Close, but no cigar

By John Panarese

I think that the observations and statements along the lines declaring that the Isles played “good enough to win”, or just “don’t have any luck” can be, repeated to describe the game against Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. The Islanders certainly did not play badly and, in the third period, surely out played the Penguins. However, in the end, it was a 3-1 loss with Frans Nielsen scoring our only goal. The momentum was really starting to swing towards the Islanders until a bad pass from Blake Comeau to Mark Streit led to the third goal for the Penguins.

Nevertheless, we have two more games before the olympic break. It’s the Lightning and Senators at home. Neither team will be an easy task for a team struggling to regain their collective confidence. Additionally, will there be any “moves” before the freeze on trades today is a question that remains to be answered. The boys have to play each game with desperation and determination in order to turn this thing around. They are not “out of it” by any stretch, so let us hope we get some more points in the standings before Sunday is over.