10/31/08

Philadelphia 3, New York 2 Overtime

New York Islander Fan Central | 10/31/2008 02:35:00 AM
Islanders website: Has the recap of Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers with Scott Gordon's comments on Frans Nielsen's penalty and how his club got better as the game went along.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Not sure how I feel about this game.

On one hand the club gave up a great chance to the Flyers in the first ten seconds, left Carter all alone on the second goal and simply could not finish in a game that they had to score. I'm not impressed about a Guerin four on three shot from the point and a Hilbert fluke where he misfired were the Isles only goals.

Players like Guerin, Weight, Sim and Comrie have to produce more quality chances in a sixty minute game.

On the other hand other forwards did generate chances and Islanders were the better team in the second half of the game. Thompson, Bergenheim, Nielsen had some great chances along with Hunter getting that nice pass from Okposo in the second.

Scott Gordon's lines were tough to get a read on with a lot of changes as the game wore on. MacDonald gave them every chance to win the game and I loved watching Sutton push Hartnell away from the goaltender shorthanded in the second. Pock broke up a two on one, everyone was steady on the backline all night for the most part and that's hardly a small sidebar considering the injuries on the backline.

Flyers picked apart an Atlanta team struggling on defense going into this game.

Overall it was a waste to play Fritz over Tambellini who took a poor penalty especially considering Tambellini is one of the clubs he has scored against for what that is worth. Hunter's second period penalty against Sbisa was a terrible call where both players should have been called.

I felt the penalty in overtime on Nielsen was a marginal call but a makup call for the one that gave the Islanders an overtime powerplay. Last year it seemed a matter of when before the Flyers got the five on three goal or the Isles gave up a goal on their own the powerplay to turn the game.

Isles four on three in overtime was on the perimeter for far too long with Hunter in front screening Biron. Too bad Hunter missed the wide open net.

Nate Thompson the lone forward in the closing seconds?

Ok. Islanders got a point and had a good overall defensive effort and skated well again, that's the good news.

Bad news is the standings do not lie, it's getting late early.





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