The Islanders' Head Coach didn't miss a beat when he was asked if he was concerned about his team after their 2-1 loss to Ottawa. "Not at all," Capuano responded to Stan Fischler's question about his worry for the club.
"You can't score, you can't win," Capuano added after a second of silence.
The Islanders dropped their second consecutive game and were held to one goal for the second time in a row. The home team out shot the visiting Ottawa Senators 35-28, which included a 22 shot second period, but Andrew Hammond stonewalled the Isles.
"We just weren't able to generate too many second or third opportunities," John Tavares said after the game. "[Hammond] does a good job of making that first save. He's playing with confidence and facing a confident goalie you have to find a way to get second and third opportunities."
The Senators on the other hand took advantage of two opportunities they got -- both of which came in the second period. A shanked shot by Lubomir Visnovsky led to an odd-man rush for the Senators. After gaining the zone, a shot from the slot by Matt Puempel beat Jaroslav Halak.
Late in the second, a clearing pass to Kyle Okposo was picked off and a Senators shot from the point was tipped past Halak to make it 2-0 Ottawa. Tyler Kennedy cut the lead to one with a goal at 11:59, but the Islanders failed to even the score up before the final buzzer.
The Islanders had another effort that saw them fail to convert on the power play. They finished the game 0-for-3 on the man-advantage, but did look better than they did against the New York Rangers. The Isles appeared to be set more and put pucks on net.
Putting shots on goal was something they hadn't been doing in previous games on the power play.
"I thought it was better than last game," Tavares said about the man-advantage. "You just have to put it in the net. We had plenty of shots, some good movement. Other than the one play that I tried to be too cute with it, we did some good things and I think it showed we worked on it. We just have to put it in the net."
The loss may have only been a one goal differential, but the bigger concern could be if the momentum the Islander have enjoyed for a large part of the season may be slowing down. Capuano, again, doesn't see it that way.
"The Penguins won the Stanley Cup two years, they were 18 points back when the season ended," he said. "When the drop of the puck stops, it's a totally different game. For me it's about getting healthy, it's about habits, it's about doing the right things. Creating the bounces when you get them."