DUCKS 5 ISLANDERS 2 Isles give up two in final minute of the second to help push losing streak to 10

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Keith Quinn, Islanders Point Blank:

They keep finding dramatic and troubling ways to lose despite looking pretty good for significant portions of their game.  And there isn’t much relief in sight despite the anticipated arrival of wunderkind Ryan Strome.  Somehow, you turn around and the game is spiraling out of control. Tomorrow, the Isles draw the team with the third best record  in the western conference; the San Jose Sharks. (They have games in hand though.)

The Islanders got off to a great start tonight bringing some physical play and getting under the Ducks skin.  Calvin deHaan hit Corey Perry off the opening faceoff and angered some Ducks and the Isles had some jump in their forecheck and some urgency in their zone exits.

Matt Martin got into a fight with former Islander Tim Jackman after Martin laid a heavy hit on Teemu Selanne and Jackman hit MacDonald. It was a pretty even fight, but Martin left for the dressing room for a while with what appeared to be a hand issue.  He did return later though.

The Isles were getting some good chances from the first line as John Tavares appeared to be in high gear.  He gathered a Jonas Hiller turnover behind the net and wheeled in front to Okposo who had a wide open shot hit Vanek’s ankle and go wide.  Later, Michael Grabner had a good chance created by his speed and crashed the net hard taking Mark Fistric careening into Hiller.

The Islanders got a power play at the 8:57 mark when Fistric got beaten at the blue line by Colin McDonald and took him down.  For the first time in a while, the power play moved the puck quickly and effectively.  Frans Nielsen passed the puck into the box where Thomas Vanek gathered it took it a little wide, and sent a pass back into the front of the net, off a Duck skate that Tavares smacked home.

At the 15:54 mark, the Ducks evened things at one when the Isles failed to gain the red line on a dump in resulting in a defensive zone draw.  Tavares lost the draw and the puck was fumbled behind the net and eventually made its way back to Cam Fowler at the point who fired a slap shot (possibly with a partial deHaan screen) that Anders Nilsson got a piece of, but it landed right on Saku Koivu’s stick for a backhander.

After that though, the Isles, who have recently been described as “fragile”, looked, well, fragile.  Their play was slower, more calculated, tentative, and just flubby.  But shots were 13-7 (no shots for the Ducks the first 10 minutes) and it was the first period in a while the Isles territorially, won decisively.

And they got off to a great start again for the second and things looked somewhat promising (except for Nilsson’s rebounds…more on that later).  Tavares and Okposo had a 2 on 1 early that Tavares whistled wide, and at 4:17 the Isles faceoff resurgence paid off.  Tavares won one in the Ducks zone, Okposo sealed off his man and Vanek swooped in and snapped it past Hiller to reclaim the lead.

After a couple of Isles chances, including a partial breakaway by Grabner and another pretty deflection of a Tavares pass by Okposo (that were both close but saved), the Ducks reeled off three unanswered.

The first Ducks goal came at 12:41 after the Isles took an icing when Martin failed to gain the blue line on a dump in.  Off the faceoff, the Isles failed to clear and Daniel Winnik whipped a backhand pass through Andrew MacDonald, Thomas Hickey and Tavares to Andrew Cogliano who beat Nilsson easily.

A large scrum started toward the end of the period when Corey Perry crashed the net, and Anders Nilsson got his stick up around his throat, then Perry cross-checked Nilsson.  Then there were players everywhere, but the notable wrestling combatants were Dustin Penner and Cal Clutterbuck who both went off for roughing, and Perry went for interference.

During the Isles power play, with :33 seconds left in the period and :16 left in the penalty, Capuano put out the fourth line to finish things off.  That somehow resulted in a 3 on 1 against Aaron Ness, who played the shooter…who got the shot off.  Nilsson kicked out a big rebound and Cam Fowler buried it.

That opened the flood gates and 31 seconds later, Corey Perry, in a spectacular individual effort, skated through deHaan (who got called for a penalty; delayed) avoided the back check of Bailey, and fired a shot that went through Hamonic’s legs, who was in the crease blocking Nilsson and it bounced in.  4-2 heading into the third.

The start of the period went well with the Isles getting the first five shots of the period and some sustained zone time from the first and second lines, but the shots weren’t very threatening.  Momentum shifted when Andrew MacDonald took a tripping penalty at 6:18 though and the Ducks scored on their first PP chance of the game.

With Isles PKers gassed and swimming around a bit, Cam Fowler rifled a one-timer that Nilsson got a piece of, but the rebound went right to Nick Bonino who hit the post sending the puck over to Corey Perry who buried it for his 2nd of the game and 20th of the season.  After the Amac penalty, the Ducks outshot the Isles 8-3 by the midway point of the period, and that would essentially seal the game.

