NY Islanders News

Enjoying the break… What a game last night

By Gary Harding

The Isles are with the exception of Streit and Coach Gordon – are enjoying their time off.

It will soon be time to get practice in, and hopefully get some guys back on the roster (speifically Jackman, Bailey and Hillen…)

Was nice to hear on XM204, the Wolfpack at the Sound Tigers, and former big team player Brendan Witt got the game winner in a 2-1 victory.  The Tigers beat their arch nemesis twice in the last six days.  A 1-0 loss to the Abbotsford (B.C.) Heat was in the middle of it.  The Tigers are 27-24-3-6 and sit in 5th place in the division – four points behind Lowell, and Hartford 4 points behind Bridgeport.

On the Olympic front — was that one of the best games of hockey that you have seen in a long time?  Canada did outplay the US and getting 45 shots on net.  Miller was on – and to be quite honest, Marty B is showing the signs of an aging goalie.

Bank on the fact that you will not see #30 between the pipes for the next game that Canada plays on Tuesday against Germany.

Only for this week, but it was nice to root for Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan.  Both played inspoired games, and it seems that Drury always does well on the international stage.

Brian Rafalski was great, and nearly got the hat trick.

But the story was Miller.  Yes he did give up 3, but 42 did not go by.  He has been in the net for every second for the Yanks, and don’t expect anyone else.  Mr. Thomas may not like it – but Miller has been among the elite all season, and he totally deserves to be there.

Now – the Americans can rest, and work on new systems, as they wait and see who their next opponent will be.  For Canada, a lot of soul searching, and questioning.  From what I hear, Sunday night in Vancouver more resembled a morgue rather than an Olympic city.  I feel bad, but in many cases, the Canadian fans came out a little cocky just expecting to just be awarded the medals.  Back to your drawing board.