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Isles at Sens

Isles lose 4-1

Isles drop sixth straight game....recap in blog post above.

Isles trail Sens 3-0 after second period

Isles give up a pair of goals in the second and the gap widens....

D-man David Hale appears to have banked the puck in off the left post at 3:47 and Jason Spezza  collects his third point of the night with his goal at 6:17 that glanced off Roloson's left shoulder.

Isles trail Sens 1-0 after first period

Better first period for Islanders but they start the game in a hole just like the previous five games.

The team had a head-start early in the game after Zack Smith was given a five-minute major boarding penalty for his hit on Trevor Gillies. The team couldn't cash in on five minutes with the man-advantage, however.

The Islanders are now 1-for-17 on hte power play in their last four games.

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Tonight the Islanders are not only trying to halt a agonizing five-game slump, they're also looking to atone for an atrocious past two games during which they've given up 13 goals.

First a 6-1 bloodbath against the Flyers in Philly Saturday, then last night's 7-2 eyesore against the Hurricanes in Carolina.

Head Coach Scott Gordon foreshadowed some changes after the game last night,  but just said he's still undecided about line shakeups, etc.

With DiPietro getting the nod in the previous two games, Dwayne Roloson will get the nod tonight.

"Dwayne's had a great year so far," Gordon said. "This is a great opportunity to step in and put a stop to this losing streak."

Although the Islanders did not skate this morning at ScotiaBank Place, they addressed their shortcomings in all three zones in meetings.

Captain Doug Weight also said that they have had some back-of-the-bus meetings and roundtable discussions to vent their mounting frustration.

"It's hard to keep a winning streak going and it's even tougher to get out of a losing streak," Weight said. "No one's going to feel bad for us."

We'll see if the Islanders can get back on track tonight versus the 5-6-1 Senators

*Sorry for the lack of blogging/tweeting today; suffice it to say that the Carolina-Ottawa back-to-back commute is less than ideal...

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