The last game at the Igloo, and not a good one for the Isles

By John Panarese

It was game 1667 played at the Igloo by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and their final one. Of course, the Islanders had to be their opponents. I had a really bad feeling about that game long before last night, and with the 50 former Penguin players present and the ceremonies ahead of the game to pump up the current Penguins, it became a game the visitors probably will want to forget.

When all was said and done, the Isles lost 7-3. Marty Biron did not look sharp at all and gave up 4 goals in the first period before being replaced by Roloson, who gave up 3 more. Moulson, Okposo and Bailey got the goals for the Islanders and, during the first and second periods, they did get within one goal a few times after the Penguins had taken a 2-0 lead. However, 2-1, 3-2 and 4-3 deficits were lost when the game was blown open in the second 6-3, and that was pretty much all she wrote for the Islanders.

Just 2 more games to go for the New York Islanders 2009-2010 season. The boys have a visit to the Rock in NJ on Saturday night, and then the final game, which is at the Colosseum against the Penguins Sunday at 5 PM. Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia and the Rangers will settle the final playoff picture for the Eastern Conference by weekend’s end with one of those teams heading to the golf course. At the moment, the Rangers are on the outside, but they have a home and home with the Flyers and can still sneak in if they can sweep the pair. Montreal and Boston simply have to win one game to each make it in, though the positioning of 6, 7 and 8 is also still not settled. So, there is still an exciting weekend of hockey ahead of us for the NHL regular season conclusion. Enjoy it, folks.