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Despite making the playoffs for the first time since joining Major League Soccer, Montreal Impacts 2013 season ended with a massive letdown. It wasnt just the 3-0 loss at Houston in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round that hurt; it was the manner of the defeat and the total loss of discipline. As the team prepares to head to Orlando for the final stage of their training camp, there is a different feel around the Impact squad following the appointment of new head coach Frank Klopas to replace the fiery Swiss manager Marco Schallibaum. "Frank is settling in. He has put certain messaging and systems in place," Impact sporting director Nick De Santis said on TSNFC this week. "We made the right decision to move forward and go in a different direction and up until now, we have a very good relationship with Frank. We know what he wants and he knows what we want." "If we go back to that game in Houston, the result, the actions by certain players can give you an idea of what went on for the last two months, the last 10 games of the season. It was very frustrating." "In my position and in Joeys (Impact president Joey Saputo) position, the easiest thing to do was to reconfirm Marco because we set out our objectives at the beginning of the season and we met those objectives – being in the playoffs, winning the Canadian Championship – but when you are making decisions of what is best for the club going forward and whats best for the players, we felt that we needed to go in a different direction." With just over three weeks until the Impact open up the 2014 season, and after a quiet offseason in terms of player signings, De Santis says the club is still looking to add "one or two pieces" to the team. It seems the club is close to announcing the signing of young Uruguayan striker Santiago Gonzalez, who De Santis first met in Argentina on a scouting trip in November. "I managed to see him in my last trip to Argentina and watched him live," De Santis told TSNFC. "Hes a young player but a player with certain qualities that I think can help our team get better up front. Were still dealing with a few issues but were hoping that is something that can get done, hopefully even before we get to Orlando on the weekend." While Montreals squad hasnt seen as many additions as most teams across MLS, De Santis believes some of the players they have retained from last year will be in a better position to produce top quality performances on a consistent basis. "Hernan Bernadello played half a season last year and I think now you can say that hes basically a new addition because the first six months was an adaptation period. With him now being with the team from day one, he will bring a lot more to the table. We have Nelson Rivas healthy and hopefully we can manage him well and he can give us a good amount of games because when he is on the field feeling well physically and with his head in the right place, he can be a dominant defender in this league." On Monday, the Impact announced the return of Argentine midfielder Andres Romero, who joins the team on loan from Brazilian club Tombense for the second successive season. Romero showed glimpses of his ability in 2013, scoring two goals in 30 regular season appearances, but De Santis expects there is much more to come this season from the former Argentina U20 international. "Were happy that Romero is back because he is another player that showed very good signs in certain moments," said De Santis. "When his wife gave birth to twins, she went back to Argentina and thats when we saw his consistency level had gone down. We just want to make sure now that hes in the best environment for him to be as consistent as possible." With other teams getting much stronger during the offseason, the Eastern Conference will be a fierce battleground in 2014. Repeating the accomplishment of making the playoffs will be a difficult task for Montreal, but with the core of a squad that led the East on a number of occasions throughout the first half of the 2013 season, the Impact feel they are well positioned to hit the ground running when their season opens in Dallas on March 8. Saints Jerseys . Born in Berkeley and raised in Oakland, where he later pitched for the As, Ross beat the Giants for the first time in six career appearances by throwing eight scoreless innings to lead the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 victory Friday night. 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Hopefully, it wont hurt us in the playoff race.We knew what to expect with their speed. They were as advertised. It has to be frustrating for the players, too. We left another point out there. Its unacceptable.Philadelphia has dropped five of six overall, and five straight on the road — including consecutive shutout losses. The Flyers are 2-6-1 on the road.New York, which tied its season high in shots, has a team-record 15 wins through 21 games (15-6) and is 5-0 in shootouts.Halak made 21 saves for his third shutout this season. He has won seven straight, allowing only eight goals. The Islanders have won four in a row and nine of 10.Its a different makeup, its a different attitude, a little different swagger to our team, coach Jack Capuano said. No matter what the score is or what the adversity that were facing throughout a game or how the momentum is going, were just going to continue to play the way we know how.Mason made 43 saves through regulation and was heavily tested in the final few minutes. He reached up to glove Okposos rising drive with 1:40 left in the third period and fell onto his back in the crease.The boys played well, Tavares said. You want to score, and if you dont beat the goaltender he was probably better than you in the play. You just stay with it. What else can you do? You look to the next shift. You cant control what is in the past.Phhiladelphia managed only 20 shots in regulation.dddddddddddd The Flyers had a great chance to break the deadlock when New Yorks Matt Martin charged Luke Schenn from behind and slammed him into the boards. But the power play was shortened after 49 seconds when Wayne Simmonds was called for high-sticking.The Islanders had the better of the chances in the first two periods. New York held a 12-6 shots edge through the opening 20 minutes and 27-16 before the third, not counting several drives that were wide of the mark or deflected out of play.We want to and have to play better, Simmonds said. We were trying to pass too much. They are a fast team, and they showed that all night. Mase was awesome, for sure. He kept us in it all night.The only thing that found its way into the net before the shootout was Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk, who got shoved in there by Flyers defenceman Braydon Coburn with 7:55 left in the second.Boychuk nearly broke the scoreless tie 46 seconds into the second when he fired a drive from the right point that found its way through traffic and was barely stopped by Masons skate at the post.Mason also stood tall when Brock Nelson used speed to get free to the net. Mason blocked his shot from in close that appeared to catch a piece of the post, too.Halak faced fewer shots, but also was challenged. He denied Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in tight in the second period, but Halaks best stop came in the first when he held his ground through several dekes as Sean Couturier came in on a short-handed breakaway.We just have to keep playing the same way, Halak said. We will enjoy this win tonight and get back to work.NOTES: A moment of silence was held for Pat Quinn, a former coach of the Flyers and several other teams. Quinn died on Sunday. ... Islanders D Matt Donovan made his season debut, and was joined by Brian Strait, who was scratched nine of the previous 10 games. They replaced Thomas Hickey, who sat out for the first time this season, and fellow defenceman Calvin de Haan, who was scratched after playing 17 straight games. Both defencemen were sidelined by illness. 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