"The way we responded, we didn't compete," Nolan said, naming the worst sin in his book. "It has nothing to do with our goaltending; it has nothing to do with our lack of goal-scoring. It has something to do with the lack of competitiveness. If we don't compete, we'll get beat on most nights."
"It's still there, but I just think, in the first two periods, our competitive level wasn't where it had to be," Guerin said of the Edmonton game. "These are good hockey teams we're playing, and if we don't compete as hard as them, it's going to be tough to generate offense. We need second and third efforts."
Newsday: Greg Logan's postgame article was on the Islanders not competing as they hit the half way point in the season with many of the trends resurfacing from when they were not scoring.
Newsday: Greg Logan's pre-game blog was again on the trade of Luongo and more coming from SI's Michael Farber on the local goaltending debate and how much DiPietro has improved.
Vancouver Sun: Iain MacIntyre compared Vancouver goalie Robert Luongo to Rick DiPietro since the last time the Canucks have seen him in 2006 in his game review with Henrik Sedin and Naslund favoring their own goalie as expected.
"It seems like he has really taken a lot of steps since the last time we saw him," Henrik Sedin said diplomatically. "He was unbelievable tonight."
Vancouver Sun: Brad Ziemer in his game coverage had Canuck coach Alain Vigneault crediting DiPietro for his play.
"It shouldn't have been close, but it was close," said Canuck coach Alain Vigneault. "Obviously the factor in this game was their goaltender. He was real good.
Vancouver Province: Jim Matheson has more from Garth Snow on the Islanders decision to trade for Ryan Smyth and also defended former prospect Ryan O'Marra for taking time to develop.
"I'd do it all over again ... we gave up some good young players and a high draft pick, but we went for it," said Snow.
"We wouldn't have made the playoffs without Ryan. Ricky [goalie DiPietro] got hurt and we had the suspension to Chris Simon, which took a little wind out of our sails. The trade made a statement to our fans and the players in our dressing room that we had a chance [in the playoffs]."
Vancouver Province: Jason Botchford has comments from Bill Guerin on Rick DiPietro in his game coverage.
"We were in it for one reason and that was Ricky," Guerin said.
"Ricky played out of his mind again."
Vancouver Province: Jason Botchford also had nightly awards to individual players where Freddy Meyer was singled out for his name and Andy Sutton for not fighting in the third period.
Vancouver Province: Ben Kuzma's game coverage was how this was a strange game where the Canucks should have won handily given the play disparity but Luongo let up two strange goals.
Said Guerin: "Sometimes, you just get lucky. You put it on net sometimes and it goes in. It wasn't anything planned. We needed a break and we got it."