Some Other Thoughts from the 5-2 Victory Over Colorado

By John Panarese

Just to add to Gary’s observations about the game overall, it was a very big win for the Islanders. Make no mistakes about that. Having lost to Washington on Wednesday late in the game and then losing to Pittsburgh in overtime Friday night, the Isles needed a win ASAP. On top of that, with very few home games coming up over the next long stretch (the next not until October 29 against Montreal), the Islanders have to win the games in their building.

It’s amazing to me that Milan Jurcina does not have so many more goals in the NHL. His first of two in the second period and the game was an absolute rocket. From what I was told, Craig Anderson barely even reacted as the puck went over his shoulder. Jurcina’s first goal was also a shorty with Andrew MacDonald in the box, and with it being 0-0 halfway through the game, it was a big goal, which led to Milan’s second goal and then Josh Bailey’s beautiful power play goal Gary previously described.

Dwaine Roloson played a solid game once again. Despite Chris Stewart’s goal blowing by him, he came up with several big saves, especially early in the game when the Islanders needed them. As I have said before, if the Islanders can get consistently solid goaltending from Roloson and DiPietro, it will be a major plus for them throughout the season.

Lastly, I am simply enjoying this winning, positive attitude this young team is demonstrating. Of the two teams, the Isles did not look like they had played on back to back nights. The Avalanche are a very good team, having won 3 in a row on the road prior to Saturday night. Also, to have scored 4 goals on Craig Anderson ((John Tavares’s tally being an empty net goal), that was impressive within itself. I agree with the observation of Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank in that Anderson should have been rested for Saturday’s game.

On to Toronto. That will not be an easy meeting with a much improved Maple Leaf’s team, but I think this Islander team is more than capable of taking 2 points from them tonight.