Islander News Articles 11/20:

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/20/2007 12:36:00 AM | | | | | | | | |

Newsday: Greg Logan's game article is on how the Islanders battled and earned another one goal win on the strength of their team play. Some hype for DiPietro, Witt, Vasicek and the Islanders does not come from Logan here as most of his questions and comments were about Rozsval's shorthanded goal and Avery's antics.

"We had a two-on-one and I was trying to look for guys from the side, but I got hooked from behind and lost control of the puck," said Vasicek, who got the game-winner Friday in New Jersey. "Everybody seemed to move to the side, so I took the shot and it went in."

Trying to explain the Rangers' difficulty against the Isles, Jagr said, "I think they work together better than other teams."

Newsday: Logan's second article is on how Witt dominates Jagr again and how the Islanders ignored Avery's sideshow.

" ... Sometimes we forget the guys who do the gut work like Richard Park and Brendan Witt," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said. "Brendan does it every game for us. Shutting down Jagr is a tough chore for anybody. He did a tremendous job tonight."

"You want to eliminate his time and space," Witt said of Jagr.

"It seems like we're when it's a one-goal game," Witt said. "That's a good habit to get into. When you feel comfortable when you're one goal up in any situation, it's going to help your confidence."

Newsday: Mark Herrmann's Ranger article is on Avery and how he seems to love his impact on games but the big story may be an actual Radek Martinek quote from a local writer.

"I don't listen to him. Everybody told me, 'Don't listen to him. He's just talk.' I'm not complicated. One ear inside, other ear outside," said the defenseman, giving the Czech version of "in one ear, out the other."

"Really at this point, it's kind of amusing. It's the same stuff over and over again. There's nothing thought-provoking said," Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton said. "Aren't you guys getting sick of writing about it?"

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Note-Steve Zipay had a running blog during the game that gave credit to everything but the New York Islanders for the win. Greg Logan could not be bothered doing a running blog for Islander fans during the game in the only paper with the Islanders blog.

I guess DiPietro outplaying Lundqvist for his one hundredth win is just not a story Newsday wants to write about.

NY Times: Lynn Zisner, story line for the most part was how the Islanders frustrated the Rangers.

“The imperative word for us is smart,” Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro said. “When we play smart and make the right decisions, we’re a successful team.”

“I think we want to win so bad against them, sometimes I think we get a little too white-knuckled,” Rangers center Chris Drury said. “We’ve played them three times now, and in two out of the three, we haven’t played our system, our structure. Ultimately it’s cost us.”

Daily News: Peter Botte's limited space article has quotes from Rick DiPietro on his win and Ted Nolan and his players for their hard work.

We always compliment the goal-scorers, but sometimes we do not compliment the guys who do the gut work," Nolan said.

Daily News: John Dellapina writes about Rick DiPietro's success against the Rangers.

NY Post: The Post of course only sends Larry Brooks and he only does one Ranger centric article without a single Islander quoted. This begs the question why was Dan Martin assigned to an off day article before the four game road trip began if we were not going to see one Post article on the club, even at Msg?

Journal News: Ranger salesman Sam Weinman writes beating the Islanders is not setting the bar very high and writes the Islanders have been a pesky team even though Henrik Lundqvist credited the Islanders.

"We don't really get it," said Henrik Lundqvist, who made 22 saves in the loss. "They've been good. They've been smart and patient. I don't think you can take that away from them. But I think we can prove we're a much better team than we've shown them."

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Weinman should check the standings and be grateful the Rangers have played four more games or the pesky Islanders would likely be in first place and the Rangers the team chasing considering a defenseman is their leading goal scorer on a club that spent close to ninety million on two centers who cannot play on the top line.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had a blog and quick notebook here
mostly about Kip Brennan, who strained a knee in post game stretching, and he is likely to miss Wednesday's rematch with the Bears at Hershey with some team notables.