1/20/09

Rick DiPietro confirmed out for at least this year

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/20/2009 05:59:00 PM
Islanders website: Reports goaltender Rick DiPietro will be shut down for the season with his comments and those of general manager Garth Snow.

"This has been one of the most frustrating situations I have ever had to deal with, but this is the right decision for me and the team," said DiPietro. "I am confident this will allow me to make a complete recovery, be ready in plenty of time for next season and compete to my highest ability for many years to come. I’d like to thank Islanders fans for their patience and I look forward to playing in front of them next season."

"After extensive consultation we feel this decision is in the best interest for Rick and the team," said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. "This will allow Rick ample time to make a full recovery for next year. There has been no discussion of this being a career-threatening injury and we expect Rick to make a full recovery."


Newsday: Greg Logan reports associate team orthopedist Elliott Hershman comments that continued swelling in DiPietro's surgically repaired left knee is the source of the problem and will rest for the next 6-8 weeks. At that point, a decision will be made regarding the next step.

Since there is no ligament damage, Hershman said reconstructive surgery won't be necessary, however further surgery on the meniscus remains a possibility.

The most optimistic prognosis is that DiPietro will be ready when training camp opens in Saskatoon, Sask. on Sept. 12. At this time the injury is not considered career-threatening at this time but he needs to be monitored.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
The most optimistic prognosis is he is ready for camp? That means he will likely be in the same situation he was this fall.

That also means Garth Snow has to upgrade his goaltending for the long-term at some point.

DiPietro is a world-class goaltender, they have to do whatever it takes for him to return to full health and look out for his career.

Point Blank: Mr Botta has more insights from the doctor about the injury.

Tsn.ca: Reports goaltender Dany Sabourin was placed on waivers Tuesday by Edmonton.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Waivers work by NHL standings in reverse, Garth Snow has first chance if he wants to claim him which I would think he would unless he would prefer Mannino play or wants to do better with the break coming and make a trade.





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Quick Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/20/2009 03:08:00 PM
Columbus Dispatch: Adam Portzline reports Columbus goaltender Pascal LeClaire will have surgery on his ankle and miss the remainder of the season.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That means Wade Dubielewicz will not be going back on waivers at this time unless the Jackets decide another goaltender is best for the backup role which is not going to happen.

Media Blog: Corey Witt reports Mark Streit will be in the hardest shot competition in the skills tournament all-star weekend.

Newsday: John Jeansonne has more of the page view game with KC speculation, but no comments from anyone of note with knowledge of what's going on.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Which begs the question why did he even bother unless it was another kick to stir folks up.








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Is Scott Gordon too unconventional for NHL?

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/20/2009 09:32:00 AM




















I more than understand the tough circumstances Scott Gordon has had to deal with from virtually day one of camp this year. This man came here without an assistant of his own or a long-time associate and had to teach his assistants with his players.

At his press conference he talked about the Stanley Cup and winning now, he was questioned by some in the media for it, he sounded very much like a man with all the answers as camp opened full of confidence.

To his credit Bill Guerin and Doug Weight have praised this coach top to bottom.

Having written this I wonder if this coach from his system (which he said he made adjustments) is the right one for this level?

He's made a few glaring mistakes in games adjusting, the Frans Nielsen non-response against Mike Mottau/Devils was unconventional and brutal. He played Okposo on left wing and still has him there on the powerplay, he demoted Comeau and in effect Nate Thompson took his roster spot if not his position. The third period leads lost are a big part of the story too in terms of in-game strategy.

A few postgames he has seemed out of focus with some comments, not remembering plays for goals or one long five minute answer after a game to where the person afterward said they forgot the question the coach had spoken for so long. He was tough on Yann Danis yesterday like he has not been on other players who have made repeated mistakes at least in print and Danis deserved some criticism but so did the team defense for all the odd-man rushes and breakaways Danis stopped.

Not to hit this very hard but to date he has not singled out other players this way when some deserved it.

On the prospect front I do not see anything better or worse from Blake Comeau from a year ago, I expected improvement and the same goes for Bergenheim. Frans Nielsen was playing fantastic before his injury. Tambellini is getting more adjusted every game with slow progress. Early season projections were Okposo should have more goals and point than he has, Scott Gordon admitted a mistake making him a left wing.

If Nate Thompson and Tim Jackman are here because this coach wants them to become NHL talents who can score that's not likely and a bad gamble, it's like trying to force a top six spot on Richard Park who is doing a very good job but his career record does not lie.

I get it with all these injuries, it's beyond comical and like nothing I have ever seen in my time as a fan and has made for a lost season.

I cannot imagine how frustrated management and Scott Gordon must feel.

Last year's team was in the lottery and three games under five hundred, the 05-06 season was four games under.

The 2008-09 are SEVENTEEN GAMES UNDER FIVE HUNDRED. In a league where you pick up points in eight or nine games just by losing this is beyond brutal, a yet they are almost never blown out of contests.

They have been more than competitive even without scoring lately which begs the question how come they cannot win a few games?

Bill Torrey fired his first coach (Phil Goyette) in 72-73 and did not keep Earl Ingarfield. My speculation is because of what happened with Ted Nolan, Garth Snow does not have the same luxury, nor should he.

I could be dead wrong but I cannot shake this feeling Scott Gordon is not the right long-term coach, it goes beyond the record.

So many in the AHL and NHL praised his hiring.

I sure hope I am wrong.






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Islander News Articles 1/20

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/20/2009 06:00:00 AM
Newsday: Greg Logan's game recap of the Islanders 2-1 ot loss to Washington with secondary article here that includes Kurtis McLean's comments on his NHL debut.

NY Post: Dan Martin's game recap has comments from Brendan Witt, Yann Danis and head coach Scott Gordon.

