Fresh off a 4-3 overtime win over Tampa in which each team tried to underperform the other, the Isles skated Saturday night on Florida's east coast. While Rick DiPietro finally got his season moving forward, the rest of the Isles seemed to be stuck in neutral.
Unable to register a goal against the Panthers' Tomáš Vokoun, the Isles lost 2-0. Florida's Nick Boynton put one behind DP only 24 seconds in; Corey Stillman added an insurance goal in the 2nd period to complete the night's scoring.
Sadly, the Islanders have not beaten Florida since December 9th, 2006. Worse off, three of the past five encounters have resulted in an Islander shutout. Ouch.
Just as he did in Tampa, Mr. Okposo recorded four (4) shots on goal but netted no winners. From our observations, though, he is playing well with his linemates and is creating scoring chances, so it seems that we'll be reporting an Okposo goal fairly soon.