Who was the home team?

By John Panarese

Well, another game the Isles played well and out shot their opponents, but still ended up losing. In this case, it was a 3-0 defeat. This seems to have become a repeated theme, as it was a bit like the Ranger game from Thursday. Could Moulson have been robbed any more times by Halak? Could Kyle Okposo have any harder luck scoring a goal? Could the Isles catch Any breaks at all? And was that game played north of the boarder or on Nassau Long Island?

Without a doubt, and to give credit where it is deserved, Jaroslav Halak played a fantastic game, stopping all 40 Islander shots on net. He gave up few rebounds, and frustrated many an Isles player. On top of that, well, Andrei Markov, after having not played since the first game of the season when he suffered lacerations to his calf from a skate, returned to the Canadians’ lineup to score two goals for his team.

Other than the fact that our building sounded like the Canadians were the home team, and I give a lot of credit to the fans who braved the snow to make it, I guess my biggest “complaint” was the surrendering of 3 more goals on the power play. In fairness, the second goal, which was Markov’s second, came with Nate Thompson staggered from taking a slap shot off of his leg and was unable to get himself into any position to get back into the play. Still, I think this is now something like 16 of our last 36 shorthanded situations resulting in PP goals for the opposing team. Not good at all.

Beyond that, again, the effort was there and I think it was just another of those kinds of nights we are going to see with a developing team. The Isles are going to have to get right back at it tomorrow and just keep plugging away with the shots on net. I would like to see a bit more net presence, as we did against the Rangers, but, hopefully, the shots will turn into goals for the boys. Bruno Gervais was back in the Isles’ lineup, replacing Freddy Meyer, so I wonder if Scott Gordon will stick with the same 6 defense and 12 forwards. Will MartyBiron start again, or will Dwayne Roloson get the nod in net?