Blue Jackets send C Cole Sillinger to AHL Cleveland
The losing streak extends to seven.
Joonas Korpisalo made 34 saves but the Blue Jackets were shutout as they lost their seventh consecutive game, falling to the Islanders 2-1 at UBS Arena Thursday.
The first big chances of the game came from the Islanders' Anthony Beauvillier and Anders Lee at 8:31 when Beauvillier's deflection was stopped by Korpisalo and Lee's follow-up shot from in front of the net went wide.
Kirill Marchenko had the first big chance for the Jackets after he intercepted a D-to-D pass in the defensive zone and raced down the ice on a breakaway, but missed the net at 14:05.
While short-handed at 15:35, Gus Nyquist skated down the right wing on a two-on-one with Cole Sillinger, fired a shot from the right circle that was stopped by Ilya Sorokin, and the rebound couldn't be corralled by Sillinger.
Marchenko nearly cost his team, firing a pass to the middle of the ice in the defensive zone that was intercepted by Casey Cizikas but his shot from the slot was stopped by Korpisalo.
The teams headed to the first intermission in a scoreless tie with the Islanders outshooting the Blue Jackets 13-7.
The Islanders opened the scoring at 7:12 when Jean-Gabriel Pageau broke up Johnny Gaudreau's drop pass at the blue line, leading to a rush shot by Hudson Fasching that snuck through Korpisalo's pads where Pageau finished the play.
#Isles Pageau goal pic.twitter.com/gwVBNSYVJH— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) December 30, 2022
New York doubled its lead on the power play at 16:39 when Mathew Barzal fired home a one-timer from the left circle after an Andrew Peeke clearance only went as far as the neutral zone, allowing the Islanders to quickly regroup.
#Isles Barzal goal pic.twitter.com/2LfAEp7xr1— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) December 30, 2022
The Islanders took a 2-0 lead into the final period of regulation with a 26-13 edge in shots on goal.
Barzal nearly scored his second goal of the game at 1:41 when he flew down the right wing and tried a wrap-around but was denied by Korpisalo.
Nelson had a chance to double the lead at 5:57 but missed the net wide on a wrist shot from the left circle.
Josh Bailey had a good chance to score from the right slot but Korpisalo used his left pad to make the save at 10:26.
Korpisalo denied Nelson again on a wrist shot from the top of the left circle at 11:27.
The Blue Jackets pulled Korpisalo with 2:30 to play and scored at 19:39 when Marcus Bjork's slap shot deflected off of Emil Bemstrom's body and in.
#CBJ goal: Bemstrom (3) assisted by Bjork (7) and Gaudreau (25)— Coby Maeir (@CobyMaeir) December 30, 2022
The 2-1 score held as the Jackets couldn't score again. The 2-1 loss pushes them to 10-22-2 and 0-2-1 against the Islanders this season.
- Shots on Goal: CBJ 21-36 NYI
- Faceoff %: CBJ 37.1-62.9 NYI
- Power play: CBJ 0/2-1/3 NYI
- Takeaways: CBJ 6-7 NYI
- Giveaways: CBJ 10-11 NYI
- Blocked shots: CBJ 12-16 NYI
- Hits: CBJ 16-13 NYI
5-on-5 stats (via naturalstattrick.com):
- Expected Goals (xG): CBJ 1.16-2.94 NYI
- Chances (CF): CBJ 37-56 NYI
- Shots (SF): CBJ 17-33 NYI
- Scoring Chances (SCF): CBJ 12-28 NYI
- High-Danger Chances (HDCF): CBJ 7-18 NYI
Patrik Laine did not play tonight since he is in COVID protocol.
The Jackets return home to face the Blackhawks on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.
The club heads back on the road to face the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET on Bally Sports Ohio and 97.1 FM The Fan.