Panthers extend Islanders' winless streak to 12
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The last time the Islanders were winless in 12 games? John Tavares wasn't even born.
With last night's 4-1 loss to Florida for their 12th straight winless outing, the Islanders achieved the dubious honor for the first time since the 1989-90 team's 14-game skid (0-11-3), which lasted from Feb. 13 to March 15. (Tavares was born six months later.)
The Islanders (4-12-3), who drew boos from the meager crowd of 9,157 at Nassau Coliseum, have not won since exactly one month ago, a 3-2 overtime win in Tampa. They have an NHL-low 11 points and scored one or fewer goals for the ninth time this season.
In fact, when Matt Moulson scored in the first period, he gave the Islanders only their second lead in the 12 games.
Their focus has shifted frenetically this past week, from a new coach to a new system to creating a new attitude. Regardless, the Islanders keep losing.
"As a team, we have to take it upon ourselves to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask, 'Have we been doing enough to win a hockey game tonight?' " goalie Dwayne Roloson said.
In interim coach Jack Capuano's second game since replacing Scott Gordon, the Islanders secured a rare lead in the first period, but even that didn't last long.
"I thought we had a couple of passengers," Capuano said when asked if personnel changes will follow. "As we move forward, guys need to be held accountable."
Moulson scored on a wrister at 13:07 of the first period. Former Islander Bryan McCabe committed a turnover in his own zone, making a soft pass that Moulson intercepted and buried for his eighth goal of the season.
But after Moulson's opportunistic play, the Islanders gave up four goals in a disastrous second period.
"I don't know what to say. We played one of our worst periods of the year, that second period," P.A. Parenteau said. "I think it cost us the game . . . No one's job is safe right now when you lose 12 games in a row like that."
Said Moulson, "We have to play with more passion than that."
With time expiring on 1:45 of five-on-three time that carried over to the second period, Moulson missed a gimme on an empty net and the Panthers went to work.
Panthers center Mike Santorelli, who had four career goals entering the game, added two to his total in less than four minutes of the second. Santorelli's shot deflected off the stick of Dylan Reese to creep past Roloson's right shoulder at 2:27 of the second. After Marty Reasoner's goal 39 seconds later, Santorelli scored his second, burying a crisp pass through the crease from David Booth.
Stephen Weiss tacked on one more for a comfy three-goal lead at 10:21.
Facing that 4-1 deficit in the third, the Islanders managed 21 shots on goal, but to no avail.
"If you compete hard for 60 minutes, finish your checks, take pride, block shots, do the small things, you're going to win games in this league," Frans Nielsen said. "Eventually the bounces will bounce our way. We have to put 60 minutes together. In this league, if you take 10 minutes off, you lose."