Associated Press & Sports Network: Recaps New York's 1-0 loss against Tampa Bay on Saturday.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Memo to Scott Gordon, that's how you go after someone at the start of a game when he hits your player and especially injures him in the case of Mottau-Nielsen.
No law that says the same cannot be done in Newark this week.
Shutout by Mike McKenna in his third NHL start, not a good sign for this offense which could have had a similar result at home if not for poor play by Ramo.
This was Tampa's defense: Steve Eminger, Paul Ranger, Cory Murphy, Matt Smaby
Lukas Krajicek, David Koci.
Tampa hyped this up like this was their playoffs/last stand, the Islanders statistically kept up in the hitting/fighting department but that was the game Tampa wanted to play to start things Saturday.
Islanders for their part despite one good powerplay early were dominated for a big part of the first period, that one penalty with Park in the box Danis was under attack and played a great game.
Could have been 3-0 at the end of the first.
Hunter's shot could have gone in, still not enough quality chances generated.
Finally Tampa got a rebound back to the same player who took the shots and Gary Roberts of all people at age 43 tipped in game winning goal.
Very weak call on Okposo, Park a penalty, Islanders almost score with Okposo coming out of the box but they could not get anything going with no time.
McKenna faced a good chance from Guerin early on one powerplay, Islanders did not generate enough here.
Could have been a lot worse without Danis strong play.
Not like the Islanders are getting blown out by teams in virtually any of these games.
I'm confused why Billy Jaffe was talking about the last stand for Bergenheim? He had all those goals before his injury and Jaffe was praising him, now Nate Thompson who's done virtually nothing beat him out for his spot which seemed like the reason given by Jaffe for him not playing?
I know lines got mixed a bit tonight, but Bergenheim should be with Nielsen and Hunter. Tampa was looking for Bergenheim early and tried to force him to take a penalty.
Tampa did a good scouting job for this game.
Anyone notice Scott Gordon's Hilbert-Park-Jackman-Thompson plan simply has not produced a lot of goals lately.
Someone's going to have to explain to me how Jeremy Colliton at this point and Ben Walter are not on this team and Nate Thompspon is because it simply does not make a lot of sense.