Islander News Articles 1/7

Newsday: Greg Logan's article is on defenseman Mark Streit with Scott Gordon's comments he should be given Norris Trophy consideration as the defender talks about what it would be like to return to Montreal as an All-Star.

Mr Logan also has Doug Weight's comment about maybe being named to the all-star roster but is also excited for Streit to be selected.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It a perfect world both would be going, it may well come down to who is selected from other teams at other positions. I do not see two Islanders selected but if I had to pick one Streit leads NHL defenders in scoring and is playing close to twenty five minutes and doing an excellent job on defense.

He absolutely deserves consideration for the Norris if things continue this way for the remainder of the season.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann had a lot of speculation on the Islanders all-star where he felt Mark Streit will be selected but Doug Weight should also be an all-star and credits him for wanting to stay here and how he felt the club cannot give up on the season. Mr Herrmann also endorsed Richard Park for being a pick because he has been the best overall two-way player.

Buffalo News: Mike Harrington reports in Buffalo's win against Jarkko Ruutu bit the gloved right thumb of Buffalo enforcer Andrew Peters — yes, bit — during a scrum near the teams’ benches with 6:47 left in the first period Tuesday in HSBC Arena.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Ruutu was the player Chris Simon kicked for the suspension last December. It will be interesting to see where this goes. Considering what Sidney Crosby got away with recently clearly NHL discipline and it's enforcements has a lot of double-standards in the judgements.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has comments from Andrew MacDonald & Mike Iggulden for being named to the Canadian all-stars with head coach Jack Capuano.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio previews tonights game against Houston at Harbor Yard.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio in the Sound Tigers blog has the selections for Canadian All-Stars.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
With Kurtis McLean not selected, I'm not sure Jack Hillen or Trevor Smith will make the cut for team USA, I would guess Nate Lawson does not have enough games but we'll see Wednesday.

Our Sports Reports Long Island product Vladimir Nikiforov has been recalled to the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers after being named to the ECHL all-stars last weel.

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Islander Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/06/2009 10:40:00 AM | | | Comment Here Reports AHL-All-Stars will be announced Tuesday and Wednesday at 2pm for each club.


Complete list of Canadian all-stars in above link listed.

Islanders website: Andrew MacDonald & Mike Iggulden were named to the AHL All-Star team Tuesday. Announced the reserves for the NHL all-star game will be made Wednesday for the Western Conference and Thursday for the Eastern Conference.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I'm considering doing a Newsday for both all-star games and taking a break. It will be interesting if Cablevision owned Newsday sends a writer to Montreal after DiPietro was left high and dry in Atlanta last year by the sports editor.

Islanders website: Jason Lockhart wrapped up the WJC with the final stats and summary for David Ullstrom, Jyri Niemi, Kirill Petrov and Blake Kessel.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

I was going to put the WJC links in the prospects blog but decided against it, we already have prospect updates there from the Islanders. I will keep the section up for reference until Thursday morning for everyone on the sidebar.

Point Blank: Mr Botta questioned the communication process today based upon Mr Logan's blog entry on DiPietro and Joey MacDonald's comments about when they were informed about starting/not starting.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Not to hit this very hard but there was obvious friction between Mr Logan and Mr Botta over lack of communication also a while back and this is just writing/blogging about hockey.

Mr Botta had more comments from Brendan Witt than what first appeared in Newsday where he spoke out about the defense and Scott Gordon's system. Witt then made it clear he does not want to be traded to Mr Botta. It forced Mr Logan to go back and put it in the Islanders Newsday blog.

I have seen a lot of articles over the years where the quotes are edited down and by the time an article is written it comes off different than what's intended. One paper has more, the other less.

It's not as easy with one newspaper covering the club, every quote in full will not make the paper but it does influence perception fair or not.

The communication process is a fine line with one goaltender working back from injury and the other not as sure of his starting status. I submit unless we are in the room when this happens we do not know what the communication is or if it's good or poor.

Is it really any worse than Steve Valiquette getting the call for a start on Saturday during the day when the other goalie was not able to go?

If there is a problem beyond what other clubs do Mr Botta should have told everyone who he thinks is wrong because he did not blame DiPietro or MacDonald, I guess that leaves the coaching staff or the trainers who he has defended?

He just kind of let it just sit there after stirring up perception something is not being handled properly.

I'm not sure it was necessary in this instance or he should have simply told his readers who he thinks made a mistake.

Blog Notables:
I eliminated the NY Times Islander feeder from the sidebar because it pulls out old game summaries too often. Islander website was also pulled because too much repeat content which the other feed already provides. I guess we will miss that Dave Caldwell feature ripping the club the next time but it's not worth getting three week old game updates from their feed.

