Here are some more quotes from Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay as he tried to explain the 4-1 loss to the Islanders on Tuesday:
* “We counted on our defense to score a lot for us and be part of our offense and it hasn’t quite clicked. To me scoring goals in the offensive zone still comes from having the puck and keeping it. We don’t battle hard enough to run a good cycle. I think [Tim] Stapleton’s line had one great shift and Stapleton had two great shots and a tip because they just got the puck deep and kept it. Some of our skilled players are looking for that one play and hope it works. Pulling up inside the blue line and throwing it sideways across for a turnover and a counter attack. We are not taking the shots when we got them.”
* “We’ve tried to do [demand accountability] on a regular basis as far as the video goes. They are getting tired of the same people making the same plays. If it’s top guys, you tend to give the opportunities to redeem themselves. Right now, we are looking for points. When you look for points you don’t get them because that’s a hoper. You don’t pay the price to get the puck and keep it.”
* “[On the Islanders' fourth goal Ron] Hainsey takes a shot and falls down but we’ve got three guys within 10 feet of the net. Now they’ve got a 2-on-1. Now Ronny has to take the shot, fall down and try to get back. We are not supporting each other because we are looking to score. If you don’t score, you keep getting closer, closer, closer to the net and standing in front of the goal crease. I don’t know how many times they kicked rebounds right past us because we don’t have patience. When we do have a chance at the net, we have three guys running at the net. It never worked like that. It doesn’t work like that.
* “We fall behind and we try to force things. Guys are tying to do it by themselves. ‘I will carry it down the ice. Stickhandle through somebody. I won’t get it deep because I will have to go get it, so I try to beat a guy one-on-one.’ We are just continuing to force things because it doesn’t work instead of just playing with your teammates. Five guys together makes it a much easier game.”
* “We’ll talk about [lineup changes]. We have one healthy [extra] guy. … We are going to continue to experiment. We mixed up the lines. Early in the year we mixed them up a lot and now we’ve kind of stuck with some things. Maybe it’s certainly time to make some changes and wake them up.”