Islanders not discouraged

The Islanders are determined to get back on the score sheet, become a threat every night

Wednesday, 10.26.2011 / 4:37 PM ET / News
By Dyan LeBourdais
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Islanders not discouraged
For Islanders forward John Tavares, playing against the Penguins again so soon – Thursday night in Pittsburgh - is a welcome challenge.

“We talk about getting to that next level, being a better team and getting into the playoffs,” Tavares said. “It’s great that we played well (Tuesday). It’s all positive, but at the same time, good teams find ways to win and that’s what Pittsburgh did against us. They may not have played their best game or been as sharp as they would have liked, but they still found a way to win.”

We talk about getting to that next level, being a better team and getting into the playoffs. It’s great that we played well (Tuesday). It’s all positive, but at the same time, good teams find ways to win and that’s what Pittsburgh did against us. They may not have played their best game or been as sharp as they would have liked, but they still found a way to win. - John Tavares
The Islanders outshot the Penguins 33-29, had another 26 shots blocked (nine more than the Pens), laid out 24 hits compared to the Pens 22, had five less giveaways and won 55 percent of all faceoffs. Despite all the stats in favor of the Islanders, the Penguins still found a way to earn a shutout victory.

“That’s where we have to dig deep, find that will and that competitiveness to overcome some of those things, whether it’s a hot goaltender, you’re not getting calls or pucks aren’t bouncing your way,” Tavares said. “That’s what we have to learn and understand that it’s going to take more than what we expect sometimes to win hockey games.”

It can be argued that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury’s “first star” performance kept the Penguins in the game, but Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano alluded that the team still needs to find a way to get pucks across the goal line, no matter who’s in the crease.

“Watching the video, (Fleury) played extremely well,” Capuano said. “We did have some second and third opportunities, but he came up big for them. Every goalie is this league is a quality goalie.”

Capuano added, “We had a couple turnovers that cost us, but I was happy with our performance offensively. I thought we were involved, we had quite a few shots and got to the net. The guys weren’t rewarded, but if they continue to do that, the puck will go in.”

John Tavares speaks to the media after the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Nassau Coliseum on October 25, 2011. (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)
Now without a goal through 85:28 and an even strength goal through 132:05, the team is not discouraged. Tavares’ linemate Matt Moulson said the team is doing all the right things.

“We just have to keep getting shots, keep getting shots to the net,” Moulson said. “Chances were there, so we just have to put them away. We had our fair share of chances, especially in close. So we just have to keep doing what we’re doing, keeping shooting, get more bodies to the net and make it hard for the goalie to challenge and see pucks.”

Even though they’re having difficulties producing offensively, the Islanders know that they’ll eventually start scoring in droves.

“We have a positive attitude heading into tomorrow,” Tavares said. “We know it’s going to be a tough environment, but it’s time for us to find a way to win some of these games in these environments and these atmospheres, especially as a team that wants to be successful and take that next step.”

Moulson added, “We just have to keep building on what we’re doing well and limit the mistakes. We’ll come away with more victories than losses if we do that.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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