Niederreiter became the fourth youngest person to score an NHL goal – with a great shot from a great pass by Doug “Fountain of youth” Weight, to put the Isles on the board first. You have to be so happy for this kid. The smile he generates lights up small New England towns. He keeps this up and the decision for game 10 will be a huge one.
The penalty Blake took was a tough one. However, I think that he will ‘bounce’ back. When he had those dips at the second half of the season, he would come back stronger in the next contest.
Wiz was missed, but the defense was play adequaely well. Good to see Hillen get his game back in order.
The Isles were then snagged by the strong defensive style the Caps played last night. The Isles did not play lackluster – I just think the Caps were just stronger on the defensive side.
Roloson had a good game. You can NOT blame him for the second goal. It was a fluky deflection. The first goal is just The Great 8 being the Great 8.
Friday – the Isles invade the Consol Energy Center to face Sidney and the Pens. The Pens got a win now – and always provide a tough test for the Isles. But as the whole country saw last night – the Isles are not your basic pushovers anymore. You are going to have to EARN your 2 points if you want to be the Islanders. It is good to see that!
— On a personal note – I will be heading for vacation on Sunday. I am not attending the game Saturday night, as I got an early flight the next morning for Florida. I am going to my time share in Orlando; a vacation that I planned in March – not knowing that the Islanders would be playing in Tampa on the same week! And with the help of some buddies – I will be in a suite for the game. Should be a blast. I will be writing from Tampa, and John will be handling the recaps.