Only in Islanders Country… As they lose to Pittsburgh

By Gary Harding

It was said by Howie Rose, so eloquently.

When the dust settles, we find out that Evgeni Nabokov had a lower body injury and played through regulation and overtime, but just could not be counted on for the shootout, out comes good ol #39.

Rick DiPietro was playing in the NHL again.

Just probably not the way that he wanted to begin his year.  Totally cold on the bench for 2 1/2 hours, to have to stretch and get ready for the shootout.

He stopped the first one nicely, and the third one missed the net.

The second however, that was different

Evgeni Malkin made a fantastic set of moves on DP – that no one, and I mean NO ONE would have been able to stop.  And to be honest, Rick almost did.

The bottom line – yes the Islanders got two points.  Yes, the consecutive regulation loss streak is over at 3.


The streak should be wins at 1.  This team was not the same guys that played so hard in the 3-0 loss in Uniondale on Tuesday.  They were not winning the battles, and Pittsburgh at times seemed to totally dominate the visitors.

The difference was that they found ways (2 of them) to stop Marc-Andre FleuryFrans Nielsen got his first on a rebound of a Kyle Okposo shot and a greater pass by Mark Streit to get the puck deep.  Then Matt Martin was finally rewarded for his strong play with his first early in the third to make the lead 2-0.

The Isles then gave the two goal lead up within a minute after getting it.  They then a short time later gave the lead up on a Penguin Power play.

The Isles were just not chugging on all cylinders.  Their goaltender, although suffering throughout the game, kept the boys in it once more.  He has been a nice surprise, but with his resume, it really isn’t.

Tomorrow – the Sharks come to town, and I expect to see DiPietro back between the pipes.  Al Montoya should be the back up – (remember him?).  It will also be nice to see the 92-93 team back in the building tomorrow.  I hope to get some pictures to share from the meet and greet.  That was my favorite team (due to the fact that my wife and I were just starting to go together – and it was such great memories).  Maybe Pierre Turgeon and Benoit Hogue can give these guys some peptalks, and get them going.

Time will tell.