As the New York Islanders' losing streak reached five games Friday with a 5-0 loss to the Red Wings, some fans at Nassau Coliseum were chanting, "Fire Cappy," as in coach Jack Capuano.
"Listen," Capuano said, "I'm 47 years old. I've been in this business a long time. Players win 'em, coaches lose 'em." Referring to the chants, he added, "I'm not going to respond to that. What am I going to do? At the end of the day, we're working hard as a staff to prepare our team to win a hockey game." For their part, in a somber locker room, the players took the blame -- for this game and for being in last place. "We're an easy team to play against right now," star Islander John Tavares said. "We had breakdowns, especially in our own end. We're having a tough time coming out of our own end. We're just not moving our feet and engaging. That's physically -- on the forecheck, winning battles on the walls in our own end, making plays in the neutral zone. We can't give them time and space like we did tonight." Nov 30 - 9:50 AM