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Overtime loss frustrating

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Following the Islanders 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night, the mood inside of the Islanders locker room was one of frustration. In a game that Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said, “ was probably the best game we had all year,” it’s understandable the players felt like they were shortchanged.

Brent Burns’ OT goal was scored on a power play following a delay of game call on Travis Hamonic that could be labeled as questionable.

Goaltender Rick DiPietro and defenseman Travis Hamonic defend the net against Joe Thornton at Nassau Coliseum on October 29, 2011. (By Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
“I don’t know who made the call or which guy saw it on the ice, but most of us thought it hit the glass,” Islanders forward Michael Grabner said. “We thought we heard it a bit too on the bench, but we have to put that behind us and move forward.”

Twenty-nine seconds into the extra session, the whistle blew as the puck soared into the crowd. The puck deflected off the glass before it went out of play, which should have led to a faceoff in the defensive zone, not a penalty that would take the wind out of their sails as they were forced to play 4-on-3.

Asked if he received an explanation, Capuano said, “They just didn’t see it.”

He added, “As hard as we worked, we didn’t get the break at the end. They have a tough job. If they didn’t see it, they didn’t see it. We went on the 4-on-3, we didn’t execute and they got the goal.”

With a shot from Brent Burns at the top of the faceoff circle to Rick DiPietro’s right, the puck crossed the goal line top-shelf blocker-side at 1:07 of the overtime period to seal the Sharks win.

To get to the point, the Islanders battled back from a one-goal deficit dealt to them just 17 seconds into the game. A cross checking penalty was on Steve Staios at the 10 second mark and an awkward deflection off the post resulted in a goal for Joe Pavelski just seven seconds later.

“That was nuts,” DiPietro said. “That was not the way you want to start your first game after a month off, right, a tip off the post? But maybe it was good to get the nerves out and not have to worry about the shutout, get that out of the way.”

Rick DiPietro kicks out a shot by Ryane Clowe at Nassau Coliseum on October 29, 2011 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Capuano had nothing but positive things to say about his goaltender and extended his sentiment to the entire team effort.

“I thought Ricky made some big saves when he had to,” Capuano said. “Their power play is pretty dangerous. They move it around. They have guys that can get pucks to the net. I thought we rebounded a little bit after the first goal tonight, but I liked our team tonight. From top to bottom, I thought everybody brought energy and urgency to their game tonight. I was proud of the way they played.”

In the second period, John Tavares (3:15) and Grabner (11:28) both converted on the power play to overtake the Sharks 2-1, but Logan Couture would find the back of the net at 13:19 to tie the score. The game would remain scoreless through regulation, forcing the Islanders into overtime for the second time in as many games.

“It was a good hockey team that we played tonight, one of the better teams in the league,” Capuano said. “And I thought for three periods, we skated with them and did a lot of good things. That’s what we have to take out of this game.”
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