Coyotes 6, Islanders 3: West Coast Swing Ends 1-4

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Kevin Schultz

“That’s about the worst I’ve seen them play all year,” Jack Capuano said of his defense after the Islanders lost 6-3 in Phoenix tonight. “We don’t have a lot of options obviously. It’s just, they struggled tonight.”

And struggle the defense did. The Islanders allowed four straight goals,three over a four-minute stretch in the second period, to turn a 1-0 lead into a 4-1 deficit on the road.

Aaron Ness, for one, was -3 on the night and had a rather unfortunate moment on the Coyotes second goal.  Rob Klinkhammer’s shot seemed to be going through the crease but it hit off a sprawled Ness and went into the back of the net. The Yotes third goal came on a scramble in front that saw Frans Nielsen and Thomas Hickey diving towards the net behind Poulin. And the fourth was a ‘welcome to the NHL’ sort of moment where Ness was soft in coverage on Mike Ribeiro, and you can’t soft cover a scorer like Riberio.

To their credit, the Islanders battled back late in the second. A makeshift line of Vanek, Tavares and Clutterbuck crashed the net and came away with a goal. Then, Kyle Okposo scored diving across the crease on a deflection to bring the Islanders within one in a 90-second span.

But late in the period the Coyotes scored and it seemed like that goal broke the Islanders back tonight. Mikkel Boedker had time and space and rifled a wrister past Kevin Poulin with a minute to go.

From there the frustration seemed to set in for everyone.

MSG cameras caught assistant coach Doug Weight and Tavares having a spirited, and without knowing the context a possibly innocuous conversation heading to the locker room after the second period.

The Islanders didn’t have too much life in the third and weren’t able to capitalize on the chances they did have (two powerplays, for instance). Towards the end, Matt Martin and Tim Kennedy went at each other at center ice, with Martin cross-checking Kennedy as he was down on the ice. Keith Yandle came in from behind with a cross-check on Martin, which was a bit dirty of a play. And Kyle Okposo managed to get himself a trip to the locker room for a game misconduct on the play. In the postgame, coach Capuano seemed terse in responding to questions about another loss.

So now the Islanders head home for Montreal with a 1-4 road trip, their 11th loss in 12 games and no regulation wins since November 12th.

What’s wrong with the D?

For help, we turn to a former Islanders defender:

Cizikas Hurt

Casey Cizikas left during the first period and did not return due to a jaw injury. Cizikas took a (uncalled) high stick to the face.

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189 comments
phishstyx1
phishstyx1

who would spent a dime on this crap?

Harry F
Harry F

we need defenders, plain and simple. There are great young defenders (watch this years world juniors for Pelech and Reinhart, BPT for Mayfield and hopefully Pedan, they're all huge as well, but Snow is the worst GM ever so who cares right)  in the system who are close, but that's no excuse for not picking up a few veteran defensemen like the Avalanche did prior to the season, for cheap contracts as well. Please, all of you experts, name what a different coach would do to make this team better with this lineup. 

wvAL
wvAL

I really wish some of the alumni would speak up and get involved as well. It has to be even more personal to them than us fans. Would be nice if Gillies, Nystrom and company threw this trash out and just took over.

Vicp73
Vicp73

So who actually thinks Vanek will re-sign in the off-season?? Unbelievable that This GM is employed by an actual sports franchise. I wouldn't let this clown run a fantasy sports team let alone my beloved Isles

drive45
drive45

Would have been nice if the Isles had signed Chara to a 10 or 15 year deal instead of gifting him away!!!

jpizzy
jpizzy

Right now, the losing streak is only one! My guess is this one only gets to 8 or 9.so that represents progress.

Kevin Sharkey
Kevin Sharkey

To everyone posting complaining about why snow won't fire Capuano: i've said it before and I'll say it again...Wang will not fire Capuano this season because he doesnt want to have to pay two coaches salraies the rest of the season (and possibly beyond depending on how long Cappy's contract is for). He will have to pay the rest of Cappys contract PLUS whoever he brings in to replace him. As we all know Wang isnt too loose with the purse strings. Its a sad reality we all have to live with.

ccmm
ccmm

Sigh. 

Coach and GM still here. 

jimmydev
jimmydev

I think we need a few more tiny defensemen, I'm sure we can get some-the smallest team in the league-you think that's why we stink on defense?????

