Bridgeport 3, Lowell 1...Second Place Finish

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/11/2009 08:12:00 PM | Comment Here Recaps Bridgeport's 3-1 win against Lowell Saturday in their regular season finale.

Bridgeport will play WBS Pens as the second place winner in the opening round of the Calder Cup playoffs because Norfolk defeated WBS Pens 4-3 on Saturday in regulation.

Hershey clinched the division title with a 3-2 regulation win at home against Philadelphia but will be the four seed and play the Bears in the opening round.

1. LOW Gionta, (2) (Bergfors, Pender), 4:55
1. BRI Walter, (20) (Sim, Kohn), 11:53
1. BRI Iggulden, (24) (Smith, Kohn), 14:03
3. BRI Iggulden, (25) (Hennigar, Smith), 8:15

Bridgeport controls the tie-breaker against WBS winning the season series.
Hershey controls the tie-breaker with Bridgeport who won the season series 4-2 giving them the division regardless of what happens Sunday.

Updated Standings:
East Division GP W L OT SO PTS
1 x Hershey 79 49 22 2 6 106
2 x Bridgeport 80 49 23 3 5 106
3 x WBS Pens 79 48 25 3 3 102
Sunday game:
WBS Pens at Hershey (meaningless game now in terms of standings)

Aside from goaltender Kevin Poulin backing up Peter Mannino and Ryan Duncan in the lineup, no prospects dressed for this game with Max Gratchev, Robin Figren also sitting out.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's game coverage and blog entries here.

Lowell Sun: Covers the New Jersey Devils affiliate.

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Islander News Articles 4/12

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/11/2009 07:05:00 PM | | | | | | Comment Here
Will fill in a few things later or Sunday on the Isles in this entry, will give the Sound Tigers their own blog entries with a link to Frozen Four.

Newsday: Greg Logan's game recap of the Islanders 3-2 loss to Philadelphia begins with defenseman Mark Streit's comments he feels his team needs a goal scorer as he felt the defense and the return of Rick DiPietro would be good enough on the backline. Sean Bergenheim discussed what a player like John Tavares or Victor Hedman would do for this team and felt his line could have had a few more goals today.

Head coach Scott Gordon felt his special teams have struggled the last ten games.

Newsday: Mr Logan had features on Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo on how he felt in his return as he was asked about playing at the World Championships here.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
ITV Has the full Scott Gordon press conference so you have the exchange with Mr Logan and the media on hand.

Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog around gametime bloged on an early season issue with Doug Weight-Bill Guerin and the beatwriter in an article where Weight was awarded the good-guy award from the local chapter of the Writers before Saturday's game for his cooperation with the media on a team Mr Logan felt has a lot of what he wrote were " good guys " in terms of being accessible.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I find it interesting Mr Logan feels hockey is a sport which the athletes understand their responsibility to promote the game, their franchise and the importance of the media as a connection to the interests of the fans, but the writer himself only did the bare minimum vs his Newsday counterpart in the only paper that covered the Islanders full-time.

That alone mandates far more coverage for all these " good guys " who need to connect to our fans to get people to come to games and promote New York Islander Hockey.

We did not read nearly enough from our beatwriter unless it was about un-named sources complaining about the coach or the Newsday staff that went after the Islanders like no other club in this league that decided to go by the NHL injury policy. When it came time to question Rick DiPietro's health, Mr Logan was all over it but when he started the ASG, he was nowhere to be found.

I don't want to play the role of " bad guy " here and it would be very easy for me to ignore these things but someone has to write this because it has caused damage beyond the on-ice results and hurts the teams exposure and ability to promote itself.

In a few days, I no longer will be writing about it so I hope a few fans see it and ask the same tough but very fair questions moving forward. Mr Logan does not control the print space the editor provides but where Steve Zipay had extra blog entries after games with players quotes and additional information, as Mr Fornabaio does the same for Bridgeport I rarely saw this for the Islanders all season aside from the recent game in Carolina where he did a late night blog with more quotes.

NY Post: Dan Martin's game coverage.

Cherry Hill Courier Post: Chuck Gormley's coverage of the Flyers win Saturday.

Philadelphia Inq/Daily News: Combined Flyer coverage.

Delaware County Times: Also has Flyer coverage.

Associated Press: Reported Boston lost 6-1 to Buffalo on Saturday so they will not win the President's Trophy, finishing second to San Jose but after such a loss will likely want to finish strong heading into the playoffs.

Associated Press: Report the Detroit Red Wings have resigned forward Johan Franzen to an 11-year, $43.5 million deal Saturday, which averages $3.95 million per season for the twenty nine year old.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Funny how the Wings keeps copying Charles Wang with longer term signings but virtually no criticism to keep their core together.

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Philadelphia 3, New York 2

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/11/2009 04:48:00 PM | Comment Here
Associated Press: Recaps Philadelphia's 3-2 win over New York on Saturday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
A tale of two teams, one with a lot of young players surrounded by veterans who can all score, the other with a lot of young players developing with a few veterans who are not skilled finishers.

Game is on the line, final minute, timeout goalie pulled, here comes Park, Weight.

That's not why the Islanders lost today but call it what it is, one team has all those skilled twenty-thirty goal finishers and eventually they are going to make a few plays that will give them some momentum. The Islanders despite the very strong start where if they had the skilled finishers Philadelphia had it may have been 4-0 at the end of the first but at this time they don't.

