Islanders' Streit grows into captain's leadership role

Islanders captain Mark Streit readies near the face-off

Islanders captain Mark Streit readies near the face-off circle against the Philadelphia Flyers. (Jan. 19, 2012) (Credit: AP )

He is captain of a listing ship, the no-playoffs-for-a-fifth-straight-year Islanders, but defenseman Mark Streit "wouldn't trade it," he said.

"You've got to be positive," he said. "Sometimes you've got to criticize, but at the end of the day, you've got to be supportive, be positive, cheer guys up. You know, we're all in the same boat."

Together, they have taken on plenty of water,...

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