Islander News Articles 11/25

New York Islander Fan Central | 11/25/2007 05:10:00 AM | | | | | | | | |

Newsday: Mark Herrmann had tonight's coverage of the Islanders 2-1 win against the Boston Bruins with comments from Richard Park, Ted Nolan and Andy Hilbert.

"It's been frustrating, but from the coaches to the players, they have been behind me, they've been positive toward me," Hilbert said. "It sure does help a lot when guys are positive.

"Andy has been doing everything a hockey player should do," the coach added, "except put the puck in the net."

"The bottom line is, we got the two points," Park said. "It doesn't matter who got the goals, at the end of the day."

Newsday: Mr Herrmann's second article was on Shawn Bates, the sold out game on Saturday and Ted Nolan's thanksgiving.

"The travel is a little bit different than in the NHL," he said, with a grin. "You're back on the bus. But it was a good experience."

Daily News: Peter Botte's limited space article is on the scoring problems, the win with comments from Richard Park, Andy Hilbert, Rick DiPietro on the hit to the head late in the third period and Ted Nolan.

"You don't feel like that because of our situation, the nature of our game is that everyone wants to score every game," said Park, who chipped in a rebound with 12:30 remaining for his second goal this season. "The bottom line is we came out with two points. How we got there doesn't really matter at the end of the day."

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Mr Botte reported Tim Jackman was sent to Bridgeport, during the telecast it was reported he was scratched. Michael Fornabaio did not have this but the Sound Tigers were in Albany. If this is true Bates could return Monday against Dallas.

Boston Globe: Fluto Shinzawa has the Bruins centric coverage on the loss.

"I think we played against a team that wanted it more than we did," coach Claude Julien said after last night's 2-1 loss to the Islanders before 16,234 at Nassau Coliseum. "I thought we got outworked and out hustled all night. There was more determination on the other side than there was on ours. We were actually fortunate to still be in it after two periods. I think if we can understand that as a group, we'll get better. If we don't, then we didn't learn anything tonight."

Boston Herald: Rich Thompson had coverage on the game with some insights from goaltender Tim Thomas on Andy Hilbert's goal and the game winner by Richard Park.

“It was a good shot by Hilbert,” Thomas said. “He was effectively using the screen and I played with him in Providence (when Hilbert was with the B’s AHL club) so I know how he does that sometimes. I just lost it for a second and that’s when he decided to shoot.”

“The first shot got tipped and that’s why I couldn’t control the rebound,” Thomas said. “The second guy put it in my right leg and physics says the rebound is going to go to the right side.”

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Guess I was wrong in my post game comments on Hilbert's play for his goal. Have to defer to Tim Thomas.

The Republican: Fran Sypek has a full feature on Bill Guerin in Sunday's paper after his return home to Boston.

"We're working hard, but we're not executing and when it comes down to it, we've got to pay the price and get in the area we need to be to score goals," Guerin said. "In this game, if a guy's open in the slot, you've got to get him the puck."

"It's not like we can't score goals - every team in this league has the personnel to score goals," Guerin said. "It's all a matter of executing and making plays and often goals in this league are made off broken plays."

Providence Journal has additional coverage.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports on the Sound Tigers 5-2 loss Saturday to the Albany River Rats who are no longer a Devils affiliate. Former Sound Tigers Jamie Johnson and Brandon Nolan both scored in a game that was 3-0 quickly. Darryl Bootland and Gregg Johnson scored their first goals for Bridgeport.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has a blog on Saturday's loss.

"They're in a tough spot right now, the guys in that room," Bridgeport coach Jack Capuano said. "I know what they're going through. (The coaches) have been there. They are the ones who have to pull together and get themselves out of it."

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio also had a feature on athletic trainer John Sullo.

Albany Times Union: Has the River Rats Coverage.

NY Post decided not to send anyone to cover Saturday's sold out Islander home game with Mark Everson in Tampa providing full Devils coverage. Dan Martin was on his usual PSAL beat.