Sharks 4, Islanders 3: Young Isles Play Well in Loss to Experienced Sharks

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders’ young guns played well Friday night, but the more experienced San Jose Sharks left Nassau Coliseum with a 4-3 victory.

The loss was the 17th defeat on home ice this year for the Isles and moved them to an NHL worst 9-17-8 at home. The Islanders started off the game well, but the Sharks responded and were first to score in the opening period.

Matt Nieto was able to beat former Shark Evgeni Nabokov stick side to put the visitors ahead 1-0. The Sharks jumped ahead 2-0 1:19 later courtesy of a tough angle shot from Jason Demers. The Islanders were able to pull within one in the second period, but San Jose extended their lead back to two goals after Joe Thornton took advantage of a juicy rebound given up by Nabokov.

The Islanders came within one goal once again at 17:02 of the second, however the Sharks scored over a minute later to make it 4-2. Frans Nielsen scored with 22 seconds left in the third period to cut it the San Jose lead to 4-3, but the Islanders could not tie the game with the remaining time.

“Great effort from our guys tonight,” Islander Coach Jack Capuano said. “That’s one hell of a hockey team over there. They have a lot of skill. You can see early on when you get a little bit of a breakdown it’s in the back of your net…  A couple of our young guys, we had a couple mistakes that we gotta correct in the D-zone, but they worked hard tonight as a group.”

And the Islanders did play decent for most of the game. The start of the contest saw the Isles swarm San Jose, but they just didn’t capitalize. Rookies Brock Nelson and Anders Lee continued their strong play, with each scoring a goal in the loss.

Lee was on the Isles top line and finished the game with two points (1 goal, 1 assist).

“I’m just trying to get the pucks to the net. Try to hang around there and sometimes they go,” he said after the game in response to a question about his strong play.

Friday night was also the NHL debut of Johan Sundstrom, who played 10:28 against the Sharks.

As well as some of the young Islanders played there is still things for them to learn. Players like Ryan Strome, who finished the game a minus-3 and struggled a bit in the loss, still have aspects of their game to iron out and Capuano understands that.

“Some of these are learning now,” said Capuano. “They’re learning the tough way and you can see that when you see a couple of the goals that were against tonight. But as a coach you have to stay positive with these young guys. They’re 20-years-old, you have to keep teaching them and you have to find a way.”




71 comments
js43
js43

Pullock is the real deal ...and should bolster our defense...his slapshot is lights out...


John Richards
John Richards

I'm actually starting to warm up to wangs idea of a sumo wrestler in net!! Given our current situation in go all hey who knows???

TonyM
TonyM

                               I believe Stome's NHL  future is on the wing not center. Next year I would move him on the right side of Nielsen on the second line with Grabner. Add JT( and hopefully Rheinhart) back into the mix and this is basically the team we will see next season. No FA of note will be added, Snow and Capuano will return and this team will be out of the playoff pictture by Thanksgiving! Year nine of the rebuild! We are just marking time until Wang sells!

John Richards
John Richards

If anyone isn't concerned about Ryan stromes viability as an NHL player then they are not being honest!! He's not cutting it 5 on 5 he's smallish/weak on and off the puck!! Now maybe we are being too harsh but he was drafted in 2011 just what upside will we see from this guy???

isles4life
isles4life

Kids look good I'm very happy wi there progress I wish they can get more ice time than bailey but all in all the kids look good, all we need know is the right kind of management to manage these kids in the right direction, SELL THE TEAM WANG

David Rosenthal
David Rosenthal

They’re 20-years-old, you have to keep teaching them and you have to find a way.” I love how another loss is a great effort and we have  young guys making mistakes, these quotes are from 2008 or 2014? its like we are stuck in 2008 lol...the rebuild is never ending, stuck in the mud again. I know I know in 5 years we might be good or we can still be in this rebuild...losing is losing , I would rather win then pray this round of the rebuild will actually turn into something..the GM blew the chance  to build on the momentum from last year...JT already 5 years in and KO will be 27, when does the actual winning begin?

Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas

Why isn't Poulin playing? Mark my words the organization is making a monumental error if they let him go

Chet Morris
Chet Morris

Is the coach and gm of this team trying to pad their NHL Hall of Fame careers statistics by starting Nabby? What purpose does that serve? Let Nilsson and Poulin carry the rest of the season. Playing Nabby makes about as much sense as starting Carkner over Hickey. If I owned an animal that was in as much misery as this franchise I would take it out behind the barn and shoot it.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

i have no issue with losing the rest of the season as long as we see the kids progressing. they need to play every night (meaning in goal as well!) sundstrom should be playing on a line with strome.sundstrom played well tonight for someone who has never played a NHL game before

