Associated Press & Sports Network: Recaps New York's 7-2 loss against Boston Friday afternoon.
Newsday: Greg Logan has the early recap of Boston's 7-2 win against the Islanders on Friday.
Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog had head coach Scott Gordon on why he pulled MacDonald with the Islander goaltender not happy with his forwards for not coming back forcing the defense to make longer passes.
The Islander coach was also not happy with the officiating.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
That early boarding against on Islander not called was brutal and something I should have brought up below. He was not turning, he was square to the board and got drilled from behind. I can see where Gordon was coming from with Tambellini's second penalty.
MY Point Blank : Mr Botta had a post-game blog that had a lot on Jeff Tambellini's play suggesting it's time for a conditioning stint for him at Bridgeport as part of his game update.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Scott Gordon did not have Joey MacDonald finish what he started.
Not sure if MacDonald was upset about being pulled but his reaction after Lucic's goal with 2:20 left where he was pointing and visibly upset left no doubt he was not happy with the teams defensive play in front of him.
On the 7-2 goal Tim Jackman got caught as Lucic drove the slot making him look like Malkin as the Islanders went to one man and left the middle wide open.
I pointed to this stretch of games for a reason last week, this group of clubs has the speed and skill to blow a team out of a game and that's exactly what happened when it got to crunch time today. Buffalo gave up a four goal lead to Boston and have the ability to run any team out of the building.
This was not all about the Islanders but a very good team with speed and skill that has learned how to win.
Islanders hung in and did not have a bad half of a game but even at 1-1 when Boston was not finishing they were flying with skill and the Islanders had to pay a big physical price at times to move the puck. What Wheeler did to Streit was no fluke in the second.
Tambellini's second penalty the Bruin player raised his stick, no doubt a lot of folks will not want to read that but we cannot put the third period and what happened on any one player.
MacDonald was good in this game and again gave the Islanders every chance. Sutton, Witt, Martinek, Meyer and Campoli all struggled with the Bruins and all of them had a few very costly turnovers.
Ryder, Savard, Lucic, Wheeler, Krejci & Kessel at times were dominating.
Witt giveaway led to the 2-1 goal, Campoli deflected in the 3-1 goal on the cross ice pass. Meyer-Sim got caught in center ice for a goal. Sutton almost deflected in a few others. Sim got badly beat for a goal by Krejci who powered past him, Jackman the final goal.
Mannino had little chance in what became garbage time. Witt, Jackman did what they could in the fight department.
Islanders hung in and did better than the final score will show but do not have the speed, skill or players with hands who can finish at that level with the Islander powerplay much slower. A few good rushes at the net but nothing to get the Bruins out of their game.
This was not an Islander team that came out and mailed in the effort which some may think if they did not watch this game, not even close.
Colliton had a nice pass off the boards for Thompson's goal. Guerin took a hit from Chara early and went right back and pushed him down and the Islanders tried to stand up for themselves but simply put faced a deeper, better club with a record that does not lie.
Some shots and a few rebounds for New York but few high-quality chances, maybe if Guerin finishes it's different.
This is why they needed the Devil game and all those other games they had a lead, a team like Boston is as tough as it gets.
Now they face a club that will remember what happened a few weeks ago. Will be interesting to see how MacDonald reacts.
ITV had the postgame up with Scott Gordon's comments in record time.