Robert Cole
Robert Cole

What everyone, is waiting for, is news of Strome's first practice.

billw
billw

The teams defense is an outright disaster. So Garth decides to bring up Strome, a forward. He has him fly across the country so Cappy can scratch him. Back on the plane and fly across the country again. Total incompetence from the ownership right on down the line. 

njersey
njersey

Can Wang and Snow possibly think that the man behind the bench is NOT the problem here? I hate to beat a dead horse, so I will try and bring a different perspective. Islander’s fans, do the Islanders get respect from the referees in this league? Cizikas probably has a broken jaw from last night’s high stick, NO CALL, and OUR STAR PLAYER and TOP FIVE SCORER IN THE ENTIRE LEAGUE, was cross-checked to the HEAD and NECK area last night , and no call. This, very much so, has to do with the man behind the bench… And do you think a team is going to play “extra” hard for a coach that gets NO RESPECT in the league. Of course not. Of Course NOT! If Wang and Snow have any respect for the Islander fan, and they have NO intentions of bringing in Laviolette, they need to somehow get this information out there with a damn good reason why NOT. If you want to turn this mess around, you hire a (2) time Stanley Cup Finalist Coach, (with a Championship Ring) back to this team. NOW !!!  PERIOD !!!  .... HEY SNOW , ARE YOU AWARE THAT GRABNER HAS NOT SCORED A GOAL SINCE OPENING DAY !!!This is like Twilight Zone Stuff… You can’t make this stuff up….. PATHETIC !!!

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

on another note... anyone else annoyed that every other team playing in the stadium series has there regular logo for the most part yet they completely revamp ours? 

Jersey Steve
Jersey Steve

No gap control on defense....our defenders back in too far near our goalie giving opposing forwards too much time and space.  They need a coach for the D ala Larry Robinson.  No one stands up to forwards at the blueline or forces them wide on a consistent basis. 

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

uhhh why were half of my comments deleted?? didn't say anything worth censoring....knew it was all down hill for this site the moment the comments had changed.  

islesnj
islesnj

I keep checking back here all day waiting to hear Cappy is fired. If they haven't done it after this road trip it isn't happening. I'm in shock that they haven't canned him, but I really shouldn't be surprised.  He's a University of Maine guy and they stick together. F==K the Black Bears. They are screwing up our team.

NotoriousPING
NotoriousPING

New Rules: They have to stop showing that stupid commercial with the nicknames for Isles until they can win back our respect. 


"The Hammer", yeah right, unless its alluding to HAM & Cheese sandwiches that he likes to eat after each game.  HIT SOMEBODY!!!

What about Tavares scoring at the end, here's an idea: maybe show a clip of him actually scoring a nice goal, not one where it basically goes in by itself!!


From top to bottom, they suck! FIRE CAPUANO!!!!

camb33
camb33

Rumor has it there was some "Battle Level" going on for the window seat on the plane between GAYMAC and Bailey...

tomba
tomba

Someone should shake the asbestos from the rafters so they end this misery.....

dkdk
dkdk

Not wang

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

@orange2327This comment just goes to show how ignorant some of the fans posting on this site are! 

Just so you are aware Mr. Orange, Travis Hamonic was one of several defenseman selected to the Canadian Olympic team orientation roster. Now, I'm not saying he's going to make the final cut, but when executive director Steve Yzerman who is in charge of selecting players puts him on the roster, I believe they see him as a special player. 


Again, your comment is way out of line!

shamwow
shamwow

@snostorm

Chuck Wang was certainly savior of the Cable TV contract money - which isn't counted among Team revenue, and that money to be paid to him directly by Barclays Center... along with increased League revenue sharing on the way, it would appear owning the ruins of a once proud NHL dynasty he helped decimate has paid off rather handsomely for the old fraudster.

phishstyx1
phishstyx1

@drive45 as a throw in for that POS bust Yashin,,,,,,,who's still on the books btw

jepliberty
jepliberty

@Alex Rodriguez

For the very last time, Butthead Bettman has stated in the past that he believes that Wang is a very caring owner, and he has no problems with him as an owner.

dkdk
dkdk

Count me in Chris. Fans should really try to get a workable date and tip off the media. Send out an email to Bettman's too so they can get ready for the bad PR and maybe do some things behind the scenes to make wang run this like a professional team.

Don22
Don22

@Chris R I like your thinking, but you can't do it at a game.  By then you've already given him your money.  If you are going to go to the game, then just support the players and your team.  Forget Wang and Garth.  You chanting in a game isn't going to do anything.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@billw Billy, you're preaching to the choir in here, we know, we know.