Islanders put up a good effort today, they did look like a better team with Okposo in the lineup, they looked less skilled offensively without Joensuu and Igglden.

Isles early transition was excellent and they outskated the Flyers which led to Weight's pass to Bergenheim, without a few good saves by Biron Isles could have had a few more.

Second period Flyers drew a few powerplays, their skilled players finally got their shot where they need them which led to two powerplay goals even if the Knuble goal was more a play where Danis should have gotten a whistle.

Jackman got a goal off a broken play but that's not a goal a team builds off of, the Flyers came busting through the middle, made a skilled play and a shot the Islander collective lineup lacks made it 3-2 which was the story of this day and a tale of two teams.

Gervais surprisingly got beat inside twice for two goals.

Danis made a huge save in the third, he did not get the call on Knuble's goal, could he have saved the goals the Flyers scored, tough to say but if you wonder it's a fair question to ask.

Okposo did not look bad, being in the lineup does raise the teams skill level and coincidence or not they had a little more jump when he was on the ice and his backcheck was visible.

One more game tomorrow, by the time the game starts we will see if Boston could still have a chance to play for the President's Trophy.

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Philadelphia at New York 2pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/11/2009 10:00:00 AM | Comment Here
Flyers website: Has the latest on their team in preparation for their game against New York on Saturday which includes the return of Ryan Parent.

Philadelphia Inq/Daily News": Has the latest on the Philadelphia Flyers.

04/07/09 Riley Cote LW Finger Out for the season
04/09/09 Ryan Parent D Lower body Questionable for April 11
On the Islander side we'll see who gets back in the lineup or who is called between Okposo, Hilbert vs whoever has the flu or is banged up.

One thing for sure is the goaltending has to be at a higher level over sixty minutes regardless who starts than it's been since Saturday and being outscored 15-1 is not going to get it done.

Isles would have lost against Pittsburgh anyway and some of those goals were about defensive breakdowns but I did not like how MacDonald reacted on three goals (mostly late when the game was 4-1) and the floating shot that beat him.

Islanders lost 4-3 a week ago to Philadelphia, the idea the Isles cannot compete with the Flyers given the season series and how close the games have been leaves them no excuses as a team not to go out and put up their best game here whether it's good enough to win or not.

For Scott Gordon it's time to let Tambellini or Bergenheim see some time on whatever first powerplay unit he has and if Okposo does dress Doug Weight should not be his man on left point with Mark Streit now.

At least all the fans can root for a win now. I want to see this group give the fans something to take into the summer with the effort we saw most of the second half.

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Islander News Articles 4/11: Bridgeport wins Friday

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/10/2009 06:02:00 PM | | | | | | | Comment Here
The pregame will post at 10am Saturday with no additional blog entries scheduled at this time before the post game.

NYIFC will be in Third-Jersey mode for the entire weekend with the rarely used Dynasty Header on display.

Newsday: John Jeansonne covered Friday's practice where head coach Scott Gordon talked about the differences between the first and second half along with all the injuries and what he's looking for from the Islanders first round pick in this summers draft.

Point Blank/Mr Botta: Friday afternoon among several items reported Kyle Okposo did participate in a full practice and that head coach Scott Gordon said he would meet with the team’s medical staff before deciding whether Okposo would play in either or both home games this weekend to finish the season. Andy Hilbert will likely return to the lineup against Philadelphia.

Associated Press: Has a preview of Saturday's game against Philadelphia where the Flyers have a lot at stake entering this game. Oulets: Reports BU defenseman Matt Gilroy is the Hobey Baker Award winner with his comments heading into Saturday's NCAA Frozen Final against Miami.

Newsday: Mark Macyk has comments from Matt Gilroy's family on him winning the Hobey Baker and what's ahead for him after a great college career.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Islander prospect Corey Trivino also plays for Boston University as their third line center here. Has the Recap of Bridgeport's 4-3 win against Springfield Friday night at Harbor Yard.

Nate Lawson started in net and missed an empty net goal at the end in the final minute.

Ryan Stone sure loves playing against Bridgeport or the Isles, no matter what organization he plays for as he did his 2006 playoff imitation.

Anyone notice Jon Sim with thirteen goals has one less goal for Bridgeport than all the players tied for second on the Isles with fourteen goals?

1. BRI Haley, (5) (Hennigar), 3:22
1. SPR Potulny, (36) (Stone, Eberle), 17:08
2. BRI Sim, (13) (Lee, Iggulden), 0:56 (PP)
2. BRI Lessard, (13) (Joensuu, Walter), 1:35
2. SPR Willis, (5) (Linglet, Stone), 5:15 (PP)
2. BRI Joensuu, (20) (Callahan), 14:56
2. SPR Potulny, (37) (Stone), 18:33 (SH)

Ryan Duncan made his debut for Bridgeport. Jesse Joensuu, Mike Iggulden played for Bridgeport.

None of the recent signings from Sarnia played nor did Max Gratchev or Robin Figren.

Former Islander draft pick Ryan O'Marra played for Springfield.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's game coverage and blog entries here on Bridgeport's 4-3 win against Springfield Friday features head coach Jack Capuano and Jesse Joensuu on the game and what place the team finishes in means.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio's game preview for Saturday against Lowell is already available.

