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

 

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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

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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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  • Ken Meoni

    I bet Goring would do it. He would love to coach or GM. He talks about it on air. He was successful with the Grizzlies, so he is used to working with younger players. Why not give him a chance? I would be tempted to make him take on the GM and coaching duties, until another coach is found, but I would, if I were the owner, make him the coach, let him work with the players and then maybe make the move to GM, say next year. He already has a leg up, seeing the team every game. Look at John Davidson. Goring also seems to have connections to GM’s and coaches and has seen other teams to evaluate talent league wide.

    • FitzWilly

      agreed
      Butchy for coach and GM :)
      why not give it a shot, how much worse can this train wreck get

    • Andy Graziano

      Isles tried Butch once, do not think they go back to that well again. They more than likely want an experienced bench boss in place at this point. But who do you get to come here and do you commit to paying what is clearly needed to get one?

  • Larry

    It’s REALLY hard to be an Islanders fan these days. A total change in management is needed. That Vanek trade kills me. I highly doubt he (Vanek) will be sticking around at the end of the year so they basically threw away a first round draft choice and at this rate it will be a very high first rounder. 10 wins 27 losses…ugh…so bad…..every time they Islanders lose, which happens A LOT, it gets even worse.

    • Ken Meoni

      Some food for thought. You are probably right about Vanek not coming back next year. Moulson is also a free agent next year. So, maybe the Isles sign him next year to come back, but probably not. The thing is Moulson said the team never contacted him for an extension before the trade. I seem to remember that if the pick next year is top ten, then the Isles can defer the pick to Buffalo, for the year after. They would still lose the first pick one of the two years, not to mention the second round pick. I agree with you on that………terrible to give them up. I do like Vanek, I think he is a more complete player then Moulson. Just have to hope, he decides he likes playing on the Island with T. It would be cool if they could sign both. The Isles could always use more scoring wingers.

      • Larry

        I didn’t know about that as far as the pick goes. I too feel Vanek is better than Moulson but assuming both players are elswhere next year, which is a probability it’s simply lost picks. I’d like to think the fact that they’re moving to Brooklyn might be somethong that’ll help keep Vanek around. Maybe at least be a draw for other top tier players which don’t exactly race to play in the current venue.