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Saturday, November 21st (All times eastern)

New York Islanders (8-7-7) at St. Louis Blues (7-8-4), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - After losing for the first time in regulation on their seven-game road trip, the New York Islanders head to St. Louis, where they battle the Blues tonight at Scottrade Centre.

New York was 2-0-2 on its road trip and had scored at least four goals in each of its last five games prior to last night's contest in Minnesota. The Islanders offense was cooled a bit in a 3-2 setback in which the Isles blew a one-goal lead in the third period.

Jon Sim had a goal and an assist and Josh Bailey lit the lamp in defeat, New York's fifth in eight games. Martin Biron stopped 26 shots in the loss.

"They came at us hard in the third period," said Biron. "We had our opportunities tonight, especially on the power play, but it just didn't happen for us."

New York, which ends its road trip on Monday in Toronto, went 0-for-6 on the power play and fell to 3-5-5 as the guest overall this season.

Brand Witt missed his second straight game for New York due to personal reasons.

The Blues have lost seven of their last nine, getting held to two goals or less in each of those setbacks. St. Louis snapped a two-game skid on Thursday, recording a 3-2 overtime victory over Phoenix.

Erik Johnson, the top overall pick of the 2006 draft, netted the game-winner 17 seconds into overtime. The big defenseman gathered the puck deep in the Blues end, worked his way up ice, then cut into the middle slot before firing a wrist shot into the cage.

"I just wanted to skate and create room for myself," said Johnson. "I just cut to the middle...luckily it went in."

Keith Tkachuk and T.J. Oshie each notched a goal and an assist for the Blues, while Chris Mason turned aside 34-of-36 shots.

St. Louis improved to 2-2-0 on a six-game homestand that wraps on Monday versus Boston. The Blues are 4-7-1 overall as the host this year.

The Islanders notched a 5-2 home win in the lone meeting between these two clubs last year and also recorded a 6-3 win the last time the teams met in St. Louis on December 6, 2005.

11/21 10:41:34 ET


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