John Richards
John Richards

I do think there is talent here but its poorly coached and the gm is in over his head!! Nothing that any of us hasn't posted who know the real deal!!! But without a good veteran or two to piece this together its not gonna work!! And since no big UFA is coming here and no veteran is dying to be traded here I don't know where that help comes from!!

willymayshays
willymayshays

I'm about as negative as can be with this management, but I did like what I saw from the kids again tonight.  Lee again!  Nelson continues to look good and you'd be crazy to be disappointed with with what de Haan has been doing.  And I don't care what anyone else says I like Donovan as well.  Strome has skill, I like him, we'll see how he develops, but the problem is not the young players, it's surrounding them with good veterans.  You can't build a good team entirely through the draft.  Especially when your finds, like Moulson and PA, are traded away for literally nothing.

js43
js43

@John Richards I agree, he will not meet expectations e has to put on at least 20 lbs. Anders lee is going to be a great player

dzruggie
dzruggie

@Chet Morris  How about because Nabby played most of career with the Sharks and this was his first chance to play them??????  

erika
erika

@John Richards Yep John, you are right on. We do have some good young talent. If the owner just committed to 1 or 2 good free agent signings, and we had a coaching staff that could actually, you know, "coach", and the GM was not the laughingstock of the league, we could be good in the near future!

Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas

@willymayshays Strome is not an NHLER, sorry for those that think he is.  Lee and Reinhart are the real deal. Donovan makes too many defensive errors, if you watch him, he clears the puck without even looking where he is putting it. Usually ends up on the other teams stick and in the back of the net, as was the case tonight. For me, Dehaan is the bigest surprise out of all the prospects thus far. He is mobile, steady, can alleviate pressure, find time and space and make plays out of the zone, not to mention he chips in offensively. I always knew Lee was a gamer and I also agree with managements decision to start him in Bridgeport. I think it did wonders for his defensive game cudos to the coaching staff down there . With him the offense just comes naturally,  hes a big body that goes to the net something the Isles haven't had in a while. He like our Dustin Bufielein. My biggest gripe right now is the Islanders aren't playing Kevin Poulin they should play him the rest of the season. They wont because Nabby wants to play. I'm afraid they are going to let Poulin walk this summer and that will come back to bite us.

jpizzy
jpizzy

@willymayshays  Everything means nothing without goaltending. Until we get that, nothing else matters. 

Brian Thomas
Brian Thomas

@dzruggie @Brian Thomas  He is the best goalie in the organization, he makes timely saves unlike nabokov who crumbles under pressure. He had one really awful game and hasn't played since. He has the ability and  talent to be a number one goalie in this league. He needs to work more on his positioning and a good goalie coach will fix his issues. Who was in net when the Islander when on a bit of a run in January. Yea thats right it was Poulin. You will see if be gets traded or let go how good the kid can be.

tag1
tag1

@mitchfritz Howie and Butch had a nice little conversation last night about judging these young players while they play these meaningless games and Butch basically said you really can't totally judge them because they know there is no pressure on them and their mistakes right now are no big deal unlike teams that are fighting for a playoff spot where the pressure is on and I totally agree let's see how they look at the start of next season..

willymayshays
willymayshays

@Brian Thomas @willymayshays 

Donovan defensively does what only a few on this team do, he's plays the person not the puck.  Instead of blocking the goalies view or accidentally tipping one in he's clearing the crease.  He's also plays very physical for an offensive d-man.

Offensively he can move the puck very well, and he's showing more and more confidence in doing so, so I just flat don't agree with you.

The Strome thing is just silly, I mean how can you tell what he's going to be.  He has a lot of talent so don't be so sure.  


I agree about Poulin to some degree, he has upside.  I've always liked him but time is running out.   He could pull an Ullstrom I guess but he will stay under |slanders control

erika
erika

@jpizzy @willymayshaysUntil we get an owner, who can hire a competent G.M, who can hire an experienced coach,  who can address the same flaws that have been hampering us for years, we will be spinning in a hamster wheel.

I like a lot of the players on our roster, but how long will it take the geniuses at the top to figure out we need some size and most important...decent goaltending!

willymayshays
willymayshays

@jpizzy @willymayshays

Goalie is the most important position and our biggest issue, but the position could/should be addressed.   Should have been addressed last offseason, but I doubt it goes unnoticed again.   I just hope it is more than a slight upgrade.  We have talent and we are all sick of losing.

ejej
ejej

@mitchfritz- Understood...loud and crystal clear. I will be on the tube with the wife and dogs close by. Hope I can get the Buffalo feed on the dish with Rick Jeanneret. I'm just about Howied-Butched out for this year..

ejej
ejej

@mitchfritz- Yes sir. My keyboard bites too, but not worth it, well maybe a bit..LOL.  Are you heading to tonight's planned rally?

ejej
ejej

@mitchfritz - One of many punks on here Mitch. I don't bother with returning replies, it fuels their little peckers.


