Panthers 4, Islanders 2: Panthers Snap Isles Four Game Winning Streak

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The good times came to an end with a thud Tuesday night for the Islanders.

After winning four straight games, and seven straight on the road, the Isles watched as the Panthers scored three goals in the first period and one in the second while on their way to a 4-2 victory. It was the first time since February 12, 2012 that the Panthers defeated the Islanders.

Similarly to previous games the Islanders first period left a lot to be desired. The team was out shot and out played  in the first, allowing the Panthers to score less than a minute into the game. Aleksander Barkov gave Florida the 1-0 lead 34 seconds into the period. The Isles managed to hold off the Panthers for a while, including a five-on-three power play opportunity for Florida, but the home team found the back of the net yet agin late in the first.

Drew Shore scored at 15:34 to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead and Nick Bjugstad made it 3-0 with 34 seconds left in the period. In the second period, Florida added one more goal late with the Islanders on the power play. Scottie Upshall made it 4-0 at 15:59.

The Islanders did manages to get two goals of their own during Tuesday night’s loss. Colin McDonald scored in the final minute of the second and Thomas Vanek cut the Panthers lead to 4-2  2:38 into the third period.

But unlike in Dallas and Colorado, there was no comeback on this night. The Islanders had a few chances in the third period, however the Florida defense and the goaltending of Tim Thomas, who made 31 saves, was enough to keep the Islanders from climbing back into the game.

“I thought we played a pretty good game, but we talk about our puck managment all the time. Then obviously those two [goals] and the shorthanded really hurt us,” Islanders Coach Jack Capuano said after the loss.

The loss should serve as a wake up call to the Islanders on what can happen when you do not start off a game strong. The Isles were outshot 10-8 in the first and allowed the Panthers all the chances in the world during the period. The visitors eventually found their rythem in the second and third period, but by then it was too late for them.

However Capuano did not characterize the start as slow, but rather said it was about puck management.

“I don’t think it was a slow start,” he said. I think it’s how you manage the puck. The puck is on their stick and they have to make a play with it. The first and third goal is a prime example of that. I thought we were playing pretty good and then the late one in the first hurt us… From my standpoint it’s always about how we managed the puck. We made some bad errors coming out of our end tonight.”

The Islanders will have the chance to rebound on Thursday when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.




67 comments
erika
erika

I blame Howie!.......just kidding...but it is a fact that when Jiggs or king call the games we have a winning record! Karma??

erika
erika

No mystery here: We have problems with teams like the Flyers and Panthers because they are way bigger than us. Even though I feel we are more talented, all they have to do is stand in front of us..and we are going nowhere. Glad we have some big D-men in the system, because until then, it will yield the same results!

isles23
isles23

Sloppy and Thomas was unreal. Just like the lose to Carolina this can be overcome with a nice winning streak but they do have to realize that at this point every game is the most important game of the season.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

Just a few short observations...

Cablevision pushed last nights game into a back up channel, a CSpan over-flow, that made the telecast unwatchable.  The picture on my 40 inch 1080p LED looked like a late 1940's broadcast on a 10 inch black and white.


It must say something when you play a team below you in the standings and their top line is comprised of two of your former players.  That statement looms even larger when you consider that the two former players didn't leave, but were let go...


What's up with the distribution of ice time under this coach??? Seven of the twelve forwards played less than 12 minutes last night.  Three played almost 25 minutes.  They played about 8 minutes short-handed, 1 minute two men down.  That means your top three played almost half the even strength minutes in this game.  This is not the first recent game that the ice time was heavily skewed toward the top line.  I realize you want your best forwards out there with a chance to score in a game you are losing but, it's hard to score if you're exhausted from lengthy shifts and quick changes.   

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

sloppy game, they hung poulin out to dry.  on nights like this you would need a grabner, a bailey, a strome to step up because your only chance is a score like 5-4.  florida didn't let the islanders skate and they played well in front of thomas.

Wayne Michael
Wayne Michael

Greg....Been saying that for a long time .. Wang gave up on the team after the lighthouse failed. Barely hitting the cap floor.

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

Josh Bailey needs time to develop. He's going to explode.

