I turn the computer off and post my previous entry with about 1 minute remaining in the second period.
Amazing what the power of a shut down computer can do.
All of the things that were giving the Isles a little bit of fits in the first period seemed to disappear. 58 seconds after I submitted my post, Matt Moulson changed the dynamic of this game, when he scored his 29th goal of the season with just two ticks on the clock before the close of the second stanza. According to Coach Capuano, he said to the media after the game that the goal, “…probably was the turning point of the game.”
The atmosphere of the arena all of a sudden changed like flipping your pillow to the colder side.
Michael Grabner got into the act, and scored his 28th, 90 seconds into the third period to tie up the game. Then five minutes later, Jack Hillen would take a slapper from the left point, brushed off the leg of defenseman Andrew McQuaid and slid behind Tim Thomas to give the Isles the lead for good.
The mood in the locker room was quite addictive. The guys were happy with their performance, and happy the way the entire team contributes. What I am very impressed with, is the absolute calm, cool and collected Al Montoya. He gets this opportunity to get some serious NHL time, and has not only embraced it, but is so humble and down to earth, that you just have to be in his corner. (Note to GM Garth Snow… AL MUST REMAIN HERE NEXT YEAR!!!!)
This team has the most points in the NHL since December 16th. Of course, not many fans around the NHL would even realize that!
I am proud to be an Islanders fan, and proud of this team. Keep it up – and off to Jersey tonight to face the explosive Devils, who came off a impressive overtime win against the Rob Scremp Thrashers last night. The bottom teams are moving up and the last four weeks of the season are certainly going to be exciting. Get on board the train.