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The Islanders fell to the Florida Panthers 5-1 on Saturday night, starting their season with a second consecutive loss.
The Isles outshot the Panthers 30-29 on the night, but they failed to capitalize on their scoring opportunities, particularly on the power play.
After going 0-for-3 on the man-advantage against the Carolina Hurricanes, they followed up with a 1-for-4 power play effort on Saturday. Oliver Wahlstrom tallied a power play goal in the third periods to make it a 3-1 game, but it wasn’t enough to claw back into the game.
“We’ve just got to continue to work. It’s not coming easy right now,” Wahlstrom said of the power play after the game. “We have a bunch of great players to make a great power play, so we’ve just got to bear down and work a little harder.”
Meanwhile, on the defensive end, the Isles have allowed 11 goals in two games, which Barry Trotz admits is a disturbing early trend.
“It’s a little concerning, but to me, I just look at the game from an overall view. I thought we were really good in the first two periods,” Trotz said. “They didn’t have many scoring opportunities, but when we’ve been breaking down we’ve been really breaking down in some areas. A lot of it starts with some of our execution and a couple decisions.
“We played well and we probably didn’t deserve to be down 3-0 after two periods.”
The Islanders will be back on the ice on Tuesday when they hit the road for a game against the Chicago Blackhawks.