01 April 2012
Uniondale, NY -- The Islanders’ locker room was not a happy place after this afternoon’s 5-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators on fan appreciation day. The Isles played bad and they knew it.
“It was pretty horrible on our part,” said captain Mark Streit. “They were missing two of their top players, we didn’t take advantage of it, but the way we played we didn’t deserve to win that’s for sure.”
New York opened the scoring 7:55 into the period as Streit finished on a great pass by John Tavares from behind the net. But the lead disappeared before the first period even ended. Kyle Turris lifted one right over a fallen Al Montoya and Matt Moulson to tie the game at one late in the period.
In the second period things only got worse.
With the Senators on the power play Sergei Gonchar scored off a no look pass from Milan Michalek to make it 2-1. Jack Capuano sent out five defensemen to take the face-off after the goal. A move he said he’s done before and was trying to send a message to guys who weren’t playing up to par.
“You know what our forwards weren’t going,” he said when asked about the move. “There were lines that had one shot, there were lines that didn’t even have a shot or attempted shot. There was no urgency in our game tonight. No excuses, but some guys got to look in the mirror.”
But the move didn’t seem to provide much.
Michalek scored a goal of his own three minutes later to make it 3-1. Nick Foligno added another Senators goal before the second period came to close. The Senators Turris got his second goal of the night to make it 5-1 exactly seven minutes into the third period.
“We played too complicated,” Streit added after the game. "We didn’t get the puck deep, we had way too many turnovers and they kept it simple. They work pretty hard and we just played too complicated… Tonight we just played awful.”
Capuano agreed adding, “We didn’t compete hard enough tonight. We didn’t deserve to win the hockey game. We had some guys that played with no urgency in their game at all.”Snow and Capuano Will Return Next Season
Prior to this afternoon’s game, Islanders owner Charles Wang confirmed, during an interview with Howie Rose on MSG Plus, that both Garth Snow and Jack Capuano would be back with the team next season.
Wang said that he had complete confidence in Snow and thought he has done an excellent job with the team. The Islanders have made just one playoff appearance in Snow’s tenure. The announcement should come as no surprise since Snow’s job was never in jeopardy.
Capuano has been on the hot seat for portions of this season, but will get some more time to turn the Islanders around.
Watch the full interview below: