Isles’ historic streak ends in Anaheim
Blanked 3-0 by Ducks after picking up points in 17 straight games
The New York Islanders’ first regulation loss in a month and a half didn’t go down very well for Head Coach Barry Trotz.
“We got the result we deserved, I didn’t think we deserved to win this game,” the reigning Jack Adams Award winner as the NHL’s Coach of the Year lamented after the Isles had a franchise-record 17-game points streak snapped in Monday night’s 3-0 loss at Anaheim.
“We weren’t willing to commit enough in the second and third (periods),” Trotz added. “We had one scoring chance, maybe, in the third and maybe one or two in the second. Not good enough. The bottom line was that they were more committed than we were.”
That hasn’t been the modus operandi for a unit that went 15-0-2 following a 5-2 loss in Carolina on Oct. 11.
After opening the campaign with a 1-3 mark, the Isles broke the franchise’s long-standing 15-game points/winning streak from the 1981-82 campaign with a 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh at Downtown’s Barclays Center last Thursday.
The Long-Island/Brooklyn-based team began this three-game western swing with a 2-1 overtime defeat in San Jose, barely extending their run before failing to register a single goal Monday against the Ducks.
“It’ll be a lesson for us,” Isles veteran forward Brock Nelson said following the pointless effort in Anaheim.
“It wasn’t our best effort on the road against a good team in a tough building. We’ll have to respond on Wednesday (night in Los Angeles against the Kings) and try to start another streak.”
Thomas Greiss, who had won each of his previous eight starts in net, made 30 saves for New York, which managed only 10 shots over the final two periods after outshooting the Ducks, 16-5, in the opening stanza.
“Guys have committed a lot over a long time and we’ve won in different ways,” Trotz said of the longest points streak in the league this year.
“It’s just reality. We didn’t play well enough to deserve to win. I think our guys are good enough pros to understand that. I’m not gonna kick cans or anything like that.”
The Isles will return to home ice at Downtown’s Barclays Center on Saturday night to host the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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