NHL.com: Recaps New York's 5-2 loss to Ottawa Saturday night with Associated Press.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Not a lot to write about this one, nice that Bailey had two excellent goals one driving the net and one off an outside shot.
Isles looked like a tired team and unitl the game opened up in the final minutes did not get much outside of some low percentage shots by Andy Hilbert. Some good work to draw some powerplays. (Park)
Gervais, Tambellini had breakaways (Okposo a very nice read to find Tambellini) before Bailey showed some nice hands on his second goal of the game.
Still, Islanders simply had numbers most of the time on defense but little jump on what looked like choppy ice with a lot of bounces.
Ottawa hardly looked dominating themselves and did not get much early. McAmmond had a turnover for the 1-0 goal with a pass up the middle. Nielsen a turnover up the middle after that. Sens best goal was Alfredsson to Kuba for the 3-0 goal. Heatley's shot looked like it hit a defender for the 4-0 goal.
Danis did not get much help but the 1-0 goal is one you expect him to save, aside from that he played well enough to win.
Someone's going to have to explain how Ottawa got a powerplay out of that late scrum with Rechlicz which led to the final goal by Ottawa on a broken play that kind of summed up this game best?
Comrie and Campoli were both classy in the pregame. Cablevision sure does like making sure we know the out of town playoff scoreboard for a team in fifteenth place and not even for the game most important to Islander fans.
Isles took a few big hits in this game without much of a response beyond Rechlicz fight. Hillen has looked a little spotty in the last two.
I expected a little better for a team that had four days off going into Friday tonight. Ottawa despite the recent winning did not simply dominate play.
Islanders come home for a game against Minnesota in a week that sets up like this one with games in Detroit Friday and home Saturday.