An Opening Night Loss 5-4, but Still A Good Showing

By John Panarese

It wasn’t really the kind of opening night that was hoped for, to be sure. The Islanders overcame 2-0, 3-1 and 4-2 deficits during their game against the Dallas Stars to tie the game on the power play on a goal from Matt Moulson with 2:39 left in regulation. Unfortunately, the Stars won it in the shootout in the third round with a goal from Mike Ribeiro , but the tenacity and character the boys demonstrated, especially in the third period, was still, to me, something to take from the game as a real positive.

James Wisniewski, Doug Weight, Blake Comeau and Matt Moulson scored the goals for the Islanders, as the Captain also added 2 helpers as well. The Isles seemed to shoot the puck from everywhere throughout the game, which totaled a 47 to 22 shot advantage over the Stars in the end. Additionally, 2 of the goals were on the power play for the orange and blue, which, as far as I am concerned, are all “good signs” for the team. Although Rick DiPietro gave up 2 goals on the first 5 shots he faced (the second goal being a bad one even by his own admission), he still played well enough to win and came up with a few big saves in the third period.

The most unfortunate outcome of the game, however, came when Adam Burish checked John Tavares late in the first period. Though JT skated off the ice on his own, he did not return, and it was later reported that he suffered a mild concussion, and will be reevaluated on Monday. Thus, at the moment, with Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo and Rob Schremp already out of the lineup with injuries, those of us in Islander country can only hope and pray that we do not have to face yet more adversity. This has not exactly been the way we wanted to start the new season, but the comeback tonight is something the guys should be proud of, and they must turn their attention immediately to their next game Monday against their cross-town rivals, the New York Rangers.