The New York Islanders are coming off a two game loss against the Calgary Flames Tuesday night. They split the squad in half playing in Calgary, Alberta and Regina, Saskatchewan where they lost 5-3 and 4-2. The Islanders failed to capitalize on rebounds as well as clearing the puck but played a very physical game on both venues.
In Clagary, the Islanders had three goals coming from Michael Grabner, Griffin Reinhart and Riley Wetmore. Grabner put the first score on the board early in the first period and the Islanders held the Flames to no goals.
Period two started their descent. Four Calgary goals in the second period put the Islanders down 4-1, but a Griffin Reinhart goal with a minute left in the second, brought the Islanders within two.
Half way through the third period, Riley Wetmore capitalized on a wraparound shot that went wide sliding right to his stick, putting them within one. The Islanders pulled their goalie to take advantage of a 6-on-5 situation, but the Flames scored an open net goal, ending the game at 5-3 Calgary.
In Regina, the Islanders two goals came from John Tavares and Matt Moulson. After a scoreless first period, they fell to 1-0, one minute into the second period. After a Clagary boarding penalty, John Tavares would score off a rebound after a shot by Matt Moulson, to tie the game at 1-1. This tie would not last long, however. The Flames would come back to score three goals ending the second period 4-1.
The third period wouldn’t prove to be a New York comeback. Although the Islanders held the Flames to no goals in the third, the only score would come from Matt Moulson, who deflected a shot from John Tavares.
Tonight the Islanders play their divisional rivals, the New Jersey Devils, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey at 7:00 p.m. EST. They will not have a divided squad and will hope to capitalize after Tuesday's dual loss. The game can be viewed live on NewYorkislanders.com.