The Canucks opened the game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum last night with high energy. The team pulled ahead early, but were not able to hold their one goal lead as the Islanders tied it in the second to push overtime, before winning it in the shootout.
Head coach Alain Vigneault did some last minute line shuffling to start yesterday’s game against the New York Islanders and it paid off quickly. Pavol Demitra in his second game back after fracturing a rib and missing 10 games, scored the opening goal 49 seconds into the first period playing alongside Henrik and Daniel Sedin
Unfortunately the Canucks came out flat in the second period and the Islanders capitalized.
"The second period was one of the worst we've had in quite a while," said Mattias Ohlund. "We kept turning the puck over and most chances they had, we gave to them by making mistakes and being sloppy with the puck.
"When Louie plays like this, you want to give him more than one goal, and we obviously have to find a way. Our power play (0-for-4) wasn't very good."
The Islanders’ Frans Nielsen was the lone scorer in the shootout. His shot beat Roberto Luongo
who made 34 saves in regulation and overtime, and earned the third star of the game. Kyle Wellwood, Demitra, and Alex Burrows were unable to score for Vancouver in the shootout.
"[Shootouts are] great when we win. They suck when we lose," said Luongo. "It was a good move. The guy [Nielsen] gets it quick under the bar like that and that's how you beat goalies in the shootout."
The team is refocusing and preparing for tomorrow’s game against the New York Rangers, where they will meet former team mate Markus Naslund.