Daily News: Peter Botte has comments from head coach Scott Gordon, goaltender Yann Danis and defenseman Brendan Witt on his overtime penalty.

Washington Post & Washington Times coverage of the Caps ot win.

Times & Transcipt: Brent Mazerolle has reaction from local officials on the team leaving Moncton for training camp.

Star Phoenix: Kevin Mitchell has comments from Toronto businessman John Graham, who brokered the deal between the Islanders and Credit Union Centre to hold camp in Saskatoon.

Leader Post: Corey Wolfe has comments from Blake Comeau about Islanders having camp in Saskatoon.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's Sound Tigers weekly notes head coach Jack Capuano called a team meeting while the beatwriter had five questions for Tomas Marcinko.





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1/19/09

Washington 2, New York 1 ot

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/19/2009 07:11:00 PM
Sorry folks but this is the short version because I am down with a good case of the flu. I intend to let the feeders do the walking tomorrow unless I feel better with the articles.

Not a bad effort but many of the same tendencies as the Boston, Ranger game with some good effort but this group collectively cannot finish with some players too young and others in spots where you cannot expect goals. Nielsen, McLean, Streit, Okposo all generated good chances, they either miss wide or shoot it right into the goalie.

Washington was not very good but at times they got through the Islander defense who bent too often but were not burned for it.

This is not a team getting blown out 8-1 in these games. Even the Devil game they struggled it was a 3-1 game with two soft goals against.

Scott Gordon for his part was critical of Yann Danis (in goal with no margin for error) and for his quality saves is absolutely right about his mistakes but he has not played a lot and a great deal is being asked.

Joey MacDonald and how he performed was taken too much for granted.

Sure the call on Witt was weak and decided the game but the mistake by Danis with the powerplay should have finished them.

Of course when you score one goal a game, it's more than a problem. Even with the five on three Guerin was taking low percentage outside shots before Nielsen found Okposo.

We'll see what happens against Anaheim.






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Trent Hunter out, Kurtis McLean called up

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/19/2009 11:47:00 AM
Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog reports Trent Hunter will not play and Kurtis McLean will be called up to take his spot on right wing in the Islanders lineup.





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Ratings & Attendance Update

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/19/2009 11:35:00 AM
Sports Business Journal: Tripp Mickel haas the ugly New York Islander attendance and television ratings which see the Islanders now next to last in tv ratings with a thirty seven percent drop since last season.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It's not explained how Sports Business Journal acquired this data, several times in the past Msg supplied the information, earlier this year Nielsen ratings did a report.

What is not included or explained in these numbers is whether the Msg+2 games are included in this low rating where at least in my area the games are not advertised or even listed on the program guide on those games we actually have sound or a picture.

It should also be noted the Devils have had some games on Msg's prime network this season, the Islanders none.

We all know the deal with the pre-game not being on for a good part of the season and virtually no television coverage all summer.

Product on the ice does not help but we all know Cablevision since they purchased Msg has a vested interest in restricting Islanders access on television as opposed to when they had no sports teams and bought the Islanders television rights back in the early eighties.






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1/18/09

Washington at New York 2pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/18/2009 11:21:00 PM
Star Phoenix: Should have coverage of Monday's announcement of the Islanders having camp in Saskatoon.

Newsday: Greg Logan has goaltender Yann Danis's comments as the Cap game is previewed while Mr Logan speculates on whether Dany Sabourin will be placed on waivers or Curtis Sanford will be made available in a trade given he cleared waivers for Vancouver.

Washington Post: Tarik El-Bashir reports in the Caps blog Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Semin, Nicklas Backstrom, Viktor Kozlov, Sergei Fedorov, Michael Nylander, Shaone Morrisonn and Brent Johnson didn't take part in Sunday's optional practice.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said Johnson is "feeling under the weather" and that Jose Theodore will start in net against the Islanders.

*Boyd Gordon (back spasms) will likely be back in the lineup against the Islanders, Boudreau said, adding that Gordon didn't play against the Bruins Saturday because the team had no need to rush him back.

*Meanwhile, neither Poti nor Morrisonn are making the trip to New York.
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Washington Times: Cory Masisak previews the Islanders with more on the Washington injuries.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Not much to write on this game. Caps come in off a win against Boston, they have defeated the Islanders this year at home but it was a competitive game. I would expect Scott Gordon plays Danis again with Mannino starting in Bridgeport Sunday but who knows?

We should get to see Jack Hillen play some hockey if Campoli does not play. With only one more game before an eight day break I expect anyone injured will stay out of the lineup.






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WBS Pens 3, Bridgeport 0

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/18/2009 03:30:00 PM
AHL.com: Reports Bridgeport lost 3-0 at home Sunday against the WBS Pens at Harbor Yard.

Peter Mannino had twenty five saves in goal for the Sound Tigers who were shutout for the first time this season.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's Ct Post blog had game updates.

Sound Tigers lose two of three on the weekend and three of four with Wednesday game.

Citizen's Voice with Patriot News.





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Sunday Quick Hits

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/18/2009 02:19:00 PM
* I expect if Dany Sabourin is placed on waivers Garth Snow will be claiming him within the next few days. He did not do a great job for the Pens but he did fill in as a starter with Fleury out for Pittsburgh and won two games at the Coliseum.

Considering their struggles since Fleury returned until today, Sabourin did not do half bad.

Kevin Lowe must have wanted Garon off his team bad or Ryan Stone in his minor league system who has been a Sound Tigers killer.
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* I don't want to hit this too hard but Trent Hunter has to start giving this team some goals. I know he lost his center in Nielsen and has had to play with a lot of different centers/forwards but he has to give this team some scoring despite all the other things he does. Richard Park stopped scoring and the goals dried up among the forwards.