Lowell Devils at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
WHEN -- Tonight, 7
WHERE -- Arena at Harbor Yard
ON THE AIR -- Webcast and Internet pay-per-view at
RECORDS THROUGH THURSDAY -- Lowell 34-35-2-7; Bridgeport 47-23-3-5
SEASON SERIES -- Bridgeport leads 4-1

LAST MEETING -- The Devils won 5-3 at home March 29.

Springfield Union News & Sunday Republican: Fran Sypek's game coverage noted a crowd that looked like only a thousand fans despite announced attendance.

Philadelphia defeated Hershey Friday in the old Spectrum's final regular season game ever is in fourth place and would play the division winner in round one.

WBS Pens defeated Albany Friday.

Updated Standings:
East Division GP W L OT SO PTS
1 x Hershey 78 48 22 2 6 104
2 x Bridgeport 79 48 23 3 5 104
3 x WBS Pens 78 48 24 3 3 102
Saturday games:
Lowell at Bridgeport
Norfolk at WBS Pens (Norfolk won big Friday)
Philadelphia at Hershey
Sunday game:
WBS Pens at Hershey

This makes it very tough for Bridgeport because someone (maybe both teams) are going to gain points.

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Happy 25th Anniversary 4/10/84

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/10/2009 02:58:00 PM | Comment Here
I sat right where Morrow shot from in overtime a few rows up.

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Only Suspense Left? Snow & Wang Comments

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/10/2009 02:03:00 PM | | Comment Here
All the suspense went out of this season with the Islanders clinching 30th place last night which leaves one other thing.

What the general manager has to say about his hockey team from the coach to the players and perhaps which he usually does, owner Charles Wang who has been completely silent about the results of his hockey team on the ice.

As a rule Mr Wang does speak about his hockey team around now and did last year. I'm not sure he will this year but it's something to watch for because it's obvious he does watch the games and follows the results on the ice.

General Manager Garth Snow for his part did state of the team addresses just days before the teams free fall began in December and again in January around the all-star
break and did interviews at the trade deadline.

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Newsday Islander Insider

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/10/2009 01:50:00 PM | | | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan's Friday Islander Insider had a full review of Josh Bailey's first NHL season with summaries on Kyle Okposo, Blake Comeau (where Bill Guerin had some interesting comments about his play) Frans Nielsen and Sean Bergenheim who's World Championship participation is in question because of his groin injury despite returning the last two games.

Head coach Scott Gordon is asked about Joel Rechlicz penalties in the Carolina game and that game itself where Richard Park commented. Bill Guerin also discusses about how tough it was losing this season and felt Mark Streit would be an excellent choice to be named captain.

Other items as well.

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The Final Poll Ever:Select Isles First Round Pick

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/10/2009 10:00:00 AM | Comment Here
We have one more week before closing for good so why not have one final poll at NYIFC.

Islanders will have the majority of the ping pong balls Tuesday but regardless of how they bounce on Tuesday the New York Islanders will select no lower than second.

That means they will have an opportunity come June to select someone between John Tavares and Victor Hedman. On Tuesday we find out of another team beats the odds and get to pick first but for now you decide who you would take.

I did leave an option for other, those who take it step up and give me the name and I will make sure the player is included when the numbers are added.


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Tampa Clinches 29th with Colorado shootout loss

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/10/2009 12:36:00 AM | Comment Here
Colorado gained another point on Thursday losing in a shootout to Dallas here meaning Tampa clinched 29th place and the next best chance at winning Tuesday's lottery.

28 Colorado Avalanche 80 32 44 4 68
29 Tampa Bay Lightning 81 24 39 18 66
First tie-breaker is wins which Colorado wins.

Lottery percentages
TEAM-----% TO GET NO. 1
1 New York 48.1
2 Tampa Bay 18.8
3 Colorado 14.2
4 TBD 10.7
5 TBD 8.1

Teams in fourth and fifth can only move up in NHL final standings but above are the percentages of winning the first overall pick Tuesday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
What's significant about Tampa finishing 29th is if you subscribe to the theory the Lightning will selected Victor Hedman (a defenseman) after drafting Steven Stamkos last year if they win the lottery and keep the pick.

Some articles out of Tampa suggest this will be the case but that means absolutely nothing until they actually draft him in June if they are in that position after Tuesday.

In theory (only if true about Tampa-Hedman) means Islanders winning a pick to select Tavares based on how the lottery balls bounce just went to 66.9 percent for Tuesday.

In theory anything can happen, including another team beating the odds and taking Tavares or Hedman.

Of course the best result is for the Islanders to control the top pick after Tuesday.

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Islander News Articles 4/10

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/09/2009 10:50:00 PM | | | | | | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan's game recap had comments from head coach Scott Gordon and Richard Park which for now seemed more about the Carolina game than the Pittsburgh loss but did note both the Katic/DiBenedetto signings which were officially announced by the team Thursday.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Shelly Anderson's game coverage of the Pens final home game in the regular season.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Rob Rossi's coverage.

Boston Globe: Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has comments from Islander prospect Corey Trivino Thursday before his BU team advanced to the NCAA Championship winning 5-4 against Vermont on Thursday here with boxscore and more coverage here.