I'm going to take time off on the polls or until I think up a fresh topic.

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Islander News Articles 1/6

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/06/2009 12:19:00 AM | | | | | Comment Here
Sports Network: Recaps Edmonton's 3-2 win against the Islanders along with Associated Press here which notes a loss Thursday ties the franchise record from 72-73 for most consecutive games on the road without a win.

Newsday: Greg Logan's coverage has Scott Gordon's comments on the officiating in the Islanders 3-2 loss and a team official reporting nothing is wrong with goaltender Rick DiPietro.

Newsday: Mr Logan's other article has comments from Doug Weight and Bill Guerin about the Islanders long-term plans and whether one or both would be traded and how that may effect the other.

Newsday: Mr Logan's late entry in the Islanders Newsday blog has more from his press conference on the officiating from head coach Scott Gordon with Rick DiPietro on why he did not play while Joey MacDonald talks about the winning goal.

Edmonton Sun & Edmonton Journal: Recaps the Oilers 3-2 against the Islanders Monday.

Edmonton Sun: Robert Tychkowski has Bill Guerin's comments on the Islanders lockeroom and how things have been good among the players despite the record.

Edmonton Sun: Derek Van Diest had defenseman Mark Streit's comments about why he signed with the Islanders who praised the organization and despite the record is very happy he signed here. Scott Gordon comments and credited his strong play and lobbied for him being named to the All-Star team.

CamWest News: Joanne Ireland has Oilers coach Craig MacTavish who credited the Islanders hard work and felt the record does not reflect the results.

Mr Botta at Point Blank had some comments from Team Sweden officials about David Ullstrom after Monday's loss for the Islanders prospect at the WJC along with some postgame against Edmonton here.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article was on Sound Tigers Pascal Morency with head coach Jack Capuano's comments.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio's Sound Tigers weekly among several items has questions with defenseman Chris Lee and all-star rosters released for team Canada Tuesday at 2 p.m. The 24-man PlanetUSA roster comes out Wednesday.

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Edmonton 3, New York 2

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/05/2009 11:13:00 PM | Comment Here
Edmonton Sun: Robert Tychkowski was providing in game updates with comments on Edmonton's 3-2 win against New York between periods.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Not for anything it sure seems the breaks and calls for the 08-09 Islanders is about as one-sided as the outside perspective at times which has little time or space for man games lost to injury or what happens in the game.

Four powerplays in three games?

I have not done many post-games here on officiating, this will be one of them.

Only the Islanders know what the story is with DiPietro who is in training camp mode? Either he is hurting or they or going slow working him in. Given the standings and MacDonald playing well it does not really matter.

Someone want to explain how Sean Bergenheim being hooked in the second is not a penalty or a penalty shot?

Apparently I do not know the rules but since when does a distinct kicking motion mean the skate must face forward on the 2-2 goal. The skate kicked out, whether it knocks the puck down or goes in that is a kicking motion.

Marginal stuff but things like this takes a fragile club, backs them in and gets the other team in the game. Islanders did virtually nothing the second half of the game and only had four harmless shots in the third aside from Jackman's chance or Okposo's post.

Islanders started great with an excellent shot by Okposo off a turnover to open the scoring and Bailey making a great pass to Comeau for the 2-0 pp goal. The play was sloppy at times but even.

Edmonton seemed a pass or play short until the puck started deflecting in off the fourth line players, this happened to Brendan Witt. Pock did not have Strudwick on the 2-2 goal and you can see the Islanders backing up more after a good effort where they did not give up a lot and did make some good plays to block shots.

Billy Jaffe and Jiggs McDonald had it right, the fourth line creates two goals it's likely a matter of how long before the top lines for Edmonton gives them something.

Momentum all with Edmonton after that.

Third period Islanders had Okposo's post over ten minutes in and that was about it.

Jackman gets a goaltender's interference call where he is clearly hooked but barely touches the Oiler goaltender, meanwhile MacDonald is run heavily by two players and no call against?

Oilers finally get the 3-2 goal where Campoli seemed to think the puck was in the corner and was outnumbered.

Islanders absorbed too many hits, Witt was bounced around a few too many times.

Of course a late cross-checking penalty where Trevor Smith was hit and no call, Islanders do nothing with the goaltender pulled and another loss.

A lot of times the Islanders lose games because of how they play, tonight the officiating had a lot to do with the final result and they deserved better.

Too many turnovers by the Islanders but they played well for the most part with a lot of line changes.

Doug Weight did an excellent job in the broadcast booth. A little fire from Scott Gordon after the game, he has his teams back but gave them a little too much credit for not generating much in the second half of this game.

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Canada wins WJC 5-1 over Sweden

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/05/2009 09:34:00 PM | Comment Here

 Sweden lost to Canada 5-1 in the WJC final game on Monday, David Ullstrom had a penalty.

