The New York Islanders were shut out for the second time this season, losing 5-0 to the Dallas Stars on Friday night at American Airlines Center.
The Islanders fell behind early and things snowballed from there, with the Stars leading 3-0 after the first period and 5-0 after the second. The Islanders allowed a power play and a shorthanded goal in Friday night's affair and couldn't solve Ben Bishop, who made 14 saves for the shutout. The lack of offense was out of character for a team that netted three or more in eight of their last nine games entering Friday.
"It was just a terrible game by us," Johnny Boychuk said. "Right from puck drop to our power play and penalty kill. It's unacceptable."
Dallas opened the scoring during an early 4-on-4, as John Klingberg took advantage of the extra ice, finding a soft spot before snapping a Jamie Benn pass by Jaroslav Halak at 1:32. Klingberg's tally marked the 12th time in 16 games the Islanders had allowed the opening goal.
Gemel Smith posted up in front of the net and pulled the puck around a downed Halak at 14:58 to make it 2-0 while Esa Lindell's wrist shot from the half wall made it 3-0 before the end of the period.
The Islanders couldn't find their offensive rhythm in the first period, getting outshot 13-4 in the opening frame.
"It was a bit of a wakeup call tonight," John Tavares said. "You're not always going to have a great start, you don't want to shoot yourself in the foot and feel like you have to climb a mountain to get back into it and that's what we did. We weren't able to weather the momentum they had early and a quick 3-0 lead put us behind."
They had their chances to get on the board early in the second and turn the game around, but Ben Bishop denied both bids. Bishop first stopped Jordan Eberle on a two-on-one rush with Mathew Barzal and followed up with a desperation glove save on Jason Chimera before Tyler Seguin swept the rebound off the goal line.
After the close chances, the Stars extended their lead, with Mattias Janmark taking a Josh Bailey turnover in the Islanders' end and hammering a shorthanded goal past Halak at 6:54.
Janmark's shorthanded goal was the Islanders' league-leading seventh shortie allowed this season - and matched their total allowed for all of last season.
Jason Spezza's power-play goal made it 5-0 with four minutes to play in the second period. The Islanders were outshot 23-10 after two periods.
Compounding the Islanders' tough night, Anthony Beauvillier took back-to-back shots from Spezza and Dan Hamhuis off his right leg in the third period. Beauvillier had to be helped off the ice and did not return.
"We're obviously frustrated with the result and probably moreso in the way we played," Bailey said. "The one positive is that we get a chance to redeem ourselves in 24 hours and try to turn this thing around rather quickly."
QUINE MAKES SEASON DEBUT:
Alan Quine made his season debut on Friday, skating 12:59 TOI on a line with Andrew Ladd and Beauvillier.
The Islanders complete their back-to-back set on Saturday night in St. Louis. Puck drop is at 8 p.m.