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The Canes allowed three shorthanded goals – two on the same second-period power play – to fall to the New York Islanders 6-3 to break any momentum the club may have gained within the last week.
|Eric Staal (12) battles Andy Sutton (25) in front of the net. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)|
“If we want to do what we want to do this year we’re going to have to start playing more consistently,” said Mike Commodore.
That’s an understatement for a team that hasn’t been able to string together three wins in a row since Oct. 9-13.
“This is a bitter taste in our mouth,” said Matt Cullen. “This is a tough one to let get away, but we’re in a dogfight in the Southeast so we can’t spend any time feeling sorry for ourselves. We’ve got to take advantage of this time to rest and we’ve got to come back and play good hockey. It’s not fun sitting on something like this but we’ve got to respond.”
Cullen’s unassisted goal – his first since Dec. 15 – early in the third gave the Canes hope they could rally for the second time in as many nights against the Islanders.
But after a series of failed power plays with numerous chances to score, the Islanders closed out the game when Brandan Witt scored on an odd-man rush with left.
|Rod Brind'Amour (17) jockeys for position with Brendan Witt (32). (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)|
“Our second periods have been terrible – especially here,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “We’ve given up too much at the start. This one was no different. We came and took a penalty right away and then gave up goals.”
The Canes allowed four goals against the Islanders in the second period in a 4-1
The Canes have now allowed 10 shorthanded goals, most in the NHL.
“You can’t give up three shorthanded goals and expect to win a game,” Commodore said. “The odd one once in a while is going to happen, but three in a game is unacceptable. Those are supposed to be opportunities for us to score.”
“That just can’t happen,” added Eric Staal. “It cost us big time.”
There was plenty of action on
“We’re pretty healthy right now,” Laviolette said. “There are no excuses here. If you’re looking to blame it on injuries or sickness those days are gone. We needed to execute better tonight and we didn’t do it.”
NOTES: Stillman’s assist on the first