16 November 2011
The Story line for the Islanders season continues to be that even when they play well, they cannot pull out a win. That was the case last night when the islanders lost 4-2 to the New York Rangers.
The deathblow to the Islanders came at 15:05 when Josh Bailey attempted to clear the puck out of his own zone. The attempt was cut off by Brandon Dubinsky and got the puck over to Brad Richards, who scored from the left face off circle.
“At that time of the game… when you get the puck you want to make the right play with the puck,” head coach Jack Capuano said following the game. “It was an unfortunate bounce for us and it was in the back of our net.”
The loss cannot sole be put on the shoulders of Josh Bailey, although the play was a bad giveaway in Islanders zone, but also Islanders inability to convert on the power play.
Matt Moulson scored the tying goal on the Islanders fifth power play chance, but it was the four other chances that should be looked at. The first and fourth power plays were the weakest for the Islanders, who could not generate any buzz on either chance. The second and fifth were the Islanders strongest, with Moulson scoring on the fifth power play chance. Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist robbed the Islanders during the second power play chance several times.
“I don’t know what to say,” Frans Nielsen said after the game. “It’s tough right now. I feel like we battled hard, competed hard for 60 minutes and still came up short, so it’s definitely not fun right now.”
The Islanders did play hard, they outshot the Rangers 33-30, they created chances on the 5 on 5 and came up with a huge kill late in the second period when the Rangers had a 5 on 3 power play chance. "We sacrificed ourselves on that 5-on-3," Capuano said of the Islanders penalty kill.
“We played some decent hockey,” Capuano later added. “But tonight I thought we played one of our better games of the year and obviously we came up short. if anybody that watched us play tonight I would think they thought the guys worked extremely hard. We right in the game, we did a lot of good things, but we’re not a team that scores a lot of goals right now.”
Nielsen sees the “positives from tonight’s game, but realizes the Islanders need to turn it around immediately.
“We gotta stop this bleeding now,” Nielsen said. “We can’t wait cause then it’s gunna look like last year. We don’t want to be out of it by Christmas, so we gotta turn it around right now.”
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