An offensive explosion

By Gary Harding

On a night where fans were lamenting on the loss of Radek Martinek, again… the Isles decided to bring the offensive into a new gear, by scoring six against Atlanta last night.

21 shots in period 1 – a record this season.

3 goals in period 1 – tying a season record

6 goals in a game – a record this season

13 players on the score sheet

This was a complete contrast from the team that lost two disappointing games this week in Buffalo and New Jersey.  As the team prepares for a seven game road swing over the next two weeks, this game is just the recipe that they need to take on this big challenge.

Plus:  Moulson and Tavares – put together with Richard Park – played a great deal on a higher level.  The passing, especially by JT was outstanding; especially with the pass that go onto the stick of Andy Sutton, opening up the scoring.  These are the types of plays that make the experts rave over.

Plus:  Sean Bergenheim – he finally gets the one in the G column.  He has worked so hard, and finally, he got his reward.  Look for him to begin to get his scoring mojo on.  He likes to get them in bunches.  Will this happen?  Tune in

Plus:  Josh Bailey – a great effort to get the puck from a Thrasher defensemen’s errant pass – and launch a ‘wicked wrister’ pass Hedberg to get the 6th goal.   He is now thinking shoot as much as pass.

Plus:  The great display by the NY Air National Guard displaying the colors before the start of the game.  Support your troops – no matter what…

Plus:  The ability of the entire team to respond after a few minutes of sustained dominance by the visitors.  Each time Atlanta brought the pressure on – the Isles answered.  Remember this boys – when you hit the road this coming week.

Minus:  I really think that the fans should have gotten DOUBLE CHILI!

If that is the only minus from me – than it will be a good day!

Tim Jackman visits the Booster Club tomorrow night at the LI Marriott Amphitheater.  Start time is 7:30 – hope to see you there.

Have a hockey day, folks!