Anyone else catch that set play with Park on the powerplay in front, why is Okposo (a right wing) not the player to get that pass? I wrote it the other day but what is he doing as an off-wing point on a team with Bill Guerin and Trent Hunter as the right wingers when you are in last place?

Some veterans have to finish some plays here and give them an even strength goal or two a game. The powerplay right now is holding the club back and even with the losses the last two months they were getting that two or three goals per game.

Not anymore.
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* Sure seems like Bergenheim at best now is a fourth line left wing even when he returns.

Comeau is locked on that line with Comrie-Okposo. Tambellini locked in with Nielsen-Hunter and for now Park has the left side of Bailey-Guerin.

Sim-Thompson-Jackman make up the rest of the mix.

If Hilbert is skating he may be back soon which usually means a new injury to someone, not a numbers game.
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* One thing the Islanders can do is settle some injury situations during the eight day break or bulk up the depth.
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* For all the headlines Rick DiPietro season is over the Islanders are taking a long time to get there in making such an announcement.
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* On Mr Botta'a side Mike Sillinger's comments in the Saskatoon paper on him being in camp next season reflects a man who expects to continue his NHL career and resign here for next season or management has discussed a coaching spot.
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* Not really on the radar but the NHLPA will vote Thursday whether to extend the CBA or opt out meaning a possible lockout at the end of this season here.

The union can terminate the agreement in May and also has the option of extending the deal a year through the 2011-2012 season. NHLPA boss Paul Kelly makes clear the NHLPA is prepared for another work stoppage but even if an agreement was not reached they could play under the expired deal.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

My guess is the deal is extended to 2012 unless Paul Kelly or Glen Healy wants to make a name for themselves by putting the sport out of business for good, I do not think they want to go there.
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* Has Newsday sent someone to KC yet to keep the hysteria going on them moving to KC? Funny how Islanders President Chris Dey has not been asked to comment or forced him to decline comment.

With the football championship games today the staff may have something else to write about in the sports department. They are not going to insult the Knicks, see no evil unless they can run down Marbury-Curry and save buyout dollars.
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* When is Chris Dey going to schedule NYC night and bring in Michael Bloomberg to drop the puck. That would really get folks talking about this being a NY market team from the man who used to own the radio rights on his network.

Islanders schedule events in Astoria and Queens Village along with Bayside.
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* For those wondering Cablevision-Newsday saves hundreds of millions in future television contract payments to the team if the Islanders ever did re-locate. A lot of financial motivation to get the team out of here but my speculation is Charles Dolan and Mr Wang are friends and would not let the son go that far or has less influence at the paper.
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* Mike Franscea came off like the Islanders have absolutely no right to relocate to Queens or Brooklyn for those wondering, as a matter of fact they have every right to play anywhere they want. Queens and the tri-state area is New York Islander territory.







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Campoli injury, Jack Hillen recalled

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/18/2009 01:53:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog reports Chris Campoli suffered a groin strain and listed as day to day.

Jack Hillen was called up to take his spot and comments on playing in Bridgeport.

Head coach Scott Gordon comments he selected Hillen because he is an offense defender like Campoli as the head coach went to Bridgeport to watch the Sound Tigers play this afternoon.

Note-Peter Mannino was returned to Bridgeport and started in goal for the Sound Tigers with Len DiCostanzo released from his PTO.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Could be a one day trip to Bridgeport for Mannino or Garth Snow found another goaltender.






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1/17/09

Islander News Articles 1/18

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/17/2009 10:40:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan's game recap of the Islanders 3-1 loss to the Devils (no quotes at this time) had an earlier article and comments from Wade Dubielewicz, general manager Garth Snow and Columbus gm Scott Howson on the goaltender being claimed by Columbus on waivers here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Snow knew Columbus was negotiating with the Jackets and there was a chance of this happening. No blame at all on GM Scott Howson, he has every right to improve his club within the rules. Maybe the play should have been for Snow to turn down Dubie wait for another club to sign him and then make the claim but that's easy for me to write.

Newark Star Ledger: Colin Stephenson has the recap of the Devils win.

Newsday: Mr Logan has gm Garth Snow's comments who confirmed the teams Saskatoon camp announcement Monday and three year deal with an option to renew (same as Moncton) as he talked about expanding the Islanders marketing and how he sees the Islander jersey everywhere on the road.

Mr Logan ads the question is whether all those Islanders jerseys could become quaint relics of a bygone era in a few years time as he recapped the Lighthouse.

Newsday: Anthony Rieber stirs the pot with the Kansas City angle getting comments from officials on Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and the Los Angeles Kings and a member of the NHL's Board of Governors and his efforts to land NHL teams.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann has more hysteria to stir up telling us if Long Island losses the club they will never get another professional sports team but credited Charles Wang and defended him as someone who is passionate about his team. He also credited Saturday's fan turnout.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Newsday staff has nothing to write about with no Giants, Jets and no baseball for a while and if these folks do not ring up page views the paper will find someone who will.

The Tribune Review and Post-Gazette sports writers in Pittsburgh did not even go anywhere close to where Newsday is already going when the Pens actually did threaten to leave.

You would think Charles Wang issued a public ultimatum or has said he will sell to the first person and let them move from this kind of hype, it's time for Newsday staff to take a big step back.

Don't be fooled for a moment this is about helping a team in a paper that did not even cover it's franchise player at the ASG last year or did all they could to put Al Arbour night and the core of the four in a bad light.

That folks is the record of coverage and has done damage, when the 25th anniversary of the first cup came around and it was not written about, that's Newsday's record.

My advice would be read the quotes from the folks involved in the Lighthouse Project and the team officials, not most of this junk that goes over the top and beyond is simply done to stir everyone up from a lot of staff who are not fans of the team.

You think Mr Herrmann is ever going to go negative on the Knicks or the Rangers the years they were horrible? Doesn't happen.

