Minnesota 4, New York 3 overtime

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/09/2008 08:37:00 PM | |
Islanders website: Has the recap of Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Minnesota Wild.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
That's just a horrible loss and very expensive in the standings. They played very well and deserved a lot better against a fast team that they outplayed for a good part of the game, holding their shots down. So many strong signs and they seemed destined to win after Bergenheim crashed the net and made a great play to give them the lead, everyone worked hard in this game and they easily could have had a few more goals.

Fedotenko did not have his man on the rebound that tied the game. Isles were skating so well they did not even take a penalty down the stretch, Minnesota did on Bergeron.

Comrie made a nice play at his blueline and was patient to find Guerin for the 1-1 goal. That line got the game tied in the third on an unexpected goal from Hilbert.

Hunter-Vasicek-Fedotenko had good pressure again. Satan had a few shots blocked from high percentage areas. Islanders crashed the net well in this game and moved the puck well along the wall in the offensive zone.

Too bad Tambellini did not finish his breakaway but he got the puck up and Backstrom got his pad on it. Did that line see the ice the last ten minutes or overtime?

I loved that second period wrap around by Comeau and a few very good shots from him. I thought he had Backstrom, he also had a few other great chances.

Burns, Rolston and Gaborik seemed to be flying all night along with the other kid for Minnesota who assisted on their second goal.

Powerplay at the end for the Isles looked far too conservative and Sutton is not going to hit the net in that situation. Too bad Ted Nolan shortened his bench and kept the kids off the ice.

DiPietro in the third did all he could, the first goal he gave up was terrible by Foster and on this team that's a killer. As well as he played late in the game that again is one that comes back to hurt his club. He looked like he did not see the puck well in the first a few times where he reacted like he did not know where shots were going.

Gaborik beat Satan clean on the winner, Martinek kicked the puck and it went right to Burns.

Minnesota's speed and skill was impressive. Islanders need some players like that on this roster badly.

Sorry the news reports on lines and lineups were so off:
Parrish played despite concussion reports and even he looked fast on that ice. DiPietro gave him a healthy slash in the second.

Satan in means Colliton out, the merit system should have forced another player to the bench, he did not play left wing as Greg Logan reported he would.

Johnson out, Bergeron in. He played well and his shot from the point is something they cannot do without.

Islanders have to bring this effort to every game now. It's a very tough loss but how they skated and worked was encouraging. First a close loss, now an overtime loss.

Tuesday night has to be a win.

AHL.com: Reports Bridgeport is trailing in the third against Portland, Kyle Okposo has a goal and four shots.