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Islanders’ coach Capuano takes a puck for the team

Feb 1, 2013, 1:19 AM EDT

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Is there anything else that defines toughness in hockey then when a player gets cut on the face, goes for stitches and returns to the game?

Yes, there is – when it’s a coach who has to get patched up.

That was exactly the case Thursday, when New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano took a puck to the face while on the bench, requiring him to get stitches.

“It’s unbelievable,” Capuano told NHL.com staff writer Mike G. Morreale. “First kidney stone surgery, and then I get hit in the face with the puck. It’s just the way it goes.”

The Islanders eventually won the game 5-4 in overtime.

No lead was safe.

The Islanders jumped out to a 2-0 lead, only to have the Devils come back and tie it up. The Islanders grabbed two more one-goal leads and promptly gave them away.

Brad Boyes scored the winner at 2:01 of overtime, whacking home a loose puck during a goal crease scramble with the Devils short-handed. John Tavares had two goals and an assist, and is up to 11 points on the season.

“Good teams find a way,” Tavares told the New York Daily News. “Good teams that are successful respond. I feel like we are starting to understand what it takes more and more to be a successful team.

  1. bcisleman - Feb 1, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    “we are starting to understand what it takes to be a successful team.”

    JT said a mouthful there. It took the dynasty Isles several years to become a playoff team and several more to become a Cup winner. This Isles team is 1-2 years from getting all of its best talent on the ice and it is already developing the attitude of a contender.

    • abbeyroad2013 - Feb 1, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      You MUST be joking, you don’t have a CLUE about Islander history.. How can you possibly make a statement like “took the dynasty Isles several years to become a playoff team and several more to become a Cup winner”??? The Islanders came into the league in 1972, were in the semis in 1975 and just got better every year. The FRANCHISE was only 8 years old when they won a Stanley Cup, quickly followed by three more in a row, becoming the most successful American franchise in NHL history. They were in the playoffs every season till 1989. The ONLY magical season since the Dynasty was 93. THIS Islander SERIES of teams haven’t accomplished squat, nothing. Get your facts straight. Sadly, the Islanders haven’t been a threat to anyone in 20 years, usually, IF they make it, win 1 game and lose 4. I’ve been an Islander fan since 1972, been there, done that seen it all. If you’re not a fan of the team, it’s easy to look from the outside, try being on the inside.

      • islesjb - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Several usually means 3-4, so wouldn’t the 4 years it took the Isles to become a playoff team and the 4 more it took them to become a contender constitute as “several” and “several more”?

        “Several years to become a playoff team” = 72-75

        and

        “several more to become a cup contender”= 76-79

        Sounds like you’re agreeing with bsisleman while insulting him at the same time so why don’t you pump the breaks, bruh

      • islesjb - Feb 1, 2013 at 4:06 PM

        And it’s not like he was saying that it’s only taken the Islander’s “several” more years to get back to where they were in the 80s. I think he was just referring to the several years of the rebuild, which most people regard as starting in 2008.

        I’m sure he’s very aware that they haven’t won a playoff series since 93′.

  2. steelers88 - Feb 1, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    I’m happy for the Islanders they have suffered long enough. The division will be pretty hard with the Penguins, Flyers, Rangers, Devils, and now the Islanders! Sometime in the near future I could see all 5 teams make it to the playoffs!

  3. pone27 - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Born and raised on the Island, and have always been a Blackhawks fan, but I am really ecstatic to be able to see the Isles play. They have come one heck of a long way.

    I am hoping for two things:
    One, that they remain this competitive. Their young talent really is of high caliber, you can just see it, especially withTavares. That kid is secretly becoming one of the top centers in the league.

    Two, I hope that Wang can make the financial means to keep everyone. Can’t forget that the last time the Isles showed this level of talent (Luongo, Palffy, Bertuzzi, etc.) they all left.

    For us on Long Island: Hey town of Hempstead, regretting that revenue yet??

  4. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 1, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    Damn they look good this year – not that I’m of even average GM intelligence, but if I’m Snow, I’d use this year to develop a SERIOUS swagger (I know – I hate the word too) – get rid of anyone that doesn’t want to be there if the deal is good and they can remain competitive without them. They have enough young, core guys to keep the team going for years and the last thing they need is negative emotion pulling them down.

  5. thecheeman - Feb 1, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Devils fan who grew up on Long Island: Nice to see the Islanders finally putting a team on the ice you have to compete against every night. Still a lot of holes on the team but there’s a lot of team speed there. I don’t know how the puck finds Grabner in open ice so often, but he’s terrifying when it does.

    • islesjb - Feb 1, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      Grabner’s absurd speed is why he finds himself in open ice so often. He has the ability to blow by any defender in the league and as a fan, it’s fkin awesome to watch. He’s having an all-star caliber year so far

  6. davebrownspiral - Feb 1, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Defense is still a problem. Very soft. Opponents just skate in front of the net untouched. They need a couple of big crease clearing defensemen, but otherwise I am enjoying the ride so far.

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