Postgame for 2/26/13: Isles fall to 2-8-0 at home in loss to Bruins
Steve Giangaspro on Tue, 2013-02-26 23:59
Home sweet home?
No, Nassau Coliseum has become "Home defeat home" in 2013.
After New York fell 4-1 to a talented and tough Bruins team, fans are clamoring to have the Islanders finish the remainder of the season on the road.
The Isles continued to look lost and slept walked through another tough home defeat on Tuesday. The team was able to put spurts of decent hockey together but it wasn't enough. The Bruins came in with an impressive record and their daunting presence steam rolled the Islanders from the first whistle.
In front of a raucous, Bruins jersey littered crowd, the Isles continued to search for answers on home ice.
After a promising first period with chances for the Isles, they were able to knot the game on a gritty goal by Casey Cizikas. Unfortunately it all went down hill after the Islanders went into the dressing room for the first intermission.
Although outshooting the Bruins 37-34, Boston's offense seemed much more intimidating and was sustained consistently throughout the game. The Isles were on their heels at all times.
Nabokov's strong play and 30 saves kept the Isles in the game when they should have been blown out.
Stumbling out into the 2nd period inhibited the Isles' ability to ever really have control of the game. The team was unable to capitalize on any momentum created by the goal in the first period. Keeping with the disturbing trend, the Bruins were able to net the tie breaker 38 seconds into the 2nd period.
The Bruins never looked back.
After falling flat and blowing a 2 goal lead against Carolina on Sunday night, the Islanders' lack of fire and urgency is displaying that something must change.
Building on their league worst home record, the Isles now sit at a pathetic 2-8-0 in their own building. The current homestand has fans more worried than if they were on an extended road trip.
The real concerning issue is that it is hard to pinpoint why the Isles have lost 8 out of 10 at the Old Barn. Nassau Coliseum should be a comfort zone for this young Isles' team but they can't seem to piece together winning hockey in the old building.
The Bruins are a great team. They are possibly the best team in the Eastern Conference. However, it is not the fact that the Islanders lost at home to this team that worries fans. It is concerning how they lost and continue to lose on a daily basis. They are outworked, and lose key battles that add up to their demise. They also are playing uninspired hockey which is beyond frustrating for fans to watch,
With the win, the Bruins move to a stellar 12-2-2.
The Islanders falter back to 8-11-1. They look towards Thursday night and try to start a winning trend at the Coliseum when the Maple Leafs visit Uniondale.
1. T. Rask (BOS)
2. B. Marchand (BOS)
3. P. Bergeron (BOS)