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In their last seven games, the Islanders are 2-4-1. The team sported their new alternate jerseys for their home town fans, but it was not enough. Claiming their first road win of the season, the Islanders could start rolling.
The Islanders once again hosted their rivals, the New York Rangers, at Nassau Coliseum on November 15th. The Rangers were heavily favored in this one since the Islanders hadn’t won a game since the fifth when they beat the Capitals. The Islanders held their own and we even saw defensemen Mike Mottau scrap with Sean Avery (and held his own).
The battle raged until the final buzzer, when the Rangers were up by one. Later, it was announced that the empty netter at the buzzer was indeed also a goal. The Islanders played their hearts out, but it wasn’t enough to stop the red hot Rangers.
Montreal brought their fans in bus loads to the coliseum on November 17th for the first meeting of the season. The second period saw most of the scoring as the Islanders went on top, 4-2 to end the period. Parenteau, Pandolfo and Streit netted the first three goals of the game. Following these three goals, Montreal came back with goals from Cole and Pacioretty but Matt Moulson put the Islanders ahead once again towards the end of the period. The third period saw little scoring but Canadiens Brian Gionta scored on a power play to bring his team with in only one goal. The battle in the Islanders zone ended the game as the team picked up another home win. Nabakov was the original starting goaltender in this game, but he was hit early in the first, which sent Rick DiPietro in for the save.
Over the next two games, the Islanders were held scoreless. First, they faced off against the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions, the Boston Bruins. The Bruins scored six unanswered and the Islanders were blanked. The next game the Islanders traveled to Pittsburgh where they faced their rivals in a grudge match. The Pens blanked the Isles 5-0 with two goals by the returning Sidney Crosby. Andres Nillson was in net for the Islanders since Montoya and Nabakov were both placed on the injury reserved list. This made it capable for the Islanders to call up David Ullstrom from the Sound Tigers and he has been impressive.
The Islanders then tangled with the Philadelphia Flyers on November 23rd on their home ice. Eighteen seconds in to the game, the Flyers were on the board netting their first shot on DiPietro. The Islanders moved down the ice right after and put themselves on the board. The shots read one apiece and one goal each to go with it. The Islanders scored two more in the first period to go on top 3-1 heading in to the second.
In the second period, the Flyers inched back up and were one goal shy of a tie game. In the third period, the Flyers tied it, sending the game to OT. What do you know, the Flyers won the game after three unanswered goals scored on Rick DiPietro.