Saturday, March 7, 2009
New York Islander Fan Central | 3/07/2009 05:13:00 PM New Jersey Devils
NHL.com: Recaps New York's season high seven goals in their 7-3 win against the Devils Saturday afternoon with AP & Sports Network.com
Newark Star Ledger: Rich Chere had an early postgame with comments (that appear pregame) by head coach Brent Sutter in his report.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Best game of the year by a mile. All it takes it's some players with a little speed, chemistry and some offensive skill with hands who can finish.
That's a win against a first place team, second in two weeks. The competitive record since mid-January seems like no fluke at all with the team over five hundred and skating very well.
It comes with a big price being Trent Hunter lost for the year to a broken ankle, that's a huge loss to this roster.
They chased a hall of fame goaltender from the nets and it was not with poor goals or rebounds/lucky deflections. This was just solid offensive plays.
The centering passes, where the shots came from as players read off one another and the quick, crisp transition created the goals with a second period they were simply storming Brodeur. Billy Jaffe illustrated Jack Hillen holding the puck and making a quick pass up the middle to create a play that led to a chance, this is how they were creating for two periods.
Easily most impressive thing I saw this season from the club was that second period with Bailey finding Comeau, Iggulden finding Bergenheim and a lot of other plays in that stretch where they were coming in waves with quality chances as they just outskated the Devils who are a fast team with skill.
Joensuu again not only big but knowing when to make a play at the net.
Bergenhein's second goal he went to a high quality area off the wing and shot where you have to. Brodeur did not misplay anything, a better shot beat him.
Streit a fantastic play to find Tambellini for a breakaway goal. Okposo off the beautiful setup from Bailey and Nielsen for the a big powerplay goal, who had mostly a quiet game with Bailey who was not visible again at five on five.
Solid work again from the team defense, they were faced with some big scrambles and cleared the puck on a lot of Devil powerplays. Callahan aside from his delay of game late played well. Pock looked sharp, Gervais seems to be jumping into spots very well with some extra jump in his game. Martinek and Streit were excellent.
Joensuu dove early to block a chance.
They sat back too much in the third and MacDonald was excellent, Devils had some big chances in this game, that shot total for them was not misleading with a lot of big scrambles to go with their three goals that easily could have been six.
Jackman should have been called for interference on the first goal or Brodeur acted well. That penalty on Nielsen when he got hit on the visor was brutal.
Best day of the season for the New York Islanders, not the goals but how they scored those goals is what I looked for. They are skating well, hitting the openings and playing like a team with some bite to their game with a little size and skill mixed in.
Saw nothing from Iggulden that says his size, skill and scoring hands cannot help this team, same from Joensuu.
I'm thrilled with this game and it does not even have to do with the scoreboard, just the plays they created.
Congratulations to Bergenheim who took a heck of a shot with time expiring for his hat-trick and Mike Iggulden on his first two NHL points. I believe that's two goal and two assists for Tambellini this week.
Big game for Joey MacDonald, who deserved a star.
Was that a smile on Scott Gordon's face?
We'll see what they can do tomorrow with Phoenix, I enjoyed today.
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