Islanders Snap 14-Game Winless Streak
As the team started losing games, the organization decided to make a coaching change. They let Scott Gordon go -- even if things weren't totally his fault -- and replaced him with AHL coach Jack Capuano.
Four games into Capuano's tenure, the Islanders were still looking for their new coach's first win. Their winless streak reached 14 Wednesday night, when they fell in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Friday afternoon, the 14-game winless streak ended, in what was the Islanders' last chance to get their first win of November. Goalie Rick DiPietro made 29 saves in New York's 2-0 win over New Jersey.
The Islanders hadn't won since Oct. 21, when they beat Tampa Bay. They hadn't won at home since Oct. 16 against Colorado.
On Friday, DiPietro and his teammates weren't going to let it happen again. DiPietro stopped everything that got to him, and the five in front of him stopped a number of shots themselves (actually, 27 to be exact).
Jesse Joensuu and Rob Schremp had the goals for the Islanders, who held their 2-0 lead through the third period despite having to kill a long five-on-three, one that included a double-minor.
The Islanders avoided what would have been the first winless month in franchise history. They won't play again until Thursday.