Mike Bulkley
Mike Bulkley

I watch every single game and focus on each player individually and let me tell you, if you think Amac is terrible then you are drastically overrating him. He is a turnover machine, stick handles himself into corners, kills OUR power plays, and I have never seen him go into the boards with an opponent and come away with the puck. If he got better, then you can call him terrible. Right now he is straight useless.

mrcisback
mrcisback

 Ryan Strome has got to start burying some of these chances. 1 goal in 15 games is not good enough even though he has looked like he belongs. I just don't want this guy to lose his confidence.

truth77
truth77

Final score 4-2 should of been 2-2. with Two A Macs tonight. Golf you get a give me.Hockey you get an A mac,Lets see that is about 30 A Macs this season. Man tie this guy to the bench so he can do no more harm.

jpizzy
jpizzy

Not sure of the exact numbers, but our record is probably awful when Tavares fails to get a point. Not blaming him, but he makes the team go and when he doesn't produce offense, it's near impossible to win. 

anthony
anthony

The islanders slept through the first two periods and played a great third. How about a full 60 minutes. Amac needs to go, he is horrible, I don't care how many min he plays. Take whatever you can get for him. Was Bailey even playing. He disappears in so many games. Time to sit him again.

rjmatty
rjmatty

Amac is not a top pairing d man, neither is Strait. Our best d man in this streak has been de Haan. Strait is god awful and needs to go, bring up some of the kids, they aren't making the playoffs. The problem is Wang and Snow, those top d men cost money and they aren't parting with it.

njersey
njersey

I checked out our future stars today and we are STACKED on "D",,, But unless I missed someone, WHAT YOU SEE (currently on the Isles team) IS WHAT YOU GET, (in regard to FORWARDS) .....  In the minors is Anders Lee, who I like, but he appears to be a 3rd Liner at best, and we have that Cammarata in College, (I know he's tiny but I think he just may be one of the few who could possibly overcome that flaw - a stretch though).... Again Correct me if I'm wrong, but that is it !!!

Steven Lerner
Steven Lerner

Amac stinks, plain and simple. If you actually know the game of hockey and watch every Isles game its very apparent. Please dont tell me how many shots he blocks or how much ice time he logs. Bottom line is if Amac plays 1st PP and logs 28 min in ice time, your team isnt good. If you also believe that the return on him will be an impact player, high draft pick, or top prospect you should see a doctor.

orange2327
orange2327

Yep its been like that for way too long!! Teams with size who utilize it gives this team fits!!

palffy
palffy

@erika Bill Torre had a hand in constructing this FLA team.  "Build from the net out" Anyone remember that?  No coincidence that they have good goaltending and a bunch of big, sturdy defensemen.  All of which gave us a lot of trouble last night.

tpjm
tpjm

King did a good job. They should make him the permanent TV announcer.  Can't wait for Rosen to retire so Howie leaves and takes his spot.

Don22
Don22

@REDSpointofviewCome on Red.  Nobody's missing Bergenheim.  He has yet to break 30 points in the NHL.  He was a nice player who I wish stayed but it's not that big of a deal.  I think the other guy you are talking about was Boyes?  I can agree with that a little bit.  I liked him, but it's not like he would have made that much of a difference on this team.


Or were you talking about Mottau?

islefansince72
islefansince72

@REDSpointofview Bergenheim NEVER should have been let go. If not for injuries, that guy would be a beast & Snow would have total egg on his face. Because he held out one year, Wang never forgave him. All they had to do was give him a quantifying offer. Totally stupid.

kevinpt
kevinpt

@Jason Zimmermann 


Just out of curiosity,

1. Did Josh Bailey ever do something to you personally?

2. What were you saying about Okposo last year?

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@truth77 

MacDonald is averaging 25:47 minutes a game.  In all the NHL, only Ryan Suter, Drew Doughty and Shea Weber are averaging more.  He isn't even close to the same class as them.  He just shouldn't be playing that many minutes...

Kevin Schultz
Kevin Schultz moderator Editor Emeritus

@jpizzy Just out of curiosity I looked it up... 3-9 this season when Tavares is pointless

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@rjmatty 

Strait was asked to play almost 20 minutes last night, probably to take up some of the slack from the loss of Hamonic.  That was the second highest ice time on defense.  Curiously, deHaan only played 17 minutes last night while MacDonald was on ice for almost half the game, 29:39.  If his mistakes are magnified, it is directly in proportion to the amount of ice time he is getting.  

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@Steven Lerner  

MacDonald is averaging 25:47 minutes a game.  In all the NHL, only Ryan Suter, Drew Doughty and Shea Weber are averaging more.  He isn't even close to the same class as them.  He just shouldn't be playing that many minutes.  Unfortunately, with Hamonic out, and Staple suggests in todays Newsday that it might be a concussion, MacDonald is only going to get more ice time.  Woe is us...

jepliberty
jepliberty

@Steven Lerner

Right, don't just see a Dr. get a checkup from the neck up, Amac BLOWS.

 PS so does  Snows boy, Bailey.

REDSpointofview
REDSpointofview

@Don22 

I was talking about the fact that a team fighting for a playoff spot, just like us, had two of our former players on their top line.  Two players we jettisoned, and they still beat us...

shlo
shlo

@islefansince72They should have never let Chara go either.  It's done and over with.

