The Islanders had their scoring chances, but could not get any pucks past Marc-Andre Fleury as the Penguins defeated the Islanders 3-0 Tuesday night at Nassau Coliseum.
The Islanders had been outshot 63-45 in their past two games, but dominated the scoring opportunities Tuesday, outshooting the Penguins 33-29. Despite getting more pucks to the net, the Islanders dropped their third contest in a row.
“We had net presence,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said. “He (Fleury) made some pretty good saves. I thought he played extremely well tonight. I thought his team in front of him played well too.”
|Matt Moulson is stopped in the crease by the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum on October 25, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) |
The Penguins continue to roll early in the season, winning their fourth game in a row and improving to 7-2-2.
Brooks Orpik found Pascal Dupuis streaking behind the Islanders defense for the first goal. He beat Evgeni Nabokov
blocker side to put the Penguins up 1-0 late in the first period.
The Penguins built their lead just 21 seconds into the second period, when Richard Park sent a wrist shot past Nabokov’s glove to put the road team up 2-0.
The Islanders continued to take shots any time they found daylight, but Fleury and the Penguins defense was up to the challenge. The Penguins blocked 26 shots on the night.
“I thought we did a better job of getting pucks to the net and being around the net,” Matt Moulson
said. “Personally, I had a couple (chances) in tight and (Fleury) made some pretty good saves on it. A bounce here or there could have really swung the momentum, but we didn’t get that fortunate bounce around the net today.”
Jordan Staal iced the game with an empty-net goal with two minutes remaining. With the loss, the Islanders drop to 3-4-0.
“I think the good thing about the NHL is you play so many games, if you don’t get the outcome you want you have a quick turnaround to get a win in two days and that’s what we need to do,” Moulson said. “It will be a good test for us.”
The two teams will square off again Thursday night in Pittsburgh where the Islanders will look to snap their losing skid and get back to .500.