Checkmate: Isles lose heartbreaker to Kings

The Islanders found themselves floundering after a stretch of poor losses. Nothing erases the bad taste of defeat like consecutive wins. Behind the pads of Kevin Poulin, they took the ice looking to add another win to their record. After four frustrating losses, the Isles' righted the ship against a tough foe. It didn't matter who they were playing, they needed a win. But defeating the Nashville Predators really seemed to ease the nervousness among fans and players. 

That loose style was carried over into Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Kings. The Islanders battled hard and rallied around Kevin Poulin's strong effort in net. Although, the Islanders went scoreless in the first, they held the high powered Kings in check. 
They say that patience is a virtue and that seemed to pay off in the second period. Casey Cizikas started the party making it 1-0. Not long after Zeeker potted the puck, Aaron Ness tallied his first slash in the Career Goals section of his hockey card.
The task at hand after two periods? Protect a two goal lead. Nothing would be more disheartening than losing this well played game in the third. As fans, we all know how it usually goes.
A 2-0 lead is never the safest. The next goal scored is crucial either way. The Kings came out in the final period and their effort resulted in a goal. The Isles' grip tightened on their sticks and the thought of "Here we go again...." had to have popped in everyone's head.
What happened next was awful and all too common. Three unanswered goals saw the poised Kings snatch the game away from the young Isles. This loss had fans reaching for oxygen masks and vomit bags. 
What could have been a relaxing day off will seem like an eternity. The only way to replace this feeling is by taking the ice and getting a win.
The Isles look to rebound against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.