The victory moved BU (34-6-4) into Saturday night's national championship game against Miami University (ESPNHD and ESPN360, 7 p.m. ET).

Sault Star: Kevin Barrett reports former Islander head coach Ted Nolan says he is not allowed to contact other teams because of his Islanders contract until 7/1 and is very interested in returning to coaching as he discussed the junior leagues and his former assistant in Moncton coach Danny Flynn.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
I'm pretty sure I read (to lazy to check now) that Nolan was given permission to make a deal with any other NHL club he could. I know on 5/2/08 he told a local paper he guaranteed he would be coaching somewhere next (this) season.

I have little doubt Charles Wang would have let him work for someone this year especially if it meant saving about any part of the 600,000 he would have to pay him.

Newsday: Earlier Thursday reported former Islander captain and long-time broadcaster Ed Westfall is selling his 4.19-acre Lattingtown estate for $1,950,000. Adam Kimelman reports on the NHL scouting combines for the top draft pick that invitations have been sent out to the top players with comments from NHL Central Scouting Director E.J. McGuire on what this entails as they head to Toronto before the draft.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has comments from Trevor Smith and head coach Jack Capuano on Friday's game against Springfield, the endless tie-breaker and playoff scenario's and what role the recent signings could have this weekend.

Springfield Falcons at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
WHEN -- Tonight, 7
WHERE -- Arena at Harbor Yard
RECORDS -- Springfield 24-42-8-4; Bridgeport 47-23-3-5
SEASON SERIES -- Bridgeport leads 2-1; both teams have a shootout win.

ABOUT THE FALCONS-- Springfield is locked into last place in the Atlantic and is out of the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons.....

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It should be noted the clear day roster is the group of players who have to dress first. McLean-Comeau injuries reduce the depth chart to open a spot but everything works off the clear day list.

Max Gratchev has also been playing games for Bridgeport on a tryout contract but does not have to be signed by June 1st as a 2008 draft pick.

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Pittsburgh 6, New York 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/09/2009 10:15:00 PM | Comment Here
Associated Press: Has the recap of Pittsburgh's 6-1 over New York on Thursday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
What would you have me write folks?

30th place and close to six hundred man games lost to injury, makes for a very tough season where we now know the Islanders will have the option to draft someone between John Tavares or Victor Hedman in June.

At least now all the fans can now pull for a few wins this weekend to close the season.

As for tonight, unlike the Carolina game the Islanders did a lot of good things, one of those things they could not do was finish between all the goal posts and unfortunately I have to write what looked like a goaltender in Joey MacDonald who looked worn down from all the shots in the Carolina game combined with again some sloppy defensive coverage in front of him that let even Bill Guerin reach the high slot for what was an easy goal that made it 4-1 before two more got past MacDonald you expect him to make the save on if he were sharp.

This is the first real extended stretch we have seen the goaltending play down to what many expected with two AHL goaltenders, we have been in a lot of ways spoiled by two players who did enough to carry a team into contention and maybe even a playoff spot if they were on another NHL club with scoring support and less pressure.

A lot was said about the flu running through the team and we saw what that produced last year when they lose seven in a row, I don't know but between the losing/sluggish play it's just tough to tell the difference but a few things are off.

On this night the Isles got all the early powerplays and earned them, they stayed out of the box for over fifty one minutes, some of those posts go in it's a different game or maybe Pittsburgh turns it up and the Isles fall apart earlier.

I simply do not get Scott Gordon's concept of coaching at times.

He has two five on three powerplays, he has Sean Bergenheim who scored all those goals before he got hurt off speed and skill on left wing and had some chances in this one, he has Tambellini who is a left wing with that shot who has done a lot of good things who's facing a goalie who rarely starts.

Who's the left wing to start both five on three powerplays on the first unit? Richard Park.

I do not get that.

Bailey and Nielsen were at the center/right wing spot which is fine but why not put Bergenheim out there or Tambellini instead of Park. Why not put Joensuu out there on the first unit or even Iggulden. Almost everything was from the perimeter when they did set up with Park.

I know Bergenheim was on the second unit but why not give him or Tambellini the primary spot? I just don't see it.

For that matter what is Doug Weight doing on the point? Let Hillen or someone else man the left side with Streit. Nielsen had a nice shot for his goal which had to be perfect but if it comes off a broken play and a block off a point shot that's not a good set play for a goal.

We'll see what happens on the weekend. At least no more night time recaps with the two mid-late afternoon games.

Classy stuff from Scott Gordon, Bill Guerin and the Penguins at the end of the game.

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Justin DiBenedetto Signed, Honored

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/09/2009 06:00:00 PM | Comment Here
Point Blank/Mr Botta: Reported Islander prospect Justin DiBenedetto has signed a three year entry level contract with the Islanders while Mr Fornabaio in the Ct Post Sound Tigers blog reported earlier he is finally going to come in on an amateur tryout here for the remainder of this season with no additional news on prospect Matt Martin.

Mr Fornabaio did not report on his three year entry level contract.

