Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Islanders website: Has the recap of tonight's 3-1 loss to Toronto where Ted Nolan felt the prospects outworked the veterans.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Ted Nolan hit the nail on the head and has a right to be upset at his veterans and the leadership who were outworked by the kids tonight. He did not name names but I will because Bill Guerin, Vasicek, Comrie and Miroslav Satan were outworked for large parts of the game against a terrible team without it's best player and another good forward in Antropov. That's a terrible example to set for these kids.
If they are hurt sit them down, no excuse for that kind of collective effort. The merit system the coach talked about has been abused enough by the veteran players.
Guerin fanned on a shot, it went to the corner and he just took a lazy turnaround shot from an impossible angle that Toskala easily scooped up.
Without Dubie it could have been 4-1 or 5-1 because he was that good and of course the Islanders horrible powerplay almost giftwrapped another goal. Meanwhile how many great saves did Toskala have to make? Colliton had a great chance early, Okposo had his wrap-around and a nice pass to Richard Park for a good angle shot and did look like he belonged in the NHL. Bergenheim, Comeau, Colliton all produced good chances and were very visible with Bergenheim finding Comrie for the Isles best chance at the end. Steve Regier had a very good first period chance also.
Tambellini through his first period hit but was he held back by the veterans on his line?
On defense Dubielewicz bailed out the defense but the Toronto forwards skated better than the Islanders and pushed the play with Jason Blake getting a lot of good chances. Berard had some good plays at both ends, so did Meyer and Martinek.
Pathetic crowd again booed Blake, terrible SMG ice surface gave Davison his goal.
Ted Nolan has a right to be very upset at his veterans here, if he is coaching with his job on the line no doubt his veterans are playing like do not care or playing hurt.
No excuse for being shutout outside of a fluke goal by this brutal Toronto team coming off a shutout in Montreal. Mike Sillinger, Andy Hilbert, Ruslan Fedotenko have been inconsistent all season on offense at best.