Can't worry about the past anymore. Let it go.  Deal with what we have and where we are going. ( I know some will say, nowhere..don't bother)

Don22
Don22

@islefansince72"If not for injuries"...  Maybe that's part of why they let him go.  I liked him and wish they kept him, but is he really missed?  Where would he be playing on this team?   3rd line maybe?   If so, is he that much better than what we have now?

tpjm
tpjm

 @Jason Zimmermann

When Okposo slumped it was the exception. With Bailey it's the norm. Bailey is a bust.

 In 45 years of watching hockey I can say Bailey is as big a disappointment as they come. I can't believe they gave this stiff $3 mil for 5 years. Garth was high when he did that.

isles44
isles44

@Brian Clampett @mrcisback And the award for most ridiculous comment ever goes to.....  You're really going to judge a rookie's performance after 15 games?  Thank god your not a GM or anywhere close to making a decision for this team.  I bet you would've given up on Joe Thornton his rookie season or maybe Seguin, Hall, or any rookie the past 20 years.  

tom
tom

So he plays too many minutes is why he had a goal causing turnover 30 seconds into the game? Please.

Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas

@isles44@Brian Clampett@mrcisback


Put it this way Casey Cizikas looked much better than Strome in his first NHL camp. I knew right away that this guy was an Nhler and a year later he cracks the lineup. Honestly I think he had better line mates he could do much better Martin sucks really bad

Don22
Don22

@isles44@Brian Clampett@mrcisbackSame guy that would cry to the heavens if he was traded and does well.


If 15 games - heck, if a 1st season defined every rookie in the game (top 5 or not), then there would be a lot of lousy NHL stars out there. 

Don22
Don22

@mitchfritz@islefansince72@Don22Not sure how I am twisting your words - maybe that was one of the other guys that disagrees with you.


But you're right, he sucks.  Let's trade him.


Tell me who he should be playing with right now.  Are Bailey and Grabs going to make him better?

Don22
Don22

@mitchfritzI just read your comments about DeHaan and I think that is a narrow view.  Most teams look at the big picture, not just the "now".   He had a strong camp, but they felt that because of the injuries he needed more time in the AHL.  At the time, they felt Donovan and Ness could make the jump - especially since they had some time up already.  We don't know what happens on teams.  We don't know these players any more than what we see and read.  The coaches are around them day in and day out and know very well who should be called up and when.  Sometimes a player just isn't ready to jump to the NHL club, no matter how high he is drafted.  You see it all the time in draft scouting reports.  Guys who are rated lower in the draft, but labeled most ready to step into the NHL over many of the higher rated guys.  That isn't always about the talent level.  It's also about the size of the player, the strength and the maturity level. 

Timothy John
Timothy John

@mitchfritzI can understand this being said about Bailey and what not...but gimme a goddamn break!!! are you kidding!?!? Strome isnt an NHLer?? The guy has been getting caught up with the speed of the game and learning the defensive side of the puck. He has made some excellent plays. He's 15 games in for Christs sake. His chances to play top line minutes will come. He looks poised and doesnt make any terrible errors. Im very happy with his play...i dunno who the hell youve been watching...

islefansince72
islefansince72

@Don22@mitchfritz And how many years did it take Bertuzzi to become a big tie scorer? Even longer. Unless you are a JT, don't expect immediate results

Don22
Don22

@mitchfritz 20 years old Mitch.. 20 years old.


I want to see him produce more too, but to get on him after 15 games (or the team for that matter) is silly. 

Don22
Don22

@mitchfritz@Don22OK Mitch, so I guess they should just give up on him?  So people can complain they gave up?  He's not Nino.  He's not going to sulk because he's not getting 1st/2nd line minutes.  He's going to play hard and learn how to play the game.  You make it sound like if he plays on the 2nd line he will be playing with Malkin.  It will be with Bailey and Grabner.  Is that much better?  I think I'd rather see him with Clutter and Nelson. 

Don22
Don22

@mitchfritzHow long did it take KO to start looking like he belongs?  This is his 1st NHL season.  He's getting important minutes and learning the game.  He is all over the ice and is also learning the defensive part of the game.  Are you giving up already?  I'm not saying the Isles are masters at bringing along young talent, but such a short time frame is hardly time to judge anything.

Kevin Schultz
Kevin Schultz moderator Editor Emeritus

@jpizzy @Kevin Schultz Interestingly the three wins were opening night, at the garden on 12/20 and against the Avs last week... Five of Grabner's seven goals this year in those three games. Just a coincidence, but interesting.