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Second-period meltdown leads to worst winless streak in two decades

The last time the Islanders were held winless in 12 games or more? John Tavares wasn’t even born.

With last night’s 4-1 loss to Florida, the Islanders achieved that dubious honor for the first time since the 1989-90 Islanders’ 14-game skid, which lasted from February 13 to March 15, 1990 ( 0-11-3).The team, which drew boos from the meager 9,157 in attendance at Nassau Coliseum last night, has not won since exactly one month ago, a 3-2 overtime win in Tampa.

Focus has shifted frenetically this past week, from a new coach to a new system to a new attitude. But regardless, the Islanders just keep losing.

"We have to play with more passion than that," said Matt Moulson, who tallied the team's lone goal of the night.

Interim head coach Jack Capuano was also clearly dissatisfied with the effort he received from at least a few players.

"I thought we had a couple of passengers," Capuano said when asked if personnel changes will follow. "As we move forward, guys need to be held accountable."

With 12 straight losses and counting, that means everyone.

"No one's job is safe right now when you lose 12 games in a row like that," said first-line winger P.A. Parenteau.

In Capuno’s second game since replacing Scott Gordon, the Islanders secured a rare lead in the first period, but even that didn’t last long.

Matt Moulson gave the Islanders their edge since last Thursday against San Jose—a 3-2 shootout loss—and only their second lead in the past 12 games--with his wrister at 13:07.

Former Islander Bryan McCabe committed a turnover in his own zone, making a soft pass that Moulson intercepted and buried for his 8th goal of the season.

But after Moulson’s opportunistic play, the Islanders gave up four goals in a disastrous second period.

With time expiring on 1:45 of 5-on-3 time that carried over to the second period, Moulson missed a gimme on an empty net and the Panthers went to work.

Heading into last night’s game with four career goals, Panthers center Mike Santorelli added two to his total in less than four minutes.

With his shot deflecting off the stick of Dylan Reese to creep past Dwayne Roloson’s right shoulder, Santorelli tied the game at 2:27. After Marty Reasoner’s goal :39 seconds later, Santorelli notched his second of the game, burying a crisp pass through the crease from David Booth.

Stephen Weiss tacked on one more for a comfy 3-goal lead at 10:21.

"I don't know what to say, we played one of our worst periods of the year, that second period," P.A. Parenteau said. "I think it cost us the game."

Facing a 4-1 deficit in the third, managed 21 shots on goal but to no avail. The Islanders finished with one goal or fewer for the ninth time this season.

Once again,the Islanders generated chances—they have registered a combined 76 shots on goal over the past two games—but those mean very little without the ability to finish.

"As a team, we have to take it upon ourselves to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask, 'Have we been doing enough to win a hockey game tonight?," Roloson said.

 

 

 

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