Unless there are openings at the KC Star for a sports writer or two.

One thing I will write, if something like this ever did come to pass with the Islanders leaving Nassau County is not the only one to blame for losing this team.

Newsday takes a huge share of the hit also with the Times, Post & News. They kicked this franchise every chance they could when they were down and did not hype them for being as great as they were. A lot of teams performed worse at times and did not take this kind of beating.

Anyone think if the media hyped Weight and Guerin and gave them a proper tribute more free agents would want to sign here? Cannot blame the building so easily for that and a lot of other things where the Islanders did their part and the media coverage failed.

Daily News: Peter Botte/Kristie Eckert combined game coverage.

NY Post: Dan Martin's game coverage.

NY Post: Larry Brooks made the case of a New York Islanders vs Ranger outdoor game in 2010 but made it appear as if the Islanders are the only local team struggling for ratings and exposure.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
A few nice words in there from Mr Brooks but ratings do not lie. Ranger hockey is not a national draw on NBC during the season or playoffs and when he talks about the most important American markets, this market is all baseball and football.

That is not changing.

One look at the dwindling space for hockey in his own paper says it all as he had to become a baseball writer the last few years. This is a big sports market, a small hockey market.

The Rangers need an outdoor game just as bad as the Islanders.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's live blog recaps Bridgeport's 3-1 in Binghampton on Saturday here.

1. BRI MacDonald, (6) (Nikiforov), 2:31
1. BNG Carkner, (3) (Shannon, Zubov), 9:17 (PP)
1. BRI Joensuu, (13) (Walter, Smith), 14:18
3. BRI Smith, (20) (Lessard, Iggulden), 1:33

Nate Lawson had twenty nine saves.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio previews the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins game Sunday at 1pm which is a Bridgeport home game.

Press & Sun-Bulletin: Has the Senators coverage.





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New Jersey 3, New York 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/17/2009 09:59:00 PM












AP Has the recap of the Devils 3-1 win against the Islanders Saturday.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

That was not fun to watch tonight. I can accept the losing but I expect to see this team come out and work hard.

Credit to the Devils for working harder, putting the pressure on the Islanders and forcing mistakes but no excuses for Scott Gordon's team to pull a no-show at home for close to two full periods when they are home waiting for a club that played the night before and traveled.

Third period they started winning some shifts, Comrie did not get a call and they missed the net from outside on a few.

Islanders are in that day off and then play at home stretch, they should have come out with a lot more jump to start this game after what they did against Boston.

Devils seemed to have four skaters around the puck all night until the third period when they put it into cruise a bit.

Clemmensen for his thirty plus shots rarely had a tough save to make, no second shots or rebounds and a few shots wide.

From the Islanders side some individual play mostly from Sim, Jackman and one great chance from Richard Park, but the powerplay has looked completely lost recently and Okposo looks out of place as a left point, having written that it has not been one specific thing causing them to struggle.

They tried to play a little physical and dominated the hits, Jackman is not an enforcer.

Then there was the goaltending that was very good, great or brutal from Yann Danis.

I'm sure the Devils push the play more without those goals and maybe get another if it's a 1-1 game but a fragile team allowing those goals can easily put a game out of reach.

Of course a lot is being asked of Danis but this is the job. His save after the first goal was world-class but the third goal was brutal.

Howie Rose showed no mercy as if the Islanders were the only team not to draft Zach Parise, he did what he usually does and scored the Devils best play of the night on a powerplay rebound off somewhat of a marginal call.

This was a dismal effort where we saw a team too passive for far too long. Not nearly enough puck possession

Radek Martinek's first point of the season.

Ok, we'll see what happens against Washington.





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Dubielewicz claimed by Columbus

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/17/2009 03:40:00 PM
Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog & Peter Botte/Kristie Eckart in the Daily News report here goaltender Wade Dubielewicz was claimed by the Columbus Blue Jackets on waivers with the goaltender expressing his disappointment.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports Peter Mannino is already driving down with Len DiCostanzo heading to Binghampton for tonight's road game.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Hate to say I told you so but when I read three teams were considering Curtis Sanford as he went on waivers, then passed and Dubielewicz signed with the Islanders and needed to go through the same process I expected one of the teams that may have thought of Sanford decided to wait for Dubielewicz.

That's exactly what happened, I'm not surprised. Did anyone else look at the recent injuries and struggles of Sanford last week?

A lot of folks apparently thought Dubie clearing waivers would be a formality, I was not one of them.

Best of luck to Dubie in Columbus who will be in a playoff race where he belongs at least for now.
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To clarify this for those who do not understand or want to blame Garth Snow or call this a mistake Dubie had to go through NHL waivers to rejoin the league. In this instance because the Islanders were doing the signing they had to let him pass through waivers.

If Columbus had signed Dubie he would have to go through NHL waivers and then the Islanders based on standings would have first chance to sign him.

What's next? Columbus may have to put a goalie on waivers for Dubie. A week from now Dubie or another Jackets goalie may be back on waivers.

Than Garth Snow will have first call. Remember Freddy Meyer's journey?

Don't be shocked if Dubie is an Islander again within a few weeks as the Columbus Dispatch goes through the ramifications with their injured goaltender Pascal LeClaire
which includes Wade Dubielewicz and gm Garth Snow's comments here.

Updated:
Tsn.ca: Edmonton-Pittsburgh swapped backup goaltenders involving Danny Sabourin headed to the Oilers in a minor trade, Edmonton gm Steve Tambellini is quoted as saying "I don't plan on bringing him [Sabourin] to Edmonton; either through trade or placement in Springfield, we'll see what happens the next couple days," Tambellini told radio station CHED 630 in Edmonton.





