27 October 2011
The Islanders are in Pittsburgh tonight to take on the Penguins after falling 3-0 to them on Tuesday at the Coliseum. The Isles are in the midst of a three game slump, but no one is pushing the panic button yet.
“It’s early in the season,” Matt Moulson said after Tuesday night’s loss. “We know we can win in this league. It’s just a matter of cleaning up some little things. I don’t think there is anything major, nothing to get panicked about, but we do have to continue to work hard for 60 minutes.”
The Islanders played their best game, out of the three they lost, on Tuesday. Josh Bailey, Blake Comeau, Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner all created scoring chances. Grabner’s line seemed to have been getting some of their rhythm back and Bailey and Comeau made their presence known on the ice. Not to mention the Islanders outshot their opponents and had they 17 to 18 scoring chances according to head coach Jack Capuano.
So no one on the Island is hitting the panic button.
“We had chances, but you have to battle through it and you have to continue to do things you need to do to score goals,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said o Tuesday. “They all go through it and a lot of players go through it, a lot of teams go through it. I don’t think we’ve scored a five on five goal now in for a couple games, but if they keep working it will come.”
Veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has been through tough times like these before and believes that the guys can’t get down on themselves.
“I think we just have to relax and believe in each other,” Nabokov said. “I think that the most important thing is come to the locker room having fun. It’s a long season if we’re going to put ourselves down and squeeze the sticks and be pissed off. We have to have fun, but in the same token we have to work hard. I think last practice we had a good practice, so now we just have to build on it.”
The Islanders look to now make the quick turn around and defeat the Penguins tonight in Pittsburgh.
“I think that’s a good part of the NHL,” Moulson said about the quick turn around between games. “You play so many games that you don’t get the outcome you want you have a quick turn around to get a win in two days. That’s what we need to do and it will be a good test for us.”
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