Kirill Petrov was a plus one in Russia's 5-2 win against Slovakia here.

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New York at Edmonton 9:30 pm Msg+2

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/05/2009 04:05:00 PM | Comment Here
Joey MacDonald stated in goal for the Islanders.

Edmonton despite all the struggles comes in off a 4-1 win against Dallas Saturday after home losses to Calgary and Ottawa are two games over five hundred which places them tenth in the Western Conference only a point out of the eighth seed.

Injury Expected Return
12/30/08 Steve MacIntyre LW Face IR. Out until at least early January
12/30/08 Fernando Pisani RW Ankle Out until at least late January
01/03/09 Ales Hemsky RW Nose/concussion Out until at least early Jan
01/03/09 Marc-Antoine Pouliot C Concussion Questionable for Jan. 5

Dwayne Roloson in goal has posted 10-6-5 record with 2.63 gaa/921 save percentage.

Ales Hemsky 34 10 25 35 1
Shawn Horcoff 37 10 18 28 2
Sheldon Souray 36 12 16 28 0

Former Islander Denis Grebeshkov with 2 goals, fourteen assist is on the Edmonton backline with Robert Nilsson according to the Edmonton Sun's Terry Jones having a plus two against Dallas in a game where the Oilers played well here despite the benchings and missed practice.

Edmonton Journal: Had Joanne Ireland on their win against Dallas.

From the Islanders side of things we'll have to see what they bring to this game on the fast Edmonton surface. Speed gives them trouble in most games adjusting, they have gotten back into games recently and played some strong third periods and had a very good middle part of the first but overall they have been spotty and it's cost them.

Seems whatever offense they generate in terms of finishing comes off something that Richard Park does. When Park, Jackman and Tomas Pock score that's a game the Islanders should win.

I would expect Rick DiPietro to start but anything is possible depending on how he reacts to practice. Goaltending is not the problem for this team regardless who starts. Islanders need to draw more powerplays than they have been on this trip so far.

As of Sunday night no reported callups from Bridgeport.

I will add updates to lineup as made available, aside from a change in goal I expect the same lineup.


Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog reports Doug Weight is out for tonight's game, Radek Martinek went home for final medical clearance, Jon Sim is likely to dress even though he is not a center with line shuffling.

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30th Overall? Cannot see it happening.

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/05/2009 10:14:00 AM | Comment Here

Team portrait of the 2000 - 2001 New York Islanders professional ice hockey team on center ice at Nassau Veterans' Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, 2000.

That year's Islanders were Mariusz Czerkawski, Roman Hamrlik, Dave Scatchard, Tim Connolly, Brad Isbister, Claude Lapointe, Mark Parrish, Kenny Jonsson, Bill Muckalt, Oleg Kvasha, Garry Galley, Taylor Pyatt, Jason Blake, Zdeno Chara, Aris Brimanis, Juraj Kolnik, Mats Lindgren, Mark Lawrence, Jeff Toms, Steve Martins, Kevin Haller, Mike Stapleton, Branislav Mezei, Eric Cairns, Jason Krog, Craig Berube, Ray Schultz, , Steve Webb, Anders Myrvold, Mathieu Biron, Evgeny Korolev, Robert Petrovicky, Jesse Belanger, Chris Terreri, Wade Flaherty, and John Vanbiesbrouck.
That's the last Islander team that finished 30th in Charles Wang's first year as owner, it's almost laughable comparing the talent here now to that overall group and see this roster finishing 30th overall as they did.

Butch Goring deserves having his number retired just for coaching that disaster for close to two seasons after he did an excellent job his first year.

I projected this club to finish sixth going into this season in the East. If they were not decimated by injuries all year I absolutely believe they would at the very least be in contention for a playoff spot at this time.

That Pittsburgh game where they were twenty minutes from five hundred on home ice was the beginning of the end.

Do I see this full roster finishing 30th as that group did? It took only one win for an entire month to barely drop to the bottom so for me the answer is no.

If you think veteran players looking for a job next year or prospects playing for future employment/roster spot intend to lose games you are kidding yourself.

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Islanders at the WJC 1/5: Championship Game

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/05/2009 09:29:00 AM | Comment Here

The big day is here at the WJC, Canada was five seconds from a huge upset Saturday, tonight they play Sweden with Islander prospect David Ullstrom at 7:30pm for the gold.

Earlier Monday it's Russia with Kirill Pertov in the consolation game against Slovakia at 3:30pm.

Given Petrov has been coming back from injury it's possible he may not play or see more time as others ice-time is scaled back.

