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Islanders players hold closed-door meeting after ninth straight loss

Dec 8, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

New York Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin has a shot from Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar, of Slovenia, get by him for a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Gus Ruelas) AP

After the New York Islanders lost their eighth straight game, captain John Tavares called on his teammates to have more pride.

“We’re not earning it,” Tavares said at the time.

So what are they saying after their 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings?

The players held a closed-door meeting after dropping their ninth consecutive contest to give each of them an opportunity to speak to the group, according to Newsday. But after going so long without a win, is there really anything that’s been left unsaid?

“It’s a broken record right now,” defenseman Matt Carkner said.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano, whose job might be on the line, suggested that the team’s top line needs to step up and shoot more. He also pointed to their anemic effort with the man advantage as one of the causes for their latest loss.

Meanwhile the team is now 10 points out of a playoff spot, which leaves them with a 0.4% chance of advancing to the postseason, according to Sports Club Stats.

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