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 - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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