Isles Lose to Vancouver, But It Was Still An Impressive Effort

By John Panarese

The Canucks have been playing great hockey of late and only had an 8 game winning streak snapped by the Redwings on Sunday.  Thus, the young Isles had their hands full last night at the NVMC.  They took Vancouver all the way to the shootout, though they, unfortunately lost in the end.

Overall though, I certainly don’t think they have anything to hang their collective heads about.

1. Kevin Poulin stopped 48 of 51 shots and truly kept his team in the game the whole way through.  You could see why this guy is regarded so highly.

2. Another goal from John Tavares and Blake Comeau as well.

3. Despite giving up 20 shots in the first period, the Islanders defense still played a pretty sound game.

4. The Isles never quit.  In fact, after giving up the first goal of the game and then trailing 2-1, they kept coming back and even had a brief 3-2 lead in the third on Comeau’s goal.

On top of that, they still got 1 more point in the standings.  Since it was a
Western Conference team, the loss to Vancouver was not as “critical” as if it had been an Eastern Conference opponent.  All things said and done, to me, I would be happy with the game as a member of the team.  Yes, 2 points would have been better, but they were also up against Roberto Luongo and, as I said, a very hot Canuck team.

So, the Islanders will stay at home and get ready to face Buffalo on Saturday night.  The boys from upstate were beaten by the Flyers 5-2 last night and have not been playing well of late.  I would expect the Isles to come out with another solid effort and, hopefully, extend that to including the opening period.

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