The Islanders looked lost in their 5-0 shutout to the Dallas Stars on Friday night, and head coach Doug Weight called them out.
Stars' goalie Ben Bishop faced only 14 shots throughout the three periods as the Stars dominated on every end of the floor. It wasn't the Islanders team Weight was used to seeing, and he made sure they knew that after the game.
"Some heart would be nice to see," Weight told the MSG Network after the game, "some work ethic, maybe following a game plan and maybe some consistency as far as getting pucks in."
An area the Islanders have struggled is on their power play, or at least letting up goals with the one-man advantage. Mattias Janmark scored the Stars' first short-handed goal at 6:54 in the second period to make it 4-0. The Islanders have now allowed a league-high seven short-handed scores.
Jaroslav Halak was pelted with pucks all night, and despite allowing the five goals, notched 24 saves. Mathew Barzal also saw his six-game point streak end Friday night as well.
The Islanders will look to rebound against the Blues Saturday night in St. Louis.
From the way the Isles were skating right out of the shoot, it was clear this was going to be an ugly game. They couldn't sustain any offensive pressure, they couldn't clear their own zone, and once Halak allowed that very soft third goal, this game was over.
This is the second abysmal effort of the season (the first, of course, was in Minnesota), and I'm glad Weight is on his team after this showing. This isn't Jack Capuano. There are no points for "battle level." The Isles learned last season just how pivotal one point can be, and they all count, no matter the time of year.
This team has lofty aspirations, and if you're not pulling your weight (no pun intended), I don't care what your contract situation is: you sit. Weight clearly has no patience for no shows, and neither do the fans. Hopefully this lights a fire under a few players in particular and the team has a much better outing on Saturday against a very tough St. Louis that leads the Western Conference in points.