Islanders Website: Has the recap of the Islanders 8-3 loss at home to Carolina Saturday.
"We're certainly not happy with our performance," said a disappointed Ted Nolan. "It's just one of those nights when everything that can go wrong, went wrong. We just have to re-group tomorrow and get back to work."
"Everybody has to pick themselves up," said captain Bill Guerin. "We have to realize what we did wrong and hopefully learn from this one. It was a rough night for us, but we're not going to quit now. It's time to get ready for Thursday."
Sound Tigers Website: Has a game summary on Saturday night's 2-1 loss in Norfolk.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio updated his blog on the Sound Tigers loss Saturday night. Bridgeport lost it's lead leading third game entering the final period. Jeff Tambellini was described as agitated with the club's inability to finish.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Carolina is a very good team and can score eight goals against anyone, but all due respect this was simply a self-inflicted loss top to bottom.
I'm not even sure this had anything to do with time off or just a very sloppy Islander team.
John Grahame was Carolina's best player and always seems to have a big effort against the Islanders, who had a lot of high quality chances and pressure on him but he either made a great save or his defense blocked shots with seemingly open nets, one early goal could have changed everything.
On the Islanders end Fedotenko took an early offensive zone penalty, pk seemed to have no problem shorthanded until one set play with Brindamour at the end of the kill where the foward up high fell asleep and he made a perfect shot for the 1-0 goal.
Then DiPietro lost the puck behind the net and did not stop the centering pass for a very bad 2-0 goal. After that another penalty on Campoli throwing the puck in the stands, again they kill off the penalty and before Campoli could get back in the play DiPietro did not control his rebound and Brendan Witt did not have his man for the 3-0 goal.
Gervais made a beautiful rush to the net and crashed the goal before Fedotenko finally scored on play where it seemed like Grahame or their defense blocked about four shots that easily could have gone in before it went in off his chest but then came the crusher that ended the competitive part of the game. Sutton changed a shot's direction while screening DiPietro and finally a set Canes play on a dump in led to DiPietro overcomitting early and Campoli losing his man when the puck went to the far side to make it 5-1.
Between that Bergeron looked lost a few times and somehow the Canes did not finish some great chances where he just did not stay in position. Gervais also looked lost a few times in his own end.
I guessed I missed a goal here but DiPietro did not control his rebounds nor did the defense and that really was the story and the end of DiPietro's night.
Bergeron took a shot going wide by five feet that hit a Cane defender which was the only time all night Carolina looked like the Islanders for the second goal.
Park's penalty shot would have made it interesting, but Simon decided to hit someone in the head and a Martinek penalty combined with Park breaking his stick led to a very easy 7-2 goal and then an 8-2 goal.
Sillinger's goal in the final seconds maybe helps his confidence because it was his first but a very forgettable night against a team that should have been tired and instead won handily.
Dubie was solid and controlled his rebounds well, you could see the difference from the shots hiting DiPietro and the rebounds.
Self-inflicted all the way.