The last memorable event was  Matt Carkner having a fit and throwing Saku Koivu around a little bit, but for some reason the broadcast really didn’t expand on why that happened.  Carkner was given a 2 and 10 for his troubles at 15:05 ending his night a little early.

NOTICINGS:

  • Arthur Staple tweeted that Dwayne Roloson is the Ducks goaltending coach and he has Sudsie Maharaj as his consultant in the AHL. Ducks goaltending seems to be in good shape.
  • I like how deHaan is handling physicality. He is hitting (tied for team lead with 5 tonight), is stronger on his skates than I expected and he got involved in the scrum with guys who are bigger than him.
  • The Isles again did well in the faceoff circle (35-27) which was helpful setting up the power play. The PP had improved movement and chances tonight, but could use a bit more finish still given the movement.
  • Still no secondary scoring, but there are chances.  That trend has to reverse itself soon, right?
  • Anders Nilsson’s rebound control was poor tonight.  The rebounds were not only often, they were big.
  • Sounds like Nabokov is close to a return.  One would assume Poulin would be the goaltender to stay.
  • Strome may get in the game tomorrow, but may not.  He probably won’t get a chance to practice with the team at all if he does and it’s possible he gets the deHaan treatment.
  • Only three Isles didn’t have a shot tonight; Regin, deHaan and Cizikas.
  • The defensive TOI is seeing a much more even distribution since the splitting of Hamonic and AMac.
  • There seemed to be a bunch of different line combinations and defense pairings out on the power play tonight. There is some experimentation going on obviously, but one incarnation had Aaron Ness and Josh Bailey at the points with Nelson, Clutterbuck and Tavares.  Very strange.



112 comments
jepliberty
jepliberty

Ruttgaizer has lost his mind also, he says Okposo could be in the NHL Hall Of Fame when his career is over, he's probably right, but K O will be the one doing the mopping, and sweeping of the hallways, if he continues his career the way he is playing since he got here.

jepliberty
jepliberty

Capuano is a certified moron, he says that he has ALWAYS  said that Boulton is a guy who plays good when he is in there, and that is why he is reinstalling him in the lineup tonight. Really? Then why isn't he in the lineup more, huh moron Cappy?

Thomas Parisi
Thomas Parisi

Just put Butch behind the bench!!!  He could broadcast while coaching and Wang could split his salary with SNY.  A win/win situation for all!! 


To add to an early comment about Tavares.  Of course I love the guy being a devoted Islander but he has to learn how to play both ends of the ice.  He must lead the league in d-zone turnovers and if he tries another behind the back/between the legs/drop-touch pass at his own blue line I am gonna throw my beer thru the TV.


snowmustgo
snowmustgo

I had a dream last night that Garth signed Oleg Kvasha.  Take us to the promised land, oh Fearless Leader!!!

Michael DiGirolamo
Michael DiGirolamo

PATHETIC!!!!! the NHL should take the team away from the CROOK??????

ivo leggi
ivo leggi

I wonder what our record would be if Snow didn't trade Moulson for Vanek? 

David Sisler
David Sisler

Imagine the fear of embarrassment in other NHL teams of the ridicule they will get in the unlikely event they should lose to the Islanders.

kevo87
kevo87

I don't think this is Capuano's fault. Players win the games. If Joel Quenville was our coach it would be the same shit. Our team is not that good. Our defense is absolutely horrible. I don't care if Scotty Bowman was the coach they would still be in the same spot. It's a simple formula: Put a good product on the ice = win games = fans in the stands = make more money in revenue. This isn't Capuano's fault, this all starts at the top with Wang/Snow. If you don't have an owner that wants to win and is willing to spend $ to put a good product on the ice, you will end up exactly where they are now. The only reason they made the playoffs last year (barely) was because it was a short season. The one thing Snow had to do was get a goalie and he couldn't even do that. Instead he gets bums like Regin & PMB instead of playing Nelson & Strome who is tearing up the AHL. This Islanders are a Mickey Mouse organization. I have season tickets and I haven't gone to the last 5 home games because it is a disgrace. Why should I spend my hard earned money to pay $12 on parking and $60+ on food and drinks every game when the owner doesn't want to do it. Wang, when you start spending $ on quality players and putting a good product on the ice, I will also spend $ to support it.

Thomas Parisi
Thomas Parisi

How the hell does Capuano still have a job?  I like him I really do, I always have but come on already.  This team keeps playing the same game, making the same mistakes, lacking hustle and motivation.  Of course the players are to blame to a large degree but the Coach has to be the one to change this ridiculous cycle of failure.  Or at least pull a few guys into his office and let them know their careers are at stake if they don't step up and make some changes in that locker room.

