Uniondale, NY -- The Islanders’ locker room was not a happy place after this afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on fan appreciation day. The Isles played bad and they knew it.
“It was pretty horrible on our part,” said captain Mark Streit. “They were missing two of their top players, we didn’t take advantage of it, but the way we played we didn’t deserve to win that’s for sure.”
New York opened the scoring 7:55 into the period as Streit finished on a great pass by John Tavares from behind the net. But the lead disappeared before the first period even ended. Kyle Turris lifted one right over a fallen Al Montoya and Matt Moulson to tie the game at one late in the period.
In the second period things only got worse.
With the Senators on the power play Sergei Gonchar scored off a no look pass from Milan Michalek to make it 2-1. Jack Capuano sent out five defensemen to take the face-off after the goal. A move he said he’s done before and was trying to send a message to guys w...