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Islander News Articles 1/5

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/05/2009 12:20:00 AM | | | | | | Comment Here


Newsday: Greg Logan's article is on Mike Comrie's latest return to Edmonton (second as an Islander) and the booing from the fans that comes with it from his time as an Oiler. Comrie comments on playing with Kyle Okposo/Blake Comeau, his health and his future along with his relationship with management.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Sounds like a man who wants to stay and be part of things long-term. At his age when healthy his offense will not be easy to replace. Nothing would surprise me here whether he is resigned or traded.

Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog had an interview with Richard Park who is now the third forward to hit double digits in goals. Park in the interview says the club is trying to build some good habits and that regardless of results what can be controlled is the teams work ethic and playing right until the end, staying positive and building confidence from the effort. Park feels this is a better club than the one that lost in Boston last month and that they are here to win games.

Mr Logan speculates it would be wise to hang onto Park past the trade deadline and that he is mentally strong enough to handle what is ahead regardless if a Bill Guerin is traded.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Park's been outstanding and brings so much not on a scoresheet to a team and without his huge goals the last weekend of 2007 the Islanders do not make the playoffs. If the team had size, scoring and a top six unit Park makes sense as part of this roster long-term on the fourth line who can be spotted on other lines. He's done outstanding here on every level and been a much better big game player than I have given him credit for.

I would guess he is not going anywhere.

Having written this if I were general manager I would have to move him at the deadline. His career trends do not lie and if Garth Snow is expecting him to become the next Jason Blake that is not likely. Last December he went on a scoring run, beat Washington in overtime and then went thirty plus games without a goal.

As a checking forward this club must get younger, bigger and develop more consistent skilled scorers for it's top lines. This is why they signed Figren, Joensuu, Marcinko and have a lot of other prospects who will push out veterans or prospects.

Richard Park is signed for next season.

Quick word on Sunday morning coverage:

Post-game comments from Scott Gordon & the players did not make it into game story, just a written recap. Not much time for a recap to make the printed version of the paper with the late start time. Good job by Mr Logan to have a recap written while many other teams games do not have an article from the West coast the next day.

ITV had the coaches press conference.

Edmonton Sun & Edmonton Journal: Have the latest on the Oilers entering Monday's game against the Islanders.

Union Leader: Ed Klajman has Blake Kessel's comments on his WJC experience despite not winning a medal as the reporter noted he lead the US in plus/minus entering Sunday's game.

National Post: Had an article on both WJC games Sunday noting Jyri Niemi's goal against Germany.

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Aaron Ness Dodge Holiday Classic MVP

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/04/2009 11:53:00 PM | | Comment Here

 Sports: Recaps Minnesota winning the Dodge Holiday Classic Saturday with Islander prospect Aaron Ness named MVP of the two game tournament scoring his first career goal with 8:28 left in regulation after Minnesota trailed 2-1 entering the third period. Ness collected a loose puck and launched a shot from above the faceoff circle into the upper corner of the net.

Ness also set up Minnesota’s first goal, which tied the score at 1-1 late in the first period. The freshman fired in a shot that deflected off the body of Tony Lucia into the goal with 1:27 left in the opening period.

Star-Tribune: Roman Augstoviz had an update on the health of Minnesota coach Don Lucia who had to miss the games but was in the pressbox for the final and is undergoing a battery of tests.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

I was sent an-email about Ness early Sunday on winning the MVP and scoring his first goal. He did not get picked for team USA so this was one instance where it worked out well for him.

Best of luck to Gopher coach Don Lucia, despite any problems last season this goes beyond anything hockey related and we hope he is back behind his teams bench where he belongs soon.

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Some Newsday Double Standards

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/04/2009 05:48:00 PM | Comment Here
Good thing Newsday created a hockey blog for Mark Herrmann to basically not do any entries for virtually the entire month (12/2-12/29) of December. He did have an entry recently about the WJC where he wrote for about the third time recently (in Ranger/Islander articles) about possible/future Islander draft pick Jonathan Tavares here with Saturday's update about his Wednesday hat-trick.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Actual comments or game statistics from Newsday staff on Islander prospects at the WJC playing there now? None.

Mike Casey sometimes blogs in Mr Herrmann's space, Saturday he posted a video of Pens star Sidney Crosby fighting with a helmet on against the Panthers in a loss here where he talks at length about the code where players should not be fighting with a face shield.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Apparently Mr Casey had selective amnesia when Ranger Nigel Dawes instigated a fight against the Islanders Monday and did not take off his face shield to fight Mike Comrie because he did not write a word about Dawes, Bettman or the code.

Newsday: Neil Best apparently when reporting television ratings for the NHL outdoor game that were up slightly forgot to note New York as usual was not in the top ten.

