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Dan Martin: Islanders’ struggles at home continue with loss to Kings

“Thursday night’s 3-2 loss to the Kings didn’t improve the mood on Long Island.

It was the Isles’ sixth loss in their past seven games and they are now 0-5-1 in their past six at the Coliseum.

‘You don’t manage the puck, you can’t win,’ an agitated Jack Capuano said afterward. ‘You saw the turnovers. … We try to be fancy, we try to make the sexy plays and all of a sudden it’s in the back of your net.'”


Laura Albanese: Islanders’ slide continues with loss to Kings

“The game plan had been clear going into Thursday night’s contest against the Los Angeles Kings, a big, physical team trying to avoid missing the playoffs a year after winning the Stanley Cup.

The Islanders were to play fast, play aggressive, control the puck. Coach Jack Capuano said it, Kyle Okposo said it, Frans Nielsen said it, Thomas Hickey said it.

It was easier said than done.”

Laura Albanese: Jack Capuano keeping his cool

“Calm down. It’s all going to be OK.

After all, it’s about the journey, not the destination . . . that is, until the destination is the Stanley Cup Final. Then it’s definitely about the destination.

That was coach Jack Capuano’s message before the Islanders took the ice against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings last night. And although the frustration finally came through after a 3-2 loss to the Kings, the focus remains on playing healthy, playing right, and, Kyle Okposo added, maintaining home-ice advantage for the playoffs.”


Christian Arnold: Islanders fall to Kings off late third period goal

“Jack Capuano was visibly frustrated after the Islanders suffered their sixth loss in their last seven games.

The defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings scored a late third period goal as the Islanders failed to clear the puck out of their own zone. Anze Kopitar redirected a shot from the point through the legs of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who finished the game with 34 saves, to score the game wining goal with 4:23 left in the game.”


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Dominik: Los Angeles Kings 3, New York Islanders 2: In the company of champions

“The New York Islanders extended their home winless streak to six games against a team that played like it had more on the line and had been through such situations before. Though the Isles had one lead and the score was tied for three-quarters of the game, the Los Angeles Kings controlled the first and third periods and got the winner with 4:23 remaining after sustained pressure against the Islanders’ top line.”