Islanders website: Has the recap of tonight's 4-1 win against the Atlanta Thrashers where they set an all time franchise record for lowest shots against in a game with eleven with was set in March of 1977 against Detroit. Ted Nolan felt it was one of the best efforts since he has been here and praised Ruslan Fedotenko and a lot of the players for turning their games around, Sean Bergenheim feels nothing has changed for him but his shots are going in, Blake Comeau talked about Atlanta being frustated which led to a spear against him.
Totals 1st 2nd 3rd T
Atlanta 4 2 4 10
New York 20 17 12 49
Rick DiPietro set an all-time record for assist by an Islander goaltender in a single season. Plus thirty nine shot differential is also a new Islander team record.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
This team is playing and working like they want to stay together, it could have been seven or eight goals the way they worked. It was that impressive top to bottom.
An all time record for lowest shots against in a game with Freddy Meyer, Andy Sutton, Radek Martink, Marc Andre Bergeron, Bryan Berard and Aaron Johnson as the six defenders with Mike Sillinger's defense out of the lineup. Sutton was a wall in front of DiPietro.
I have written it several times, defense is about names not chemistry and tonight this group proved it.
The Thrashers got some early power plays but the Islanders owned this game from beginning to end and it was easily the best effort of the season and maybe it years because they simply dominated play.
Berard sticking up for Comeau was very impressive. Park's play to Satan completely fooled Lehtonen. Bergenheim again crashed the net for a big goal and could have had a few more. Isles took advantage of Bergeron's shot again with a big goal but did not set up a screen with a five on three. Fedotenko, Hunter and Vasicek looked dominating at times with Hunter moving very well and Fedotenko playing like a man who cannot be stopped, his second and third effort created his goal.
This team keeps scoring like this they should be ok, it has to continue.
Write what you want about Atlanta being tired but forty nine shots after the high shot total against Philadelphia and something is obviously working very well in terms of getting pucks to the net.
How do you change this mix the way these kids are playing, their speed is a huge factor. Nielsen had a good night on face-offs, these kids start scoring it's only going to get even better.
More tomorrow afternoon on this game but what a great night in front of another sellout.
I have written all year it changes quickly, it's changing again in favor of the Isles and they are earning it. It needs to happen again on Monday.
AHL.com: Reports the Sound Tigers again gave up forty shots on Saturday night and once again the Sound Tigers goaltending held together and Bridgeport shuthout the WBS Scranton Pens 4-0 with Mike Morrison in goal. Ben Walter, Sean Bentivoglio, Jeremy Colliton and Jamie Fraser scored for Bridgeport. Steve Regier had two more assists.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's 5-1 in six games for coach Jack Capuano's squad with a lot of players on call to the Isles.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's post-game blog felt it was Bridgeport's best game of the season.
Bridgeport plays Sunday 4pm against Hartford at Harbor Yard.