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Islanders’ failure to Launch leads to six game losing streak

The fight between Travis Hamonic and Evander Kane at the 19:42 mark of the first period. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

The New York Islanders (3-5-2) reached a six game losing streak in their 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets (5-6-1) in Thursday night hockey action. The Isles are suffering from a failure to launch, as they are not getting the expected results 10 games into the season.

“It’s obviously a frustrating loss for us in our own building,” said Travis Hamonic, who tried to provide a spark to the team at the 19:42 mark dropping gloves and exchanging blows with Jets forward Evander Kane. “We threw a lot of pucks on net, Pavelec played really well, but at the end of the day we have to find a way to win that game.”

The Jets franchise, who once resided in Atlanta, has 20 wins over the Islanders, and 12 of them coming on Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum ice.  New York outshot the Jets by a final of 34-25, could not overcome a goal by Kane at the 4:21 mark.

Winnipeg added two goals in the third period of play when Jonny Oduya tallied his first goal of the season at the 16:04 mark. Alex Burmistrov added an empty-net goal at the 17:44 mark to add the capper to the game.

“It’s hard to break down a game like that, when you play well enough to win,” said defenseman Steve Staios. “We have to be mature enough that is there is one goal, or if they get two goals, we can’t get down, get rattled; we have to find our resilience as well.

In the cage for the Isles keeper Rick DiPietro made 23 saves, while the New York power play went 0-for-3 on the power play.

“It was a disappointing game, I know we worked hard and did a good job,” said DiPietro of the game. “We’ve got some positives to build on, but obviously the results aren’t there yet.”

Expect for some changes to be made to the Islanders lines after suffering this latest loss.  Things for the Islanders do not get any easier as they play host to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.  The game is scheduled to air on the MSG Plus network, and the face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.

“We gave guys the opportunity to see what they can do,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Now, the minutes don’t mean anything. We need to win some games.”

This story was originally used on the Examiner.com site on November 3, 2011 and can be seen by clicking here:


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