You can’t win them all. A loss was bound to occur, despite how good the Isles have been playing. Additionally, well, this is far from the final product, and the ups and downs are going to be a part of Islander country for some time to come. On top of that, it was a 6-4 loss to the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, and it was far from a “bad game” for the Isles.
The isles fell behind 1-0 in the first period and trailed 3-0 and 4-1 at different points in the second period. Andy Sutton and Freddy Meyer scored the Islander goals in the second period, while Trent Hunter and then, Richard Park picked up the tallies in the third. Park’s, at the time, was the tying goal to knot the game at 4 before Evgeni Malkin, who had a hat trick, put Pittsburgh on top again, adding his third goal later to ice the 6-4 victory. Sidney Crosby had a 6 point night as well.
As some additional thoughts on the game, I feel that the Islanders got stronger as the game went on and the Penguins started falling back on their heels. The Andy Sutton hit on Pascal Dupuis, which surely was not done intentionally, pretty much took away any chance of the Islanders managing to tie it, and the 6th goal for Pittsburgh came with Roloson pulled from the net to have the Islanders, at least, even up in man power to try to send the game into OT. Without that major penalty to Sutton, it was surely possible that the Islanders could have gotten the equalizer, but, alas, what could have been is not what counts in the real world.
I don’t know what Sidney Crosby’s problem was with Park’s goal, but for as much as I have honestly seen a maturity level grow with him and my respect has also increased, I think we saw a bit of the “old Sid” last night. I don’t think that kind of behavior really wins points with other guys in the league, but since I was not on the ice and have no idea what the matter was, I’ll say no more on the subject.
Finally, did Andy Sutton deserve a 2 game suspension? No, in my opinion, he did not. He certainly deserved the major and game ejection, but as a first time offender and based on the circumstances, we see another inconsistent reaction from the “distinguished” lot in Toronto. Ed Jovanosvki received only 2 games for his elbow on John Tavares in Phoenix with it being his second offense in a few weeks. Thus, once again, to me, I really think there is a dart board or some sort of dice game that determines if and for how long a player is suspended in the NHL ….