Thursday, March 12, 2009
Montreal Gazette: Recaps New York's 3-2 overtime win against the Canadians Thursday night.
Associated Press: Also recaps the game.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Congratulations to Mike Iggulden on his first NHL goal.
Last year the Islanders played a game in Montreal, they were chasing the puck all day long with only Rick DiPietro holding them in before the Habs finally broke it open, afterward Red Fisher wrote DiPietro threw the puck down the ice at one point just to show his forwards this is how you need to move the puck crediting him holding them in.
I know the Canadians have been struggling and played without Kovalev, but this was all about what the Islanders did. They forced Carey Price to play outstanding or it would have been over in regulation.
Second best effort this season after the Devil win. I don't care about the goals but the skating, passing andn skills that created those plays. Isles just took over this game from Montreal and that's what's memorable.
Sure, it's great Okposo scored in overtime (he was outstanding all night) but how they dominated down the stretch was no fluke, they outskated and dominated a fast, skilled club.
It was very impressive top to bottom with a team short a man.
Considering how the first ten minutes went Islanders could have fallen behind 3-0 if not for Danis and a favorable review, turns out Montreal scored it's goal off a Martinek deflection on a bad angle shot.
After that Jackman drew a powerplay, Islanders started skating. Iggulden not only made the play against the boards but finished a perfect pass from Comeau to tie the game.
Second period was all Islanders, Price stopped Bailey's breakaway and the Islanders until the Canadian got on a late powerplay carried play.
I thought Bailey had one of his best games of the season.
Tambellini a beautiful play at the net early in the second where Jackman drew his second powerplay for the Isles.
Welcome to the NHL Joel Rechlicz, he sure did not lose his first fight, welcome to your first NHL KO for Tim Jackman who buried Gregory Stewart.
Nielsen was outstanding in this game, he finally got rewarded with another goal against Montreal. When Nielsen and Comeau have their passing game going they are creating all over the ice.
Streit had a big game against his former club and hit the crossbar just before Nielsen deflected in the 2-1 goal.
High marks to Nate Thomspon, he won some huge faceoffs shorthanded and the pk did a great job down two man, too bad Thompson did not get it all the way deep on the final clear but his play shorthanded was excellent.
Danis did not have to be the best goaltender tonight but he was very sharp early and it was great to see him win against his former team in front of his family.
The result tonight was great, how they got that result tonight after the first ten minutes is what I will remember most.
Anyone really think considering how Boston has played lately the Islanders are not going to be in Saturday's game given how they have worked?