Smith (18:50).

Islanders Honor Alumni

After a charity hockey game against the New York Rangers on Saturday, the New York Islanders alumni weekend continued as many players from the past were at UBS Arena.

Whether it be hopping on with Shannon Hogan during the intermission reports, getting recognized by the PA announcers, or chatting with fans around the arena, it was a tremendous day.

It was also a day to remember the lives lost this past year. Islanders legend Bryan Trottier spoke with Shannon Hogan about the importance of the weekend and remembering legacies.

Former broadcasters Howie Rose and Jiggs McDonald joined Alan Fuehring and Butch Goring on MSG’s broadcast as well.

Cizikas Notches Point No. 200

We are the point in the season where the results do not matter. And not that individual accomplishments matter in the grand scheme of things, but when players reach milestones, it’s still something to appreciate.

New York Islanders fourth-line center Casey Cizikas, who has been a workhorse throughout his entire 11-year career, registered his 200th career NHL point on Sunday.

With 200 points, Casey Cizikas is the 43rd player in franchise history to reach that mark.

Raanta Leaves with Injury

With the Carolina Hurricanes already down starting netminder Frederik Andersen, they now have to add Antti Raanta to the shelf as he left the game in the second period.

On a slot deflection by New York Islanders forward Keiffer Bellows midway through the second period, Raanta was forced to stretch out the right pad. It took him a bit to get up and he remained in the game for about three minutes before being removed from the game.

He did not return.

Rookie Pyotr Kochetkov came into the game after making his NHL debut on Saturday, in which he stopped 17 of 19 shots in a 3-2 overtime win over the New Jersey Devils.

He stopped seven of eight shots in his 27:03 TOI.

Scott Boggs Honored

On Apr. 15, New York Islanders equipment manager Scott Boggs worked his 2,000th NHL game. And on Sunday, the Islanders honored him for his achievements.

Scott Boggs has been the head equipment manager with the Islanders since 2006, the only NHL team he has worked for.


Anthony Beauvillier (upper-body) and Jean-Gabriel Pageau (COVID-19) missed their third straight game.

WHAT’S NEXT: The New York Islanders are in Washington to take on the Capitals Tuesday at 7 PM ET