Dec 21, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek (26) is stopped on a shot by Anaheim Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen (31) during the second period period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily 12/22/2013

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The New York Islanders capitalized on their Friday night victory at Madison Square Garden last night at home against the Anaheim Ducks.

For 40 minutes. Too bad for them a full, complete regulation game in the National Hockey League these days is 60, something which New York still fails to do on a nightly basis.

Taking a 3-1 lead into the third period, everyone knew that Anaheim, second only to the Chicago Blackhawks in points over the entire league, was going to come hard and press the fragile and inexperienced Islanders team. And that they did. When Ryan Getzlaf deposited his third goal of the game into an empty net with under a minute to play, most fans headed home for the Christmas holiday with an all too familiar feeling of despair and discontent.

Evgeni Nabokov could not really be blamed for any of the Ducks goals, as the collective defensive collapse was something seen before, giving up 4 goals in the third period while struggling to generate any offense on the goal guarded by Frederik Andersen.

Thomas Vanek was lively, scoring two of the Islanders three goals on the night and Cal Clutterbuck continued to look re-invigorated and lively but overall, the Ducks manhandled the smaller New York team rather easily. Even Ryan Strome, elbowed in the jaw right in front of the penalty box, was welcomed rudely to the National Hockey League and was seen stuffing caulk up his nose on the bench.

More disturbing to me however were the comments made by head coach Jack Capuano in his post-game presser. Saying that he relies on his centers to call timeouts to quell the momentum had me shaking my head. This is a man who we have defended over and over again but lately there is clearly a disconnect between him and his players. Capuano does not seem to be the answer and/or calming influence this team needs to get over their hump and to the next level. The comment only reinforces that notion. It shows a clear lack of accountability on himself and leadership as the bench boss.

However, as we have seen with free agents in the past and still currently, how do you even talk a new coach into coming here and taking over at this point?

 

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METROPOLITAN

 

GP

W

L

OT

P

ROW

GF

GA

1

PITTSBURGH

38

27

10

1

55

24

121

83

2

WASHINGTON

36

19

13

4

42

11

115

109

3

NEW JERSEY

37

15

15

7

37

15

90

94

4

PHILADELPHIA

36

16

16

4

36

15

89

103

5

CAROLINA

36

14

14

8

36

13

83

101

6

NY RANGERS

36

16

18

2

34

15

82

100

7

COLUMBUS

36

15

17

4

34

14

97

103

8

NY ISLANDERS

37

10

20

7

27

6

93

129

 

Across The Bridge

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers played a solid hockey game but could not get past the Monarchs last night, losing 2-1 at Webster Bank Arena. The full game recap can be found right here via the official site.

Anders Nilsson played another strong game in goal, stopping 25 of 27 shots and Scooter Vaughan, he of the best hockey name in the entire organization,  scored his first career AHL goal.

The Sound Tigers return to action Sunday afternoon with a 3 p.m. game against the Albany Devils at Webster Bank Arena before beginning their Christmas break.

 

 

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