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New Jersey at New York 7pm Msg+/+2

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/17/2009 01:59:00 PM
Sports Network: Previews tonight's game against the Devils.

Player GP G A PTS +/-
Patrik Elias 44 19 31 50 12
Zach Parise 44 25 25 50 16
Brian Gionta 43 11 27 38 11
Travis Zajac 44 13 21 34 16
J Langenbrunner 43 8 24 32 12
Dainius Zubrus 44 11 17 28 9
David Clarkson 44 8 10 18 0
Johnny Oduya 44 3 13 16 11
John Madden 38 5 8 13 -7
Paul Martin 39 3 9 12 9

Goalies
Player GP W-L-OT S GAA SV%
Scott Clemmensen 27 16-9-2 765 2.40 .918

Only Devil on the injury report at this time is goaltender Martin Brodeur.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Brendan Shanahan is not expected to play tonight against the Islanders, Kevin Weekes starting against Columbus Friday should mean Scott Clemmensen will be in goal.

Given Mr Jeansonne's article Dibielewicz will not start.

Bergenheim or Sim?

At this point given the standings does anything matter but working as hard as they have recently in both ends of the ice, finishing some plays and staying healthy?

You play hard and continue to develop a team concept. I have been impressed with the work ethic and sooner or later it will pay off with some goals.

Devils as usual are simply a team better than the sum of it's parts that do not get nearly the credit they deserve but this is not the trapping team of the past. Brent Sutter's club can play any kind of game you want whether it be low scoring or a shootout.

They were not great against Columbus from what little I watched.

Their record and success do not lie and Parise when the game is on the line he usually does something to win the game for his club. Elias is finally getting back to the player he was before his hepatitis.

Somewhat surprising this is the Devils first trip to the Coliseum given they have played 2/3 home games against the rest of the division already.

Not sure on a post-game tonight at this time but will have something by the morning.







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Poll Update: Rick DiPietro

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/17/2009 11:58:00 AM
This weeks poll began before the idea of a Dubielewicz signing (or a MacDonald injury) hit the radar at a point the Islanders returned from the Western Conference trip where Rick DiPietto dressed but did not play and then stopped dressing missing a game in Calgary many thought he would start.

Yann Danis had to be recalled during the trip.

So our poll asked what should be done regarding his health? I voted for what the doctors say with regard to his health, I do not buy into the concept of not playing him simply because some are tired of taking about the issue, one vote recognized he could have the same issues in the summer, a few he should return when he is ready.

With a little over a day remaining the results were mixed but generally agreed the club must do what the doctors think is best or the status quo option:

Whatever the doctors say with regard to his health
17 (40%)

Shut him down for his own well being
10 (23%)

Shut him down for a better shot at a top pick or because I'm tired of reading about it.
11 (26%)

Play him as soon as he is ready
2 (4%)

Shut him down knowing he could have same problems in the summer again
1 (2%)

Status quo-Keep doing what they have been
7 (16%)

Thanks again for the solid voting turnout.






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Islander News Articles 1/17

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/17/2009 07:00:00 AM
First time the Islanders have played a Saturday game for a while, our little tradition here will be the put NYIFC in third jersey mode on such days.

Newsday: John Jeansonne has Saturday coverage with Wade Dubielewicz first comments heading into the Devils game who won in Columbus 2-1 Friday with Kevin Weekes in goal here.

Brendan Shanahan was not listed on the scoresheet.

Newsday: Anthony Rieber & Jim Baumbach report NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said this week that the Islanders are not looking to relocate but have comments from what they call a person familiar with the planning of their exhibition game in Kansas City as a showcase game as they recap comments from Mr Bettman on his XM radio show on Thursday.

NY Post: Dan Martin has Wade Dubielewicz's comments with head coach Scott Gordon. There is a chance Dubielewicz could start against New Jersey.

NY Post: Mr Martin also had Bill Guerin's comments who felt he and Doug Weight have upheld their part of the bargain and is very disappointed with the seasons results but hope they can contribute together when Weight returns.

NY Times: Dave Caldwell covered Dubie's comments yesterday with some post-Boston quotes from Scott Gordon.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
The Times went to Islander practice, Lynn Zinser went to Chicago? They did not cover these games when they played at Msg.

What are we all missing here?

NYI Fan Central Comments:
We do not even get two articles for games much less a day off from the Post?

AHL.com: Reports Bridgeport lost against Hershey Friday night at Harbor Yard 5-3 dropping them into third place.

1. HER Osala, (19) (Bouchard, Wilson), 2:24 (PP)
1. BRI Iggulden, (17) (Smith, McLean), 7:11
1. BRI Walter, (9) (Smith, Iggulden), 15:43 (PP)
1. HER Perreault, (7) (Bouchard, Osala), 16:28
2. HER Giroux, (30) (Lepisto, Bourque), 15:54 (PP)
3. HER Giroux, (31) (Aucoin, Perreault), 7:34 (PP)
3. BRI Walter, (10) (Lee), 8:50 (PP)
3. HER Bouchard, (12) (Laing, Sloan), 11:20

Nate Lawson allowed five goals on seventeen shots.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has an full interview with Sound Tigers President Howard Saffan where he makes clear the following regarding Thursday's News and points out attendance is up in Bridgeport this season to fourteenth overall:

"One has nothing to do with the other," Saffan said. "We played a team this year, the Houston Aeros, owned by Minnesota. Proximity, one team versus the other, is fairly irrelevant.

"I'd be kidding you if I didn't say the convenience of Fairfield County to Long Island wasn't important, but at the end of the day, the New York Islanders need a place to develop players in the American Hockey League."

"We've built a good fan base. You can tell by the attendance," Saffan said. "My concern is, working with the Islanders, growing up on Long Island, desperately not wanting to see the Islanders forced off Long Island by politics."