Sarnia Sting/OHL: Announced Thursday that forward Justin DiBenedetto of the Sarnia Sting is the winner of the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as the OHL's Overage Player of the Year for the 2008-09 season The Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the top overage player, DiBenedetto received 86 points in the voting process and will be receive the Trophy at the 2008-09 OHL Awards Ceremony scheduled for Wednesday June 3 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

"I am extremely grateful to have been selected for this award" said DiBenedetto. "There are so many deserving players who were nominated for this award and I would like to congratulate them on a tremendous overage season."

"I would like to thank the Ontario Hockey League, the St. Michael's Majors and the Sarnia Sting for all the opportunities I have been given over the past five seasons" added DiBenedetto. "I will always remember my time in the OHL fondly.

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New York at Pittsburgh 7:30 pm Msg+

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/09/2009 01:00:00 PM | Comment Here
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports in his Sound Tigers blog forward Mike Iggulden was recalled for tonight's game.

Pittsburgh Penguins
01/18/09 Mike Zigomanis C Shoulder IR. Out for the season

04/07/2009 PIT 6 @ TBL 4
04/05/2009 PIT 2 @ FLA 4
04/04/2009 PIT 2 @ CAR 3
04/01/2009 NJD 1 @ PIT 6
03/28/2009 NYR 3 @ PIT 4

4 x - PHILADELPHIA 79 43 25 11 97
5 x - CAROLINA 80 45 28 7 97
6 x - PITTSBURGH 80 43 28 9 95
7 MONTREAL 80 41 29 10 92

Penguins Website: Sam Kasan does a good job on the Penguins lines and had a breakdown of the Islanders entering tonight's game.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Here it is the final road game for NYIFC and the New York Islanders 2008-09 season with the magic/tragic number at two to clinch the most ping pong balls next Tuesday.

Needless to write Pittsburgh (who have clinched a playoff spot) needs this game for any chance to move up and with teams below them and this their final home game to lose could put them in a position to drop as low as seventh entering the final day of the season. To win gives them an outside chance for fourth place and home ice in the first round.

I have little doubt Bill Guerin and Scott Gordon will continue to say all the right things given their interviews since his trade to Pittsburgh.

It's also needless to write Dan Bylsma and his staff is going to look to jump all over a very fragile team after such a beating as quickly as possible to put the game out of reach and let what happened in Carolina snowball to Scott Gordon's skaters who now have to replace Blake Comeau who I presume will not be playing with a fractured wrist even if he is not on today's updated Islander injury report here.

Have to wonder what's up with Dean McAmmond who left a game over a week ago if he's not feeling better by this point?

If the powerplays are again 11-1 or something like that the game is going to fall apart quickly if they do not have the goaltending early and eventually even if they do.

The Carolina game was the kind that leaves a team questioning themselves until they play a good game.

I'm very interested to see the reaction from Scott Gordon's skaters who last time in Pittsburgh lost a 1-0 game and can obviously play with this team most games given all the early games they had them down entering the third period. Streit is back, so is Bergenheim, it should have given them a lift on Tuesday.

Of course that 9-2 loss was the other game in Pittsburgh.

Yann Danis started three in a row, I felt MacDonald did a solid job with no help at all on Tuesday, I cannot see how he does not start here but I wrote that on Tuesday.

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AHL Playoff Format and Tie-Breakers

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/09/2009 10:00:00 AM | Comment Here Has the playoff format and tie-breakers for those looking ahead to the Sound Tigers playoffs.

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Islander News Articles 4/9

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/08/2009 03:19:00 PM | | | Comment Here
Sorry folks, I know the services at this time for direct feeds is down for the media and blog box sidebars.

There are direct links above it for almost all the media site feeds on the and a page viewer, the blog box is tougher but the picture does link to the Islanders website page for everyone's specific page blog.

For now patience is the word, hopefully the site is simply down.
As always I will fill in the blanks on Thursday.

Newsday: Greg Logan's coverage going into Thursday's game against Pittsburgh has former captain Bill Guerin's comments on leaving the Islanders, his tough final months here, his thoughts on Doug Weight resigning and what John Tavares could mean to their program moving forward. Outlets/Islanders website: Has the release on Islanders head coach Scott Gordon named to team USA with general manager Brian Burke's comments.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette & Tribune Review: Has the latest on the Penguins. Reports Nofolk won in overtime against WBS
on Wednesday which means Bridgeport holds a two point lead on the Pens who still have a game in hand but have even win totals.

1 x Hershey Bears 77 48 21 2 6 104
2 x Bridgeport 78 47 23 3 5 102
3 x WBS Penguins 77 47 24 3 3 100

The first tie-breaker is wins, Bridgeport won the season series 4-2 against WBS.

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Islander Quick Hits/Notables

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/08/2009 02:08:00 PM | | | | Comment Here
Point Blank/Mr Botta: Reports in an exclusive with confirmation from the Islanders they have signed prospect Mark Katic to a three year entry-level contract.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It should be noted Katic because he was drafted in 2007 and plays in OHL had to be signed by 6/1 or he could have re-entered the draft.

Prospect Max Gratchev who was the fourth round selection in 2007 and is now in Bridgeport on a tryout contact also has to be signed by 6/1 or he can re-enter the draft.

Simon LaCroix drafted 7/196/2007 and plays in QMJHL has to be signed by 6/1 also.

The rest of the selections from that 2007 draft by New York are college prospects in the USHL and are unlikely to leave school at this time, until they do there is no deadline to sign them this year.

