The Isles Get 1 out of 4 Points, and the Winless Streak Is Now 13

By John Panarese

Interim coach, Jack Capuano is still looking for his first win behind the bench for the Isles.  On Saturday, it was a 4-1 loss to the Panthers, and yesterday, it took overtime, but the Thrashers beat the Islanders 2-1 in Atlanta.  I was not really home much over the weekend, so I wasn’t able to catch any of the games.  However, I received my iPhone ESPN App updates, so I was able to keep track of both games while they were in progress.

It was a second period collapse in Florida that led to the loss at home to the Panthers.  Matt Moulson was the only goal scorer, and though the Isles got shots on goal, they still were unable to break the single goal mark for the game.  On top of that, Tomas Vokoun just seems to have the number of the blue and orange every time he is in goal for the Panthers.  Again, it was a case of a serious lapse that cost them the game, and that has been a fairly common trend throughout this lengthy winless streak.

In Atlanta, Michael Grabner got the Isles on the board late in the first period, but Atlanta tied it early in the third and then won it about a minute and fifty seconds into the overtime.  Rick DiPietro returned to the net for the Islanders for the first time since October 18, stopping 33 of 35 shots.  He played extremely well compared to his two previous starts, but, again, the Isles just could not put any more pucks into the back of the net.

So, the trend of little scoring haunts the Islanders.  I really don’t think at all that the team is playing “bad hockey” and has, for the most part, been in every game during this difficult stretch.  However, they fall one lucky bounce or one decent break short of winning.  It seems that every mistake they make ends up causing a goal against, while they just can’t seem to cash in on the chances they get.  As frustrating and disheartening as it surely is for Islander fans, though, let us not forget how the players are feeling at this point.  They just have to keep plugging away and work themselves through it, and we, as fans, have to continue to support them and stay patient.  Folks, it will turn around.