Lightning 3, Islanders 2 (SO): Isles Blow Two Goal Lead and Lose in Shootout

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — There is an old adage in hockey no lead is safe.

On Tuesday night the Islanders proved that adage true once again, falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 in the shootout. The Islanders held a 2-0 lead heading into the game’s final three minutes, when two quick goals by Tampa Bay sunk the hopes of a New York Victory.

“The last few weeks it’s just not finishing. It’s tough,” a frustrated John Tavares told reporters after the game.

It was the second game in a row that the Islanders had a strong performance in a contest, but failed to come away with the two points.

The loss is all the more frustrating, since for 57 minutes it looked as though the Islanders fortunes were turning around. Kyle Okposo scored 11 seconds into the second period while the Isles were on the power play. A slap shot from the point found the back of the net and gave the Islanders the 1-0 lead.

The strong defensive play of the Islanders, along with a strong penalty killed, fueled the hope that Tuesday was the Islanders night. Then at the 10:21 mark the Islanders pulled ahead by two goals courtesy of the Nielsen line. It was by far their best game to date and after several quality scoring chances they finally converted. Frans Nielsen scored from the near side off a pass from Michael Grabner during an odd-man rush.

The goal was Nielsen’s first in 13 games and Grabner’s assist on the play was his first point since October 17.

But just as quickly as things were looking up, they came crashing back down in the final three minutes. A goal by Valtteri Filppula at 17:07 cut the Isles lead to one. Filppula scored again with 3.8 seconds left in regulation during a mad scramble in front of the Islanders net.

“We’re jumping on our goalie. We have defenseman leaving their feet,” head coach Jack Capuano said of the final five seconds of regulation. “You defend with your sticks. Thats the way they’re going to score their goals. But again to me it was just a matter of making sure we got the puck down the ice…and playing physical in front of our net. Didn’t happen.”

The game went to overtime and then to the shootout, where Filppula and  Nikita Kucherov both scored for the Lightning to secure the win.

“When you play the right way for 57 minutes and you don’t get the result you want it’s frustrating,” Okposo said. “Especially tonight. We gotta find a way to win games sooner rather than later.”

New York has now dropped 13 of their last 14 games. The team will have three days to try and fix things before they meet with the Rangers on Friday at Madison Square Garden. Now 35 games into the season wins are becoming more and more crucial for the Islanders. Losses like Tuesday’s and even Saturday’s will come back to haunt the team even more if they can’t find a way out of thier current slump.

“You gotta trust the process and the hockey gods are testing us right now,” Okposo added.




162 comments
jepliberty
jepliberty

Are there any adjectives left that we haven't used describing the 'brass' and this teams play?

isles75
isles75

We've lost 12 out of 13 games and we're in last place. So how bad do things have to get before the shoe drops?

isle37
isle37

I refuse to go to a game until there is an organizational shake up! This team,I believe, is loaded with talent.How any sports organization can watch there business implode is beyond me.I do not have a clue as to what Wang and Snow are thinking...WANG MOST OF ALL! This team is like a car with no tires and Wang is staring at it wondering why its not going anywhere.

truth77
truth77

ohiofan totally agree with you.No coincidence that the defense has gotten better with De Haan in the lineup.I made a comment earlier about De Haan passing ability ,as usual  someone on here,   thought i said He is Brian Leetch .Never said that said, said he reminds me of leetch by  the way he passes the puck and being a lefty .The islander have lost Boo Koo one goal games this  year and l at the end of last year they started losing  a lot of 1 goal games ,it is not the Islanders it is the Coach .

bridgeford
bridgeford

Time to put the brown bags over our heads. Its hopeless

shlo
shlo

So guys, what is next?


Are we back to it does not matter how bad it is today, tomorrow will be worse?

tag1
tag1

Clutterbuck is a total waste. He is small, he doesn't intimidate anyone and all he does is yap and won't drop the gloves. Between him and Boulton I'd rather have Boulton out there, another great trade by the BUG.

TomDinNJ
TomDinNJ

Abraham Lincoln changed generals when key battles were lost until he found the right one to win the civil war. With Garth in charge, General Cappy would have lost all the battles and the war and we would be singing the confederate anthem today.

TonyM
TonyM

            On the NHL tonight they said the Islanders have lost five games this year when they had a two goal lead which is the most in the NHL! Is anyone surprised? How no one is held accountable for this debacle is astounding. Florida, Buffalo,Philadelphia and Calgary have all made chnges either in the front office or at coach. All four teams play has improved dramatically after the changes.  Wang is by far and away the worst owner in professional sports. The GM is a lackey of this stooge. The coaching staff would be over their head in the Ontario hockey league. Vanek is invisible, Bailey took the money and left town, Grabner could'nt put the puck in the ocean! All fans should boycott this team until Wang either sells or major changes are made at both GM and coach!

njersey
njersey

It's pathetic with this team... EVERY TIME we have a (2) goal lead late, I say, "NEXT GOAL WINS".... AND IT NEVER FAILS, the next goal is ALWAYS OUR OPPONENT and WE LOSE !!!! Doesn't coaching play a part in this Wang/Snow ??? Doesn't it ???

