In Scott Gordon’s morning presser with the media he addressed the Islanders recent bout of losses, saying that a huge part of the inconsistency is due to the amount of injuries to the Islanders lineup.
“We haven’t had any consistency with our lineup,” Gordon said. “ere they left off. We haven’t been sharp. The last few games we have had some 5-on-3s that generates some opportunities, but we haven’t been able to cash in. Then the rest of it is the 5-on-5, we’re not generating enough offense and we are giving them too much.
On the message to the team after the lose…
We talked about the things in all three zones that were breaking down for us. For us coaches, they are pretty easy fixes, but I don’t think our guys realize how far off they are in a lot of small areas that make a big difference. To me, it’s an easy fix, but we have to have the commitment to doing the right things we need to do.
The Stars had a 2-0 lead after the first period, but the Penguins came storming back in the second period. Tyler Kennedy made it a 2-1 game six minutes into the frame. Pittsburgh had all the momentum and was attacking the net with frequency.
The Penguins nearly evened the score off of a rush play. Maxime Talbot had the puck on his stick after a great two-on-one setup. However, goalie Kari Lehtonen slid to his right and got a pad on the puck. One minute later the Stars scored to make it a 3-1 game and Dallas never looked back.
DALLAS (AP) - Loui Eriksson scored twice - including a penalty-shot goal - Kari Lehtonen made 21 saves, and the Dallas Stars earned a fight-filled 5-2 victory over Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.
Crosby, who entered the night with only four penalty minutes this season and rarely fights, squared off against Matt Niskanen at 12:33 of the second period while Pittsburgh trailed 4-1.