Islanders website: Jason Lockhart has the recap of the Islanders 3-1 win against the Devils in Newark with Ted Nolan/Kyle Okposo's comments on the win, his first NHL goal/assist and how well Wade Dubielewicz played in a game the Islanders took only sixteen shots.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Thrilled with the young players and a great play to set up Kyle Okposo for his first NHL goal and assist and with some individual efforts from Comeau, Bergenheim, Colliton, Martinek and outstanding play from Dubie.
Not happy at all with the overall veteran response (aside from Guerin and Vasicek fighting) and how the Devils dominated play as the Isles took a lot of penalties and again almost gave up a late shorthanded goal with Meyer and Berard too far apart to try a cross ice pass that Meyer could not handle. Isles got a break on the no goal call with the net coming off and the Devils took some angle shots but for the most part after a hard workout and how upset the coach was coming out with only sixteen shots is not good. Comrie found Tambellini in the third on the backhand for one rush at the Devils net but a lot more is needed from both of them.
Heck of a setup for Okposo's first goal from Richard Park and a look on Martin Brodeur as if he was shocked at someone on this roster with a shot like that or the Devils leaving him unguarded in the high slot.
That's a good night for the kids and a little something to keep Ted Nolan and the veterans going for the next two weeks. Hate to write it but it's absolutely true that the kids are outworking the veterans in these games and it's not a good example to set.
For me Dubielewicz is doing exactly what I expect him to do. Since I have followed him in Denver he does not lose many games with poor play and thrives on games like this with a lot of shots and work. I have no doubt we will see more of the same from him as he gets even more aclumated to playing on a regular basis again.