By: Adam Gretz
Things are not going well for the New York Islanders right now, and after losing to the Boston Bruins, 6-0, in their own barn on Saturday night the team has now lost 11 of its past 13 games to fall to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings. The offense has disappeared, two of their three goalies that opened the season on the NHL roster are injured, and one of their top young players, Kyle Okposo, has been a healthy scratch three nights in a row.
All of this, combined with the losing, seems to have head coach Jack Capuano a little upset, as we could see during his post-game press conference on Saturday.
"My thoughts are that when you play this game you need to play with fire, you need to play with passion, you need to play with determination, you need to play with desperation, you need to have ice bags after the game, maybe a little blood dripping right now," said Capuano. "When you lace your skates up the guy across from you, the guy to the left and right of you, need to know you got their back and we're going to play for one another, and that just didn'thappen tonight, and I don't have the answers why."
When asked if it was execution or effort that was the problem on Saturday, he responded that it was "a little bit of both," before adding: "Enough about staying positive and we're going to get through this. You have to work. If you saw our team play at the second half of last year you saw passion, you saw physicality. That's what you need to win hockey games in the National Hockey League every night, and right now, collectively, we are not doing that and you're not going to have success."
The Islanders are off on Sunday before traveling to Pittsburgh to take on the Penguins on Monday.
Here's the rest of Capuano's post-game presser: