The Islanders defense clearly got the message sent by head coach Jack Capuano after Tuesday’s loss to the rival New York Rangers.
They came out with a much better effort and bailed out Evgeni Nabokov, who had an off night, when they defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-4 in a shootout last night.
The Islanders rallied from two goal deficits twice in the game, coming back from 2-0 and 4-2 scores to earn the two points and put a temporary stop to the bleeding of two straight regulation losses on home ice.
With a late flight back to Long Island and the big, bad Bruins coming to town tonight, the safe Vegas odds are on Kevin Poulin to man the cage as New York tries to win two straight before heading off on a four game roadtrip.
Matt Donovan was very impressive in the victory, earning his stripes after taking a puck to the side of the mouth in the first period and not only staying in the game, but staying out on his shift. The youngster looked much more poised and still showed a tremendous willingness to jump into the offensive attack.
Frans Nielsen, Eyes On Isles player of the month, fooled everyone in the building and watching on MSG at home by going forehand (that’s right, you read it, not a misprint) on his shootout attempt to capture the skills competition point.
An equally strong defensive effort is certainly going to be needed this evening. Let’s see what this still young team has learned.
In Case You Missed It
- Shane Blackburn observes Bridgeport and tells fans there is no help coming (EOI)
- Rich Dias with an excellent recap of the player of the month, according to us (EOI)
- Mike Willhoft with the diary of a Twitter addict. Must read! (EOI)
- Yours truly explains why there are no quick fixes for what ales the Isles (EOI)
- Finally, here is your Isles-Senators recap from Rich (EOI)
- Oh, Flyers – what have you done now? Embarrassed yourself again, didn’t you? (Red Light)
Two Minutes For Tweeting
In adhering to our senior staff writer Mike Willhoft’s demands and thinking they make pretty good sense 50% of the time, two minutes for tweeting will not be appearing on mornings after games indefinitely. Read his article linked above to understand the reason why. (My therapist thought this was a great idea)
Around The NHL
- Capitals 7, Flyers 0
- Penguins 4, Blue Jackets 2
- Lightning 3, Hurricanes 0
- Blues 4, Panthers 0
- Wild 4, Canadiens 3
- Avalanche 3, Stars 2
- Red Wings 4, Flames 3
|NY Islanders||13||5||5||3||13||3||2||2||2-3-3||3-2-0||42||43||-1||3-5-2||Won 1|
|NY Rangers||12||5||7||0||10||5||0||0||1-1-0||4-6-0||20||37||-17||4-6-0||Won 2|
|New Jersey||12||3||5||4||10||3||0||3||2-0-2||1-5-2||26||37||-11||3-4-3||Won 2|
Across The Sound
|Bridgeport Sound Tigers||1||4||2||7|
|Bridgeport Sound Tigers||9||17||10||36|
|1. BRI Strome, (2) (Lee), 15:51|
|2. BRI Strome, (3) (Halmo, Keenan), 3:17 (PP)|
|2. BRI Larson, (1) (Halmo, Strome), 10:52|
|2. BRI Halmo, (3) (Lee, Strome), 16:47 (PP)|
|2. BRI Halmo, (4) (Ness, Strome), 18:41 (PP)|
|3. BRI Diamond, (2) (Quine, Larson), 4:39|
|3. BRI Persson, (3) (Clark, Sundstrom), 6:12 (PP)|
|3. WOR Hamilton, (2) (Comrie, Doherty), 13:03 (PP)|