New York Islanders fail to capitalize, drop game to Ottawa Senators 2
Dec 18, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Ottawa Senators center Derek Brassard (19) celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during the third period at Barclays Center. The Senators won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Chances were abundant and the opportunities were present for the New York Islanders, but the failure to capitalize left them on the tail end of a 6-2 loss. They have now lost their fifth consecutive game.

Close, but No Finish

The Islanders jumped all over the Senators early in the game coming very close to taking the first goal or possibly two. But the Senators capitalized early and Bobby Ryan stifled the Islanders momentum quickly and put the Senators up 1-0.

With just under three minutes left to play Zack Smith took an unlucky break for the Islanders and turned it into a 2-0 Senators lead.

Despite getting the game tied with two goals from Anders Lee and Anthony Beauvillier, Mark Stone punched in a loose puck underneath JF Berube‘s pad and puts the Senators up 3-2 on the Islanders reeling PK.

An unlucky Derick Brassard goal from a bounce off of the boards behind Berube all but buried the Islanders and a complete miscommunication with the bench caused the Islanders to give up two empty net goals on the tail end of failed power plays.

Lost Opportunity

The Islanders looked as though they were set up for numerous scoring scenarios but had absolutely no finish in their game. Pucks trickled past the post, lingered in the blue paint and even caused Andrew Hammond to leave the first period injured while trying to locate a loose puck.

The chances existed and were there for the Islanders but unfortunately for what was a very solid first period but the lack of finish in their game did not allow the Islanders to capitalize on the opportunities they had.

The Senators capitalized on the chances they got and that, plus the disappointing PK is what buried the Islanders tonight in a game they had every chance to win.

Grew up a diehard Islanders and Mets fan based out of Northern New Jersey. Concluding my Broadcast Communications degree at William Paterson University. WP Sportsdesk member, Stan Fischler correspondent, music buff and total Star Wars freak. Follow my social media handles to learn more. Matt Di Giacomo is a Staff Writer for the Islanders on Elite Sports NY. He encourages team discussion. Tweet him @mdigiacESNY and check out his reviews on YouTube.