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Capuano says Isles top line ‘knows they can be better’

Jan 29, 2014, 11:38 PM EDT

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The New York Islanders’ Kyle OkposoJohn TavaresThomas Vanek line combined for an impressive 15 shots on goal in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss at Yankee Stadium, but head coach Jack Capuano couldn’t help but critique that prolific trio.

“I’m not going to single certain guys out, but I think that line knows they can be better,” Capuano said. “I think we talked about it before with them.  They tried to do a little too much.  Less is more. You know, (Vanek) was in front of the goalie, Lundqvist, a few times and we never generated pucks through to him. That was the one area of the game that I thought could have been better.”

While Capuano saw room for improvement, Okposo – Tavares – Vanek left New York Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault gushing once again.

“That top line is one of the most dynamic lines I’ve seen in this game,” Vigneault said. “All young players, all guys that can skate and move the puck. Maybe tonight the fact that it was a little bit challenging made it a little bit tougher for them. We won the game, and we’re going to get ready for our next match-up on Friday against them.”

In other words, Vigneault might have a more literal viewpoint regarding Capuano’s “less is more” take (in that he probably hopes they’re a little less dynamic).

  1. bcisleman - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:46 PM

    Time is running out on the Isles if they are to make a playoff run. They need to win these last four games before the break.

    • barkar942 - Jan 30, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      bc- The Isles have a pretty good group. Hopefully, for their sake, they can land a goalie like Miller. Look what Miller is doing for the Sabers. He keeps them in tons of games. Put him in to backstop Tavares and crew and they could do some real damage.

  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    I really liked it when the Isles players wrote MVP on Tavares name plate. That must’ve been something special…really. Crosby > Tavares

    • tuberippin - Jan 30, 2014 at 4:07 AM

      Sod off, chump.

    • 7mantel - Jan 30, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      I’m not a fan of either team but to compare the two is impossible as they have completely different supporting players . Put Crosby in the same position as Travares then you can compare the two . To make light of the players putting MVP on his nameplate makes me laugh !

      • jpelle82 - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:03 AM

        you’re right. if crosby played with vanek and okposo…man. he would have 100 pts by now.

      • 7mantel - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        Islanders really only have 1 line to defend against ,where the pens have 2 lines !

    • stepanup - Jan 30, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Uh oh. Penguins fan taking offense to something light-hearted and fun! No way.

  3. jr507 - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Time to trade Vanek. Need to get players or parts in place to obtain a goalie. While disappointing, this season has shown immense growth from Okposo, Nelson, and De Haan. If Strome, Lee, and Reinhardt can join the fray next year, this team is a goalie away from back on track.

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