NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Islanders are bringing the goods on a nightly basis.
If they keep playing like this, the crowds will follow.
The Islanders are off to their best start in franchise history, improving to 15-6-0 after beating Philadelphia in a white-knuckle shootout Monday. And how’s this for a stat: the Isles have more wins than the Jets (2), Giants (3), Knicks (4) and Nets (5) combined.
“It’s a different makeup, it’s a different attitude, a little different swagger to our team,” head coach Jack Capuano said after New York’s 1-0 win.
The Islanders — winners of four straight and nine of 10 — proved last week that they’re a team to watch, taking one of two from tough Tampa Bay and sweeping a home-and-home set against Pittsburgh.
“It validates the couple of games we played on the weekend,” forward Kyle Okposo said. “You don’t want to play those games, have a couple of great wins and then come back and lay an egg. We did a good job of taking it to them, dominating the game and that’s how we need to play.”
Jaroslav Halak shut out the Flyers as Frans Nielsen and John Tavares found the net in the shootout Monday to keep pace with the first-place Penguins.
If there’s room for improvement, it’s in the stands. The announced crowd was 12,409, leaving thousands of empty seats for a thriller during the team’s last season at Nassau Coliseum.
The best way to turn that around: just keep winning.
“No matter what the score is or what the adversity that we’re facing throughout a game or how the momentum is going, we’re just going to continue to play the way we know how,” Capuano said.
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