I am thinking of just taping one of these games and watching it over and over again til March....that seem to be Capuanos plan.  You know what they say about a guy who keeps doing the same thing and expecting a different result?!?!  He Gets Fired!!

Bart
Bart

Why doesn't Bettman step in and force Wang to run this team like a professional operation?  The league jumped all over the Devils when they circumvented the cap to sign Kovalchuk, but they do nothing when the Islanders did the same thing to circumvent the salary floor.  Where was the NHLPA when that was happening?  We don't even have a scouting director because Wang is too cheap to pay one.  Whenever he does fire a coach he just brings up the AHL coach.  When Cap finally does get the boot, we all know we're just going to promote an assistant in Weight. 


I am a life long Islander fan and I'm not sure how much more I can take.  Wang is ultimately the only reason we still have this team, but he is also a curse since he runs it so poorly.  I can take losing when the team is run properly and just doesn't have things work out.  But his team is run like a joke.  Tavares is really my only reason for continuing to root for this franchise.  I fully expect him to bail after his contract expires, if he doesn't request a trade first.  And I wouldn't blame him at all.

Thomas Boyle
Thomas Boyle

TAVARES line is the only line scoring the other lines are invisible

isles1980
isles1980

All coahing at this point...Other C's around the league know that to be a leader and all around great player you have to perform in both ends of the ice.  JT is the worst defensive center I have seen in a long time.  Constantly loses his man and generally lacks effor in their own zone  Look at Getzlaf last night....he leads the team in pts and is on their PK.  All around responsible player.  JT wants the C - he needs to show in all aspects of the game...not just offense. A vet coach would hold him accountable. 

Another coaching moment - The Ducks first goal was a result of an icing when Matt Martin was about a foot from th REd line an failed to gain the line before his dump in.  That is PEe-Wee level bullsh&t.  Shying away from a hit? He leads the NHL in hits...he should have been benched for that but of course nothing. 

There is no accountability on this team cause the coach doesn't have the balls or respect to enforce it. 

Kevin Perrier
Kevin Perrier

When is JT's contract finished? I expect he will definitely be leaving and trying to get on a contending team... Who can blame him.

Brian Delaney
Brian Delaney

I really wish there was a way for the league to step in and stop this nonsense. It has gone on far too long.

Wang .use be forced out of ownership as he has done nothing but put a black eye on this franchise.

Let somebody else with a hockey background at least come in and try to right this sinking ship before it's too late.

I would hate for JT to eventually force management to trade him away.

Then what?

Back to square one on another 7 year rebuild?

No thanks.

I have followed this team for 35 years through thick and thin. This past few seasons with the exception of last have been the worst by far.

We waived our biggest off season acquisition for Christ sakes.

New owner , new GM with experience, and a new coach ( bring back Lavvy) and we could hopefully be back in business . Pick up a goalie too.

Is that too much to ask for???

Hahaha. . That's what I thought.

Billy T Moore
Billy T Moore

We have a good first....allow a pp goal or two..give up one or two in the third.....over and over....we need to score 5 goals A game just to.get it to overtime

5min4fighting
5min4fighting

All the calls for Wang to sell the team are falling on deaf ears!  There are no buyers for this team...so relax with all the "sell" nonsense!  This team can not be sold for quite some time my friends...at this time the team does not have enough value for the Wanger to let it go.  Snow is not the problem!  That's right... I said it!  Do any of you see Garth behind the bench on game night?  Cappy is not the problem either...the Islanders is and has been for a long time the place where once great NHLers come to kill the last few years of their careers while still being paid, and quite handsomely, at that, to produce nothing and coast through the ends of their NHL lives.  "Fort Never Lose" has become "Fort Cant Buy a Friggin Win"  Those of us who have been in this thing from the jump understand that losing is a necessary evil in teaching the youth to win.  In this NHL you can not show up and play 59 minutes.  The truly great teams will embarrass you in those 60 seconds your not on your toes.  Happens every day! Additionally, I sincerely hope that Vanek flees for Minnesota after this year or they trade him and get something for him!  He dosent belong on this team, often looks lost in the sauce and isn't all he's cracked up to be.  This guy is way too lazy to play in the NHL and draws way to many penalties to offset his production....what good is a guy that scores a goal every third game or so and takes three bad penalties a night  

Craig
Craig

They need to rename the Barclays Center to Bottom of the League Center

Robert Bask
Robert Bask

A "rebuild" is long overdue for management.

chasct
chasct

I am so glad I went to bed. My dreams may not have been great but better than the waking nightmare this season has become.

puckznpadz
puckznpadz

You go back to a well written Hockey Buzz Blogger for the Islanders name Dan, his title said it all, "Just say something".