Top 10 Metered Markets (rating/share):
1. Chicago 11.8/21
2. Detroit 10.5/20
3. Buffalo 10.1/20
4. St. Louis 5.3/10
5. Pittsburgh 4.4/8
6. Denver 4.2/10
7. Providence 3.5/7
8. Indianapolis 3.4/6
9. West Palm Beach 3.3/6
10. Orlando 3.2/5

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Apparently that would not go over well for Mr Best's future comments NY must be the host city for the next game. These numbers are consistent with recent ratings for ASG and the Stanley Cup Finals with New York buried.

Recently I wanted a weather report and clicked on Newsday. The writer of the forecast? Former Islander beatwriter John Valenti from a decade ago.

Just because someone who is a professional writer who does hockey articles at a given time does not make them a hockey expert. Mr Valenti used to kill the Islanders in print which is sometimes fair but given Newsday's overall coverage many times is questionable.

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Something has to give soon

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/04/2009 02:00:00 PM | Comment Here
Just want to remind everyone Josh Bailey's next deadline according to Windsor Spitfire general manager GM Warren Rychel comes on January 10th here where if Bailey is returned to Windsor before playing 40 NHL games, the Islanders would lose one year on his entry-level contract, however Bailey would not be a year closer to unrestricted free agency.

Note-I'm not sure what Warren Reichel was talking about back on December 13th in the above article. The Islanders just played game number forty in San Jose, Bailey has played in his twenty sixth NHL contest.

Even with Mike Sillinger back on IR when Nielsen returns with Weight, Comrie, Park down the middle something has to give here for Bailey to stay. Nate Thompson seems to have his roster spot here regardless of how often he is out but at this time there is no spot for five centers.

Richard Park for all my writing about his scoring is on pace for twenty goals/forty points and has a year left on his contract, he's going nowhere.

Jeremy Colliton (injured Saturday) is doing well for Bridgeport, Ben Walter did not look out of place in his latest trip to the NHL, this is the right time for them to play NHL games.

Tomas Marcinko is also in Bridgeport.
The left side with Tambellini, Bergenheim, Smith and Blake Comeau with Andy Hilbert, Jon Sim and even Jesse Joensuu is only going to become more competitive for spots in this lineup.
The right side also seems locked up beyond a Jackman demotion with Okposo, Hunter and Bill Guerin and his NTC. Not sure where Robin Figren fits this in terms of next year.
Defense is locked tight without a trade to open a spot for Hillen, Andrew MacDonald, Dustin Kohn or another player. All top six defenders on paper with Gervais are under contract for next season.
I'm not sure what's going to happen unless the injury bug continues to bite and open up roster spots. One reason for Bridgeport's success is so many extra players all getting a game off through that lineup.

Finally a quick reminder for anyone who thinks it's as easy as cleaning house so prospects can play. With a cap floor they cannot simply ship Guerin, Weight and Comrie out to open up roster spots unless they take back salary (players) in trades at this time.

At the trade deadline it becomes a little easier to ship out contracts, but Garth Snow cannot drop five million from the final payment of this year's contracts either.

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Islanders at the WJC 1/4

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/04/2009 11:55:00 AM | Comment Here

Today wraps up the WJC for Islander prospects Jyri Niemi with Finland playing Germany at 2:30pm & Blake Kessel with Team USA against Czech Republic at 7:30pm.

Updated 8pm:

Jyri Niemi had a third period goal, five shots and was plus one in Finland's 3-1 win against Germany at the WJC.

Blake Kessel was not in the lineup for the US against the Czech Republic which the US won 3-2 in a shootout.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Statistically speaking an impressive showing in Ottawa for the Islanders prospect, all about future seeding for some clubs in WJC tournaments or participation.

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Islander News Articles 1/4: Colliton injured

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/04/2009 01:30:00 AM | | | | | | | | Comment Here
AP: Recaps the Islanders 5-3 loss to San Jose.

Newsday: Greg Logan's recap of the Islanders 5-3 loss to San Jose on Saturday.

Newsday: Mr Logan also had Frans Nielsen's comments about the hit by Mike Mottau of the Devils and his leg injury.

Newsday: Mr Logan also repeated his blog entry for the print edition of the paper for Doug Weight's 1000th point and Josh Bailey's first NHL goal.

San Jose Mercury News & Constra Cost Times with SF Chronicle here.

Globe & Mail: Sean Gordon recaps team Sweden 5-3 against Slovakia.

Vancouver Sun: Had a brief update on Finland's 7-1 against Kaz.

New Hampshire Union Leader: Allen Lessels has a feature on Phil Kessel and Islander prospect Blake Kessel. Reports Bridgeport lost 3-2 in overtime against Albany Saturday on the road.

