Even after earning a point in last night’s 2-1 shootout loss to St. Louis, the Islanders found themselves 11 points behind the 8th place Boston Bruins, the furthest removed the team has been from playoff contention all season.

Frans Nielsen’s patented backhander rung off the right post and Matt Moulson was blanked by Chris Mason’s right pad while both Blues shooters scored.

T.J. Oshie went five-hole on Martin Biron, and Brad Boyes picked the top right corner for the 6th win in 7 games for St. Louis.

“We’ve got to find a way to win those one-goal games,” Moulson said after the team’s fourth consecutive loss.

The Islanders have now lost 14 of their last 18 games to essentially remove them from any realistic playoff discussion.

To make matters more aggravating, the Islanders are not getting their doors blown off by any means. They have lost each of the last three games by only one goal.

“When it’s right there and it just slips away, it might be a little more frustrating,” Moulson said.

Matt Moulson tallied on the Islanders first power play opportunity of the game to score his team-leading 24th goal of the season.

His strike from the slot boosted the Islanders to a 1-0 lead with 9.4 seconds to play in the first period.

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The Blues then pulled even in the second period with Patrik Berglund’s re-direct power-play goal at 6:24.


With the game tied at 1 in the third period, the Islanders were propelled into overtime by a pivotal penalty-kill after Richard Park’s high-sticking call with 1:40 to play in regulation.

The Islanders, who tweaked their penalty-killing scheme after the game against Atlanta March 4—took three penalties in the third, forcing them to rely on their special teams to get them through the game.

“It’s hard when you have just made changes,” Biron said. “It’s asking a lot mentally and physically.”

Physically speaking, the Islanders are not playing at full strength. The buzz word bandied about since the Olympic break has been “depleted.”

Since returning from the two-week recess, both Andrew MacDonald (foot) and Rob Schremp (knee) have suffered season-ending knee injuries, Rick DiPietro was placed back on injured reserve with knee swelling, Trent Hunter has been projected to miss 1-2 weeks with an upper-body injury, and the Islanders unloaded their biggest physical presence-- 6-6, 245-pound defenseman Andy Sutton , who was traded to Ottawa March 2.

“It’s just the way it’s played out,” coach Scott Gordon said before the game. “We were fortunate for most of the year and if there’s a time to have it—not that there’s ever a good time—but it’s better in this situation than when we were on the borderline of the playoffs.”

One thing is for sure. The Islanders are definitely not on the borderline of the playoffs anymore.

"At this time last year when we had all our injuries and were going down the stretch, the games weren't even close. It's little consolation in that but our guys are working hard and it's obviously a little bit harder for us," Gordon said.