Matt Martin Scores His First NHL Goal, but the Isles Fall Short Again to the Canadians

By John Panarese

It was another close game for the Islanders, and in this case, they dominated the game for well over 40 minutes.  However, on a defensive break down, Benoit Pouliot scored what was the game winner at 7:19 of the third period for the Canadians in front of a NVMC crowd that had several hundred fans who bussed down from Montreal.

The Isles put 31 shots on backup goaltender, Alex Auld, but only Matt Martin, on a nice feed from Frans Nielsen late in the second period, was able to get one passed the Montreal net minder.  For the Islanders, it was yet another game Dwayne Roloson didn’t deserve to lose.  Rollie made several big saves out of the 23 he stopped throughout the game, but in the end, his team fell short again.  A second period 5 on 3 power play in which John Tavares drew both Montreal infractions was probably the biggest let down, the two man advantage having been a minute and forty-seven seconds.

It was great to see Martin score his first NHL goal.  Also, the guy was hitting everyone wearing a Canadians jersey, knocking down big, Hal Gill, twice in the first period and getting into a pretty good scrap with Gill as well.

Having Bruno Gervais  play right wing on the fourth line with John Sim and Zenon Konopka was an interesting experiment.  Bruno did go back on defense later in the game for a few shifts, but it was curious to see Gordon try him out on offense.

There won’t be any time to think about this one for the Islanders.  Tonight, they go to play the Flyers in Philadelphia.  It appears Rick DiPietro will be getting the start tonight.