Sound Tigers website: Report Bridgeport on Wednesday have signed forward Ryan Duncan to an Amateur Tryout Contract, who won the 06-07 Hobey Baker Award. (as did Junior Lessard in 2004 who also currently plays for Bridgeport)

Duncan, as a senior at the University of North Dakota with 20-19-39 in 43 games.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio in the Sound Tigers blog reports Duncan skated with Trevor Smith and Mike Iggulden at Wednesday practice among several updates. Scott Cullen reviewed all the NHL team's defenses and feels the Islanders need changes.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

A bit unfair here going through the injuries on Colorado, Tampa and several teams defenses but not even writing about the loss of Sutton, Meyer and a team that has had all it's defenders out for long stretches this season and never one full game together with it's starting goaltender. To simply just write about Brendan Witt's negative rating and not all the injuries is a surprisingly poor job by Mr Cullen.

This is what happens when someone tries to review thirty teams, things get missed.
* The Islanders supposedly fought for a pregame show earlier this year, they have one and before the Carolina game had absolutely nothing to show the fans besides a Brendan Witt feature taped 10/21 on ITV?

Is Msg restricting content or are things this bad they have no money to produce new features for a pregame with it painfully obvious they need filler from the opposition to fill out the twenty odd minutes?

I find it hard to believe they cannot get anything from the head coach before the game or Chris King-Steve Mears or simply let Billy Jaffe show highlights with a video chalkboard.

For those wondering Sound Tigers TV has pre-game, postgame and player/coach interviews. Is this some reason those highlights or features at cannot be put on the Islander pregame to show the young players as Doug Morrison used to do occasional during telecasts which we have not seen once all season.

* Anyone else find it ironic the Islanders take out the full page ads in Newsday and yet even in New York City where a Ranger backpage is almost unheard of only Cablevision owned Newsday today gave their product a full back over baseball in a paper that is not even sold in Manhattan?

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Stay or Go: 2009-10 New York Islanders

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/08/2009 02:00:00 PM | Comment Here
Today I give my final thoughts on who should stay or go entering 09-10 by trade or not being resigned and it will be done in a one sentence summary.

Sean Bergenheim-Stay, his scoring will finally catch up to overall play.
Jeff Tambellini-Stay, his physical play is creating room to finally produce.
Blake Comeau-Stay, his overall game needs scoring but the rest is solid.
Andy Hilbert-Go, read entry from a few days ago.
Richard Park-Go, Overall game or not, Isles have to get bigger.
Tim Jackman-Go, I know he's not going but a poor middle-weight who cannot produce?
Doug Weight-Go, Read the entry from a few days ago, it's decided he stays.
Kyle Okposo-Stay, obviously.
Frans Nielsen-Stay, three years on contract and point production getting better.
Nate Thompson-Go, why was he ever claimed with Walter, Colliton and Hennigar?
Mike Sillinger-Go, unless he wants to work for the team.
Dean McAmmond-Go, another spot for someone to develop who can produce.
Trent Hunter-Go, not happening but I would be listening to offers, second straight season of struggles where he disappeared on offense.
Josh Bailey-See Okposo.

Brendan Witt-Split, I'm listening to all offers but not giving him away.
Andy Sutton-Go, cannot/will not stay healthy despite excellent stretches.
Radek Martinek-Stay, his puck moving and one on one play are critical.
Mark Streit-Stay, can the Isles extend his four year deal even more fast enough?
Tomas Pock-Go, did a nice job when settled in but better options.
Freddy Meyer-Stay, when he's healthy he plays very well and still young.
Bruno Gervais-Stay, look what he's done with Streit or without Campoli.
Jack Hillen-Stay, has to be resigned as restricted free agent.

Joey MacDonald/Yann Danis-MacDonald, both have proven they can perform at high level for extended periods of time.

I'm still sticking with my minority poll choice of MacDonald because management picked him over Danis to start the season and it was right call at the time, management also picked MacDonald over Dubielewicz.

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NYIFC to Remain Up For Bridgeport & WC

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/08/2009 10:00:00 AM | Comment Here

The final day of any updates here ever will be still April 17th but I have decided to leave the blog up and available to everyone for the Sound Tigers playoffs and the World Championships.

The way this will work is I will create one blog entry with the Ct Post Sound Tigers news feed which they created for NYIFC and set that as a crawl at the top of the page. The Bridgeport Website Feed will work off the sidebar as it has all season.

I will also keep the prospect blog up with which has a huge Sound Tigers section that also includes a live scoreboard. I will put up links to direct news coverage of the team the Sound Tigers play.

This way if Bridgeport goes all the way to win the Calder Cup, you have great access from NYIFC.

If Newsday actually does cover those games at Coliseum you can access the articles all over NYIFC without me.

In addition, before blogging stops 4/17 NYIFC will create a special section for the 2009 World Championships so everyone can follow the games on the sidebar with a lot of Islanders seemingly in the mix it's a bigger event than last year for our fans.

I know some folks wanted more but this seems a good compromise. When the Sound Tigers are eliminated and the WC ends the blog will be deleted or set to private.

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Colorado Lost In Shootout Tuesday

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/08/2009 01:14:00 AM | Comment Here
Another lottery update.

