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Filppula, Bolts flush Isles’ efforts down the toilet

Dec 17, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

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When you haven’t won a game in regulation for 16 games, it might be tough to pick out the losses that sting the most. Still, Tuesday’s defeat has to rank high for the floundering New York Islanders.

Frans Nielsen gave the Isles a 2-0 lead midway through the third period, yet things slipped away late in the game. Valtteri Filppula scored two goals – one with about three minutes left, the tying tally with a brutal four seconds remaining – to send the game to OT. The Islanders eventually fell short 3-2 in the shootout, prompting Evgeni Nabokov to provide New York Newsday’s Arthur Staple with this dour quote.

“We don’t know how to win the games right now,” Nabokov said. “All our efforts [go] down the toilet.”

(Head coach Jack Capuano was … less verbose.)

Here’s video of that late goal:

The Islanders only have one win in December (3-2 in shootout on Dec. 10) and just five wins overall since November rolled around. At this point, one might need to grasp at straws (two straight games with a standings point!) to find positives.

  1. bcisleman - Dec 17, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Isles would need to play at a .700 clip the rest of the way to even have a prayer of making the playoffs. Snow should make his best pitch to get Vanek to re-sign by the deadline and get a goalie and other assets for him if he will not. It’d be a nice conolation prize if the Isles got Griffin’s brother Sam out of this horror of a season.

    • 19to77 - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Not much chance of keeping Vanek without going on a tremendous winning streak and showing signs of hope for next season. This one’s already a loss, and he’s not going to resign with a team that doesn’t look like a contender – not after all those dismal years in Buffalo. Afraid to say Snow most likely lost Moulson, a 1st and a 2nd for what in the long term amounts to nothing.

      • hubeydubeydoo11 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:36 AM

        correct me if im wrong isnt the 1st he gave them conditional? something like if that 1st round pick is a top 10 pick then the Isles still keep the pick. I maybe wrong about that but i thought there was some insurance on that pick

      • 19to77 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:04 AM

        I’m pretty sure the condition is that it can be postponed to 2014 in that case. I remember there’s protection in case it’s top-10, but I think the Sabres get a 1st either way, eventually.

  2. lightning69 - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Absolutely no reason at all that Tampa wins that game, except for Ben frikin Bishop!!

    This could have easily been a 5-0 or 5-1 game without a sick performance by Bush. 3 or 4 breakaways including a clean 2 on NONE. Only thing better would have been to play decent hockey in front of him for more than the last 7 min.

    Bolts should keep Kucherov even when Stamkos returns. Both he and Filppula undressed Nabokov.

    • jb8588 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Couldn’t agree more when it comes to Bishop keeping the Bolts in the game. With the emergence of the young guys (Palat, Panik, Johnson, Kucherov) up front, I have a feeling that Brett Connolly is going to become trade bait for a major upgrade on D later this season. Not exactly sure who the Bolts would target, but we could certainly use an upgrade on the defensive end.

      • lightning69 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM

        I think you are right about Connolly being trade bait. He has potential but seems to lack confidence at times at the NHL level. I’m actually a little surprised with the lack of line cohesiveness with the Bolts AKA Syracuse South. But I think it showcases the wide gap between AHL NHL level. The game is much faster and even bad teams have NHL talent. Those above you listed have made the jump but Brown (on the bubble imho), Tyrrell, and Connolly still struggle at times.

        Kucherov if he stays consistent, can’t learn much more in Syracuse.

        His shot release is on par with Stammer and Purcell. Hope he keeps it up.

  3. tjvalley - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Yes. If top 10 the isles can defer the traded pick till 2015 draft. The 1 bright side is that the isles farm system is sick with up and coming players especially defense so another top pick will bolster the franchise for the future beyond necessity. But it sux to lose everyday regardless. It also sux to give up a high second round pick this year. Polka and Koskonen are both high second round picks and are developing nicely. But snow will make something out of Vanek cause he’s not signing with a team long term that doesn’t have a chance to win the cup in the next three year.

  4. 7mantel - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    – Moulson=losing Snow ruined the chemistry of this team .

    • mattymarts17 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Seriously? Does Moulson play defense?? Have you not seen how good the Vanek-JT-Okposo line has been? If not for that line we’d probably be scoring less than a goal a game on average. Have you see Okposo play this strong this early on ever?! Everyone freaks out about that trade but man if you watch the games do you really find yourself saying “wow Moulson would of stopped that puck with 3 seconds left!” I doubt it. Blame Garth for not firing his coach who has managed to get literally nothing from his players. Explain how Frans, Bailey, Grabner have managed next to nothing over the last 24 or so games. Coincidence? They all just stink now? Why hasn’t the coaching scheme and staff be held accountable???

      • 7mantel - Dec 19, 2013 at 11:21 AM

        not an Islanders fan but watch their games, I call it as I see it ! What is their record before and after the trade ?

  5. multiplemiggs - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    if the Isles pick is a top 10 they keep it for this season. And why does everyone want Sam Reinhart? yea its nice to draft brothers but we need to use the picks on holes that need to be filled, not on nonsense.

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