The Islanders' maddening inconsistency reared its head again Tuesday with two blown leads one late rally and a 5-4 overtime loss to the Canucks leaving the Isles at 3-3-3 for the season.
That record is a perfect summation of the team to date: Not good enough to be ahead of the pack and yet not bad enough to be in need of an overhaul.
"Losing games like that kind of tells the tale" said Matt Moulson who had two power-play goals in helping the Isles to 2-0 and 3-2 leads. "There have been times when we've dominated play. Then we get sloppy for a little bit and the puck ends up in our net. You end up losing games playing that way."
The Canucks took advantage of a shaky Evgeni Nabokov who left too many rebounds and fought the puck for much of the night. After a broken play in center ice in the final 30 seconds of the second period with the game tied Nabokov served up Kevin Bieksa's soft toss on goal right to Chris Higgins who put Vancouver up on a play that barely qualified as a scoring ...