Good: Recovers Puck to Face
In his only post-season success Jack Capuano got to the second round of the playoffs in 2015-16. After a dramatic win over the Panthers (who he is now an assistant coach for) the Isles faced the Tampa Bay Lightning.
It was a matchup the Isles could win, and a matchup we all hoped they could win. In game one, Jack Capuano literally spilt blood in a nice 5-3 win to take the series lead.
The Isles were up 4-2 with just over eleven minutes to go in the final frame. As Alex Killorn looks to send the puck into the Islanders zone his shot bounces off of Ryan Strome’s shin and right into Jack Capuano’s face. (Maybe that’s why Strome was in Capuano’s dog house.)
Capuano retreated to the Islanders dressing room to fix the wound. He’d come back a few minutes later all patched up and with a gash on his nose as the Isles won 5-3 to take a series lead.
As a coach that preaches playing tough and getting your nose in the dirty area’s he finally got to put his money where his mouth is. Capuano was back on the bench within minutes. Giving him some much-needed cred with his players.
It wouldn’t last as the New York Islanders eventually lost out to the Lightning and were bounced from the playoffs. But for a short while, Capuano looked one tough customer.