Islander News Articles 2/23:

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/22/2008 09:23:00 PM | | | | | | | | | | | |
Newsday: Roderick Boone reports Drew Fata has been returned to Bridgeport and Bruno Gervais will make his return against the Devils Saturday while Rick DiPietro talks about how much fun it's been and that the club has a chance as long as they play solid hockey. Ted Nolan talks about the Devils being a big test while Freddy Meyer feels they have to bring their 'A' effort every game with every two points critical and that there is no letting up.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
It's great news Gervais is coming back. I was very impressed with Fata in his callup and he had an assist on the Isles only goal against Tampa and was on the ice in overtime against Washington. Johnson played a lot with Fata so where does Gervais slot with given Meyer and Martinek's chemistry? Reports the Sound Tigers fired 43 shots at Michael Leighton of the Albany River Rats on the road but lost 4-1 Friday night. Jeff Tambellini had nine of the shots and was -3 in his return. Drew Fata was not listed in the lineup. Trevor Smith scored Bridgeport's goal, Dustin Kohn had an assist in his return to the lineup, Pascal Morency played.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has comments from Jack Capuano who felt some guys were interested in doing what they wanted to do but credited Tim Jackman for his ten shots because he listens. Jeff Tambellini felt his club did not get traffic in front of Albany's goaltender and was sloppy at best combined with the wingers needing to do a better job retrieving the puck. Scott Ford commented on leveling Brandon Nolan, who left bleeding and did not return.

UP NEXT - Today at Hartford, 7 p.m.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had a pregame blog and confirmed the word is Fata will be back Saturday. He will also likely have a postgame to recap the loss.

Times Union: Has the Albany River Rats coverage.