Islanders Website: Has the recap of today's 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals.
Newsday: Greg Logan's blog commented on Jason Blake, Meyer, Berard practicing with the club on Sunday again and only fifeen hundred tickets available for Wednesday's game.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Cannot win them all but this was one game they kind of let get away themselves even though they did out work the Caps, it's one you remember late in the season when you need two points because it was a winnable game where the opposition seemed satisfied with a 2-0 record and did not have Semin in the lineup.
Shots for the Islanders was misleading but when you give up only twelve shots you have to finish your chances and force the Caps to open up which never happened who played a very patient game and made some good plays when they had to. Outside of a lot of individual plays that could have went in and changed the game, very little offensive chemistry. Islanders did not make it that hard on Kolzig or their defense and they looked terrible on the five on three and it really set the stage for the loss because they did not work to get the puck down low and Satan like last year looked lost on the point. Guerin lobbied the refs well for power plays and Islanders got a bit of a break on a Caps high stick goal that could have gone either way but Guerin looked slow and did not do much offensively.
Fourth line seemed to have the most jump and by the end it looked like Bergenheim had Tambellini's spot on the second line for a few shifts. Bergenheim's hit led to a good play by Bootland who fed Park perfectly for the 1-0 goal. Hunter had good jump as did Sillinger but Hilbert again could not finish when he was in position and Poti made a great play on a breaking Hunter.
Fair or not bad things seem to happen around Andy Sutton and Kozlov's goal on a great shot with Sutton in the way tied the game and a few times you could poor communication with Bergeron and made me wish we paid Poti. Martinek's two third peirod penalties did not help the Islanders get their offense going and he lost his man on the game winning goal which DiPietro had no chance on. Campoli had some good hits.
All Islanders can do is move on to the Ranger game. This one reminded me of a loss to Florida a few year ago on Columbus Day where they just could not win a game where they seemed to have control. In this league today you have to get games to overtime and get your points.
Unlike all of last year they now have a loss where they led after one period.