Canadiens 1, Islanders 0 (OT): Isles Defensive Play Improves, But Still fall to Habs

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders came away with a point, but could not end Saturday night’s game with two. The Isles fell 1-0 to the Montreal Canadiens in their first game back at Nassau Coliseum after a lengthy road trip.

The game-winning goal came 1:51 into the overtime period, as Max Pacioretty tipped a pass from David Desharnais past Evgeni Nabokov from inside the slot. The goal capped off a defensive-minded game that saw neither team find the back of the net in regulation.

There were several instances where it looked as though either side was going to grab hold of the lead, but neither Nabokov nor Carey Price allowed a goal in the regulation period.

“Defensively, we did a lot of good things,” Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano said. “Offensively we had our chances. A couple of odd-man rushes, a couple of two-on-ones. We just can’t find the back of the net right now. Both teams played pretty structured tonight, but they got the one when they needed it.”

Compared to Thursday’s game in Phoenix , the Islanders played a much more defensively-sound game against the Canadiens. They also were a big help to Nabokov, who started off the game a bit shaky and had some trouble controlling rebounds.

“I thought the guys did a hell of a job around the net and in the neutral zone,” Nabokov said. “It was a pretty tight game and we did a lot of good things defensively.”

Despite those positives, the Islanders still could not find a way to win. As Capuano said, the Islanders had chances, but were unable to find the back of the net. Scoring continues to be something the Islanders lack, even with the addition of Ryan Strome, who made his NHL debut tonight.

“We’re just not getting really great scoring chances,” John Tavares said. “Teams are doing some good things to make it difficult, but we have got to find ways to generate some more, and some better, areas. I thought we had some good guys go to the net, but we need to try and create more space somehow.

“We’re obviously having a tough time doing that, so our power play has got to be better… Better game, but expectations are to win and we didn’t get the job done.”

The latest loss now has the Islanders losing 12 of their last 13 games and puts their record at 9-19-16. They are just seven points in front of the Buffalo Sabres, who are 30th in the NHL.

176 comments
vegasvlo
vegasvlo

US FANS HAVE NO CONTROL. WANG PLEASE SELL. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

vegasvlo
vegasvlo

how does wang wake up every morning every year in last place. Probably doesnt even bother him.

isles23
isles23

I know the team is playing poorly but it is amazing how low some have gone on this board. We are onto consistent racial insults now. I'm just about done here...

tomba
tomba

Hello Hello....calling Baileys ex g'friend...please make up with him

wvAL
wvAL

As part of cost savings, Capuano will take over Zamboni duties during intermissions effective immediately as per Wang.

TonyM
TonyM

           Capuano must have compromising photos of both Snow and Wang to still be the coach of this team. Grabner and Bailey both haven't scored since the Bush administration yet not only do they remain in the lineup their on the second line! Niederreitter has as many goals as they do combined! Wang must be paying the defensemen by the pound which accounts for their lack of size! What a dysfunctional organization.

Chris
Chris

Just curious how many losses is enough before these jerks pull the plug on fatman Cap behind the bench? He's a hack, over his head, and unworthy of any NHL gig. The season is toast, the trade for Vanek is already a total failure and seriously, there is zero hope for this franchise.


7 year rebuild is a bust. We should have twice the prospects we have ready for the NHL, but we manage to screw anything up.



David Falotico
David Falotico

At least ranger, flyer and Canadian fans get to go home feeling good after a game at the coliseum, because me and my crew don't... Snow must go.....

ccmm
ccmm

Why are people and media like this blog trying to point out the positives? Guess what there are no positives when you lose and don't score!! Team is awful and any loss is unacceptable. They play with no system. They are in a constant state of scramble offensively and defensively. No organization at all. 


Rather than mere speculation and observation, we need some in-depth reporting. i.e. have the Isles contacted Laviolette or other prospects? Whats the real mood in the dressing room. Doesn't any media travel with the team? 


I think it speaks a million when the players who are interviewed don't talk about a system or belief in their coach. 


Its obvious Players have given up…why not management has. A disgrace, no accountability to its fans.  

wvAL
wvAL

Seems like every other 'professional' hockey organization makes changes when expectations are not met, yet the NYI let almost ONE HALF of an entire season slip away with out doing Anything??? Snow didn't like where the team was going 10 games in yet we're basically winless since then and does nothing? This is absolutely mind boggling!! These guys must be working for the Obama administration to get away with all this.

Now we just need for Snow to say : 'What difference does it make'? ala Hillary.

dzruggie
dzruggie

A much better effort and game overall.  You have to start with the D and D zone coverage and work your way out.  They played with more confidence having Nabby back and you have to believe the scoring eventually will come around and if they can handle their D zone, the ship should righted.  The OT goal was Ness who right now is the weakest link on the line.  

