NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 08: Petr Sykora #15 of the New Jersey Devils controls the puck during the game against the New York Islanders on March 8, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders' shot at pulling out a win or point in another close game fell apart in hat-raining fashion in the third period last night, leaving coach Jack Capuano talking of passengers and a lack of urgency, while ice-time leader P.A. Parenteau said "the wheels fell off" in the third.
Not sure how Matt Martin ended up the goat (just one shift in the third period) [UPDATE: Turns out Martin was ill, even went home separate from team. The more you know.] But obviously Capuano had several things to figure out. A seven-point span has the Islanders as close to 29th overall as they are to the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
Wide range of recaps and reactions from: Yours truly | In Lou We Trust | Newsday described Jack Capuano as "a bit stupefied": "It's mind-boggling the way we didn't execute ... We had some guys, quite frankly, that were invisible.") | Post | Daily News | Fire & Ice on Kovy and Hedberg will start Saturday | Star-Ledger with Kovy on his comrade Nabokov: "I don’t know if he’s going to talk to me after the game." | Official site with some player quotes
Eric Hornick's Skinny had plenty of factoids, including: "Andrew MacDonald's goal was the first by an Islander defenseman since Mark Streit's overtime tally against Los Angeles Feb. 11." The Isles are 1-5-1 away from the Coliseum since winning four straight on the road.