A Comeback win to Steal One from the Rangers!

By John Panarese

It wasn’t exactly pretty, but it was still 2 big points. Early in the season or not, sometimes, the “little things” start to seem quite “big”. Down 4-3 late in the game, the Isles got goals 58 seconds apart from PA Parenteau and Blake Comeau and then an empty netter from Frans Nielsen to earn a 6-4 victory over the New York Rangers.

Josh Bailey seemed to step in quite well into John Tavares’s center spot on the first line with Comeau and Parenteau, and Michael Grabner got his first game in as an Islander. Comeau scored the opening goal in the game as well, and the Isles also got goals from Bailey and Matt Moulson. Two more goals on the power play, including the tying one from Parenteau, and, to me, that continues to be a good sign for this team. The “no quit” attitude and the belief in themselves really showed again with a positive outcome in this case. Yes, it’s just two games into the season, but the Isles need to be strong out of the gate and build on every little success as the campaign unfolds.

Rick DiPietro played well, especially early on in the game, but it is clear that a few more games in net and shaking off some of the rust is needed. In order for this team to be successful, DP is going to have to establish his old form of the past. Dwaine Roloson, of course, proved that he can step up and carry the load when needed, but in order for the Islanders to have a shot at the playoffs by March, they are going to need solid goaltending the whole way through from both DiPietro and Roloson. Giving up four goals a night with a young club, I’m afraid, is not something that can be afforded in the long term.

As for the incident involving the “rude gesture” by James Wisniewski towards are “good friend”, Sean Avery, it was what it was, as far as I am concerned. Unprofessional, uncalled for, or whatever term one wants to use, it happened. I’m not saying at all that it was “right”, but I think a lot more is being made of it than it deserves. Avery isn’t exactly a paragon of good behavior himself, and I find it amusing that the New York media is quick to point out this incident, but basically gave little attention to Avery’s antics involving the New York Islanders Ice Girls a few seasons ago. What did the NHL do about that again anyway? Hmm.

Finally, the good news is all of the tests on JT came back fine. Tavares will not play Wednesday night in Washington as a precaution, which, to me, is the smart thing to do. Better to let him sit out a few games to be safe.