"Charles' vision was to create a development that would be spectacular and draw people to Long Island. That's the premise for the Lighthouse project," Saffan said.

"Over the course of the past 24 months, politicians' timetables and developers' timetables are quite different. Charles continues to lose $20 million a year. (Wang partner) Scott Rechler and Charles are absolutely committed to this project."

"I know Charles many, many years. I've never met a person more committed to Long Island than Charles. The only way the Islanders move, in my opinion, off Long Island is if (town supervisor) Kate Murray and the Town of Hempstead turn down the Lighthouse project in a timely fashion."



NYI Fan Central Comments:

Normally I like to do a summary for everyone but too much for me and I wanted exact wording for you.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio recaps Friday's loss with head coach Jack Capuano and Nate Lawson with in-game blog coverage here and previews Saturday's game in Binghampton here.

Harrisburg Daily News: Covers the Hershey Bears with Patriot News here.






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1/16/09

Islanders Heading to Saskatoon for 09-10 Camp

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/16/2009 09:41:00 PM
Star Phoenix: Kevin Mitchell and Cory Wolfe report a Monday press-conference has been called at Credit Union Centre, where they’ll announce the Islanders have agreed to hold training camp in Saskatoon Sept. 12-20. The NHL team will also play exhibition games in Saskatoon against the Calgary Flames on Sept. 19 and the Edmonton Oilers on Sept. 20.

The deal — brokered by race-car driver and Toronto businessman John Graham — moves the Islanders out of Moncton, N.B., where they’d held camps the previous two seasons.

Islanders director of communications Seth Sylvan said Friday he cannot comment at this time. Mike Sillinger and prospect Jyri Niemi comment on the upcoming camp.

Included are a Sept. 15 game in Prince Albert between the University of Saskatchewan Huskies’ men’s hockey team and the Islander rookies, an alumni/celebrity golf tournament on Sept. 18 and an Islanders’ autograph session during the Saskatoon Blades’ Sept. 18 home opener against Prince Albert.

Moncton official Ian Fowler comments but has not been informed by the club yet.

The current roster includes three Saskatchewan products: Sillinger, Blake Comeau of Meadow Lake, and Brendan Witt of Humboldt.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Billy Jaffe said it would be announced next month. Mike Sillinger sounds like a man expecting to return. Even Jyri Niemi comments?

Folks in Moncton have to be very disappointed, they were a great host from all reports the last two years.

Now we know the Islanders are playing the Western Conference clubs which I think is an all-time first. No doubt this was held back or omitted from the Kings game for obvious reasons by Darren Dreger or the club.






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Mr Botta's Heimlich Maneuver Saves Mike Francesa

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/16/2009 04:51:00 PM
Was listening to WFAN around 3pm and there is Mike Francesa with a copy of Newsday as one man sat on live television/radio and thew about as much guess work and misinformation about a professional sports team than I have seen in a long time.

The man not only put his foot in his mouth but went for the entire shoe store.

On and on about how the Lighthouse is dead and will never be approved in this economic climate, Nassau will never give them all that the money without knowing virtually anything about the project as he sat there and did nothing short of an obituary with the team gone to KC for good.

He never once mentioned Scott Rechler or that that Msg is a dump and even older.

His sources had Charles Wang losing 50m a year owning the club as he quickly waved away any caller who did not agree with him as he put out anything that could stick against the wall including Jonathan Tavares not wanting to play here.

(No I did not attempt a call)

Mr Francesa tried to get Gary Bettman, he tried to get someone from the Islanders.

Finally the man who was shut out last week from information came on and did a good job explaining what was happening with the project and what he felt yesterday's news meant.

Mike Francesa sounded like a man who had no idea about anything when Mr Botta recapped what he knew from his past inside experience including what he told everyone when he contacted some folks around Jonathan Tavares, he did a 180 on virtually everything he was saying afterward.

Charles Wang and the Islanders along with the Lighthouse people owe Mr Botta a big thank you today.

I would guess at some point WFAN will post the interview or Mr Botta will have something on it.

Entertaining watching a man given verbal Heimlich maneuver on live television.

Updated:
WFAN.com: Mr Botta's interview.





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Mannino returned to Bridgeport

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/16/2009 02:04:00 PM
AHL transactions report Peter Mannino was returned to Bridgeport on Friday.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Could be a paper transaction for a day (or Garth Snow expects Dubie to clear waivers) but with Bridgeport having three games in three days (no Utah recalls at this time) if Dubie does not clear or does not dress Saturday someone else has to be added.

We saw Bridgeport dress a retired player and a prospect to backup earlier this year.





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Quick Hits

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/16/2009 11:42:00 AM
* Michael Picker, said he anticipates that state-required environmental studies of the project will be completed in the next 30 to 60 days.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Despite my blog entry and efforts see how easy it was for the folks from the Lighthouse to give us a time frame about something.

They should have been doing this all along with a detailed list of the survey's done with a complete list of all agencies involved.

No, you do not post updates to stir reaction but to keep folks respectfully informed of the progress and what's happening.

It should be noted Paul Lancey & Mr Picker have been listed in past Islander press releases as being part of the club in different capacities.
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Hockey should never suffer for Lighthouse updates in the Newspapers. No excuse for these editors not to provide additional coverage for our fans or force the beatwriter to make one article fit all.

The Islanders can lose every game the rest of the year 15-0, we are entitled to player and coaches comments in every single publication.

ITV had most of the player comments last night.
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For my money I bet anything if the Giants won or the Jets hired a coach the hysteria the Newsday staff created would not have been this bad from a paper with not a lot to write about in terms of sports at this time.

I have read enough things about Charles Wang the past decade that if he wanted to created headlines he absolutely could have.

What happened at best yesterday was the equivalent of throwing a snowball at Nassau County and not one packed with ice.

