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Islanders keep Capuano as coach, drop interim tag

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - Jack Capuano is sticking around as coach of the New York Islanders, losing the interim tag Tuesday after guiding the team to a much-improved second half of the season.

Capuano was promoted from coach of the Islanders' Bridgeport AHL affiliate on Nov. 15 when Scott Gordon was fired in the midst of a 10-game losing streak.

Under the first-time NHL coach, the Islanders went 26-29-10, including 25-21-8 in the final 54 games. Overall, New York (30-39-13) finished last in the Atlantic Division for the fourth straight season and 14th in the 15-team Eastern Conference.

In four seasons at Bridgeport, Capuano had a record of 133-100-8-14.

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