He has no idea who he's barking it. And throwing in a jab on family is not cool. I say a highly visible traffic yellow out fit and an HK-91 dialed and scoped in.

John Richards
John Richards

Strome is not cutting it 5 on 5 its that simple!! His even strength game is not there I hope with better players it gets better but you have to be concerned !!!

dzruggie
dzruggie

@mitchfritz  Tell me anything at all you like about this team?  I get there is nothing for you to cheer about but how do you go through your life so friggin negative - god bless your wife....that's if your not 15 

ejej
ejej

@dkdk - Morning brother dk! I left you and Tag a post on the other thread. I am not able to make the revolt tonight bud, too may loose ends to tie up. I was out of town locally on business over the week and that pretty much sealed the no go.


Are you heading to tonight's rally?

dkdk
dkdk

And our buddy vic p hasn't posted in a few days either.

dkdk
dkdk

Mitch ... Dead on about the call ups. This isn't like we don't want to see a lee or Sundstrom. It is the fact that we have so few NHL players and we never trade for any that we are forced to see so many kids. Heck I would perfectly fine not seeing anymore of some of our "NHL talent" like Bailey, McDonald, and Poulin anymore either.

camb33
camb33

@dkdk same here....speaking of realistic fans, what ever happened to Zee?

dkdk
dkdk

Really at this point you handful of guys along with EJ, orange2327, Jason zimmerman and a couple of others are my last link to hockey sanity. This is like online group therapy. And for that, I thank you.

tag1
tag1

@dkdk The stuff they give away during their in game contests is embarrassing.


I gotta go gang, have a good weekend.

dkdk
dkdk

Hey tag .... The last year that I had full season plan was the year where there was 41 giveaways. My basement entertainment center still has many of those bobble heads, pucks, etc.

In my heart of hearts I truly believe wang hates the fans and blames us for not getting his ill planned referendum passed.

dkdk
dkdk

I completely agree camb (and I am also a peeved Met fan). Even when we were being led by guys like Dennis Vaske and Jason Krog I was never this down in the dumps. I am a beaten man thanks to snowwang. They have taken the joy out of this for me.

tag1
tag1

@dkdk Remember when wang first bought the team they always would have games where they gave stuff away to the grow-ups, have they had one game this season where they gave something away? I think this just shows the contempt wang has for the fan base.

camb33
camb33

@dkdk ive never been so demoralized by one of my teams as the isles have made me feel....I always knew when and who they were playing ...nowadays I forget if they have a game, I could care less that they call up another rookie, etc.

dkdk
dkdk

It is so true, TAG. And I think that is why they do so many of these nickolodeon and Marvel comics days. Just get the kids to come to games and get a picture with Spongebob, eat some ice cream and cotton candy, maybe accidentally watch a couple of shifts and then ask mom and dad to go to the next kid day event where the game and it's results are completely immaterial to them.

tag1
tag1

@dkdk I think this is how wang views these games if you remember his interviews, when he did them, it was always "we have a great team" and "garth is doing a great job".

camb33
camb33

@dkdk its the "everybody gets a trophy" type of attitude

dkdk
dkdk

Mitch .... It is the rolling 5 year plan

dkdk
dkdk

And isn't that most important thing camb? When we get a participation Stanley Cup all of you naysayers won't have any right to be happy. Lol.

Sometimes when I read the excitement in these losses I think people are talking about watching their 5 year old kids t ball game and are just happy to see the kids having a good time and maybe seeing their boy get into one or catching a ball.

camb33
camb33

@dkdk also DK..we play the "funnest games" everrrrrrrrrrrr

dkdk
dkdk

I meant quarter of a century above, not decade.

tag1
tag1

@dkdk These projections are nothing but predictions what is fact is the abysmal record this organization has had led by this horrible owner and his unqualified GM.

dkdk
dkdk

Right tag how foolish of me! We are attuned to look for tomorrow and expect everyone will achieve or exceed projections. What we NEVER do is look to today and want results now.

tag1
tag1

@dkdk That contract was a good contract dk it was based on his corsi numbers.

dkdk
dkdk

Tag ... And Bailey was rewarded for his lack of effort and lack of production with a fat extension. He is the poster child for rewarding mediocrity.

tag1
tag1

@mitchfritz @tag1 The Sharks played the night before in Columbus and barely broke a sweat last night.

dkdk
dkdk

Mitch .... We may not have won a series in almost a quarter of a decade but no one, and I mean no one, is even close to us in moral victories!

tag1
tag1

@dkdk Exactly except for a handful of games last season, Bailey has been MIA most of his career when the games counted, KO was like that but he seems to have left that aspect of his game behind him.

dkdk
dkdk

Tag .... That is the josh Bailey syndrome right? He looks like he may be an NHL player when the games stop mattering and the 50 games that do he is a mess.