Fans Voice Frustration During Loss to Detroit

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano was as diplomatic as he possibly could be following Friday afternoon’s 5-0 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

The Islanders are on a five game losing streak and fans have become more and more impatient with the progress of the team. Friday that came to a head as the Isles had one of their toughest losses of the five game skid, 5-0 to Detroit, which prompted loud boos and, at times, chants of “Fire Cappy.”

Whenever a team goes through a rough patch the head coach is an easy target to direct blame to and it is something Capuano seems to understand.

“I’m 47 years old I’ve been in this business a long time,” Capuano said during his post game press conference. “Players win, coaches lose. You gotta have belief in the players that you coach and I think our coaching staff does… At the end of the day the players play the game, but I understand as coaches you’re responsible.”

Despite the displeasure from the fans, inside the Isles locker room it seems Capuano still has their support. During an interview with Newsday on Thursday, John Tavares gave Capuano a vote of confidence and took responsibility for the current predicament the Islanders find themselves in.

“We’ve got all the faith in the world in the people in this organization,” Tavares told Newsday on Thursday. “We’re the ones stepping on the ice. We’re the ones not getting the job done. We proved last year what we’re capable of. This is not last year, but this is about the guys in this room.”

And following Friday night’s loss, they were again taking responsibility.

“We keep saying we gotta do this, we gotta do that. Enough is enough, we gotta go out their and find a way [to win],” Matt Martin said. “It doesn’t matter if we get outshot 40 to 20. Find a way to win a game. Do what ever it takes.”

Another loss like the one they had on Friday could make things tougher on Capuano, but for now he didn’t seem to take exception to the fans chants during the game.

“What am I going to do,” Capuano responded when asked about the chants. “… I’ve been in this business a long time and I understand that, but at the end of the day we’re working hard as a staff to prepare our team and win hockey games.”




10 comments
Tom Dittrich
Tom Dittrich

Obama care is still worse then the Islanders !!!!

Steven Maffei
Steven Maffei

Wang only wanted the Lighthouse. He was never interested in the team. Nothing will happen unless Prokhorov buys the team when they go to Brooklyn.

Kevin Cardone
Kevin Cardone

Three problems wang doesn't put enough money into team.. garth snow made some really bad moves that killed chemistry and last but not least coach crappy seems like a nice guy but time for a drill sarg type coach the can bring a defensive system.. a goaltender wont hurt either.. garth should of took care of that in off season..

Kevin Cardone
Kevin Cardone

Garth blows and coach crappy the best 1~2 punch!!!

David Mroz
David Mroz

It's just ugly and embarrassing.

Scott Trinkwald
Scott Trinkwald

The money IS there, Snow chooses not to spend because he is trying to prove something. All he is proving is how bad a GM he is. Wang is a horrible owner because he employs a bad front office, not because he doesn't allow the GM to spend money. Anyway, who is in charge of hiring the head coach? SNOW! He hired the bad ones and refuses to make any changes now, based on that alone he deserves to be fired.

Dominick J. De Angelis
Dominick J. De Angelis

The 'Snow must Go" is a bunch of crap in my book. Snow is working under the financial restrictions imposed by Wang. It's more on Wang for the "waiver wire" B.S. signings we've been getting. Snow has done a good job in my book.....THE HEAD COACH HAS NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE NEED AN NHL COACH!!!!!!!

Dominick J. De Angelis
Dominick J. De Angelis

Steve, at this point....Capuano MUST be fired. Sitting back and doing nothing about the head coach does nothing but allow a cancerous element to remain in the locker room. The players have CLEARLY QUIT on Jack, as evidenced by their heartless play. As a result, the players are not LEARNING and DEVELOPING as they should be under any good NHL coach worth his salt. Change the culture right now and get Cappy out of there..and let him take Thompson too. And NO DOUG WEIGHT interim bullcrap. Laviolette and Wilson are available...two established NHL Coaches.

Steve Lafleur
Steve Lafleur

Not sure if Cappy is a problem, but if Snow can't pull another magic trick and find a top-4 defenseman without giving up anything significant, a head may need to roll to appease the fans.