9/18/07

Boston 3, Islanders 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/18/2007 07:56:00 PM
Islanders lost 3-1 to Boston Tuesday. NYI.com has the game summary up.

Boston out shot the Islanders 38-25.

The Islanders were called for nine minor penalties, compared to four by the Bruins.

Kip Brennan tried to get things going for the Islanders by taking on Zdeno Chara in a fight late in the second period. After throwing a few punches, Brennan eventually took down the big man. It was Brennan's second fight of the game.

Tempers continued to flare in the third period. After Josef Vasicek put Andrew Ference into the boards, the gloves came off. Vasicek squared off in his first fight of the preseason, eventually hauling Ference to the ice. Late in the period, Matthew Spiller also dropped the gloves after scoring two goals in yesterday's game in North Bay.

“I think we were just a little rusty,” said Nolan. “I liked how we competed and held out own against a team with some good guys like Chara and Savard. We were missing a lot of our big pieces. Once we get them in the lineup we should be alright. The intensity is getting there. One guy in particular who stood out was Vasicek. A good thing about this trip is seeing him play the way we think he can. He had a great game.”


ISLANDERS
Goaltenders
35 Joey MacDonald
33 Mike Morrison

Defense
44 Freddy Meyer – 24 Radek Martinek
14 Chris Campoli - 2 Aaron Johnson -
49 Drew Fata - 6 Matthew Spiller

Forwards
15 Jeff Tambellini - 63 Josef Vasicek – 7 Trent Hunter
20 Sean Bergenheim – 11 Andy Hilbert - 64 Olivier Labelle
12 Chris Simon - 29 Ben Walter – 27 Darryl Bootland
54 Gordie Dwyer - 51 Frans Nielsen – 37 Kip Brennan

Newsday did a long interview with Mike Sillinger where he pulled no punches on Ryan Smyth, the Coliseum being a problem for free agentgs, Alexei Yashin, Bill Guerin among a lot of subjects.

Logan had no updated blog or wrote an artcle about the Boston game at this time. Steve Zipay had about five seperate blogs on the Rangers scrimmage today and filed his article.

NHL.com had a brief summary.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

I have a feeling Ted Nolan will not be happy with what he saw.

Center ice worked well for a short time in the second period but overall was terrible as if it were overwhelmed with too many users as the connection kept locking up only at that website. Game was advertised as a 7pm start but began
at 5:30pm which is why I missed the start of the game.

Game was already 3-1 when I tuned in. Campoli scored on the pp for the Islanders goal.

From what little I saw it was an Islander team that could not stay out of the box, some players looked tired and were not moving well. Andy Hilbert took what looked like a lazy penalty. Kip Brennan took on Chara in a fight and threw him down, another Bruin went after him late in the game which is about all I saw of the third period. The Islander goaltender seemed to play well and kept it close and I know they were out shot and were congratulating him at the end of the game. Boston could easily have had another three goals.

Nolan did not even pull the goalie as if the club did not play well enough to earn that right from the coach. I don't think I saw one quality chance. Evan Grossman did the call for NHL.com and said the penalty killing improved as the game went on and talked of the Bruins having more regulars dressed and this being their first game had the better legs.

We'll see what happens against Montreal.

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