Nicholas Bufinsky
Nicholas Bufinsky

FIRE THE COACHING STAFF AND SAVE OUR SEASON! GET RID OF HICKY!!!!!

js43
js43

You cant have 2 smurfs on the ice at the same time. It cost us the game. At what point, does Garth come to the realization that having tiny defensemen, playing in critical roles, doesn't cut it in the NHL !

Eric Vogel
Eric Vogel

How do u write a recap of this came without mentioning some of the ridiculous calls by the refs?

port
port

Losing 12 of 13 and clearly zero accountability for snow or Capuano. Amazing how a guy like wang with a background of a successful business doesn't hold anyone accountable for this mess.

What in the world would Capuano and snow have to do to get canned???

red2
red2

@Alex Rodriguez 

I understand just how impassioned you are, the frustration mounting with each game and nothing being done to turn the tide.  But you are, to borrow from Jim Croce, tugging on Superman's cape.  Contrary to reports in the New York Post, Charles Wang obviously has zero intention of selling this team, at least not at an equitable market value.  Putting the price sky high just means he's dangling the idea out in space that he's willing to sell, when the reality is he's holding on until Brooklyn proves profitable or not.  At that point in time, some three years or so from now, he might actually be inclined to sell but, a lot depends on the cash flow, and that has to be offset by the estimated $300+ million Wang is still owed on that Cablevision deal.  I can easily do that math, and it says that at least half of Wang's annual player payroll is covered by that deal until 2030.  That also accounts for his asking price in that Post article from earlier this year.  Having renegotiated his lease with SMG and Nassau County, Wang now has additional revenue streams coming from parking and concessions that weren't there scant years ago.  More money in the coffers just means less incentive to sell.  We all feel your pain, especially after last years playoff run.  We thought they had finally turned a corner.  Unfortunately, around that corner was just another brick wall.  The only bright spot appears to be the pipe line of young talent Snow has drafted.  At least we have a fervent hope that he drafted well and that talent is on it's way here.  We already know that there will be no major outlays of cash for big name free agents.  We already know that keeping the free agents we have might be hard when other teams will offer more to lure them away.  I do think Snow made a mistake on the Vanek deal but, at least he tried.  All we can ask for right now is patience, that the defense will be totally rebuilt by next year, that one of the three young goalies is the real deal, and that the forward lines gel.  I know that's hard, but demanding that Wang sell is not going to accomplish anything...    

Don22
Don22

@isles23It's sad.  This used to be a really good site to talk about Isles games, players and so on.  Now it's only about complaining and who can come up with the "wittiest" (used loosely) way to rip Wang or Snow.  I get the frustration, but it's pretty sad how low this site has gone.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@tomba , maybe you can call Baileys  main squeeze, try to get the guys phone#

dkdk
dkdk

Judging by the extension he got and where he was drafted, the ex may be snow.

dkdk
dkdk

We may have exhausted the pending UFA market of guys that have no desire of staying here.

orange2327
orange2327

Which bush administration?? 41/43??

jimmydev
jimmydev

@Chris I think it might be time to bring up the 5'5" guy they drafted last year he would fit right in

Chris
Chris

@ccmm- Very simple. Someone took Art Staple to task on Twitter about this very subject, and he was asked point blank if he was hesitant to write the truth about the team (which is clearly not going to be a pretty article) for fear of having his credentials pulled aka Chris Botta. He refused to answer.


That should speak volumes about the state run media mindset Wang has implemented around his "team".

TomDinNJ
TomDinNJ

@ccmm I agree. Coverage of this team is soft and sugar coated. I have followed this team since '72 and as a fan I have never been this disgusted. This team is lost, the coach sugar coats everything, the gm and owner have nothing to say. It's all BS. How about some real reporting and some insight into this train wreck.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

@wvAL What are you talking about?  What was the Vanek deal?  Actually the Vanek deal was like when Shrubby Bush saw invisible WMD in the desert and couldn't keep his hands off it.    Next thing you know we have a Pottery Barn hockey team, they broke it and we own it. 

jimmydev
jimmydev

@js43 never that is why they will never win-when has a small team ever won the cup-NEVER so why the heck do they draft small people?????

dzruggie
dzruggie

@js43 I believe Hickey was looking to get off the ice -it was not the set up to have both on the ice the same time,

dzruggie
dzruggie

@Eric Vogel Like what?  You wanted 5 for the hit on JT?  The ref gave the Isles a PP and did not take off KO which they could have....I did not see anything glaring from the refs at all....

