But overall it was a strong, full-team effort where they established their forecheck, levied the pressure they do when they're at their best, and continued pressing once they gained the lead -- even though that lead was painfully lost off of Andrew MacDonald's elbow in a scramble around the net.
Coach Jack Capuano talked about how he thought they played, how Kevin Poulin did filling in cold for the injured Evgeni Nabokov, and more.
Some excerpts below. Full video is embedded above or viewable at IslesTV.
On nearly losing a point or more after a 60-minute effort:
"Can't catch a break. I thought the way we played tonight, the pressure we put on … they play inspired, with a lot of passion, commitment. Honestly, we've played that way for the last little bit here. Battled back against a good hockey team. … For us, it's just good for the guys to get the win."
On Poulin, who is in fact a goaltender to be talked about:
"I though he played excellent. He came in, it's tough to come off the bench, he made some big saves for us, no question. I thought he was on top of his game.
"You know, a lot of guys…they want to be put in a situation, right. This is obviously a chance for Kevin, he's worked hard, paid his dues in the minors, and now he's gonna get this opportunity."
Capuano expects Nabby to miss a couple weeks at least. Which judging by how he limped off, is surely the minimum. They'll re-evaluate Monday.
What's next for a backup with Nabby out?
"Don't know for sure. We'll talk to Mike Dunham, the goalie coach. … Anders Nilsson is obviously a possibility."
On giving up those goals right after scoring, twice in this game, and comparing this third-period effort with the game against the Kings where they gave up three third-period goals to lose 3-2:
"Yeah, you saw what happened tonight, couple of miscues. … It's a game of mistakes. But we were resilient. Our forecheck was outstanding tonight, we created a lot of turnovers, got pucks to the net. Used our six D and our four lines -- and (heh) both goalies."
"We're not a team that plays on our heels. We want to play for 60 minutes, play physical, play fast. That's the way we have to play, gotta realize that. Tonight we did that. Did a good job. … You guys watch the games, last night in this league -- that happens in this league. You gotta do the right things and manage the puck."
The Islanders are off Sunday before preparing to visit the Maple Leafs in Toronto Tuesday night.