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Islanders still haven't learned from their mistakes

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate the game-tying goal

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate the game-tying goal by Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Tampa Bay Lightning against Evgeni Nabokov in the third period of a game at Nassau Coliseum. (Dec. 17, 2013) Credit: Getty

Jack Capuano went over the video of the final 10 seconds of Tuesday's Islanders game with his players before Wednesday's practice. Watching video of the previous night's mistakes is common, but this clip pretty much had everybody in the room stumped.

"I can't really explain it," Capuano said, "and I don't think any of them could either. We didn't take the right course of action there. It's not something we teach."

The lasting image from that net-front scramble will be four of the five Islanders skaters laying in various poses around the crease, in front of -- and, in the case of Brian Strait, basically on top of -- goaltender Evgeni Nabokov as the clock wound down.

But the puck was still free, and Valtteri Filppula found it and slid it home with 3.8 seconds to go, sending the game to overtime. The Islanders lost in a shootout.

It was the ninth time in 35 games this season that the Islanders had blown a third-period lead -- eight of those have come at Nassau Coliseum, where the Islanders have played 18 games. So, in nearly half of the team's home games thus far, the Isles played well enough to take the lead into the third, or grab it while there, only to give it back.

They are 2-2-5 in those nine games and it's hard to not wonder where the Islanders would be had they held the lead in three or four of those.

"We need a little bit more out of everybody, no question," said Capuano, whose job has been deemed safe in the past few weeks by general manager Garth Snow. That was before another stretch of points were given away.

"It's not a time to start tearing guys down," Capuano said. "We've obviously done some good things, we were defending well all night [Tuesday], we had about 14 or 15 scoring chances. The opportunity is there. We just have to go out and win a hockey game."

Tavares OK. John Tavares practiced fully Wednesday after playing through some pain following an awkward takedown by Lightning defenseman Radko Gudas in Tuesday's game. Tavares, who slammed hard into the boards, called the play " ---- dirty," even though Gudas was not penalized and won't have any supplemental discipline. "He was running around all night," Tavares said.

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