New Jersey 5, New York 1: Loss Goes Directly On Coach

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/08/2012 10:42:00 PM |
" We can do something about it, we have to get more players playing with passion and urgency " -Jack Capuano.

Sorry Mr Capuano, but that was your job before this game over three days.

If your team is not even ready with all this rest, it goes on you/staff because they absolutely should have been.

Urgency was what I saw in Philadelphia, when the Flyers fell behind after Peter Laviolette called timeout. That team was exhausted coming back from the west coast and from there simply dominated.

Urgency was what I saw in Colorado when their player started yelling at the team and from there dominated the Isles coming back down 3-0.

It's one thing to lose to a good team that outplays you or gets the breaks, this was two points there for the taking.

The New York Islanders competed for ten minutes like this was September or October, not March after plenty of time off to prepare for a desperate effort.

Even worse, the Devils were not that interested in working very hard tonight.

Tonight has to go on the coaching staff with the players.

No one's going to convince me Michael Grabner should be sitting against a team he exploits in Newark often so Adam Larsson or Elias can outwork Jay Pandolfo or Marty Reasoner for goals.

I wrote about it on twitter before the game.

Steve Staios made his usual costly mistake, he had his man on the fifth goal as John Tavares was not back defending, this goes on the entire team.

Josh Bailey can misfire on shots as a center or a right wing, he should be at his natural position.

As written all season, steps forward/steps backwards.