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Night of celebration turns to frustration for Isles in 5-4 shootout loss to Capitals

John Tavares. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

It should have been a joyous night for the New York Islanders (28-32-10), as longtime teammates and friends John Tavares and Matt Moulson were able to reach Islestones on the same night. Instead a night of celebration turned to frustration in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals (36-28-6) on Tuesday night.

“If you can take any lesson from tonight’s game it is discipline and decision making with the puck,” said head coach Jack Capuano after the loss. “You have to make intelligent decisions and you have to recognize who you are up against, we were talking about Ovechkin all night and he was able to get a couple of good chances against us-and that is where the decision making and the discipline comes in.”

Ovechkin, who scored twice to help lead the Capitals second comeback against the Isles, continues to have a hot stick-as the winger has now recorded 16 goals in 30 games. ‘Great Eight’ helped Washington play spoiler to the Islanders special night.
What was special about the Islanders night was that Tavares and Moulson were both able to reach the 30 goal plateau. For Tavares it is the first time in the centers career that he was able to reach the scoring mark, while for Moulson this is the wingers third-consecutive 30-goal season….matching Zigmund Palffy (1995-95 to 1997-98).

“Of course we wanted to maintain our edge in the game,”” said Tavares after the tough loss, “We didn’t want to go out there and give up that lead, or lose these games, we are all disappointed and in our locker room we don’t accept that.”

Another bright spot, in what was a very disheartening night for the Islanders was the play of Travis Hamonic, whose hard shot from the top of the point was seen throughout the game. The blueliner recorded a goal and an assist for the first three point night of his career.

Hamonic finished the night as the third star of the game, finishing the night with four shots, three hits and one blocked shot, was visibly upset about the game-as well as the rest of the guys in the locker rom.

“We were up 4-1 in the game and we can’t be having that type of game,” Hamonic said after the loss. “It is a disappointing season, and that is all that you can say.”

Disappointing indeed, as for the third straight game the guys in Orange and Blue had to watch a lead evaporate quicker than water in a desert.

“Tonight we had the lead, and again it goes back to discipline and decision making,” Capuano said. “It is the intelligent part of the game that bothers you as a coach, because they battle and then some of the decisions that they make cost them and it has happened the last couple of games to us.”

The Isles will look to snap the three-game losing streak on Thursday, when they host the Philadelphia Flyers. The MSG Plus televised game is scheduled to air at 7:00 p.m.

Law Enforcement night: The New York Islanders continued their commitment to the community; by recognize the members of the law enforcement community. The franchise had a very touching pre-game puck drop for officer Kevin Brennan, who survived a gunshot wound to the skull.

Brennan, who is a six-year veteran of the force, was chasing down a suspect into the hallway of the Bushwick Houses in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn-was in critical condition due to the fatal wound-and somehow made a full recovery from that wound.

The long-time law enforcement member, was able to walk to the center of the ice and dropped the puck in front of  captains Mark Streit and Alexander Ovechkin-was also greeted by all of the members of the squad as he left the ice….as the Islanders each took turns shaking Officer Brennan’s hand.

Also on hand as a part of the Law Enforcement night, was the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund-for anyone wanting more information on the fund are invited to check out the official site by clicking here:

Written on March 13, 2012 seen originally on the Examiner.com site here:


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