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Rapid Recap: Islanders Miss the Net Too Often, Get Shut Out by Coyotes, 2-0 (EN)

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ELMONT, NY– The New York Islanders could not mount a third-period come-from-behind win for a third straight contest, as they fell 2-0 to the Arizona Coyotes. The Islanders have now been shut out twice over their last four games as they are now 9-6-0.

LINES:

Anders Lee-Mat Barzal-Oliver Wahlstrom
Zach Parise-Brock Nelson-Kyle Palmieri
Anthony Beauvillier-JG Pageau-Josh Bailey
Matt Martin-Casey Cizikas-Cal Clutterbuck

Adam Pelech-Ryan Pulock
Alexander Romanov-Noah Dobson
Sebastian Aho-Scott Mayfield

Ilya Sorokin
Semyon Varlamov

SCORING

Travis Boyd gave the Arizona Coyotes a 1-0 lead a minute into the third period as he tapped home a pass from Clayton Keller for his second of the season, a power-play goal. Keller and J.J. Moser were credited with the assists.

Jack McBain scored on the empty net to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead with 30 seconds to play in the third. Keller and Barrett Hayton were credited with the assists.

HITTING THE NET AN ISSUE

The New York Islanders generated 24 shots on the night, a respectable number. The problem was that the Islanders had 17 shots blocked and missed the net 23 times.

“You can’t score if you don’t hit the net. That’s the bottom line,” New York Islanders head coach Lane Lambert said postgame.
The Islanders had three players with five missed shots: Noah Dobson, Kyle Palmieri, and Mathew Barzal.
Mat Barzal had a wide-open cage to shoot at on a late power-play chance, as he still sits with zero on the season.
“I mean, I try to score every game, every shift. So yeah, as long as the play is there and the impact is there, it’s tough to be frustrated. So yeah, just need one to fall…It’ll come,” Barzal said.

SOLID START FOR SECOND STRAIGHT GAME

The biggest issue for the New York Islanders so far this season has been starts of games. After a horrid start against the Calgary Flames on Monday, the Islanders rebounded with a solid start against the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

It was another solid start for the New York Islanders in the first period against the Arizona Coyotes. They threw 10 pucks on Arizona Coyotes netminder Karel Vejmelka and were getting pucks deep, setting up in the offensive zone.

They just did not score.

SOROKIN CONTINUES TO DOMINATE COYOTES, ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT

The New York Islanders did not provide much offensively against the Arizona Coyotes, which meant Ilya Sorokin had to be Ilya Sorokin to keep his team in it.

And he was as he denied 26 of 27 shots, allowing just a power-play goal against.

His biggest save came in the second period as he denied Nick Bjusgstad on an odd-man rush before denying him again on the rebound for the highlight-reel save.

Up Next: The New York Islanders host the Columbus Blue Jackets Saturday night at UBS Arena. Puck drop is slated for 7:30 PM ET

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