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Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 12/01/2013

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The picture you see to your left is what happened last night after the fragile Islanders had a one goal lead with two minutes left in the third period.

Disaster ensued, with the Washington Capitals not only getting the tying goal while shorthanded with just under a minute to play but then winning in overtime when Alex Ovechkin slid a shot under Anders Nilsson.

The Islanders answered the bell last night and came out with a much better effort in all three zones. They rendered the leagues top goal scorer ineffective for much of the game and held a powerful Capitals offense to one goal most of the night. After a tentative first 30 minutes, the offense started generating quality scoring chances.

And it still all went wrong.

That is what happens when you find yourself mired in a slump such as the Islanders are in right now, one that threatens to destroy the entire season with a deadly December schedule looming on the horizon. The expressions and comments in the locker room post game only told more of the story that we witnessed on the ice before our very eyes.

In terms of a coaching change that might seem inevitable at this point, you certainly cannot put any of last night on a frustrated and beaten Jack Capuano. He did the right thing by putting two defensemen on the ice for a last minute power play not needing a goal and the Capitals having an open net. His first line and first pairing defenseman failed him,as they have so often in this winless streak.

To listen to his post-game presser reinforced that notion even more when Capuano talked about the tying goal.

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As far as the players are concerned, John Tavares faced the music and the media and took full responsibility for his lines role in the Islanders dropping an all important second point.

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But the one that told the entire story of just how upset and frustrated the players are is Colin McDonald, whom I now respect even more than I did so even just yesterday. Sitting in his stall, staring out into space with a look that was part dejection, part anger he had this to stay when Stan Fischler and I walked over to his stall to ask him some questions.

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That audio does no justice to the look on his face. It is so hard for me to even describe.

The good that came out of the game was the play of Anders Nilsson, who looked calm and comfortable in the Islanders crease, providing a glimpse into the future that maybe goaltending has never been the issue all along. Also Calvin Dehaan was spectacular in his debut game of the season and was perhaps the Islanders second best defenseman on this night. He talked about his performance and I asked him at the end if he was surprised to have gotten over 20 minutes of ice time in his opening game.

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At the end of the day, a crushing defeat for a very fragile team. One that could ill afford to not only lose a hockey game, but lose it in the manner they did. The only question that remains is, did it cost a good man his job in the process?

 

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METROPOLITAN

 

GP

W

L

OT

P

ROW

GF

GA

1

 PITTSBURGH

28

18

9

1

37

16

86

64

2

 WASHINGTON

27

14

11

2

30

8

82

78

3

 NY RANGERS

27

14

13

0

28

14

60

66

4

 NEW JERSEY

27

11

11

5

27

11

59

64

5

 PHILADELPHIA

26

12

12

2

26

11

57

63

6

 CAROLINA

26

10

11

5

25

9

55

75

7

 COLUMBUS

27

10

14

3

23

9

67

80

8

 NY ISLANDERS

27

8

15

4

20

5

72

93

 

Across The Bridge

The Sound Tigers set a franchise record but not in a good way. A combined 14 goals in an 8-6 loss to the Albany Devils as the baby Islanders continue to struggle in ways very similar to their big brothers. The recap can be found on the official site right here.

The Tigers are right back at it, with a 3pm faceoff today at Webster Bank Arena against Manchester.

Scoring
1. BRI Larson, (2) (JohnsonWetmore), 3:04
1. ALB Sislo, (5) (ScarlettSestito), 6:13 (PP)
1. BRI Keenan, (2) (HalmoJackson), 11:50 (PP)
1. ALB Boucher, (10) , 15:20
1. ALB Sestito, (5) (KellyMatteau), 16:06
1. ALB Scarlett, (3) (WhitneySislo), 19:57 (PP)
2. BRI Quine, (1) (HalmoWetmore), 4:24
2. ALB Sislo, (6) (ZajacKelly), 9:15
2. BRI Bruton, (1) (DonovanLangkow), 15:55
2. BRI Donovan, (1) (Strome), 16:30
2. ALB Matteau, (4) (PesonenZajac), 19:41 (PP)
3. ALB Matteau, (5) , 5:40
3. ALB McKelvie, (3) (SestitoHrabarenka), 12:26
3. BRI Larson, (3) (Bruton), 12:32

 

Rank Northeast Division GP W L OTL SL PTS GF GA

1

Springfield Falcons

19

14

3

1

1

30

58

41

2

Albany Devils

21

12

7

1

1

26

63

57

3

Adirondack Phantoms

20

9

9

0

2

20

48

54

4

Hartford Wolf Pack

21

9

10

0

2

20

55

69

5

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

19

5

10

1

3

14

52

71

 

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