Islanders Website: Has the recap of tonight's 3-2 shootout win against the Ottawa Senators.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Despite the Senators struggles coming into this game that's a huge win for the Islanders. DiPietro in the shootout is money. Something has to get Bill Guerin going, maybe this is it.
Sillinger, the team defense did a fantastic job. This team ever breaks out scoring they are going to be very tough to beat. Ottawa has an excellent offensive team, they have the edge in skill and speed, but the Islanders have the edge in net. DiPietro's dive at the puck was a little scary as was another baseball swing at the puck in his own end. The first goal he let up was a poor goal and a long shot beat him for the second Ottawa goal, still he made up for it with a lot of quality saves and robbed Heatley a few times.
Time for Chris Simon to go back on the fourth line after that penalty led to the 1-1 goal. Martinek hung in there and came back. Bergeron made some great plays on defense in this game. Vasicek and Fedotenko made a solid play and great hand-eye coordination by Vasicek for his goal. Powerplay looked completely lost and did not go near Emery for some reason. Sillinger's first period slapshot to an unscreened Emery may have gone in with some traffic.
Why John Paddock for the better part of two periods put Randy Robitaille on the powerplay and broke up his big line was a gift.
Islanders offense got some very good chances by Comrie and Guerin who was given the puck alone in front of Emery and missed. Richard Park needed to shoot in overtime on that odd man rush. Hilbert was outstanding on defense in this game and kept winning the puck and clearing the zone, Hunter too.
Good thing Robitaille's goal did not count because it looked like Sutton did push him into the crease. Too many Senators were driving the net and making contact in the third peirod.
Ten games with two goals or less but finding a way to get points the majority of the games. It's ugly hockey but you take the points against a team that has had the Islanders number.