05 February 2012
Uniondale, NY -- The Islanders lost Travis Hamonic for the next two weeks after he took a puck to the face early in the third period.
5:21 into the Third, Hamonic went down lying on the ice momentarily as a pool of blood formed below him. Team trainers quickly rushed over to him and helped him off the ice. He was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair a broken nose and received stitches.
The loss of the 21 year old, who has been one of the Islanders top defensemen this season, Could not have come at a worse time. The Islanders have games against Philadelphia, whoâ€™ve always give them problems, along with games against Montreal, LA, Winnipeg, St. Luis and Carolina. Not the easiest of matchups.
Hamonicâ€™s absence was noticeable in the third period during last nightâ€™s loss to the Sabres and may have contributed to the loss.
â€śIt definitely hurts,â€ť PA Parenteau said about the loss of Hamonic last night. â€śTravis is one of our best defensemen, thereâ€™s no doubt about that, but we have to bear down. We canâ€™t use that as excuses, but heâ€™s one of our best defensemen and it hurt us down the stretch. Especially play back-to-back nights like that.â€ť
â€śI think when you play back to back and a guy that plays key minutes for us against key opposition and their top lines definitely had a play in [the gameâ€™s outcome],â€ť Isles head coach Jack Capuano said about the loss of Hamonic. â€ś
The Islanders will not have Hamonic back until at least February 20 against the Ottawa Senators.
Islanders Still Believe They Can Make the Playoffs
Uniondale, NY -- Even after they had lost to the Sabres last night, the Islanders still believed they could make a run at the postseason.
â€śOf course,â€ť Al Montoya responded when asked about the topic. â€śWeâ€™re taking it day by day. Today we didnâ€™t get the two, but we got the one. Itâ€™s important that we keep going forward and knowing whatâ€™s making us successful and doing the right things.
PA Parenteau, while upset over the loss, was optimistic that the team recent performance. He believes they are play with confidence.
â€śI feel pretty good about it,â€ť He said about his teamâ€™s play. â€śI feel like weâ€™re playing with confidence. Tonight maybe we ran out of gas a little bit, but I feel pretty confident. We played some pretty good hockey lately. The guys are feeling it and we got some good goaltending, so I feel pretty confident of our chances [at the postseason].â€ť
The Islanders have 31 games left to play in the 2011-12 season and at this point in the season they do not have to many losses to give if the want to realistically have a playoff chance.
â€śWeâ€™re in this kind of position where every point is crucial,â€ť said team captain Mark Streit. â€śEspecially the next three to four weeksâ€¦ This time of the year if you look at the standings one or two points could make the difference at the end of the season.â€ť
The Islanders are 10 points behind the eighth place Toronto Maple Leafs and will need to go 17-10-4 in the remainder of the season to have a chance at the post season. They will also need to Toronto and/or Washington to taper off down the stretch.
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