Islander News Articles 12/13:

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/13/2007 04:31:00 AM | | | | | | | | | | | | | |
Newsday: Greg Logan's article is on the mistakes and poor penalties the club made in the loss to Buffalo. Despite scoring three goals for the third time in four games Ted Nolan is losing patience with some of his players as the coach explains why Jeff Tambellini was taken off the top line for Chris Simon and Bryan Berard saw limited ice after a penalty.

"We've been pretty patient, giving guys all kinds of opportunities," Nolan said. "But patience can only go so long. You have to produce, and you have to work hard. If you don't maybe somebody else will."

"You get tired of watching one line in our defensive zone the whole two periods," Nolan said of his top line. "They didn't get out of our zone more than one or two times. That's just unacceptable. You have to have your top line get out of our defensive zone so you can at least attack the other end. At least, with the change, we got out of our zone the last period."

Newsday: Greg Logan also reports Marc-Andre Bergeron is not comfortable on the ice because he expects mistakes from his offensive play could leave him out of the lineup once again and that he's not playing enough, while the coach singles out Richard Park and Chris Simon for their effort. Miroslav Satan talks about the booing crowd in Buffalo.

"I would love to, but it's hard when you're in and out of the lineup," Bergeron said. "I'm not feeling that comfortable out there. I know that every now and then I'm going to do something wrong and I'll be out again.

"So, it's not a position I really enjoy. But I'm going to work hard, and I'm sure everything is going to be brighter."

Newsday: Greg Logan also has a review of the game with no quotes from the players.

Erie Times-News: Victor Fernandes has a full feature article former Erie Otters defenseman Chris Campoli after Wednesday's game, how he has already matched last season's production and what's different for him on this year's club.

Arizona Republic: Jim Gintonio has a few words from Coyotes Coach Wayne Gretzky praising the Islanders, what his club needs to do on it's road-trip and how hard they have competed.

"(Tonight) we'll be playing a more-experienced hockey club, and we've got to be ready from Day 1. The things about road trips are, if you can get off to a good first period, a good first game, it really sets the tone for the whole trip."

"They've got a really good coach (Ted Nolan) and one of the best goaltenders in the league," Gretzky said. "They play a methodical system, and they don't break down in many areas.

"As I've told our guys, we've got to utilize our speed, energy and youth, drive to the net. We've got to create holes and openings, and we've got to make them break down. They're one of the best defensive teams in the NHL, and that makes it difficult, especially the first game on the trip. When you fly east, you try to get your legs as early as you can."

Of course the NY Times, News and Post goes all A.P on the Islanders but the Times even allowed Lynn Zisner to travel to Washington and posted a 1am blog on the game with a newspaper article. Tonight's Islander opponent, the Coyotes got a feature for the paper a few days back while the Isles got a quick blog that needed to link to Newsday and for it's information that read more like a ten year review then about the current club.

NY Times: Altered it's new slapshot blog page description which did advertise the Islanders but now only includes the Rangers and all things NHL in another sad display.

NYI Fan Central Coverage:
If the Times can pay to send it's Ranger beatwriter on the road after a few years of home-only coverage, it can afford to hire a full time Islander beatwriter to go with all the writers they have in place for blogs.

Of course the New York Post which did not cover last night's Islander game and gives mininal print to most home games, had enough of a hockey budget to send a secondary writer named Howard Kussoy to Devils practice where he reports former Islander Aron Asham got into a heated exchange with Devils coach Brent Sutter here.

"It was just one of those days. Things happen," Asham said. "It was an inappropriate event and tempers flared. I shouldn't have said nothing and kept my mouth shut.

"I'm sure I'll say something to him. I'm sure he's not sitting in his room right now expecting me to come in and say, 'Sorry.' That's not the kind of guy he is."

Buffalo News: Has the Sabres coverage on their win.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio writes about the Sound Tigers inconsistent play which is unacceptable to the coaching staff and the players after a loss to Albany on Wednesday where they fell behind 4-0 in front of a record low crowd of 1,611. Bridgeport has lost seven of their last ten games, Tim Jackman spoke about the effort.

"We had great player meetings (Tuesday). We talked about desperation in our game, how we need to play 60 minutes," Bridgeport coach Jack Capuano said. "As a coaching staff, you try to prepare them the best you can. ... At some point, guys have to be held accountable."

"The guys know certain guys have to play better," Capuano said. "We have good leaders on this team. They have to take over. It's just frustrating for the coaching staff, how hard they work, the effort they put in."

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's blog reports Jack Capuano was at his angriest, but restrained after the game. Mr Fornabaio also writes the club only played about four or five minutes while Steve Regier talks about the club's low confidence level and how they have time to correct things. Also reported was Gregg Johnson has left Bridgeport to play in Finland. Tom Henriksson confirms Johnson will play for SaiPa Lappeenranta.

Times Union: Has coverage on the Albany River Rats and their win.