Colorado lost 1-0 in a shootout to San Jose Tuesday night meaning the Islanders can no longer pass them in the standings here.

With Tampa's regulation loss on Tuesday the Islanders tragic/magic number for a 30th place finish and a lottery selection that will give them a draft pick next Tuesday and an eventual choice of consensus picks John Tavares or Victor Hedman in June is now any combination of two points lost by New York or gained by Tampa Bay.

28 Colorado Avalanche 79 32 44 3 67
29 Tampa Bay Lightning 80 24 38 18 66
30 New York Islanders 79 26 44 9 61

NYI Fan Central Comments:

For those playing the percentages next week who feel Tampa will absolutely draft Victor Hedman if they win the lottery you do want Tampa to finish 29th and have the next best percentages to gain the first overall pick so the Colorado, Tampa final standings are still very important to the Isles who can only slip back to a second overall pick if/when Tampa/Isles win/lose a combination of two points.

Of course if Tampa wins the lottery they could still do anything with the 1st pick including trade or simply select John Tavares and add him to Steve Stamkos, Vinnie LeCavalier and keep building up front but logically a franchise defender would balance last year's pick.

If Colorado finishes 29th and wins the lottery it's reasonable to speculate they could be more inclined to select John Tavares but who knows?

Having written all this any of the bottom five teams can win the lottery and select first if they beat the odds which we saw two years ago. All we know today is two more points won by Tampa, lost by Isles they will have a choice of those two players come June.

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Islander News Articles 4/8

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/07/2009 10:14:00 PM | | | | | | Comment Here
Will add in more articles and fill in blanks Wednesday:

Scheduled blogs:
Stay or go (good timing) 2009-10 New York Islanders.
Announcement on plans for NYIFC, Bridgeport playoffs and WJC with final date ever still 4/17.

Newsday: Greg Logan recaps the Islanders 9-0 loss against Carolina Tuesday night which he reports is the worst in franchise history with a few pregame comments from Doug Weight at this time.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

I looked through some 72-73 games with some 9-1 games or 9-2 games, Islanders had a loss in Calgary 11-4 in 1981 when they dominated the NHL. I know Brad Shaw his first week had a 8-1 loss against Vancouver at home and I will never forget the 8-1 loss
at home to Winnipeg in 1988 that ended the Terry Simpson era.

I guess this game is the worst disparity loss in club history.

Newsday: Mr Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog had a very late entry on the loss where he did not feel it was as bad as the 9-2 game and make it a point to bring up injuries all season (including Blake Comeau's) but also correctly pointed out there is no excuse for a team being outplayed, outshot to the degree they were in that game.

Also included (among several other items) are Yann Danis comments on the goals he allowed and a late lottery update with Colorado's shootout loss.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Mr Logan did an excellent job in this update. He absolutely made a great point on the goaltending and was very generous including about this teams overwhelming injuries and their very competitive record in a game they did get back two key players and still were terrible in every area.

I do have to ask once again where have all these kinds of updates been from him in Newsday's blog all season win or lose after games that Mr Zipay does after almost every game for his beat?

I do not think this is asking an unfair question on my part once again.

Newsday: Eden Laikin reports The Long Island Association Tuesday used a full-page ad in Newsday to announce its support for the $3.7-billion Lighthouse Project that would surround a renovated Nassau Coliseum with 150 acres of shops, condos, eateries and offices.

The ad was signed by LIA president Matthew Crosson. A spokeswoman said he was unavailable to comment. The LIA did not pay for the ad, which appeared courtesy of a barter agreement between the Islanders and Newsday, according to a source familiar with the deal. Newsday would not confirm the barter arrangement or say how much such an ad would cost.

Neither Lighthouse nor Islanders officials returned calls.

Also reported LIA's chief economist Pearl Kamer was paid by the Lighthouse Group to study the potential economic impact of the project: revenue, job growth and numbers of school-aged children. Kamer said Tuesday there's no conflict between her role as a Lighthouse consultant and a part-time LIA employee.

Town officials said they stopped the recent Petition mailing when questions were raised about whether the Lighthouse project qualifies for stimulus money or whether the request is too late but one supporter of it is Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford), according to a letter he wrote to Gov. David A. Paterson's office last month.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Wonder if that barter agreement included Newsday ads on the teams website and throught hockey games? Kind of funny Newsday would not confirm something it's own reporter asked them about for a story?

Makes me kind of happy this blog is heading for syndication not doing any more of these kinds of updates. Chip Alexander's article on the Canes dominating is already up.

The News: Adam Richardson in the Pictou local Newspaper selected Islanders goaltender and local product Joey MacDonald for his player of the year award.

The Republican: Gary Brown has comments from former Islander draft pick Ryan O'Marra on his struggles in the AHL as he had a few words on his time with the Islanders.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio in the Sound Tigers blog examines the ramifications of losing Blake Comeau for Bridgeport and again reviews the clear-day rules for playoff roster in terms of who can be added and when.

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Carolina 9, New York 0

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/07/2009 09:41:00 PM | Comment Here
Associated Press: Has the recap of New York's 9-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
What would you have me write folks that you did not see yourselves?

So that's what 30th place teams are supposed to look like at their worst?


