UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- Last year is looking like ancient history
for the New York Islanders.
A year removed from a fast start that propelled them into the
playoffs for the first time since 1994, the Islanders fell short
again Monday night, losing to the Calgary Flames 4-2. The Islanders
have lost five in a row and six of their last seven games.
Chris Drury scored the game-winning goal 96 seconds into the
third period, putting the Flames back on top after the Islanders
rallied from a two-goal deficit.
The Flames picked up points for the sixth game in a row, going
2-0-2-2 during that stretch. The Islanders, meanwhile, hadn't lost
more than three in a row since Peter Laviolette took over as coach
''It seems like last year was a dream -- like it didn't happen,''
Mark Parrish said.
Asked if he was disappointed, Parrish said: ''I was disappointed
10 games ago. Furious, maybe?''
The Flames took a 2-0 lead on goals by Craig Conroy and Mattias
Johansson -- who scored his first NHL goal when his wraparound
attempt went in off goalie Garth Snow's stick at 2:37 of the second
Chuck Kobasew added an insurance goal with 6:25 left on a
backhand off a turnover by Hamrlik.
Jamie McLennan stopped 26 shots for his first victory of the season.
''I'm so happy to get my first win here,'' said McLennan, a
former Islander. ''It kind of goes full circle. I got my first NHL
win in this building against Calgary.''
Snow, who stopped 17 shots, remained winless (0-4-1).
The Islanders recalled forwards Mattias Weinhandl, Trent
Huner and Eric Manlow from Bridgeport early Monday, and sent
forwards Raffi Torres and Justin Mapletoft to the Sound Tigers
later in the day. Hunter and Manlow started the game along with
forward Shawn Bates. ... Forward Aaron Asham sat out a second
consecutive game. ... Flames top goalie Roman Turek missed his second
consecutive game with a broken finger. ... Long Island was the first
stop for the Flames on a five-game road trip, which includes stops
in New Jersey, New York, Florida and Atlanta.