Isles end season-opening stand with a dud
Neal scores four goals as Edmonton rolls to 5-2 win at NYCB Live
“Soft” is a bad adjective for a professional hockey club, but it fit the New York Islanders’ performance in Tuesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, according to Head Coach Barry Trotz.
“I think we were looking for an easy game, and I’m disappointed with that because we knew it wasn’t going to be,” Trotz lamented after New York fell to 1-2 on its season-opening three-game homestand in front of 10,985 fans at NYCB Live, better known as the renovated Nassau Coliseum.
“Too many turnovers, too soft on the battle and [we] took too many penalties,” Trotz added.
After splitting their first two contests, including Sunday’s 4-1 victory over Winnipeg in Uniondale, N.Y., the Islanders (1-2-0) broke out to a 1-0 lead over the visiting Oilers when Anthony Beauvillier lit the lamp on a shorthanded tally with 5:46 remaining in the opening period.