Islanders website: Has the recap of tonight's 4-3 shootout loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Congratulations to Richard Park on winning the Bob Nystron award. I think I would have selected Brendan Witt but hard to argue with the choice.
I could be wrong on this but I think that was the Islanders first home shootout since they beat Ottawa in November and only the second all season. It's the first shootout of any kind since March 4th. Last year it seemed like a weekly/daily event and another difference from last season where they lost three times in regulation in a twenty game stretch which is all about survival skills to get games to overtime.
That's how you make the playoffs in this league and exactly what a tired Philadelphia team did tonight against a fantastic effort from Wade Dubielewicz who bailed out his defense all night and made a bunch of outstanding saves. Only time Dubie seems to falter is when a Flyer fans on a puck or his defense gives him no chance. That unit looked tired at times tonight and Philadelphia from the second period on really applied pressure. Martinek gave all he had, Spiller was playing his third game in three days.
Only thing that I did not like was the veterans on the powerplay at the start of overtime as they looked slow and predictable. Okposo and Comeau got on late in the second powerplay and Okposo almost won the game.
The kids created most of the goals after Niittymaki giftwrapped one for Richard Park but Park made a great play for Comeau's goal. Okposo did everything but finish and worked hard to get in position.
A nice goal by Frans Nielsen to give them the lead and once again the prospects easily outworking and outskating most of the veterans on this roster. Isles for a few shifts after that almost put Philadelphia away with Hunter holding the puck for a long time in the Flyers zone and a few close chances before they sent the game to overtime.
Guerin, Satan and Vasicek were outworked by these kids tonight and painfully slow at times when the puck needed to be moved. Bergenheim put in his usual effort. Satan at least again stuck up for his teammates and got involved on a play in front of Dubielewicz.
Of course the one Flyer powerplay they scored.
Not much else to write, Islanders had the two points wrapped up and Dubie gave them every possible chance to win and much more. Veterans just look tired in these games for the most part with few exceptions.
AHL.com: Reports Bridgeport lost 4-2 at home to WBS Pens after taking a 2-0 lead in the first. Ben Walter had a goal and an assist.
Sound Tigers.com: Recaps Bridgeport's loss to WBS Pens.