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Islanders need to rebound on two-game trip

P.A. Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders

P.A. Parenteau #15 of the New York Islanders looks on late in the third period against the Florida Panthers after drawing a penalty at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. (Feb. 12, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

There are crucial points there for the taking as the Islanders head to Winnipeg and St. Louis for a brief trip outside the Eastern time zone, the last one of those this season.

The Islanders could beat themselves up for Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Panthers, in which Florida's counterpunching style produced four goals on 15 shots through two periods and the Islanders missed the net as many times (19) as the Panthers hit the net through the entire game.

But as they said after Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over the bruising Kings, short memories are key this time of the season.

"We just have to find a way to mentally bounce back," Steve Staios said Sunday. "That's the challenge now, to come back as quickly as you can, whether it's a win or a loss."

The challenge is a bit greater for the Isles, who enter Tuesday night's game at the cozy MTS Centre four points behind the 10th-place Jets and with two games in hand. The Islanders are as close to eighth place as they've been during the last month -- eight points behind the Leafs with a game in hand -- but there were four teams between them and Toronto at the beginning of play Monday night.

And the bigger challenge for Jack Capuano is how to wring more goals from a lineup that has scored one or fewer in regulation in four of the last six games. John Tavares has no goals and one assist in the last six games and no other Islander has stepped up to fill the void.

"You can't win many games scoring one goal," Capuano said. "We obviously need more scoring."

And more points in these two hostile environments to keep the chase alive.

Notes & quotes: The Islanders recalled defenseman Ty Wishart from Bridgeport and sent right wing Rhett Rakhshani back to the Sound Tigers. Wishart joined the Isles as insurance for the two-game trip. He has four goals and 11 assists for Bridgeport this season. Rakhshani had no points in five games.

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