Originally posted on Islanders Hockey Blog  |  Last updated 2/20/12



Uniondale, NY --
It was one of the Islanders biggest games of the year and they did not show. 15,818 packed Nassau Coliseum and watched as the Ottawa Senators drove Kevin Poulin from his net just 1:35 into the game and eventually defeated the Islanders 6-0.

“We had a couple of bad starts this season, but we definitely topped it today,” Islanders captain Mark Streit said after the game.

A Bad star it was, Erik Karlsson scored 1:08 into the game nearly parallel to the net. Karlsson shot the puck on the red line and it some how found its’ way into the net. Less than a minute later, Jason Spezza scored from the right hand face-off circle to make it 2-0.

In a move to try and jump-start his team Islanders head coach Jack Capuano switched goaltenders and had Al Montoya take over in net. The move kept the Senators from scoring for the next 13 minutes, but the Islanders were kept to chasing the play in their own zone. At the 14:03 mark, Erik Karlsson struck again. He snuck a shot through Montoya’s five hole to make it 3-0 Ottawa.

The Islanders play in the second picked up, but didn’t prevent the Senators from scoring. They made the lead 4-0 off a shot from a Chris Phillips shot from the point that made it into the net. Brian Lee added a goal in the third period to make it 5-0 and Jason Spezza made it 6-0 off a power play goal. Their goals came less than a minute apart.

“[There] wasn’t really intensity in our game,” Streit said. “We got scored on right away and just tough to swallow. We tried, but we didn’t have any game tonight.”

Capuano said in his post game press conference the team did not show any physicality. He said that only Matt Martin, who threw his body around and had a fight in the second period, showed any physicality.

“A game like that you got to be physical,” he told reporters. “I just didn’t see it in a lot of guys. At this time of year you need the physicality. You got to pay the price and It’s just disappointing to me that one guy steps to the plate. I’ll never ask anybody to fight but we weren’t physical enough. We need an injection in our lineup, we need something to happen here, we can’t have the emotion we had on the bench here tonight.”

Matt Moulson felt it was embarrassing to lose 6-0 in front of the hometown fans and thought no one had a good game.

Josh Bailey added, “They had a good start, but I think we were not on our game and I think that’s what happens when you’re not on your game. Especially at this point of the season when teams are fired up and ready to play every night. You’re not going to come out on the winning end if you play the way we did tonight.”

The Islanders will look to rebound against the Sabres tomorrow night. 
 
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