Chris R
Chris R

@port when an asteroid obliviates the planet..

dzruggie
dzruggie

@port That's because, in spite of what 99% of the folks believe here, Wang is the owner and he is allowing his hockey GM to manage the team (Snow).  Accountability of Cappy comes from Snow. 

ccmm
ccmm

@red2 @Alex Rodriguez Dear red2. Thats loser mentality. Do we have to always give up 2 months into the season. Alex is just making it known that Wang is a POS owner and venting. 


Red 2 you must be a new fan and new to hockey. You'd understand that over 20 years of waiting for something to happen has lost its patience. Little is ever done in the post season. If nothing is happening on the ice, then do something off the ice. At this point how much more damage can be done? Have you looked at the standings? 


Keep it up Alex.

dkdk
dkdk

But it isn't sad how low those two drove the org? I get what you are saying Don, but this cause and effect. Wang hires some competent and spends on players and scouting people will focus on games again.

But what do you expect now, excitement that we lost by one and not 4. Fans are starting to focus on the disease and not the symptoms.

isles23
isles23

@vegasvio. Are you trying to say racial insults are acceptable?

ccmm
ccmm

@Chris @ccmm - If this is the case. Why not share his insight with Botta or with someone else who's got nothing to lose.  

Give it to a ghost writer. Their source can always be unnamed even if it came from Art. I mean do we live in North Korea? The true dirt needs to be exposed. 


An owner who is a true fan would never let this happen. I have more respect for Spano. He'd never let this mess happen. 


If team went up for sale, trust me their would be buyers. I never believed that no one would come around and set up and buy. 

dkdk
dkdk

@tom, completly agree! I have also been there since the teams inception and never felt it was this lost. And until there is a new owner and GM I doubt that feeling will change.

wvAL
wvAL

You mean the 'Vanishing' deal?

dynastyfan
dynastyfan

@dzruggie@port Yeah because your smarter than the 99 percent right?What a ###ckin loser you are.NO NO NO other hockey franchise would allow their team to flounder like this and not make major changes.You fail to realize that no credible coach or GM would work for Wang under is decisions by committee(what Wang demands) management style. Therefore there will be no changes until Wang is run out of town.Until the true loyal Isles fans realize this we are stuck in mud,no actually ##it.

red2
red2

@ccmm @red2 @Alex Rodriguez 

I have tried twice to respond to you and this new format keeps eating my post.  Ha can vent all he wants, and I can understand his frustration because I am too, but his rant accomplishes nothing.  Calling out Charles Wang and demanding he sell is akin to a little child screaming at the top of his lungs.  Wang is going to sell this team when he is good and ready, and not a minute before.  

And as far as me being 'new' to hockey,,, I have probably been a hockey fan longer than you have walked this earth.  My rooting interests go back to the Chicago Blackhawks of Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull in what the NHL likes to call the "original six".  I hated the Rangers even then.  In 1972 Long Island was awarded this franchise and that's when I switched allegiances, steadfastly maintaining my loyalty no matter where they finished in the standings.  It is very sad indeed to see this once great team floundering but, blaming it on Wang still serves little purpose.  It's his toy and he will play with it however he likes... 

isles23
isles23

@dkdk, are you really trying to justify people using racial slurs? Smh

dkdk
dkdk

Exactly ccmm. The board of governors would never sanction a move out of NY. And along those lines for over a year all the apologists said Brooklyn would cure all and now we are moving again? Priceless.

ccmm
ccmm

@Don22 @ccmm @Chris How much worse could it be? Team is irrelevant. Team will not move off LI. Worst bluff in all of sports. 

Don22
Don22

@ccmm@ChrisOf course there would be buyers.  But how do you know they would buy at the going price?  Be careful for what you wish for.  For all the crap we are going through with Wang, at least the team is still in NY.  Someone else buys this team, don't be so sure of that.

Don22
Don22

@dzruggie@Alex RodriguezStop drinking the Kool Aid DZ.  You must be related to Charles.  Or maybe you are really Garth in disguise?  How can you possibly say something positive?  What is wrong with you?

jimmydev
jimmydev

@dynastyfan @dzruggie @port hey why don't we bring up the only 3 guys we scouted last year all drafted from the same team. i'm hoping the 5'5" guy comes in they can try him on Tavares' line

dzruggie
dzruggie

@Alex Rodriguez @dzruggie Wow Arod - spoken like a true aristocrat.  You really need to learn how to read before you comment - let me start you off: See Sam run, Run Sam run....I never defended Wang - re-read my comment. 

dzruggie
dzruggie

@dynastyfan @dzruggie @port Uh I never said any of what you wrote.  99% of the bloggers may have been high end estimate so let me re-word that, an overwhelming majority of fans believe that Wang directly manages the coach.  Wang is allowing his management team to hold the coaches accountable.  If / when he steps in it will be to replace Snow.  To be clear I am not defending Wang, only explaining the chain of accountability in any business. So take it easy and try to only read the actual words I wrote not in between the lines.