Kevin Sharkey
Kevin Sharkey

@njerseyIve said it before and I'll say it again...Wang will not fire Crapuano this season because he doesnt want to have to pay two coaches salraies the rest of the season. He will have to pay the rest of Cappys contract PLUS whoever he brings in to replace him. As we all know Wang isnt too loose with the purse strings.

dkdk
dkdk

Wang is an innovator! He is he only one using a different logo, the only one that hires active players to be GMs,the only one to air his games on college radio, the only one that spent several year below the cap floor only using unattainable bonuses and buyouts and Tim Thomas's sofa to stay above it.

A real visionary. A true savior .... Lol.

camb33
camb33

@rs018 Wang must have not approved of them...all kidding aside this comment system is a disaster. We always had the sucky team, now we have a sucky blog to go along with that team

slapshot18_rs
slapshot18_rs

@madhooks i do agree with that commercial.  it was cheesy from day 1 and now its pretty embarrassing.  tavares is not a high light reel goal scorer though so dont expect that. 

jepliberty
jepliberty

@camb33

I heard Gaymack hit Bailey with his purse, or European shoulder bag, if you like, lol

dkdk
dkdk

That is the truth Chris

Don22
Don22

@Alex Rodriguez @isles rule So the solution is to spend money for parking, pay for a ticket, buy some beers or sodas, maybe a few hotdogs and popcorn or something.   And then chant Snow Must Go.  Wang Must Go.

Brilliant.  Do you really think they care what you chant?  They already got your money  How about chanting Let's Go Islanders?  How about supporting your team?  I'm sure that won't happen.  You'll boo the team and then complain when FAs don't want to play here. 

If you want to really make a difference, gather the masses and picket outside the NVMC.  Picket outside Wangs offices in Plainview.  Don't give him your money.

Yeah, I know.  I'm Garth's butt boy.  I drank the Kool Aid.  I must be Charles in disguise.  Save it.

Don22
Don22

@Alex Rodriguez Send in your resume.  Maybe they hire you.  You seem to know everything there is to know about being an NHL executive.  And I bet you were one that was complaining Stome didn't make the team out of camp.

dkdk
dkdk

@don, yeah you are right there you can do it really cheap but most do not/will not

dkdk
dkdk

Vanek just has to look at the standings to say he isn't signing here. I personally think some players may like this type of sort. They have to know that game in and game out they are not only asked to beat the opponent but also to beat their cheapskate owner and incompetent front office. With one arm tied behind their back. You don't think privately JT looks down the bench and then looks at the other bench and thinks I have 6 guys on this team that would have zero shot dressing for the opponent?

Don22
Don22

@dkdk You are right.  I used to do that all the time and play Frogger while dodging cars crossing over.  But you get my point.  Most people that go to the games spend enough money that CBW doesn't give a crap what you chant.

Don22
Don22

@dkdk I see your point. But I just feel that when you are in the arena, you need to support the players.  You have to think that players get tired of hearing that stuff.  It comes off as fickle.  I don't know if it would make a difference either way, but do you think when Vanek hears that stuff he thinks - boy I can't wait to sign here?

I get the frustration and I get the reasons for wanting to do the chants.  But I think that should be done outside the arena or outside their corporate offices.  Make a stink there.  Get news outlets there.  If you spend the money to go to a game, then support the players.  Even if they aren't as talented as we want them to be, they are our team and they deserve the support. 

dkdk
dkdk

@don .... And BTW, you could park across the street for free, eat at home, and buy tickets on stubhub for 5 bucks. This doesn't have to be a big expenditure. Cheaper thana one way ticket on the LIRR to Barclays as a matter of fact.

dkdk
dkdk

But if you do those chants you start getting attention on the cause. Right now the fanbase is deemed apathetic, disinterested, disengaged, non existent, etc.

If fans take action in a public display, it will be shown on TV, written about, put on the web. The Saints sucked for years in the 70s and no one gave a damn until the fans went with bags on their heads, then they went from loveable losers to the Aints and that is when media started caring. The same type of thing is needed here because under wangsnow things will not get better. That has been very well established.

dkdk
dkdk

Those women would destroy Bailey if they were battling over the orange wool.

camb33
camb33

@Chris R@kgkg@orange2327 I've seen more of a BATTLE LEVEL on the Badmitton court, then this Isles GAHBAGE

Harry F
Harry F

@Chris R @Lyle Odelein @njersey name the things you want him to call Wang out on. Just gimme a few, I like some reasoning behind inflammatory statements. I'd say spending, plain and simple, that's what I want to hear an explanation on.