This game just was the type of game that can lull you to sleep.
Since it was a 10PM start, it did for me. (not necessarily for that reason, and I will explain below).
The Islanders took a 2-1 lead early in the third period when Kyle Okposo snapped a John Tavares pass past Anaheim netminder Jonas Hiller. However, on an Islanders power play later in the period, Bobby Ryan got through the Islanders defense and put one past Evgeni Nabokov, to even the score at 2.
Three minutes later Ryan’s line mate, Ryan Getzlaf, got the Ducks ahead for good with some good cycle movement and some bad communication between Josh Bailey and Milan Jurcina. Teemu Selanne, a virtual fountain-of-youth player scored his 649th career NHL goal to end the scoring.
The Islanders pulled their goalie with two minutes left in the game, but no scoring was made.
Matt Martin tied the score at 1, two minutes after Bobby Ryan opened the scoring, in a play that seemed that time was standing still. The puck laid on the line for what seemed to be minutes, before Matt Martin was able to push the puck over the line.
“It was a shot from the point and poked it at the net,” Martin said to newyorkislanders.com after the game. “It got the stuck at the goal line, I was wondering how I was going to get at it. Luckily I got my stick on it before he (Hiller) was able to cover it up.”
Marty Reasoner is now out of the lineup with a broken thumb. Jay Pandolfo, out for over a month with a broken foot was taken off the IR to take his spot.
Tonight, the Isles head to the Valley of the Sun, to take on the Coyotes. At least tonight – it is an 8PM Eastern time game.
As what I mentioned at the top of the article, I was let go from my real job after 26 years of employment. Despite being a little bummed, I am taking it in stride, and will be able to write a little more for the site.
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