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Doug Weight takes over for ill Jack Capuano

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano speaks to the

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano speaks to the media. (undated file photo) Credit: Jim McIsaac

BUFFALO -- Doug Weight took the coaching reins Tuesday night with Jack Capuano sidelined by the flu. Weight, who moved into an assistant coaching role after retiring this summer, joked that he had head-coaching experience.

"I handled the 10-year-olds just a couple weeks ago," Weight said, referring to his son Danny's team. "I'm sure there will be some overwhelming instances, but I'm comfortable with it. I've talked to Jack about 16 times today and I've got experienced guys with me."

Weight did say there would be some different combinations, and he went with some new wrinkles right from the start -- Matt Martin opened the game with John Tavares and Matt Moulson and the forward lines were shuffled regularly through the first period.

Weight, a more loquacious person than Capuano, said he stressed execution both in the morning and before the game to the team.

"We've got to execute," he said. "What you have to do this time of year is realize there's adversity and you have to react better than we did [Monday]."

P.A. learns lesson

P.A. Parenteau got thrown out of Monday's embarrassing loss midway through the third period after arguing with referee Gord Dwyer, the third time he'd been penalized in the game for unsportsmanlike conduct.

"I have to check my emotions at the door,'' Parenteau said. "I can't be in the box for 10 minutes and then get thrown out."

Nabokov skates

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov (flu) and defenseman Travis Hamonic (broken nose) skated on Long Island Tuesday and both could be ready to return Friday against the Rangers.

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