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Isles coach Capuano after OT loss: ‘Sun’s going to come up tomorrow’

May 5, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT


As the old adage states, don’t let the highs get too high and don’t let the lows get too low.

It’s something Jack Capuano has taken to heart — especially the latter part.

The Isles’ head coach was trying to maintain an even keel after Sunday’s hearbreaking 5-4 OT loss to the Penguins, the first playoff game at Nassau Coliseum since 2007.

“Sun’s going to come up tomorrow, it takes four to win the series,” Capuano said after the game. “You’re going to face some adversity.”

The Isles certainly faced some in Game 3.

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, New York surrendered four straight tallies and went into the third period down 4-2 — only to rip off a scoring streak of its down, notching two goals in a 5:19 stretch.

Kyle Okposo scored shorthanded and John Tavares sniped home a wrister to even the score, sending the teams to overtime for the first time this series.

Then, more adversity for the Isles.

Defenseman Brian Strait was whistled for holding at the 8:11 mark — obstructing Pens captain Sidney Crosby — and the Pens took almost immediate advantage as Crosby set up Chris Kunitz for the game-winner 33 seconds later.

The Isles won’t have much time to dwell on the loss. The two teams get back at it on Tuesday night, and New York will need to do everything in its power to avoid going behind 3-1 in the series.

According to, teams have trailed 3-1 in a best-of-seven series a total of 229 times — and have come back to win the series on just 20 occasions, or 8.7 percent of the time.

  1. 950003cups - May 5, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Isles have heart! Would love to see them tie it up next game.

  2. domdogsbk85 - May 5, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I got to say being a big ranger fan, I never thought i would ever speak these words but i respect how the isles are playing man. Hopefully my rangers were watching a little bit of the game today.Never say die attitude from a young and upcoming team is fun to watch from a hockey fans perspective.Two games in a row they clawed back and are playing there hearts out after being embarrassed in game 1.Big rivalry and hatred between rangers and isles no doubt, but as a FAN of my team and not a hater of my teams enemies so to speak I hope the isles send the pens packing

    • 950003cups - May 5, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      so you don’t hate the Devils? LOL

  3. jacketsfan7 - May 5, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Huge pens fan , these games have been nail bitters for me except game 1 , the islanders deserve the 2-1 lead , we are so lucky

    • drone501 - May 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      this is the matchup i dreaded. would have liked to have played rangers, bruins or any of the above except these guys, although think we win in 6.

  4. bcisleman - May 5, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Always thought this would be a close, tough series & that the assumptions about the Pens were overblown. Game 1 showed an Islander team totally lacking in playoff experience from the head coach to most of the players. Having a 4 game layoff didn’t help either.

    Isles need to stay out of the penalty box & get their PP working better. If they can improve in those areas, this may well go 7.

  5. gettingpwned - May 5, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    this one hurt. did it show on tv after the game when people started throwing things at the refs?

  6. windmiller4 - May 5, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Not too sure if that last call on Strait should’ve been a penalty..

    • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

      You didn’t see the obstruction?

      • windmiller4 - May 5, 2013 at 7:03 PM

        I didn’t see enough to call it in overtime of a playoff game

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        It’s either a penalty or it’s not……If you allow the the time of the game to dictate whether you call the penalty it makes the NHL look more like a beer league and not a professional sport.

        Strait got beat and he interfered with the opposing player. That’s why the call the penalty “obstruction” or interference.

      • jl9830 - May 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

        It’s a call that wasn’t made the entire game, and then was made in overtime. Of the closest playoff game I’ve ever watched. That’s not an acceptable call. The issue is consistency. If you’re going to call a loose game, you can’t call that on Strait in overtime. It’s unfair because it’s a play that was let go the rest of the game.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM

        If you give me where and when it was let go during the “rest of the game” your statement has credence but I watched Capuano’s post game as well and you’re simply regurgitating what he said.

        Don’t do that, mindless followers do that.

      • supercoop8 - May 6, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Watch the last ten minutes of the second period and you will see the precedent the refs set of how the game was being called. Not to mention that if Tavares hits the ice on his semi break away as the defenders stick hit his skate while sweeping the puck that could have been called a penalty shot. You’re diatribe on a penalty is always a penalty and the context of the game is moot is maybe the least informed statement I have ever seen on this site.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 6, 2013 at 10:53 AM

        Using a missed call to dismiss a legit penalty is the only thing that’s uninformed.

        It’s the kind of argument children use on their parents when they don’t get their way.

