Goaltender Rick DiPietro succinctly summarized the feeling in the Islanders dressing room after last night's 5-4 loss to the Thrashers.
"I feel like I want to throw up right now," DiPietro said of the team's 19th defeat in the last 20 games.
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The punch to the stomach came in the third-period when the Thrashers broke a 3-3 tie with a freakish goal that found the top right corner of the net right off the draw between Bryan Little and Frans Nielsen.
DiPietro tried shouldering some blame, saying he had his head down before the faceoff.
"I've never seen anything like that in my life," said Rob Schremp, who tied the game at 3 in the third after Thrashers defenseman Johnny Oduya scored two goals within 1:18 earlier in the period.
After Little's goal, the Thrashers built a 5-3 lead as Brent Sopel's slapshot deflected off Alexander Burmistrov at 14:16.
"It's tough to explain the bounces we're getting," coach Jack Capuano said.
The Islanders gave up a 2-0 lead in the second, surrendering three straight goals, four goals total in the third period.
The Islanders snapped their streak of consecutive games without a power-play goal at 12 when Blake Comeau tallied with the man-advantage with 1:16 to play.
Notes & quotes: Radek Martinek missed his first game this season. The defenseman is day-to-day with an injury to his left arm, suffered after being hit by the Bruins' Zdeno Chara's shot on Thursday . . . Bruno Gervais played for the first time since suffering a fractured right cheekbone in a fight with Devils defenseman Colin White Nov. 26 . . . Mark Eaton suffered a groin strain during the first period and did not return.