There's your recap.
It was an atrocious loss to a team that had not found a single win through its first seven games of the 2013-14 season. Without trailing once during this affair, the Islanders still managed to drop a point to a team that had scored a mere seven goals through its first seven games of the year. The Islanders blew three one-goal leads, including their third with only 2:01 left to play in regulation, forcing this game to overtime, then a shootout, then back to the locker room with the Sabres in the "W" column.
So yeah, I understand being frustrated after last night's game - I know the loss put a damper on my night. After an early season loss to, arguably, the weakest team in the NHL, what's next?
We move on.
That's right, Isles fans. Get over it. The Islanders shouldn't fire Jack Capuano. The organization isn't going to "continue spiraling" until Charles Wang sells the team, nor does he have to sell the team for this team to succeed. Ryan Strome doesn't have to come up right now, nor does Pierre-Marc Bouchard have to be traded off of planet earth.
The Islanders lost. It was a bad loss, and dropping the prior two games over the weekend doesn't make the defeat to the Sabres any easier. Each loss counts the same - this one, even less in the standings - so the Isles just have to get ready for tomorrow night in Edmonton.
Look. Not every game you're "supposed" to win ends in a win, just like not every game you're "probably" going to lose ends in a loss. And unfortunately, not every game that you outplay your opponent - which the Islanders did against Buffalo - ends in two points. Ask the Minnesota Wild, who outshot the Toronto Maple Leafs 37-14 on Tuesday night, only to lose 4-1.
With the loss - heck, even with the three straight losses - the Islanders sit at third place in the Metropolitan Division. That's a playoff spot. While I anticipate other teams to "break out of their slumps," as some say, I expect the Islanders to do the same.
The Islanders have a good hockey team. That didn't change because of a 2-2-2 start to the season. It's nothing in particular that's hurting this team - just a couple of mental lapses that have ended up putting this hockey team behind. Give the Islanders some time to work out the kinks. All is not lost, and after last season, we should know this by now.
Let's pack the barn. Let's support this hockey team. For now, we take the loss. We push onwards.
I'm Chris Triants, and this is my blog.
Let's go Islanders!