Doug Weight was happy with the practice he put the Islanders through on Monday morning. After a 7-0 loss in Columbus on Saturday, the Islanders responded with an uptempo practice at Northwell Health Ice Center.
“I didn’t want a somber, blow the whistle hard practice,” the Islanders interim head coach said. “I wanted an upbeat, fun work your butt off practice. And that’s what we got. These guys had great attitudes. They worked and they worked at each other to get better. It was good.”
It appeared clear that the Islanders had gotten the message after the blowout loss to Columbus, which ended the first leg of their nine game road trip. The Islanders will have another two days before they have hit the ice for a game in Dallas.
So the Islanders hit the ground running when they took the ice on Monday.
“Mistakes in execution are going to happen, but I think we just weren’t proud we went out and competed,” John Tavares said. “That’s been a staple of our game all year. It’s that time of year. We put it behind us and move forward. We’ve been playing some pretty good hockey. The body over the last six, seven weeks has been very good.
“It’s put us in a good position and I think we’re excited about heading out on the west coast.”
The Islanders return to action on Thursday when they take on the Dallas Stars. From there they will head to Chicago, Calgary, Edmonton Vancouver and end their trip in St. Louis.
New York has found ways to bounce back from bad games in recent weeks, which included a 4-2 win over the New York Rangers following a 7-1 loss to Toronto. And the Islanders haven’t dropped back-to-back games since December.
“We’ve dealt with a lot of adversity this year so a tough loss I don’t think is going to waiver our focus or commitment,” Tavares said. “Coming in today you could see guys getting here early eager to get back to work. Excited about using these four days to really work on some things. Be able to get some rest, some guys heal up and have the energy and time to get in the gym.”