Newsday: Greg Logan reports on the loss with comments from Ted Nolan, Rick DiPietro & Bill Guerin, who credited Tim Thomas for not letting the Isles back in the game with some big saves.
Boston Globe & Boston Herald: Have Bruins centric coverage of the game with a few pictures of players running into Rick DiPietro on both sides.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article for Friday is on Joey MacDonald's improved play who credits his defense for clearing the front of the goal. Jack Capuano talks about how well his goaltender has played with the lack of goal support and goaltending coach Mike Dunham encouraging him to be more aggressive.
Bridgeport is off Friday and has a repeat performance against Philadelphia at home on Saturday before the all-star break.
Mr Prospects on the message board does his usual outstanding job for us and updates the game results of the Islander prospects:
WHL-Medicine Hat 6,Edmonton 1-Robin Figren,no points,-1.
USHL-Waterloo 3, Indiana 2-Blake Kessel,no points,even.
QMJHL-Victoriaville 5,Shawinigan 2-Simon Lacroix, no points, -3.
Updated 1pm Friday:
Newsday: Greg Logan's Friday Islander Insider is on Richard Park who has been playing on the first line and closing in on his final point total from last season already, who credits his linemates in Bill Guerin/Mike Comrie and the players on the penalty kill with him. Wade Dubielewicz talks about the plans to play him in Carolina and the conditioning stint in Bridgeport to prepare him for the game.
Greg Logan credits Brendan Witt for his play who felt he deserved all-star consideration and credits the recent production of Bill Guerin and Mike Sillinger. Ted Nolan talks about the loss of Chris Campoli, who's shoulder surgey was considered successful with a four to six month recovery period. Sillinger talked about how the Isles looked to go after Carolina's powerplay while Trent Hunter talked about how the club likes to play one goal games and is second in the league with twenty seven.
Mike Sillinger also discussed how this team can build off last year with the players left and that their belief factor is better.
Espn.com: Scott Burnside handing out his mid-season awards of course can never give the Isles much credit for anything calling them a bit of a freak of nature with a lineup dotted with castoffs and leftovers that simply that defy logic with a threadbare lineup that continues to hold down a playoff position but did nominate Ted Nolan for the Jack Adams for putting a surprisingly resilient,
hard-working crew out of these parts.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Unfortunately with Scott Burnside there are no surprises which means as usual he's wrong about the Islanders and did not do his homework in the summer or learn from last season. This is no surprise at all to any of the writers who bothered spending any time with this team on a regular basis.