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Islanders facing ‘must-win’ situation already

Feb 12, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

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The New York Islanders gave up a 3-2 second period lead in what was eventually a 6-4 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Monday.

That marks five straight losses to begin the month of February for the Islanders. In a shortened 48-game schedule, five straight losses, even if early in the season, can prove costly.

“It feels weird to say the next game’s a must-win,” Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic told Long Island Newsday.

“We’ve got to look at it that way. We have to make sure we stop this.”

The Islanders’ losing skid followed up on wins over the New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins – the number one and five teams, respectively, in the Eastern Conference.

If there was one positive for the Islanders, it was the four power play goals they tallied.

“We’re the type of team that needs all 20 guys going, and we didn’t have that tonight…I thought some guys were soft,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano told

“We’ve got to find a way 5-on-5 to generate some offense. Our power play was good, but it’s not going to be there every day.”

Jiri Tlusty tallied four points – all coming in the third period – for Carolina. He tied the game at three goals apiece and added the insurance marker into an empty net with 11 seconds remaining.

“We find a way to (get) the points, which is a big key for our team and we have to keep it rolling,” Tlusty told the Raleigh-based News and Observer.

“Our third period has been really strong. We came out really hard tonight (in the third) and wore the D down. That was the plan.”

  1. bcisleman - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    If Cappy thinks some players are soft–and they are–maybe its time to sit a couple and bring up Nino and Matt Donovan. Those guys should get a shot and the softees need a wake up call. Time for accountability.

  2. stakex - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    In a couple years the Islanders might be a threat to worry about… but not yet.

    • bcisleman - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Started the season looking like they were ready to contend but lately have looked like a lottery team again. We’ll see what the next few weeks bring.

  3. xjokerz - Feb 12, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    hopefully timmy thomas can solve their offensive woes….. i cant believe the Islanders have any fans is this team still running a positive revenue stream?

    • bcisleman - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Plenty of fans who are excited about the talent that Garth Snow has put into the system. This team should be a contender in a few. As to the revenue stream, not sure when the last time was that they made money. For all the abuse he gets, Charles Wang is to be commmended for sticking with this team and keeping it in NY.

      • islesjb - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Yeah, think he loses $20 million annually so I definitely respect Charles for not selling the team to KC or Seattle like a lot of owners would have.

        At the same time, eventually this team is going to have to start spending above the cap floor if they ever want to get anywhere. Hopefully the prospects are mature by the time we move to Brooklyn and Charles opens his wallet for a big name free agent; or he sells the team someone with deep pockets, like Prokhorov

  4. dsonashville28 - Feb 12, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Stick a fork in them, they’re done. I’ve been an Islander fan since their inception, but it’s getting harder to remain a fan of this dumpster fire.

    • thecheeman - Feb 12, 2013 at 9:09 AM

      My favorite part of Islanders broadcasts are the between period interviews with Head Coach Jack Capuano one of the well-performing players Assistant Coach and Special Assistant to the GM Doug Weight.

      Nothing is more clownish than an assistant coach who’s got a direct line to the GM over the head coach. You can practically hear the clock ticking down on Capuano’s tenure with every word out of Weight’s mouth.

      • bcisleman - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Not unusual for an assistant to talk between periods. I’d say that Cappy is on the hot seat this season regardless of Weight’s status. He’s had several years to get it turned around. Time to produce.

      • thecheeman - Feb 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

        I’m willing to believe you but what other team has their assistant coach talk on the fluff interviews between periods?

        I don’t watch every Isles game (not my team) but I feel like I have seen Weight at least 3x this year. I’ve yet to see Capuano in one of those segments. It’s really bad optics.

    • bcisleman - Feb 12, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      Isles are a few years away. A LOT of talent in the system. As for this year, the next two weeks will tell.

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