1. ALB Ryan, (11) (Tifu), 5:10
3. BRI MacDonald, (5) (Bentivoglio, Lee), 11:26 (PP)
3. ALB Ryan, (12) (Tifu, Petruzalek), 18:07
3. BRI Bentivoglio, (5) (Walter, Iggulden), 19:35
OT. ALB Ryan, (13) (Rodney, Dodge), 3:38

Nate Lawson had thirty three saves, Yann Danis did not dress.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's game coverage with blog entry here has comments from Sean Bentivoglio's goal with 24.8 seconds left to get them into overtime. Head coach Jack Capuano credited his forwards as he juggled lines after the injury. Brett Skinner also comments.

Troy Record: Has coverage from Chris Fitzgerald on Saturday's game with Phil Janack in the Daily Gazette here.

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San Jose 5, New York 3

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/03/2009 10:41:00 PM | Comment Here

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Too small, slow, not skilled enough or strong enough on the puck for far too long tonight.

Islanders needed more than half a game to get skating, when they did they got some quality chances and were in this game to the end.

San Jose did not have to be very good to earn the 3-0 lead off Islander mistakes/breakdowns regardless of shot disparity, that's where the game was ultimately lost.

Cannot make mistakes to Mike Grier for goals. Nabakov flat out robbed Weight blind and Bergenheim did everything but finish at the end of the first. Guerin had a good chance and was robbed..

Still after two periods Islanders were in this hockey game, it easily could have been a different result if they skated like this to open the game.

Joey MacDonald played as well as a goaltender can play facing close to fifty shots.

Richard Park is making me look foolish with discussion about his scoring, he was in on all three goals and playing the best offensive hockey of his career.

That was a winnable game, Islanders needed too long to get into this contest.

I think they had part of one powerplay again tonight?

Jiggs and Billy Jaffe again had very good chemistry.

First period:

Okposo and Campoli forechecked into turnovers, Meyer outnumbered for shot against MacDonald.

Islanders look shorthanded running around their own end for the first five minutes, they got the puck to center ice and four Sharks were in center ice back.

MacDonald too busy early, Semenov throws down smaller Jackman in a fight/wresting match.

Some center ice play, Comeau first descent chance about nine minutes in. Nice graphic showing size/weight difference between these teams. Even worse at center.

Man on man defense slow, Meyer-Witt caught in front for the 1-0 goal for San Jose who are just pressing the attack.

Doug Weight a great job stepping in with a big guy like Ehrhoff who punched Streit in the head after Streit threw an elbow, Weight went to lockeroom after sitting in box for a while.

Four on four, puck bounced on Streit for a chance, Comeau lost his man but Sharks did not control the puck.

Islanders got into Sharks end of ice, just a low percentage angle shot.

Meyer, Comeau too slow to react to Mike Grier who is hardly a skilled player and banks it in off Comeau 2-0.

Bergenheim has best chance of period.

Outnumbers in all three zones too often.
16-4 shots against. Islanders blocked thirteen shots.
Second Period:
Doug Weight returns, left with few minutes left in his fighting penalty.

Meyer does not get the puck in San Jose end, almost leads to a transition goal for Sharks. Guerin generates chance, caught on point two-on-one counter for SJ.

Pock point shot, outnumbered 4-1 going for rebound.

Grier almost scored again on wrap-around, Comrie penalty on a mild crosscheck after the play.

Joey MacDonald outstanding save on cross-ice pass. Shots against 22-5, Park draws penalty skating.

Four on four play, Islanders cannot get puck out, Hunter cannot clear, Boyle walks in for 3-0 goal, Campoli fell leaving Bailey back to set up play.

Guerin forces Nabakov to make a quality save on short Islander powerplay.
Okposo turnover big shot stopped MacDonald. Penalty over another save off Rob Blake.

Islanders being dominating all three ends of ice.

Okposo line with Comrie best sustained pressure down low, no quality shots but good movement. Eight minutes left in second period.

Campoli almost beaten wide, forced Shark behind net.

Fourth line pressure, Sharks come down with quality chance, MacDonald two saves.

Streit to Richard Park who bats in his own rebound 3-1. Six points in five games for Streit.

Sharks come right back with pressure. MacDonald big save on Thornton backhand.

Okposo almost made it 3-2 off a good forecheck by Comrie.
Weight robbed on a rebound off a Hunter shot, open net stick save. Islanders create another chance, Nabakov left net open again.

Islanders seemed to finally get in this game and controlled play.
Third Period:
Joey MacDonald show to open the third.

Islanders gave up chances but had a lot of good counter rushes and almost got the 3-2 goal with Jackman, Park, Bergenheim generating plays themselves. Campoli was hooked in his own end, it was not called, Comrie was called.

Islanders killed the four on three powerplay.

