The Islanders have the template to succeed. They have the tools, because they've done it enough times this season. They have some character, coming back from a two-goal deficit Thursday night for the third time in the last nine games to gain at least a point.
But there still is something missing. Thursday night, it was the second point, as the Isles dropped a 5-4 overtime decision to the Maple Leafs on Dion Phaneuf's goal 1:11 into OT. After an ugly second-period lull dropped them two goals back, the Islanders pressed and rallied to tie, then nearly won it when Michael Grabner's OT wrister hit the post.
"We came out and we didn't quit," said Kyle Okposo, who had a pair of assists and the tying goal at 10:08 of the third, his first goal in 19 games. "It felt good to get a point. But we need two now."