Islanders reach new low as playoff hopes slip away

Islanders reach new low as playoff hopes slip away

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Islanders lost their season-worst seventh straight game Monday when Brendan Leipsic scored his second goal of the game 2:47 into overtime to lift the Canucks to a 4-3 victory.

Darren Archibald scored on a penalty shot, and Jake Virtanen also had a goal as Vancouver snapped a three-game skid. Jacob Markstrom stopped 31 shots.

Josh Bailey, John Tavares and Jordan Eberle scored for the Islanders, who remain five points behind Columbus for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves for the Islanders.

The game featured standout rookie Matthew Barzal from Coquitlam, British Columbia, making his first appearance in Vancouver. It also marked a meeting between Barzal and fellow Calder Trophy contender Brock Boeser.

Boeser was injured in the final seconds of regulation and helped to the locker room. He fell into the boards in front of the Canucks bench and lay on the ice for several minutes before getting up.

With a 9-2 shot advantage midway through the first, the Islanders scored first. Markstrom stopped Nick Leddy’s tipped blue-line slap shot, but the rebound went right to Bailey who slipped it under the goalie’s pad.

Tavares’ goal three minutes into the second came on a beauty touch pass from Thomas Hickey through his legs after getting the puck from Barzal.

The Canucks tied it with two goals 1:49 apart late in the second. After two trips to the penalty box, Leipsic made amends with his first goal as a Canuck. Bo Horvat, controlling the puck behind the net, dished to Virtanen who found Leipsic to make it 2-1.

Archibald tied the game and sent the crowd into a frenzy when he converted a penalty shot by wristing it over Halak’s stick.

Vancouver pulled ahead with nine minutes to go. An Islanders turnover in the Vancouver zone sprung Leipsic with Virtanen trailing him on a 2-on-1. Virtanen went five-hole on Halak for his eighth of the season.

Barzal had two assists Monday and leads the rookie scoring race with 69 points, while Boeser trails with 29 goals and 55 points.

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