At the end of the day he and Mr Rechler (who no one talks about) own the Marriot and a big part of whatever happens on the site, Islanders/Lighthouse regardless in the future.

Someone else may own the hockey team ten years from now with Mr Wang/Mr Rechler as the landlord.
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I have my own solution to no Lighthouse to make up for the Smg lease that I do not like but would help the Islanders finances.

Sell naming rights to the Coliseum and the team receives the money.

Bottom line if the Lighhouse does not renovate the Coliseum Nassau County has to pay to upgrade it's building or it goes out of business for all events and related revenue for the County.
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Anyone wonder if the Kings owner could be considering moving his own team to Kansas City and vacating Staples Center, this is the second time the Kings will play there so I would not count on it being a home game.
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Mr Botta got it right on Charles Wang, anyone who thinks he has owned the Islanders for some real estate deal has not payed attention. I have read countless articles of him in Bridgeport taking out players for dinner, from people with business interest about how his mood the next day depends on the game result. He saved Bridgeport a few years ago too.

A bunch of people a few years ago had the same right to bid on the Hub Development, the Mets got involved too and never spent a dime on hockey players.

For folks who think this is about land for Charles Wang and always has been you have not been paying attention.
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Anyone else note Mr Dreger's Tsn article before the one on the Islander was all about the Coyotes finances where he has the league's quotes they are committed to that market despite the financial problems?

Seems he cleaned out the files here the last few days.





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Islander News Articles 1/16:

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/16/2009 09:28:00 AM
Newsday: Greg Logan's game recap has head coach Scott Gordon liking the way his team played and credited the forecheck for keeping the shots against down against Yann Danis.

Danis comments and is hopeful of another chance.

Mr Logan reports even though the Islanders have yet to make an official announcement because they still are awaiting more concrete answers from the various specialists Rick DiPietro has visited recently, their agreement to bring back former Isle Wade Dubielewicz is a sure sign that DiPietro is done.

Included is the process involved for bringing back Dubielewicz including his buyout/waivers with his Islander background and connections to Scott Gordon but he is expected to rejoin the Islanders Friday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
A little jumping the gun from the headline writers at Newsday writing DiPietro's season is over without a team announcement first, apparently they have learned nothing from last season's mistakes and retractions.

I'm not completely sure of the waiver process here but even with the Islanders in 30th it appears the other 29 clubs have a shot to claim him because it's the Islanders doing the signing. Given what I read about interest and a likely waiver claim of Vancouver's Curtis Sanford (he did clear) one of those teams could claim Dubie.

This may not be the formailty many think it is just yet. One of those other teams his agent may have been negotiating with could claim him now that he has a contract.

The Russian buyout is also never done until it's done.

Daily News: Mr Botte has some game covered mixed in with his KC update the AP has more with head coach Scott Gordon's comment here.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Mr Botte's editor (Leon Carter is still sports editor?) should have permitted space for two articles, this goes beyond the writer and what he can do but is consistent with the decision making process for New York hockey at the Daily News.

I guess we will see a two part prospect preview instead on the three local teams.

What's the expression? Penny wise, pound foolish....

NY Post: Dan Martin's coverage has nothing but a few words on Rick DiPietro and Wade Dubielewicz with general manager Garth Snow's comments on the former beyond reporting who would want them with their current record?

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Anyone think if we had more game coverage more people would be interested? Another editor who does not provide space and does a bad job for hockey fans here. That was uncalled for from Mr Martin give the league leading injury totals again.

NY Times: Dave Caldwell was permitted another trip to the Coliseum Thursday to cover a hockey player. Like the Rangers game last week last week against Montreal the Times instead of game coverage reported on a visiting player in Tim Thomas with a few words from Islander head coach Scott Gordon on his former player.

A few blurbs at the end were thrown in on Wade Dubielewicz.

Boston Globe: Kevin Paul Dupont's coverage had praise of the Islanders play from head coach Claude Julien about how hard they worked but also noted (with the beatwriter) this was one of Boston's worst games.

The beatwriter described the Islanders as long on will, pluck, and effort, but lack the touch to turn their hard work into rewarding goals. Not pluggers, but not Picassos.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Too bad the New York media did not notice, but good analogy.

Boston Herald: Steve Harris coverage also discussed how well the Islanders played.

NHL.com: Chuck Gormley has an excellent feature on Mark Streit being named to the all-star game.

Espn: Pierre Lebrun after an opening dig at Rick DiPietro suggest the goaltender should be shut down for the season and this should place him on the outside for representing team USA at the upcoming Olympics next season with a few words on KC mixed in.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

Apparently the Espn culture is infecting Mr Lebrun which is not a good thing for hockey fans or his journalism.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's article was on new Sound Tiger Junior Lessard with head coach Jack Capuano's comments.

Bridgeport opens a three game weekend at home with a game against Hershey Friday.


Note:

Sorry about the late coverage today folks, have been under the weather a bit and was all I could do to hang in for a post-game here last night combined with all the extra articles.





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1/15/09

Islander News Articles 1/16: Lighthouse Related

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/15/2009 10:30:00 PM
I may be the only one but the big news Thurday was Billy Jaffe telling everyone (or making a big mistake on air) training camp will not be in Eastern Canada when it's announced in a few months.

That means goodbye Moncton which means camp could be anywhere, hopefully it means New York at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
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The rest of this is a lot of noise to stir up the masses.

By the reaction you would think Mr Wang said he's selling or moving vs one exhibition game next September. I guess that's the idea as the focus goes in so many directions no one can think or remember anything with all the screaming.

Get the earmuffs ready and not just because it's cold outside.
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Newsday: Eden Laiken reports that representatives for team owner Charles Wang said yesterday there's no plan to move the team, which reportedly loses more than $20 million a year as history of the project was done with Lighthouse spokesman Paul Lancey's comments when you're building the next generation of suburbia, it's extensive.

