After a 4-3 win home win over Montreal on Thursday, the Islanders finally had a result they could feel good about.
They nearly blew the two-goal lead they brought into the third period by taking two penalties in the game's final 10 minutes. But when a team gets just its second win in 12 games and first since Nov. 5, the two points are what counts.
Starting the 2011-12 season by winning three of their first four games -- all at home -- the Islanders gave their fans a dose of optimism. That changed over the past month as the team plummeted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, dropping to the second-worst record in the NHL after Columbus.
Before Thursday, the Islanders blew a three-goal lead in a 4-3 overtime loss at Colorado and followed that with a no-show performance Sunday in Vancouver. In that 4-1 loss, coach Jack Capuano called out some of his players without mentioning names.
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