      • supercoop8 - May 6, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Missed calls can also be legitimate infractions making them comparable your statement has no basis; neither did I ever dismiss the contact. The point I made is the refs called a loose game and during less crucial times they seemingly would not have made that call, of course it makes sense to compare it to missed calls because how tight the game is being called sets the tone of how the players approach contact. In every game I’ve watched at least twice have the announcers said something to the relativity of “thats a play that would be called a penalty in the regular season but during playoff hockey.” Everyone in the hockey community seems to understand that games are called less tight especially late when the refs prefer not to impact the result; everyone understands that. The play and call warrant a discussion. The childish thing to do is to try to end the discussion by implying others are acting that way; its how sixteen year old girls act.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - May 6, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        You can try to reverse the childish behavior onto me as much as you want. The point still remains that an earlier missed call does not justify ignoring a later legit penalty. And, using “everyone in the hockey community” as justification for that belief is nonsense.

        People like Mike Milbury consider themselves part of the hockey community, yet are part of the reason the NHL is considered to be run like a garage league.

        Penalties should be called if there is an infraction…period. This nonsense about consistency and precedent is just that because if you’re going to overlook interference in the last 10 minutes of the third and OT, then marginal boarding is no longer a penalty at that juncture. I have a hard time believing if any penguin player crosschecked Tavares into the boards while staring at his numbers you’d say “well it’s OT in a playoff game, I understand”

      • supercoop8 - May 7, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        “Marginal Boarding” then you describe a guy taking a cross check to the numbers in to the boards. Marginal boarding does exist look at the Bruins Leafs game last night and the Kadri boarding call and the ensuing make-up call to Lucic to get it to 4 on 4. If Tavares takes a light slash or hook by Sutter or Cooke I wouldn’t want it called in overtime, regardless I’m not an Islanders fan. The hockey community out stretches the madness of Milbury and most of what Ive read from anyone not invested in the Penguins agrees that it was a soft call, but that still digresses from the point. The point is “an infraction is an infraction” is a fallacy and to think reffing is completely objective is absurd. The phrase “playoff hockey” is conducive of more physical play, post whistle scrums, and more touch fouls overlooked. When Letang stopped short earlier in the series and shoulders Tavares that is an obvious interference infraction; you can’t impede a player five feet away from the puck but no one is upset of the non-call because that is how the playoffs go. Call it a beer league, garage league, pick up game or what have you but that is how its always been. I understand you love the Pens, and how it seems easy to simplify rules to “it is what it is” pseudo parable but in all the years Ive watched hockey that has never been the case.

  7. csilojohnson - May 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    5-0 lose had nothing to do with the Pens. Strictly inexperience on Isles part..
    Yes they showed trash being thrown onto ice after game. Not surprised. Have seen that crowd applaud a player getting injured.
    Definitly a great atmosphere for the home team though. Had a pretty significant 7th man effect.
    Anyone who thought this series would be a breeze for the Pens didnt watch much hockey this year. The Isles are a fast team. The Pens have trouble playing on their heels. Toronto is another example of a team that knocks them off their game with uptempo play.
    Remainder of series should be great. Keep your benzos close. Its sure to be a roller coaster ride.

  8. vgraziano - May 5, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    For the 1st playoff game on the island in 6 years this was awesome!!! Obviously if they had won even better, but the pens pp killed us. As an Isles fan u could not have asked for a better start to this one and to see them actually battle back after 4 unanswered goals-amazing!!! Okposo has become a player and a half and to see Hamonic time after time going toe-to-toe with Malkin as Malkin towers over him- I luv it!!!! This was tough loss but hope we come out with the same fight on tue to send it back to PA all tied!!! Thank you NY Islanders for bringing spirited hockey back to LI!!!!

    • President Charles Logan - May 5, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      hey bozo , dont get too excited it’s short lived

  9. billmiller3 - May 6, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    I can take Jeremy Roenick saying a penalty call is “soft”. After all he played hard and has been consistent through his whole career. But Mike Milbury calling a penalty “soft” show what a hypocrite he really is. Isn’t Milbury the guy who, as coach of the Bruins in the 1991 Prince of Wales Championship series, constantly whined about the physical play of the Penguins? And in the process, he called one of the classiest coaches in NHL history – Badger Bob Johnson – “the professor of goonism”. Which way is it Mikey Baby?

  10. supershpa - May 7, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Firstly a cross check is different from a minor at best hold. And secondly if you ever watch the last two mins of an nfl or nba game you know that the refs let more things slide in order to allow the PLAYERS to dictate the result, obviously an egregious violation of the rules would be called but it thats it. So the point isn’t whether or not it was or wasn’t a penalty but the fact that is that Crosby is a strong skater who would neverbr knocked down from that contact if it wasn’t convenient for him. And everyone also knows that the NHL can’t have the pens lose in the first round. I’m an objective fan my team missed the playoffs but I know that the isles got robbed here they might not have won in ot but to rob them of even a chance to win is ridiculous.

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