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.
Andrew Battifarano, SNY: Well, this might be coming just a tad late, seeing it's the seventh loss in a row this team has had, which all but ensures a missed opportunity at the playoffs. But it's not like this is new. The cracks were getting bigger in December, and were not addressed.
Weight's postgame comments always seem to be a source of Twitter fodder, and usually for good reason. I will say this about Monday's game -- at least his anger was mostly over the team, and not over the questions asked by the media.
Everyone is frustrated at this point: the team, the coaching staff, and the fans. And each has valid points. There are some talented players on this roster that should be playing better. There should be better personnel on the roster, namely on defense, and coaching and lineup decisions should be better.
While that one pass Thomas Hickey made last night was nice, he's struggled and played over Sebastian Aho, who's trying to prove himself right now. But at the same time, there are games where Tanner Fritz is playing on the first line. It was makes no sense to me.
You should commit one way or the other. Give the young guys like Aho and Josh Ho-Sang a chance to see what they can do, or play the veterans. In the long run, there needs to be a plan. I just don't know if this team has one.