Live Blog: New York 3, San Jose 2

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/18/2008 02:29:00 PM | |
A little live blogging today.

Ted Nolan not on bench (personal reasons) Fedotenko runner up for player of week in NHL. Comrie another retaliation penalty in offensive zone. San Jose's second powerplay looked very dangerous and backed Isles in.

1st Period:
Islanders score in transition off great shift by Bergenheim but after whistle blew.
No goal-Five on three powerplay for Isles.

2:33pm-Bergeron offsides five on three.
2:34-pp looks terrible so far, cannot even set up.
2:35-stationary, slow powerplay, Nabakov barely tested, Isles could not even get in zone for most of it.

2:36-Power play a complete disaster, Sharks come out of box, beat icing and draw two powerplays like it was scripted.

2:38-Johnson and Meyer in box.
2:39-Big clear Martinek.
2:40-Isles kill full five on three shorthanded, Sharks owned puck in Isles zone but did not get rebounds.

2:42-Great play Martinek to win puck at Isles blue line.
2:43-Sharks fifth powerplay, Trent Hunter marginal interference call.
2:44-Hilbert clear.
2:44-Suton check, Park clear....period ends.

Isles spent most of the period shorthanded so they generated little in terms of offense. San Jose had a lot of pressure in close but seemed one pass short of a goal, Sutton played very well. Isles defense did a good job with sticks in lanes breaking up passes. Jody Shelley should never beat anyone to avert an icing, even coming out of penalty box.

2:47-Ted Nolan in his office dealing with a personal matter.
Shots: 7-5 San Jose
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Second period:
Sharks have about a minute of power play time to start second.

3:01-Ted Nolan on bench.
3:02-Sutton big block, DiPietro save, penalty over.
3:05: Marcel Goc comes out from bad angle and finds far post 1-0 San Jose.
No interference on Shelley after Hunter call?

3:09-Isles pp after Sutton-Cheechoo-Michalek sticks and pushing.
3:10-Save off Bergeron in front on pp.
3:11-Isles pp does nothing late and get's pinned in zone.
3:12-Cheechoo chances, save DiPietro.
3:12-Sharks penalty on Cheechoo, play called for illegal Isles substitution as they had puck, but no penalty on Isles.

Refs controlling game to where it has little flow.

3:14-Isles powerplay.
3:15-Satan-Comrie-Guerin setup up but one centering attempt cleared.
3:16-Sharks key on Bergeron....no shots, powerplay ends.

3:18-Martinek save off Satan pass coming in from point, Isles do everything but finish. Nabokov cut, play dead, leaving game. Defense clears puck from Park with empty net.

3:22-Thomas Greiss in goal for San Jose.
3:22-Isles have only seven shots.
3:23-Comeau good shot off rush.
3:24-Isles penalty for slash on Guerin, DiPietro big save on delayed penalty.

3:26-Fedotenko draws hooking penalty on Cheechoo, four on four play.
3:27-Quick whistle on DiPietro save.
3:27-First Coliseum game since Trottier retirement ceremony.
3:28-Isles brief powerplay goes nowhere, Satan shot blocked.

3:32-Icing Isles, game announcement of sellout.
3:34-DiPietro good save on Rivet, robs Cheechoo.
3:34-Save on Berard from point.
3:36-Isles watching as Sharks beating them to pucks, Bergenheim soft clearing pass.
3:37-Second period ends.
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Isles nine shots, very few quality chances or sustained pressure. Extra step missing in this game, refs have taken both clubs off their game with little flow and too many calls. Very few individuals efforts noticeable unless it's defenders getting sticks in passing lanes. Sharks playing a good road game and giving the Isles little.

Nabokov, facial laceration, could return.
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Side Notable-Somehow the 4-0 Sound Tigers did not have one player nominated for AHL player of the week, despite Steve Regier, Morrision having big weeks?

Ten players or more are listed, btw.
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Third period:
3:55- Evgeni Nabokov back in goal for San Jose, Greiss faced one shot.
3:57-Isles being outworked in first minute, icing against.
3:59-Isles third icing, San Jose making it tough to generate anything.

4:00-Broken play off Isles block to Thornton for backhand goal 2-0 San Jose.

4:02-Floating backhand by Guerin hits stick to Hilbert who bangs in goal 2-1

4:03-Mike Comrie makes his Darron Quint move on Kyle McLaren and scores through five hole 2-2 !!
4:06-Hunter work behind net draws powerplay. Refs seem destined to decide game as they up their numbers for calls, Isles powerplay.
4:07-Bergeron point shot, save Nabokov.
4:08-DiPietro save off San Jose block and pass for breakaway by Mitchell, two on one breakaway a second time saved by DiPietro...powerplay over.
4:09-Isles icing, 11:26 left in regulation.
4:13-Another Isles icing.
4:15-Isles need to move puck or force Sharks to go two hundred feet, some center ice play needed.

4:18-Freddy Meyer with snap shot off wing from faceoff circle 3-2 New York, Bergenheim good enrty pass.

4:19-Save on Sutton, Isles starting to skate, good shift in SJ zone with Hunter missing wide from good angle.
4:21-Comeau boarded from behind by Murray and hurt, went down head first and went in like his arm got it but leaves ice. Good ovation by crowd, looks like boarding major and automatic ejection to Douglas Murray.
4:24-Five minute powerplay for last seven minutes. Hunter stopped by Nabokov.
4:25-Isles controlling puck, Berard shot blocked.
About 1:31 disparity in game clock to Sharks penalty.
4:27-Save on Guerin, Sharks not sitting back down by a goal, very dangerous given how things have gone this season. Nielsen on powerplay.
4:28-DiPietro save on Mike Grier, quick whistle as he tried to move puck.
4:29-Looks like even strength play on Isles pp with Sharks coming at Isles. PP almost over.
4:30-Powerplay over, Save Nabakov on Guerin and hold. Satan. Ehroff and Satan. Shelley trying to engage Sutton. Satan heads to box.

4:32-Satan/Comrie in box for Isles, Nabakov to bench. Even strength.
4:33-DiPietro incredible save, Sutton looks badly hurt as if leg gave out on hit in corner. Sutton being helped off like it's serious, can put no weight on leg.
4:35: 16.2 left.
4:36: Isles icing, six second left.
4:36: Timeout San Jose, faceoff Isles zone.
4:38: Vasieck wins faceoff, Isles clear zone and WIN THE GAME 3-2.............

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