New York 5, Atlanta 4

New York Islander Fan Central | 2/29/2008 02:41:00 AM | |

Islanders website: Jason Lockhart has the recap of tonight's
5-4 overtime win against the Atlanta Thrashers with Ted Nolan who was critical of his powerplay, but praised Vasicek's line for their solid play. Trent Hunter talked about the game winner.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Would have been a disaster to come out of this game with only one point. Easy to put the Klee and Holik goals on DiPietro and even the Zhitnik goal but he made two of three great saves (Thorburn, Recchi) to keep them tied/ahead and the Isles defense was running around a little.

A 5-4 game and no points from Kovalchuk? Good thing the post cooperated.

Isles were the team with more life to start the game and took advantage of Atlanta who came out with no desperation. Comrie got a nice pass from Rob Davison and got it past Lehtonen on his backhand for the lead. After that the Thasher goaltender
gift-wrapped one. Vasicek made it interesting on his backhand but got a perfect pass from Hunter.

Isles played well against a team that showed very little life until the Islanders powerplay got on the ice and once again not only did not score but helped Atlanta finally get into the game. It's beyond a problem now and they cannot blame Bergeron anymore. No doubt teams scout this powerplay and know it's fragile. Bergenheim took a penalty to kill one of those powerplays. When Meyer was on the point in the first period you could see most of his plays were not shots but passes down low going for deflections.

Berard's pass to Hilbert for the 3-0 was one of the best setups of the season, and he found Comrie in great position for the 4-3 goal.

Klee handed Vasieck the puck in the corner who found Hunter for the game winner.

Tambellini and Comeau only saw seven minutes and Nielsen could be out with a shoulder injury. Ben Walter is about to return from his shoulder injury which could mean Colliton gets a callup for Saturday?

All in all Islanders took thirty seven shots and outlasted a struggling team. Given the out of town scorboard all the Isles did was keep pace and Philadelphia officially is out of it's losing streak or Ottawa is in a complete freefall.