Every other franchise Owner in in the metro area has routinely been held accountable and has often responded via Newspaper and the Airways to at least reach out to the fans when there team has been in trouble or just down right bad. However no one holds Wang's feet to the fire for fear of being cast-off.  You never hear that corporate line of we tried to reach the Owner for comment but he has declined.  This whole mess is beyond Garth, its time for the Owner to spent forward and address the fan base.


Even if they cant do anything on surface it would at least show they had a pulse and cared.  For now we are flat lining with no Cardiac unit insight to help us.

rc91li
rc91li

Second game in a row where the opposition took the first period off and still kicked our a$$es.  FIRE CAPPY! SNOW MUST GO! WANG SUCKS!

Craig
Craig

The defense may be small and weak but this coaching staff does not know how to put a system that plays to there strengthens so they must go! 

Jonathan Meyer
Jonathan Meyer

After another 45 mins, I was hoping capuano would be fired. But then I thought...well, weight will be made coach so what's the difference?

fan42long
fan42long

My hope is that the chants are loud and frequent at the next home game, "Snow must go!" Cappy should go too, but it's not like he had much of a chance with this group anyway. Every whistle, "Snow must go!" Be heard. 

Nice work, Mr. Wang. Way to drive a once proud franchise into the ground. Golf clap.

wally1616
wally1616

Line combos and and D-pairings won't make a bit of difference with this team. We suck. We need a new owner, management, legit goalie, bigger D-men, forwards who can demonstrate puck control and a willingness to make a sacrifice themselves in the dirty areas. In others words this team is rotten to the core. WE SUCK.

Jonathan Meyer
Jonathan Meyer

The lack of action is criminal. Season has been over for weeks

Todd Walsh
Todd Walsh

@Thomas Parisi  Only in our dreams Thomas.  For years and years, Ive been pissed about people blaming Butchie back then.  He had a MINOR LEAGUE ROSTER.  I don't think that roster was a fair assessment of his abilities.  Then he got upset, and lost his temper.  He was blamed.  totally ridiculous. 

jepliberty
jepliberty

@Chris R

And it looks like we will all have more ruined days, and nights.

Todd Walsh
Todd Walsh

@Chris R just curious Chris, how is a team going to win with a minor league defense?  Al would have a losing season with this group too.  All you have to do is look at the past, Al had losing seasons unless they had good goaltending and defense.  Stop blaming the coach for minor league defense

Brian Delaney
Brian Delaney

Kvasha!!! We need an improvement not another headache. More wasted talent.

Wasn't he part of the Luongo deal.

Boy did we get hosed

camb33
camb33

@ivo leggi definitely an interesting point. Garth traded way any chemistry we had going for us.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@Bart

Rooting for this edition of the islanders is like being married to an ex hooker who promised to go straight, but one night you come home and she has 4 guys hiding in the closet. lol

Mike MacDermott
Mike MacDermott

Excellent post.  Isles are a disgracefully run, and a Mickey Mouse organization.  For the Isles to be a class organization, Wang must go!! 


grand_puba
grand_puba

@isles1980 Accountability definitely hasn't been visible this year. I'm not even referring to scratching certain players. I don't particularly remember if Martin was shying away from a hit or not, but I really do wonder if Capuano gets in these guys ears at all. I know its hard when there's only six on the ice for a game, but Aaron Ness could certainly have been shown a seat for a bit yesterday. As well as others I'm sure.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@isles1980 Absolutely spot on. JT talks about playing with pride but gets beaten down the ice by Morrow at the end of the Pitt game for a goal. Last night, same thing. The whole organization is too fragile; they need someone with chops to call out the "stars" (such as they are) and preach accountability. It starts at the top with the captain.

isles1980
isles1980

@Kevin Perrier

My guess is he sees what moves the isles make this offseason to improve the club.  If they are similar to previous BS moves that don't address the teams issues...he asks for a trade prior to training camp. 

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@Kevin Perrier Until he learns to play at both ends of the ice, JT is part of the problem. Don't feel sorry for him.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@5min4fighting Agreed on vanek - well said. New coach and GM will go a long way towards solidifying a shaky foundation.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@rc91li That's been happening a lot this year; superior teams with backup goalies and inferior efforts still beat the Isles even if they only show up for 20 minutes.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@Craig I agree - or the staff just isn't reaching the players and selling them on team D; Tavares is brutal in his own end. Starting to look like Carmelo Anthony.

ohiofan
ohiofan

@wally1616 Most likely will not make a difference but have to at least try something. Generating next to nothing 5 on 5 the last couple weeks. Why their so dead set on Okposo being on the first line is baffling, when last year the team as a whole did a hell of a lot better with him on line 2.