We are less than one month into the 2013 season, and already dire words are coming from the Islanders' dressing room.

"It feels weird to say the next game's a must-win," Travis Hamonic said after a bizarre 6-4 loss to the Hurricanes, the Isles' fifth straight defeat. "We've got to look at it that way. We have to make sure we stop this."

The Isles lost the previous four games in no small part because of their power-play failures, going 0-for-22. They went 4-for-5 last night, putting pucks on net and diving for rebounds and deflections.