Kate Murray had this which Mr Logan apparent missed:

"We met with the [Lighthouse group] as recently as last week," Hempstead supervisor Kate Murray said yesterday, and "they've expressed no interest in relocating.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
If Mr Wang or the people with him wanted to issue a threat here they apparently did not attempt to by their comments to this point. The comments speak for themselves from the key players.

Newsday: Greg Logan interviews Town of Hempstead supervisor Kate Murray who is not not particularly perturbed or concerned by an announcement of a game in Kansas City and says from the mouth of Mr. Wang that he isn't anywhere close to moving the team as she dismisses comparisons to these circumstances vs Pittsburgh a few years ago because of the scale of this project.

Ms Murray repeats a lot of what she told Newsday in November about offering to expedite a Coliseum renovation as a stand alone project and does not want the Islanders to leave but that will be a business decision by Mr. Wang and his associates that he makes for his own well-being. Lighthouse Development Group president Mike Picker explains their position and what has been done to expedite issues for the Town of Hempstead and is still hopeful of a July 2009 ground-breaking as he gave out some specifics.

General manager Garth Snow for his part described playing in KC as a "hockey operations decision," but it wouldn't happen without Mr Wang's approval and is
encouraged as part of his job to find ways to expand the fan base and describes this as consistent in the way he has scheduled preseason games in the past.

Newsday: Mark Herrmann on this day goes all over the place about how the Islanders should stay in Nassau County, what they mean to the community and what they have done for the Rangers? He does a lot of yelling about the politicians and what they should do about the Coliseum if they do not approve the Lighthouse to keep it viable for someone if Mr Wang does not wish to continue as owner while talking about this season being a poor one (he does not talk about injuries but that no Islanders are youngstars?) and that they cannot afford poor seasons like this as he goes through the litany of past decisions that did not work.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I guess Mr Herrmann wants the Islanders to sell off the kids via Mike Milbury to get the team winning/mediocre now instead of sticking to the on-ice plan? Who knew the young stars was the barometer for how well a youth movement is going on a team with two hundred sixty man games lost to injury?

That's a lot of ranting by Mr Herrman that goes basically nowhere but in a circle but that's the idea I guess.

Newsday: Katie Strang got a ton of fan reaction for the paper with some more noise that tells no one anything but keeps folks stirred up.

Kansas City Star: Randy Kovitz reports on the game in KC with fan reaction and notes the previous Kings-Blues game from last season and how that was setup.

Newsday: Anthony Rieber has an article
about KC reaction from officials and general reaction.

Daily News: Mr Botte has general manager Garth Snow's comments that he is not worried about perception of a game on KC and maintained the last few years, and even before he became GM, the team always played preseason games in different markets.

Mr Botte includes one person involved with what the Lighthouse project also contends that any potential power play by Mr Wang's business decision to get a nice appearance fee by playing the Los Angeles Kings in Kansas City next in September are not connected.

NY Post: Dan Martin's game coverage is mostly about the Lighthouse and includes most of what Garth Snow told Newsday and the Daily News that a KC game is only about playing a game in another market.

Point Blank: Mr Botta has his take on all this with his game recap.








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Boston 2, New York 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 1/15/2009 09:45:00 PM
Associated Press: Recaps Boston's 2-1 win against New York on Thursday.


NYI Fan Central Comments:

A lot of folks will only look at the 2-1 final score, some will just call this another loss in a long season that will not be memorable but despite the score it does not do the Islanders any justice for how hard they worked and played in this game, this was a sixty minute effort without reward.

The Islanders took more shots at Boston than any team has this season and for large parts of this game controlled play. In my estimation that was one of their best overall games this season.

The 5-1 loss to Atlanta was not a good effort, this is.

Problem was they could not get a bounce (beyond Guerin's goal) or a rebound/second shot where they could get Tim Thomas moving in his net who made some very good saves.

In terms of physical play, board word, generating odd-man rushed and passing the Islanders did a good job with strong individual efforts from all of their forwards at even strength.

Jackman was hitting, Hunter had some hits and was visible, Tampbellini was getting to the net, came close to scoring a few times and had an excellent game capped by five hits. Comeau did an excellent job on the boards, driving the net and almost finished a few. Okposo had a strong game and put Chara down in the third and broke through for a chance. Bailey created some setups and Nielsen had strong shifts and looked confident with the puck as he did before his injury. Comrie got a pass and just chipped it wide.

Jon Sim had the two best chances of the night who broke in alone twice with Thomas beating him.

On defense Witt had an excellent game diving to block a two on one with big hit early that brought back visions of Malkin a few years ago and he pinched a few times and got the puck on goal. Martinek did a good job, Streit was solid beyond not getting the red-line in the final minute unless that was by design, Boston read that easily and got the icing.

Only downsides I saw was the powerplay (which was keeping this this team in games) has gone cold, did not look sharp with the man advantage and Bruno Gervais did not do a good job on Savard's goal.

That opening minute the Islanders left a Bruin wide open which was the only major breakdown I saw in this one. Danis made his saves but Scott Gordon did not seem thrilled with how his goalie played Savard's goal and seemed to get a little upset during the press conference with the media pressing on the goaltending. The second goal a bounce off the board and a rolling puck to a player with a stick longer than him?

No such thing as luck these days for this team.

Boston is the top team in the Eastern Conference, despite the injuries they played this game with a composure that they could raise their game when needed and let the goalie and team defense earn them their points. Islanders to their credit carried play and should feel good with the effort but not satisfied.

Another game I would like to see a year from now with these kids a year older.

Overall it's a loss that some will not feel is memorable but to me this was an excellent team effort.

I'm going to remember this game.













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