Facing the streaking Kings on the tail end of a three-game West Coast road trip promised to be no easy task, but the Islanders simply did not rise to the challenge at STAPLES Center last night.
With their spirit-sapping 5-1 loss to the Kings the Islanders are now winless in ten straight games.
After the game, several veteran leaders of the team sat glued to their stalls while stewing the loss. In no uncertain terms, the team is not taking this one lightly. There is disappointment, frustration and embarrassment throughout the room.
Here's some post-game reaction:
Captain Doug Weight:
"We came back with a goal on the next shift after their second goal, but to explain the rest, it's pathetic."
"This isn't an internship. You're not racing to get a cup of coffee, you need to do other things in this job. You have to make good plays, you've not only got to work hard but you've got to execute and execute as a team."
"Hard work is something you hang your hat on when you're winning, but if you can't work hard in a league of 750 people who get to do what we do, something's wrong."
"There's always going to be ill will and bad feelings when you lose. The only way to change that is [knowing] that not one person gives a darn except the guys in here who put the equipment on, so we have to do it ourselves. We have to find a way to get our confidence back and execution back to get some ugly goals, win hockey games and slowly build that back up."
Head coach Scott Gordon:
"We weren't ready in the first five minutes; we had bad turnovers and mistakes in the first period and that set the tone for the game."
"Not tonight [when asked if the effort was there]. We were sloppy in a lot of areas. This has been a long stretch of road games we've been on and I think that's factored in a little bit into where we're at right now."
Alternate captain Mark Eaton:
"I would hope we're angry. I would hope losing is never accepted, losing is never tolerated. We have to learn. It's back to the drawing board Monday."
"We're a team struggling to score goals so we can't shoot ourselves in the foot with execution."
Goaltender Dwayne Roloson:
"Ugly. That simplifies it in one word."