This loss was tough to swallow.
The team actually did play well – but not enough to win.
And no – I am not on kool-aid…
According to coach Jack Capuano, his goaltender, Evgeni Nabokov, gave his team the chance to win the game. Nabakov’s saves, along with 33 shots on net to his Pittsburgh counterpart, Marc-Andre Fleury, were a recipe that would usually give a team a good chance to snag a victory. However, Fluery was outstanding when he had to be, flashing glove whenever he could.
The goals that Nabakov surrendered were on a breakaway by Pascal Dupuis late in the first, and a shot by our old friend Richard Park under 30 seconds into the second.
As far as the offense was concerned, although there were 33 shots on net, it seemed like most of the real opportunities came from the first line of John Tavares, Matt Moulson and PA Parenteau. The second and third lines were a little sluggish, especially the third of Josh Bailey, Blake Comeau and Brian Rolston. For Rolston, the first game after the birth of his fourth child, he will get a pass. Bailey and Comeau looked totally out of sync, and the former showed glimpses of a rookie with green behind the ears, not a fourth year veteran. Both of their cames need to become transformed immediately, or they will see some significant ‘pine-riding-time’ when Nino Niederreiter comes back.
Tomorrow night – the Isles head to the Steel City for the back end of the home-and-home. The big question – will we see #39 back in the Islander net? I say why not?
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