Postgame 12/09: Islanders vs. Ducks

There really isn't much left to say at this point. The Islanders have lost their 10th straight game tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. This is perhaps the worst stretch of hockey in the history of the team. Once again, the Isles showed lots of life early by generating chances, but then collapsed in the second period to give this one away.

The Islanders scored first as John Tavares wristed a power-play goal past Jonas Hiller. The goal was assisted by Thomas Vanek and Frans Nielson. With less than 5 minutes remaining Saku Koivu tied the game before the second period concluded.

Yet again, the Islanders dominated the play early in the second as Thomas Vanek gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead with a goal that was assisted by who else- John Tavares. Andrew Cogliano answered with a goal of his own to tie up the game again near the 12 minute mark. This is where the game would take a turn.

With under a minute remaining, the Islanders were rewarded a power-play. A turnover in the offensive zone led to an odd man rush for the Ducks who scored a short handed goal. This was an absolutely devastating goal and really cut in the confidence of the Islanders. With 1.7 seconds left in the second period, Corey Perry scored a dazzling goal to put the Ducks ahead by 2. 

Perry added another goal in the third to seal the deal for the victory. It does not matter who is playing goalie for the New York Islanders, the defense of this team experiences too many lapses during the course of a game. Consistent play is needed for more than one period. 

Coach Jack Capuano's future with this team is truly up in the air. The Isles play against the Sharks and the Coyotes to finish up this road trip. I have a gut feeling that these will be his last 2 games as coach. In all liklihood, either Doug Weight or Peter Laviolette will be calling the shots Saturday night against the Canadiens.

William Tranfaglia