Isles Beat Wild, Gillies Will Be Suspended Again

By John Panarese

A very impressive and solid effort from the Islanders on Wednesday night.  A solid, sixty minute game, and a 4-1 win over the Wild at the Nassau Coliseum.

A pair of goals from Blake Comeau, a goal from Andrew MacDonald and one from Kyle Okposo made up the offensive effort from the Isles.  The boys got 41 shots on goal and chased Niklas Backstrom from net.  Many guys had strong games, and the Tavares, Moulson and Parenteau line, though they didn’t score, played extremely well.  It was definitely a fun game to watch.

Al Montoya was, once again, sharp in net, and it was a shame that he lost the shutout in the third period.  It seems just changing the angle of his skates has made a big difference in his play.  All of a sudden, we have another potential goaltender for the mix next season.  Frankly, though it’s still early, the guy has, so far, made a good case for himself in belonging in the NHL.

I happened to walk out of the room during the hit Trevor Gillies unloaded on Cal Clutterbuck.  From what I have read, he reacted to Clutterbuck’s questionable hit on Justin Dibenedetto.  However, with Gillies returning for his first game after his 9 game suspension, I suspect the NHL will not be soft on him.  With all the additional outcry from many of the hockey knuckleheads … I mean, commentators, I would guess Trevor is going to sit for, at least, 5 more games.  Perhaps, it was one of those cases where a little thought might have been wise before he took a run at Clutterbuck, yet, at the same time, I personally don’t have a problem with any guy standing up for his teammate.  No, I don’t condone the dangerous hits in the least, and I’d like to see them go away, so don’t get the notion that I am doing so in this case.

In any event, the five game home stand for the Islanders continues over the weekend with the Blues and Devils coming into town on Saturday and Sunday respectively.  I don’t know how much I’ll be able to write, but I hope the Isles will continue their solid play.  Despite the Devils recent play, both of these games are winnable if the Islanders play with the kind of effort they showed on Wednesday.

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