Overall on paper, Islanders came out of the trip with six of a possible ten points which is what they had to do. How they got there for the most part was another matter because outside of DiPietro they were terrible in Colorado, Edmonton, Vancouver, gave up a 3-1 lead in Calgary before winning against a club playing it's third game in four days without Heatley that lost Jason Spezza in the first period.
Let's only touch on the fact Colorado was playing without two of it's best players in Sakic and Smyth and only Tim Jackman could score, Edmonton shutout the Isles for their first regulation win since early December and outside of the two horrible goals by Luongo the Isles had few chances in Vancouver.
That all written it could have been much worse and six goals and some good chances in Calgary and Ottawa could be a good sign moving forward.
Full marks to Bergeron for all the criticism he takes about his defense because without his offense in so many games this team would have about ten less points.
Barrie Advance: Jim Barber had an article on Tomas Marcinko being named captain of the Barrie Colts while he was away at the WJC.
“It’s a big honour, an I’m going to try and do my best. But there’s lots of leaders in the locker room who are going to help me,” he told Simcoe.com after Saturday’s game. “My job is just to be helpful between the guys and the coaches, and to just be a leader and try to show guys what to do on the ice and off the ice. So I’m going to try to do that to my best.”
QMJHL.com:Karl Jahnke announced former Islander Pierre Turgeon was elected to the Hall of Fame with his induction taking place on April 2nd.