Islanders Website: Has the recap of tonight's 3-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Do not want to beat up the Islanders too bad because it is going to take time. It was also an opponent that was home opening night that just scored eight goals in Vancouver and it was an Islander team just lost 8-1.
Another mediocre goaltender in Biron and defense again had a very easy night for more than half a game and you do not win in this league unless your club can put on pressure all three periods and not shooting early when they did get chances may have also been a factor.
Islanders only earned one abbreviated power play the entire game which tells me they did not force the Flyers to take a few.
Having written that it's impossible to ignore the bottom line. This team only had one shorthanded goal to show for the game and did not have a quality chance (unless shorthanded) until Satan found Bergenheim with five minutes left in the second period. Your not going to win a lot of games when this happens.
After the second line got going they played very well and generated plays but did not finish beyond Vasicek's goal shorthanded on an individual play. Bergenheim looked great and little things like his touch pass for a shot and his work in the corners were outstanding. His speed seemed to get that line going too.
Fedotenko moved well. Comrie looked lost and Guerin looked every bit his age and did not move well at all. All you need to know is Philadelphia put their best defensive combo on the Vasicek line as the game progressed.
On the other end of things, the team defense was very solid, had a nice recovery game and Sutton settled down. Berard saved a goal when DiPietro thought he had the puck and was not covering the net by going down and blocking a shot. Overall they got in the passing lanes and did a solid job.
DiPietro played well enough to win but looked like he overplayed the shooter on both goals. Martinek played well but that puck that bounced over his stick led to the game winner. He crushed Ben Eager early and made his usual outlet passes that should have led to a quality chance early but Hunter did not shoot.
That's about it, the 3-1 start is now 3-3. Islanders are going to basically have another training camp the next few weeks with a few games sprinkled in.
Finally great to hear Jiggs McDonald call a hockey game, that in itself made it a good hockey night.
AHL.com: Has game report of Sound Tigers 3-2 loss at Lowell.
Ben Walter and Colliton had the Sound Tigers goals.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has a blog on the game with some other notables. Jeff Tambellini between the Islanders and Sound Tigers played Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for those keeping score at home.
Have a good night.