3/10/09

Toronto 3, New York 2 Overtime

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/10/2009 10:11:00 PM
NHL.com: Recaps New York's 3-2 overtime loss against Toronto Tuesday night.

In overtime Streit's pass did not find Tambellini, Toronto got the pressure, the Islanders started scrambling and Mikhail Grabovski took advantage.

Who was that mad-man fighting in Bruno Gervais uniform? He did well for himself, landed one and got the take down.

Bad news was Bergenheim going off with an injury, he was not even hit, just skating.

Not a classic game at all but given some past nights in Toronto it was one of the better ones by the New York Islanders. I think Streit turning over the puck for Mitchell shorthanded chance and losing control on a breakaway would best reflect how things went for a good part of the game or pick McAmmond coming in alone in the third shorthanded before he lost the puck.

Toronto is good at getting games to overtime or at least going into the deadline.

Not sure what happened on the 2-2 goal. Martinek's pass deflected off Comeau's skate and went right to Ponikarovsky who is not the player you want to give the puck to with his nineteen goals who went top-shelf. Toronto was better after that goal but did not have anything sustained most of the night.

Islanders for the most part controlled play/skating for the first two periods but did not test Martin Gerber with quality chances, Leafs got little also at MacDonald even after the opening goal beat him which was a screen or one he did not play well that handcuffed him.

Leafs had nothing sustained until that third period powerplay, MacDonald was solid in that stretch.

Kyle Okposo for a right wing is doing everything coming off left wing. He is just like Jason Blake in 2002-03 where every shift he winds up on the left side or drifts to a side where he is obviously more comfortable, I never see him shoot off right wing or even create many plays from his natural side anymore. Second period he took a backhand on right wing and he was pulled down which drew the first powerplay.

Second powerplay he drew was coming down middle-left. Third was coming off left wing. Heck of an effort to keep drawing powerplays, not a night the refs were letting them play.

Mark Streit got his shots, Gerber made a few saves but Isles did not create great chances with the many advantage or the kind where a shooter was facing an open net or a shot he had no time to react on.

Bailey, Nielsen, Bergenheim again getting involved. Mike Iggulden looks sold and is not shy about taking his shot.

Not too physical early besides Jackman getting hit very hard and Leafs crashing the net when they could.

Gerber did not have Comeau's shot for the 2-1 goal.

Incidental or not Jason Blake had been hitting/bumping Islander goaltenders.

McLean-McAmmond-Jackman as a line with Rechlicz spotted? I guess McLean and Rechlicz depart for Thompson-Park when they return.

Mark Streit giving up the puck three times or four if you count the game winner? He did have a very nice hit just as Jackman got into his fight.

I did not notice Luke Schenn until he took a third period shot which is a good thing for a defender.

Nice job bringing in the Sarnia prospects (Katic, DiBenedetto, Matt Martin) to watch the game. Katic has to be signed by 6/1 or he can re-enter the draft.

Considering both teams are post-trade deadline and out of contention when you look back at the road record an ot-loss in Buffalo was the best they could do until they won at Atlanta.

Montreal will be a team under some major pressure to win Thursday who had to comeback to win against Edmonton to overtime on home ice tonight, that should give them a lot of momentum.




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