Hunter just missed Park for a breakaway.

Islanders miss a puck in center-ice Rob Blake leads a 3-2 rush with a perfect pass to Grier for his second goal into an open net against Witt-Meyer. No chance for MacDonald.

4-1 game.

Witt penalty.

Jackman scores shorthanded off the rush 4-2. Park made the play to set him up for his third point.

This is where Islanders have been scoring, penalty to Witt over.

Thomas Pock scores on point shot off Shark, another Park assist.

4-3 hockey game 1:03 left....

Goalie pulled Streit picked, open net goal for San Jose 5-3 final.

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Ullstrom third period goal, Sweden advances to final

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/03/2009 05:36:00 PM | | | Comment Here Reports Islander prospect David Ullstrom scored the 3-2 goal in the third period goal for Sweden in their 5-3 comeback win against Slovakia to place them in Monday's Final at the WJC on a goal mouth scramble.

Jyri Niemi opened the scoring for Finland against Kaz in their first consolation game tonight and won 7-1. Niemi finished with a goal, four shots, penalty and was a plus two.

Canada-Russia went to a shootout with the Canadians winning 6-5 after tying the game with 5.4 seconds left in regulation.
Kirill Petrov no points.

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New York at San Jose 10:30pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/03/2009 02:00:00 PM | | | Comment Here
San Jose Mercury News: Mark Emmons previews tonight's game against San Jose and reports C Torrey Mitchell (leg) and C Jeremy Roenick (right shoulder) are out. D Douglas Murray (lower body) are listed as day-to-day.

San Jose comes in having gained only four points on a three-game trip, but have lost their overall NHL lead to Boston but stand at 28-4-5 entering the game.

San Jose has thirty eight of a possible forty points on home ice this year, they are led by Joe Thornton (9-35-44) Patrick Marleau (18-22-40) D. Setoguchi (18-19-37) & former Tampa Bay Lightning defender Dan Boyle (11-19-30) with a host of other outstanding players and Evgeni Nabokov in goal.

For those who recall the Islanders defeated the Sharks in New York last season during their six game winning streak.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It's almost on a level of the Canadians historic season where they lost eight games between them and Boston.

We all know what happened in Boston despite it being a close game late.

Nabakov had two days off before this game and another two day break afterward, I do not see the Islanders facing the backup goaltender here.

Sad part is tickets are available for this Saturday game.

Only flaw I can find on paper is San Jose having only one game with more than three goals scored in their last six contest. At home the record speaks for itself and coming back after a trip with only one win in three the Islanders will face some significant problems here unless they play their best game with a much better level of team defense.

Otherwise this could get very ugly.

The team defense did a lot of running around against Phoenix.

Islanders drew only one powerplay last night. I would expect Joey MacDonald in goal, beyond that unless Scott Gordon is going to bench a forward I expect Jon Sim will remain on the sidelines with Martinek & Nielsen just practicing unless a surprise happens and one (or both) return.

I fully intend at this time to do a very late post-game with news articles so check back after the game concludes.


Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog had a lot more from Doug Weight and Josh Bailey from last night's postgame that did not make it into the paper for Saturday.

San Jose Mercury News: David Pollak reports this will be Alexei Semenov’s first start in the NHL at forward with defender Derek Joslin’s making his NHL debut.

According to the writer Head Coach Todd McLellan made the moves in part because Jody Shelley won’t be in the lineup with upper body soreness.

Here are the line combinations from the morning skate:

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Islanders at the WJC 1/3: Semi-Finals

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/03/2009 01:00:00 PM | Comment Here

Sweden with David Ullstrom plays Slovakia at 3:30pm
Russia with Kirill Petrov plays Canada at 7:30pm

Winners meet in Monday's Final

Finland with Jyri Niemi plays it's first consolation game against Kaz at 6:30pm.

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Poll Update: Islanders All-Star?

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/03/2009 10:00:00 AM | Comment Here
This week's Poll at NYIFC was one that had to be done with the NHL All-Star game voting concluding soon and asked everyone who would be their pick to represent the Islanders in Montreal later this month?

No e-mails were received writing in a player I did not list and as usual a great response to the poll from the knowledgeable readers here.

Clear winner with Mark Streit dominating the vote in a way I did not even expect to this degree considering how well MacDonald and Weight have performed.

Thanks everyone.

Results with a little over a day left are as follows:
Trent Hunter 1 (2%)
Doug Weight 5 (10%)
Mark Streit 40 (83%)
Joey MacDonald 2 (4%)

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Islander News Articles 1/3

Newsday: Greg Logan's game article has comments from Doug Weight on his 1000th point as he credited Wayne Gretzky's franchise for being first class and wished it would have meant the Islanders tied the game. Head coach Scott Gordon talked about the penalty by Chris Campoli on their only powerplay costing them while Rick Dipietro discusses the third goal he wanted back but said he got through the game with no injury problems.

