The Islanders lost their seventh straight game Monday night, and head coach Doug Weight says, "It's getting old."
New York did secure a point after forcing overtime late in the third period, but that meant nothing to a team trying to snap out of their current skid.
"We just seem to find ways to lose," captain John Tavarres told Newsday's Neil Best.
Jordan Eberle, who scored the Isles' third goal to force overtime, added, "At the end of the day, good teams win hockey games. It doesn't matter if they play well or crappy, they find a way to win...We had to find a way to get two [points]. We salvaged one, but at this point we need two."
Weight's displeasure has reached an all-time high as he lasted only a couple minutes at his postgame press conference where he ripped his team for not getting shots on goal. The Islanders did a great job with 15 shots in the opening period, but only combined for 19 the rest of the way.
"Fifteen shots in the first, and we just want to screw around, walking down the pipe and passing it back door," Weight said. 'We just stopped shooting."
The Isles had a 2-0 lead in the first after goals from Josh Bailey and Tavares. But the Canucks took advantage of New York's lack of forecheck in the second and quickly tied it up. Jake Virtanen gave Vancouver the lead with 9:29 to go in the third.
Overtime may have been forced, but after Anthony Beauvillier slipped and Brendan Leipsic took advantage of the loose puck and scored, it was yet another night the Islanders were so close, but fell short.
"The little htings are breaking us," Anders Lee said, "and our resiliency's not there at all."
Rookie Mathew Barzal, who had many come to see him play in his hometown Vancouver, had two assists on the night.