In Jack Capuano's post-game interview (posted on Islanders TV) after the season-opening 4-3 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils, the New York Islanders head coach told media who he liked, who he didn't (well, as much as he ever does that), and how he hopes the team is ready to step forward from last season.
Among the topics:
- Michael Grabner's lethal speed, and how the play he made to create his final (unsuccessful) breakaway was truly impressive.
- Why he thought the John Tavares line struggled. (Poor puck management.)
- Which lines he liked (the second and third).
- How the game was more wide-open than he expected, with defense jumping into the offense on both sides. (No traditional Devils yawner, this.)
- Those old goalies.
More Lighthouse Hockey coverage and commentary on the win here. Views from the other side are at In Lou We Trust.
The Islanders play the second of a back-to-back Saturday for their home opener against Columbus.