9/24/07

Fight Night: NY Islanders 5 vs Rangers 4 ot

New York Islander Fan Central | 9/24/2007 07:27:00 PM

Islanders website doing in game updates. I'm watching and thought I would give mine.

Good webcast, no problems. Mears, King on the call.

First period:
Lot's of fights in the first three minutes before things settled down, empty seats downstairs.

Sutton immediately threw a huge elbow at Ryan Callanhan, Isles killed the penalty and hit him for a breakaway as the pp expired but was stopped by Al Montoya.

Colliton Orr immediately fought Sutton who got one hand free and threw all the punches before the take down. Seconds later Jason Strudwick and Kip Brennan squared off which was more a wresting match. Seconds later Hollewig/Simon both got into it but no fight, minor penalties, Isles got a pp out of it.

Tambellini had only quality chance for Isles on that pp, not many shots and choppy play on both sides. A few giveaways by Isles defense.

Fedotenko-Comrie-Guerin
Bergenheim-Hilbert-Comeau
Tambellini-Vasicek-Satan
Simon-Colliton-Brenan

Aaron Johnson looked very good stepping in for a hit and moving the puck, Martinek looked very solid in transistion as he did last year.

Rangers had the better pressure and chances, Tambellini has the best chances for the Isles.

Firsr peirod shots Isles 7, Rangers 5.
Ice choppy according to game reports.
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Second peirod:
Missed the start of the second and apparently missed a lot starting with an Islander goal. Three more sets of fights with Hilbert, Simon and Sutton going with Dubinsky and two Rangers which is where I come back in.

After that Berard a penalty, Johnson a double minor and two Ranger pp goals by Drury and Hollewig followed. Immediately a huge brawl breaks out with Simon-Hollewig and all players on the ice. DiPietro get's involved and Al Montoya comes across center ice. After being reluctant to take off the helmet Montoya does and got the takedown before DiPietro rolled over and pounded Montoya.

Both goalies ejected, another five minute major to Simon and another ejection. Isles
got a pp but Rangers eventually get another three minute advantage. Three fights or penalties between Simon and Hollewig in half a game. Refs calling everything and a Guerin high stick leaves man power at three on three before another long Ranger five on three.

Rangers lead 2-1 pp's lead to an 11-1 shot disparity only eight minutesd in. Five Rangers in box with Simon/DiPietro ejected and Studwick/Montoya ejected for the Rangers.

Rangers given a 3-1 goal on a replay on a play it looked like Dubie saved and was called no goal on the ice by the official.

Apparently DiPietro had no problem fighting and went off to huge cheers, he wanted to fight and got involved.

Rangers given their third five on three of the peirod after another penalty to Meyer. Another goal as the five on three expires makes it 4-1 before we finally get back to even strength.

Shots for peirod now 15-1 Rangers.

Islanders pp creates a few chances against a prospect goalie in net for the Rangers, before Bergenheim takes a penalty before another Ranger penalty evens things up.

Andy Hutchinson a dangerous cross-check on Tambellini that was only called two minutes. Isles five on three produces an bomb by Berard that Comrie put's in the empty net on to make it 4-2. Malik takes a penalty to give Isles another five on three which Guerin scores in the final seconds to make it 4-3.

Islanders four shots, three goals.
Rangers twenty second peirod shots.
Seven pp goals in peirod.
End of second...Amen
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Third Period:
Isles pp to start third period.
Hilbert penalty
Byers penalty for Rangers
Hilbert slashed coming out of box.
Another Islander five on three.
Comrie dove for puck and got body diving to keep puck in but penalty.

Sutton pp time.
Bergeron and Berard shots blocked are hurting the Ranger defenders. Some chances by Islanders but not finishing.

For the moment things are at even strength.
Isles first line did all the pp scoring with Berard a huge factor.

Vasicek comes flying off left wing for the tying goal 4-4 on a great cross-ice transition pass from Martinek and Bergeron. First even strength goal of the night for either team.

Isles buzzing.
Shanahan to box, Isles pp.
Isles tenth pp.

Meyer penalty away from play.
Ranger pp.
Comrie looks good shorthanded.
Johnson another clear.
Martienk stand up and clear at blue line.
Sutton cut by puck into bench.

Drury left alone, Dubie stops him.
Isles some pressure with Guerin line, Ranger prospect goalie is called Weekman as opposed to Kevin Weekes. Dubie good save on Dawes.

Going to overtime.
Broadcast felt Bergenheim played well.
Third period shots 8-6 Islanders.
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Overtime:
Dubie good save on Shanahan after setup from Drury.
Isles icing.

Vasicek again breaks in and drives the net. Fedotenko shot blocked.
Meyer hit Drury and Shanahan went back at him.
Four minutes Shanahan
Two minutes Meyer
Islanders ot pp.

Berard only defender on ice.
Comrie takes puck at net, assisted by Berard. Could have been Fedotenko too.
ISLANDERS WIN IN OVERTIME.

Comrie four point game first star.
Berard third star.
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Summary:

First line produced, second line with Tambellini looked good, Berard looked like he could help and a lot of character to come back down 4-1 to score four unanswered goals. More fights than any game all last season.

No doubt the media will be talking about all the fights and especially a goalie fight and we may see more coverage than usual. Wonder what a five minute major does to Simon's suspension.

Montoya looked like a car with no breaks flying over center ice and skating right by DiPietro, that by itself was very funny.

That was a lot of fun for preseason, everyone got their money's worth tonight.

Fair to say these teams do not like one another?

More tomorrow.

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