I have seen the Islanders lose a lot of hockey games and be outclassed or simply lose 9-2, 9-1, 8-0 over the years and maybe worse. I have not seen many games where they outclassed themselves or pulled this big a collective no-show to this degree in all three zones.

Did they even generate one quality chance at Cam Ward or one sustained forecheck against a club they had a sixty shot game again and a four goal period in that building about two weeks ago? In a sixty minute game to have the calls and play have such a disparity is also very tough to accomplish.

All due respect to Carolina and their recent record, between the brutal defensive plays by the Islanders (you could drive a truck in that 1st period gap on that breakaway Danis actually stopped) with the turnovers and the terrible start by Yann Danis (who for some reason got a third start in a row?) a great deal of this was self-inflicted with every single call going to the other team which is unheard of in a sixty minute game.

It was not even like the Isles went looking for fights to turn the game around until the third period and a few shots were taken at Mark Streit.

Not much else to write, they could not keep the puck or control it in Carolina's end of the ice or set up anything, Bergenheim had a few rushes but took an offensive zone penalty in the third.

Joey MacDonald played well for his part, he had no help at all, why was Radek Martinek on the ice for twenty seven minutes under these circumstances?

Islanders did generate one nine second powerplay for their effort which was evened up.

I know in an eighty two game seasons teams have some terrible games and some big time clunkers, we saw the 9-2 game against Pittsburgh and that was competitive by comparison to this.

That was the kind of effort that gets a general manager and a coach fired with the team bag-skating from Carolina to Pittsburgh and not because of the scoreboard.

Of course what a shock Blake Comeau fractured his wrist, I guess there goes the one
Islander the fans here are most familiar with for Bridgeport's playoffs.

Could Cablevision at least in their constant spamming of Ranger scoreboard during our games at least give us updates on the teams that are relevant to the Islanders lottery chances?

Ok, we'll see what happens in Pittsburgh.

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Doug Weight signed to Contact Extension

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/07/2009 01:41:00 PM | Comment Here
Islanders website & Newsday & Point Blank/Mr Botta: All report the Islanders on Tuesday resigned center Doug Weight to an extension that includes a base salary of $2 million plus a $200,000 bonus if the Islanders make the playoffs and will count $2.2 million against the salary cap with his comments.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Everyone knows where I stand with this. I think it's a mistake for a team last in NHL scoring to give a spot to a player who cannot produce at even strength with only four goals at five on five nor did he come at a discount.

If the Islanders draft a center and want to play him at this level is Doug Weight going to want to play on the fourth line (Nielsen-Bailey-Tavares should not on a young team) or be relegated to a role he was very clear about he did not want earlier which would basically mean the Islanders wasted a year on Nate Thompson.

Overall at center between Weight-Bailey-Nielsen they have a total (including Weight's powerplay goals) of twenty four total goals down the middle.

Thirteen total goals at even strength, one less at even strength than Travis Zajac of the Devils.

Classy man who has something valuable to provide to a team, I just do not think that's is this team at this time.

Hope I'm wrong.

Newsday: Greg Logan had a full article with Doug Weight's comments about the team, his season and next year.

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New York at Carolina 7pm Msg+2

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/07/2009 11:38:00 AM | Comment Here
Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog reports Mark Streit and Sean Bergenheim will return tonight against Carolina and that Jesse Joensuu and enforcers Mitch Fritz and Joel Rechlicz were recalled from Bridgeport.

I will update the injury/roster chart after the game.

Mar 3 at Washington W 5-2
Mar 6 vs Calgary W 6-1
Mar 7 at Tampa Bay W 9-3
Mar 9 vs NY Rangers W 3-0
Mar 11 at Chicago OTL 2-3
Mar 12 at Dallas L 2-3
Mar 14 at Washington OTL 4-5
Mar 18 vs New Jersey W 4-2
Mar 20 vs NY Islanders W 5-4
Mar 21 vs Washington W 4-1
Mar 23 at Florida W 3-2
Mar 25 vs Ottawa W 2-1
Mar 28 at New Jersey W 2-1
Apr 2 vs NY Rangers W 4-2
Apr 4 vs Pittsburgh W 3-2

For those scoring at home that's twenty six out of thirty available points.

04/05/09 Matt Cullen C Foot Questionable for April 7
04/05/09 Patrick Eaves RW Upper Body Questionable for April 7

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Funny thing looking at this incredible run was there a team that lost in regulation who gave Carolina a better game than the Islanders who scored four times in the second period of that game and led in the final ten mintues before the powerplays, bounces and the Chad LaRose show took over who has one more point than Richard Park but nineteen goals?

Not coincidence for Carolina, they had rode Cam Ward on this streak and made some excellent trades at the deadline. Somewhere Peter Laviolette must be wondering how come they did not play like this for him while Paul Maurice is having his best stretch since the 2002 playoff run where that Carolina team had 83 points but got a higher seed than the 96 point Islanders and home ice which was everything for the Islanders that year.

This game is huge for Carolina who can finish anywhere from fourth through eight and are tied with Philadelphia for fourth with the Flyers having a game in hand.

I suspect for Scott Gordon, Joey MacDonald gets back into the net unless he is banged up after Danis back to back games.

Will be interesting to see what all the changes bring to this game. Obviously Scott Gordon is sticking to his recent comments not holding players back with Bergenheim, Streit dressing.

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