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

Over the past few days on here, a number of us have been chatting about the Isles lack of a foundation - which is especially critical in the tenser moments of a game. Most successful organizations build a defensive foundation first; in 7 years, Snow has not done that. In 2012, 6 years after taking the job, he drafted only defensemen as if finally coming to a realization.


A defensive foundation wins them last night's game. And many more before that.

since72
since72

I actually thought with 4 min left that we had this one.  I'm an idiot somtimes.  This game was lost well before the last 3.8 seconds.  We should have had at least 4 goals between Bailey and Grabner.  As I said in the 2nd period last night regarding the failure to finish: "this game has trouble written all over it".  Failure to capitalize on opportunities is as good as goals allowed.  Failure to gain the red line by Grabner and iceing the puck while going for the empty net may have cost us the game.  Either you finish your chances and score, or u lock down a 1 goal lead late.  This team has demonstrated an inability to do either.  The well is poisoned now.  The losing mentality is back.  Cappy is not necessarily responsible as the players must execute, but he should take the fall for this.  Perhaps a professional coach - not anyone on that bench now should remain - can bring in a new attitude.  There is no more pressure to win as the season is lost.  A coaching change now gives the new guy a chance to evaluate what we have and who we want to keep.  This should take about 4-5 weeks.  From there it's time to clean house and play any young player in the NHL for evaluation going forward.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think it would come to this in 2013!

Ric Stark
Ric Stark

I've sent a message to Eric Hornick to see if he can calculate the number of points not gotten by the Islanders in games in which they have:


1.  led by 3 at any point

2.  led by 2 during the third period

3.  led by 1 with 5 minutes to go


I bet if they had won every game in which any of the above three situations had occurred, they would be in a playoff spot.

ohiofan
ohiofan

On the plus side I thought the forwards did a much better job breaking up plays in the neutral zone and got to the puck faster in their own zone. If they could convert 1 or 2 more offensive chances might actually have something going for us. Strome is a much better defensive player then I assumed he would be. De Haan has seemed to make the entire defense better. Scratching Radek and Carkner hasn't hurt either.

dzruggie
dzruggie

What to say....for 56 minutes I felt it was their best game of the year.  Many positives as we saw the old Hamonic, the second line create many chances and score, the defense closing gaps and the team clogging the neutral zone.  I was thrilled - until friggin Frans tossed the game.  I can't fault the mad scramble so the Frans miscue was so bad.  Perhaps he is not all that he is cracked up to be as a top defensive - all around forward.  Toss him tipping in the tying goal in game six, a play he had no right to be sticking his stick into and the flaws are there.  I can deal with a blow out loss, I can deal with the loss to Montreal but up 2 to lose (along with the loss to the Caps) these will give ulcers lol....

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

I'll take the heat for this one folks. It's solely on me. I took my 4 year old daughter to the game; with a few minutes left, in anticipation of a mass exodus by happy fans... I put her coat on. Got ready to go.


It was a rash decision, the wrong decision, and I have no one to blame but me. Don't know what happened. Been taught since I was little never to do that. I apologize to fans and players alike.


I am holding myself solely accountable and therefore, as a self inflicted punishment, I will attend the rest of the games that came with my force-fed 15 game ticket plan that was a prerequisite to buying playoff tickets last year.

robert broere
robert broere

2 goal lead.why do i have a knot in my stomach.oh yea .i know why .because i know it's coming.can't make this up.

Anthony Lauria
Anthony Lauria

Watch the final goal scored by Tampa Bay and you will see that 4 Islanders (not including the goalie) were piled up on the ice on top of each other like 4 yrs olds.  How the F do four professional NHL'er from the same team end up on each other.. its an embarrasing!!   Also, it seems that everyone in the NHL is going after Tavares.. he needs to stand up for himself cause no one else is.

firecappy
firecappy

Well, the good news is that Cappy's job is safe.  So we got that going for us . . . which is nice.

Don22
Don22

@truth77deHaan has played well and has helped.  So has Strait. He isn't great by any means, but he is a steady defensive D man and helps eat minutes.

I do think there should be a change in coaches, as long as it's from outside the system.  But coaches coach, players play.  Not much Cappy could have done the last game.

camb33
camb33

@tag1 agreed, I was actually fooled into thinking somehow clusterfuc* would be more valuable to this team than nino-....this could be one of the worst trades ever

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@tag1 clutterbuck doesn't seem to realize there's such a thing as the other team's net.  he bounces all over the ice and actually manages to stick himself into the play.  but he never manages to stick himself into scoring a goal.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@TonyM

Yet some on this  thread will still defend the nit wit owner to the hilt, simply amazing.

