Snow says he's sticking with Capuano
Garth Snow gave his full support to Islanders coach Jack Capuano Tuesday.
"I have no intention to replace our coach," Snow told Newsday in a brief phone conversation. The Islanders' general manager declined further comment on his team, which has been shut out in its last two games and is in last place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 5-10-3.
Capuano has tried juggling lines and goaltenders through the team's 2-9-3 slide, which takes the Islanders into another tough game Wednesday against the Flyers at the Coliseum.
After showing at least some fight and effort in the early part of the 14-game skid, the last two games have been hard to stomach: A 6-0 loss to the red-hot Bruins followed by a 5-0 loss to the Penguins in Sidney Crosby's well-covered return from 101/2 months away because of a concussion.
Crosby scored on Pittsburgh's first shot on goal Monday and it was downhill from there as the Islanders' scoreless streak is at 141:45 and counting.
"You could see how hungry he was, and you know he's going to get his chances and maybe even score. He's the best player in the world," Matt Martin said after the game. "That doesn't mean we sit back and feel like we're going to lose. We all need to take a good, hard look in the mirror here."
Capuano reportedly met with his team for nearly two hours following Saturday's loss to the Bruins at the Coliseum, but there was still a similar fragility when the Isles fell behind in Pittsburgh.
David Ullstrom came up from Bridgeport and showed some grit in his NHL debut, and the Islanders called up fan favorite Micheal Haley Tuesday and placed defenseman Mark Eaton on injured reserve. Eaton suffered a sprained left MCL in Monday's loss and will miss six weeks.
Haley, 25, provided plenty of toughness in his 27 games last season, showing a willingness to defend his teammates at every turn. The Islanders need some more edge to their game to compensate for the lack of offense and the frustration that has been creeping in with each poor performance.
"It's not about systems -- we all just have to do a better job and work harder," Frans Nielsen said. "We have all the information we need. It's on the guys in this room to be the harder-working team every night."