2/14/09

Philadelphia 5, New York 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/14/2009 03:33:00 PM
AP: Recaps New York's 5-1 loss to the Flyers Saturday afternoon.

Newsday: Greg Logan already wrote the game recap with no quotes.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
You make your own breaks in a sixty minute game, the Islanders simply did not make enough of their own and the few breakdowns/bounces they had go against them simply decided this one.

Combine that with the scorers on the Flyers vs the Islanders and that's the difference.

I would hardly call this a game the Islander were badly outplayed, the start was not good, the chances Philadelphia missed were better than the goals they scored.

Still, the Islanders skated well and competed hard in this game. I liked this effort better than the win against Anaheim.

An early centering pass hits Radek Martinek and the redirection leads to an open net goal. Scott Hartnell does what he does best and redirected the shot on the second goal on a bad angle off the shaft of his stick 2-0.

After that the Islanders carried play, had a lot of good outside shots at Biron, Okposo had a nice drive at the net and again looking dominating at times, Bergenheim had his breakaway and was getting chances. Comrie had some good in close chances, Park was trying wrap-arounds every chance he got.

No second chances or rebounds which is the key.

Isles simply did not finish which is old news. Witt's early shot where it almost got past Biron looked like it was a matter of when he would let up a few. Islanders do not have those kind of finishers.

Powerplay chance looked good in the first and it was interesting watching Campoli and Scott Gordon discuss it afterward.

The skating, hitting and transition was solid for the Islanders. Hilbert scored on a nice shot, it seemed a matter of when before the Islanders would tie it because they carried play.

Then it just came apart, not Richards or Carter who did the damage but the Flyer fourth line?

A goal where Campoli's clearing attempt hits Gervais and rolls past Danis, then a centering pass off Martinek's takes a 2-1 game where the Islanders are outworking the Flyers and puts the game out of reach at 4-1?

Islanders did a very nice job in the physical department, Jackman, Witt, Callahan stepped up and threw one in the second and looked very good on defense with Hillen.

Jackman had a great backcheck in the second where he came back off a Nielsen turnover
and stopped a quality chance, he gave all he had and did what he could with a top middle-weight in Asham.

Danis got some help from his defense when they settled in but when they broke down in front of them they helped create the Flyer goals. By the time the penalty shot came along the game was decided.

Better game for the Islanders than the final score indicates.

Why is Mitch Fritz on left wing while Jeff Tambellini sits in the stands with a signed contract for next year on a 30th place club? No idea.

Bill Guerin looked very lethargic in this game, one shift in the third he lost a puck in the offensive zone and stopped skating.

I have to check and see if Joe Micheletti's comments that Fritz has not fought for a long time are true with Bridgeport. Howie Rose made it sound like the Islanders were down 5-0 in the first ten minutes and never in the game.

Sorry on the pregame, I thought Philadelphia played at home Sunday.

As for the Msg+whatever pregame can they please give us less music or Flyers grilling food and tell us the lineup or is Scott Gordon hiding it like a state secret?

They had the man games lost to injury at 351/Newsday at 350.

Today's number of man games lost to increases by nine unless Tambellini was injured.

Mike Comrie played his 500th NHL game.






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