Get Rid of the Game Tapes: Islanders Lose 4-2 to Panthers
The Islanders lost another tough one on Saturday night, falling 4-2 to the Florida Panthers.
Prior to the game, Coach Jack Capuano named Evgeni Nabokov the starter, giving Al Montoya a day off before the Islanders return home on Tuesday. It was his second start of the season, the first coming against the Rangers a week ago.
Once again the Islanders' scoring was divided pretty evenly between Mark Streit and John Tavares, throwing a Parenteau assist in the mix. In order for this team to be able to be a playoff contender this season, more than just Streit and Tavares have to be relied on to win games.
For the Panthers, it seemed as if they just had the Islanders number the whole time. Though the Panthers lost two of their star players, David Booth and Steven Reinprecht, they still seemed to have enough offense to put the Islanders defense in their place.
A positive, however, for the Islanders was their penalty kill, making the Panthers go 0-3 on their powerplay opportunities.
This game was definitely a "destroy the game tape" type of game, the problem being that the Islanders have a few of those already under their belts so far this season. Look ahead to the next game and do not look back at this game.
That Islanders loss moved their record to 3-3-0 on the season. It will most certainly be tough for them to stay over .500 based on their upcoming opponents and the way they have been playing.
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