The Stars got the best of the Islanders again Wednesday night, and head coach Doug Weight isn't mad due to the chances his team had all game.
The scoreboard read 5-2 at the end of three periods, but Weight didn't view it that way. The Isles had a multitude of chances to put the puck in the back of the net, but at the end of the day, the Stars converted more on their chances.
"I guarantee we had 25 good opportunities - to me it's a winnable game," Weight told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "Credit to them, they got the lead, they capitalized, but the difference (between Monday's win over the Capitals) is we probably had twice as many scoring chances."
Jaroslav Halak was a main culprit in this one. He had his best start of the season against the Capitals on Monday, notching 31 saves in the win. However, four goals passed him in two periods, which forced Weight to throw Thomas Greiss in net. Some of the goals should have been saves, and Weight knows Halak is frustrated with himself.
"It's frustrating," Weight said. "We're all frustrated, I'm sure he is, too. He wants to get on a roll."
The Islanders have had trouble getting off to a hot start as well over this 2-4-1 stretch in their last seven games. After the Stars struck first, they outshot the Islanders 11-0 in a four-miunte span.
"We just seemed like we weren't getting to pucks quick enough," John Tavares said. "The first half of the game we were a step slow."
Now, the Islanders travel to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets on short rest Thursday night with Greiss likely seeing the start. They will try to continue their streak of not losing consecutive games this season.