Don22
Don22

@dzruggieI echo the frustration and total brain lock by Franz.  But you can't be too hard on him.  He made a mistake.  For what it's worth at least he scored a goal and also scored on the shootout.  No excuse for his gaff - but it was a mistake, but not generally part of what he does. He's still a good defensive forward.


As bad as that was, I don't like that last goal as much because 4 guys fell to the ground.  If even 1 or 2 of them stay upright that goal doesn't happen.  Even Cappy said something right for a change - with 2 seconds left you take a penalty if you have to - who cares?  

Of course, if they did take a penalty you know it would have been awarded a penalty shot which they would score on.  LOL.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@bubbamac19

Whats wrong with you taking your 4 year old beautiful daughter to an Islanders game, for what, get her indioctrinated , give the girl a break, it's too late for her Dad, YOU but don't subject her to this nonsense. I hereby sentence you to be strapped down and have to listen to Cappy explain all the losses, and their 'battle level'  lol

dzruggie
dzruggie

@bubbamac19 Brave for taking you 4 yr old in and of itself lol.  I took my 6 y/o daughter to a basketball game (Kings) and about 4 minutes in she asked if the game started lol.  Horrific end but still 56 minutes of a really good game - I suppose.  

phishstyx1
phishstyx1

@bubbamac19 I think child protective services should be called, taking a child to that garbage should be criminal

Don22
Don22

@bubbamac19You are forgiven.

How far did you get before you found out about the collapse?

Derek Scheer
Derek Scheer

@Anthony Lauria It is so sad , like having a Ferrari and letting your 15 year old learn how to drive stick  on an unpaved road. I can live with a fake GM who is nothing more than a puppet , I can live with a coach who should be coaching in a high school in Mass but I can t watch JT get manhandled. KO makes believe he is sticking up for him but its just going through the motions and means nothing. I would rather JT play on a line with Boulton or anyone with real grit and fire who knows his role is to get JT the puck and smash anyone who goes near him. Gretzky , Bossy never took abuse like this is , it is pathetic.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@Anthony Lauria tavares can't stand up against somebody like gudas who's stronger than he is.  that's why you need one guy to match up with that player.  matt martin is not enough.  the islander push back after tavares almost got killed into the boards was way too little.  that was turning point #1.

#2 was nielsen's horrible play.

#3 was a bunch of bad plays once tb pulled the goalie.

hockeystat
hockeystat

@Anthony Lauriathe #isles in the third period play like 4 year olds. Pantic City instead of boxing people out we jump on the ice and play goalie. This group of defenders have been doing it for years, its a bad habit and it won't change until a new coach punches it into their head.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@camb33@tag1

He is just an agitating ahole,  he is like Matt Cooke of the Pens, before Cooke decided he wants to be in the running for the Lady Bing. 

camb33
camb33

@tag1 to add......he's not really a pest....sean avery was a pest-who also produced

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@dzruggie@bubbamac19 It can be tricky with the kids...but a Tuesday night, not crowded, fewer psycho cursing fans, room to move around; she had fun. All about the popcorn and ice cream! Wish I could say the same!

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

@Don22@bubbamac19 Bless your heart Don! I never left my seat. We were just prepped and ready to go. Ugh!

Jason Zimmermann
Jason Zimmermann

@Derek Scheer @Anthony Lauria Bossy took a lot of abuse, there's no doubt about that, but he also definitely had different types of players around him than Tavares does. Tavares is undoubtedly alone out there every single night for the last five seasons.


I agree, I think Okposo wants to do the "right thing", but he's so programmed. I don't believe his "defenses", if you will, are natural, and opponents see right through that. I think opponents respect Matt Martin, who plays a nice, honest, albeit, not overly skilled game.


What this team lacks more than anything else is character. There's no groundedness on this team anywhere, except for Tavares.


Things are really bad when the team and fans get all hot and bothered over losing a playoff series in 6 Games and see that as a sign of good things to come. The fact of the matter is that we're no further along now than we were four years ago. And that falls directly on the shoulders of ownership and management!

hockeystat
hockeystat

@Derek Scheer@Anthony LauriaBossy retired after 10 years in the NHL because he took abuse. His back could not handle the cheap shots the players gave out. Imagine if he could have play another 5 years, goals goals and more goals. Gretzky had a pass for some reason but it also came down to him never standing still tough to hit a moving target.

Don22
Don22

@bubbamac19 Ugh, so you still had to witness it.  Well, for the record - if I were there with my 3 year old I would have probably done the same thing.


On a lighter note - does your 4 year old sit through a game ok?  I'm not sure my daughter would sit through a whole game.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@hockeystat@Derek Scheer@Anthony Lauria


I remember in the 1978 series with Toronto a player I think it was Butler who crosschecked Bossy in his lower back, and down he went and stayed there for a few minutes, when it became known that the Boss had a bad back, I always wondered if that hit had anything to do with it, sometime injuries show up much later.