Dropping two straight games to a shutout wasn’t the way the Islanders wanted to play coming off their 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens last week, but that’s the way it played out. Now, their current predicament has Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano searching for answers. Changes began late Tuesday night as forward Micheal Haley
was recalled from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
“We have to add a grit element to our game, we have to add some guys that are going to be vocal,” Capuano said. “When you go through a stretch like this, change is good.”
Capuano believes the lack of scoring has become a mental game so adding Haley to the roster may just help inspire that fire and that passion that he’s been looking for.
When it comes to his preparation for games, the Isles Head Coach said, “I can’t worry about the streak.”
He continued, “Pittsburgh was 11-6-3 going into that game, six more wins than us. We still have to have that mentality where we respect our opponent, but don’t fear anybody. I thought last night after the first period there was a lull (in our game) again. I think when they get into the penalty trouble like we did last night the momentum can shift in a hurry. So discipline is key to our game.”
What the Islanders need to realize, is that they can’t let one or two goals from the opposition get them down and put them in a fragile state, but Islanders forward John Tavares
said it’s hard to combat those feelings when you’re in this situation.
“It can be real frustrating, can feel like everything is going the wrong way, but you have to go out there and try to earn your luck and earn your bounces,” Tavares said. “We have to have that drive as a team, not just individually, but as a team where we are pushing each other to be better, finding a way to get ourselves back in a game and giving ourselves a chance.”
However, Tavares believes that they’ll overcome this obstacle.
“Once we start doing those things, things will start turning and it’ll get a lot easier and obviously be a lot more fun,” Tavares said. “Because this isn’t that much fun and isn’t as enjoyable and what you work hard all summer, all training camp, to come to the regular season to have a tough start like we’ve had.”