Newsday: Mr Logan also has an article on Trevor Smith and why he was called up with comments from Scott Gordon.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

The competition is on here big time at left wing now with Bergenheim, Tambellini, Comeau and now Trevor Smith. Not sure what this means for Jon Sim unless someone is injured or Tim Jackman sits and someone shifts to the right.

Arizona Republic: Jim Gintinio recaps the Coyotes 5-4 win against the Islanders Friday.

San Jose Mercury News: Has the latest on the San Jose Sharks who put Claude Lemieux on waivers to be recalled and cleared but for now is still in the AHL.

Defenseman Derek Joslin up from Worcester, forward Jamie McGinn down. Douglas Murray skated and said he hopes to be back tomorrow after missing Wild game with lower body injury, so Sharks might have eight healthy defensemen. Todd McLellan said he might experiment some, including playing Alexei Semenov at forward.

Jeremy Roenick skated with team, doing everything except contact drills.

Canadian Press: Recaps Russia's 5-1 win against the Czech republic on Friday along with Slovakia's win against the US which drops them out of any medal contention. Reports the trade of Assistant Captain Michael Ward and Stephen Horyl to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles has elevated Islander prospect Maxim Gratchev to assistant captain.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps Bridgeport's comeback win with Jeremy Colliton talking about his deflected tying goal with a little over six minutes left, Yann Danis on how well he saw the puck in his first game/win in a while & head coach Jack Capuano discussed one of the Sound Tigers better systematically structured efforts/forecheck all season.

The Sound Tiger coach also credited Phantom goaltender Scott Munroe for his strong play.

Philadelphia Inquirer: Has combined coverage with Daily News on Phantoms.

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Phoenix 5, New York 4: Weight 1000th, Bailey 1st

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/02/2009 11:47:00 PM | | Comment Here

Congratulations to Doug Weight on career point # 1000 & Josh Bailey on his first National Hockey League goal.

Islanders website: Added a classy tribute to Doug Weight on the header and has his postgame comments.

Associated Press: Has the recap of New York's 5-4 loss to the Coyotes with here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Winnable game where the Islanders in the opening minute generated some good chances, then just as quickly gave up the opening goal on a Meyer-Witt mistake where a checking forward made a good move on Meyer to the inside at the two minute mark.

Phoenix took the play at them after that for a few more minutes but then the Islanders starting making some great reads in the offensive zone and controlled play for a good part of the first.

It seemed the way they were working they they would be in good shape for the night based on those few minutes or at least in a one goal game. Comeau, Okposo, Comrie generated chances, Tambellini two very good plays for setups & Bergenheim scored to tie the game at one on a very good shot. Gervais took a puck at the Coyote net on a nice rush.

Billy Jaffe said Trevor Smith has a habit of getting to where the puck is, I agree and what little time he got he was around the puck in the offensive zone and visible, he drew a penalty by fighting through a check.

Islanders got that powerplay, Campoli penalty, delayed penalty Coyotes take the lead back on a shot that was a bomb to end the first.

Second period Islanders came out and were simply outworked, outskated and outhit which set up the rest of the hockey game.

When the Islanders generated chances they stayed to the outside or did not shoot like Comeau having an angle to rush the net and instead skated behind it. Jackman seemed to be on for a lot of shifts and screened DiPietro on a shot he has to stop from a bad angle, earlier DiPietro robbed Jokinen who was a little sloppy but has to be expected at this point.

What they did for a good part of the first they left in the lockeroom until too deep into the third period. I'm not taking goals but generating quality chances.

Mikael Tellqvist when tested made a few good saves too in the first and the third.

Third period Islanders for too long did not generate enough. Jokinen was left alone on a rebound for the 4-1 goal. Guerin made a nice dump in for Tambellini to cycle and Guerin found Bailey in the slot to finish the 4-2 goal, after that both teams hit posts before Meyer and Streit lost to a bouncing puck and Phoenix did get the 5-2 goal.

High marks to Park for his shot on the 5-3 goal on Weight's assist (DiPietro got an assist) and the open net he finished with the goaltender pulled after that. First multi-goal game for Park since the day the Islanders qualified for the 2008 playoffs against the Devils. (three point night)

Too sloppy for two many stretches and it was the difference, Phoenix has goal scorers like Doan & Jokinen, Islanders do not.

Cannot recall this Islander team looking better late in games down goals than they have in the last week or so. They almost got the tying goal, a few more seconds and it seemed they would have.

Not tonight.

Classy stuff from Coyotes fans for Doug Weight, well deserved.

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