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The recap from Denver: Isles lose, 4-3 (OT)

A lot of disbelief in the Islanders dressing room after they blew a 3-0 lead and failed to continue playing at the same solid level they had for a large part of the first 40 minutes.

"We tightened up, plain and simple," Brian Rolston said. "You need guys to step up and make confident plays, make sure pucks get in deep and keep doing the little things to get wins in games like that.

"It's unacceptable to let it slide, playing as well as we were."

-- Al Montoya was unavailable after the game, undergoing an exam for a possible concussion after being barreled into three times. Montoya made 47 saves and took a frustration penalty in OT, trying to back into David Jones but catching him with Montoya's stick; Jones deflected in the winner on the power play, the second PP OT winner against the Isles this season.

"I don't blame him," Jack Capuano said of Montoya's frustration.

-- The officiating duo of Greg Kimmerly and Francois St. Laurent had a poor night, missing an obvious puck play by J-S Giguere outside the trapezoid in the third, plus a few other strange calls, including a tripping call on Rolston in the first when he was five feet from the Colorado player who kicked his own feet out from under him.

-- It's hard to pinpoint individual plays or efforts; it seemed the entire squad rose and then fell apart. The Islanders had a 90-second sequence in the second period, up 3-0, when they pennned Colorado in its own zone through three shift changes. But once the Avalanche scored 5-on-3 late in the second, the tide turned significantly.

"For 40 minutes, I thought we played unreal," Travis Hamonic said. "That second period was one of the better periods we've had this season. Once they got that second goal, we were back on our heels."

-- The Isles have now blown two third-period, two-goal leads on the road.

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