Islander News Articles 12/13

New York Islander Fan Central | 12/12/2008 08:17:00 PM | | | |
Newsday: Greg Logan reports head coach Scott Gordon put his players through what he described as a "bag skate" Friday afternoon in an effort to address back-checking breakdowns, and insisted the problems are not because of his overspeed system, as an opponent suggested recently.

NYI Fan Central Comments:

Good time to let the coaches comments speak for themselves.

"You say, 'I don't want to kill them in practice and not get it in the game,'"

"Well, now I'm at the point where it doesn't really matter. This needs to be addressed, and it probably should have been addressed three games ago. The goals that are going in are because of our lack of awareness and our lack of effort without the puck coming back into our zone. There's not a system in the world that's going to cover your rear end if you don't have awareness and you don't have a commitment to get back to your zone."

"It's been an ongoing situation where we have not backchecked with awareness and purpose," Gordon said. "We have to play with more desperation and more purpose all the time. When you're not doing that, you become easier to play against. That's not what we want our team identity to be."

NY Post: Dan Martin has an interview with Kyle Okposo on living with Josh Bailey, Bruno Gervais and Nate Thompson, as he talks about team chemistry and how growing together will translate into on-ice results despite the frustrating results so far.

Columbus Dispatch : Covers the Blue Jackets.

Hockey Has the recap of the pre camp intersquad game for team Canada in training for the WJC on Friday.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
The TSN section added to the sidebar already has highlights and interviews from the inter-squad game with blanket coverage of team Canada.

No reported stats from Islander prospects Jared Spurgeon or Travis Hamonic who were invited with thirty six other players and still have to make the final cut for Canada.

Globe & Mail: Tim Wharnsby has comments from E.J. McGuire, the NHL's central scouting director as he talks about the draft class of 2009. Recaps Bridgeport's 3-2 loss against the Norfolk Admirals on Friday.

1. NOR Segal, (11) (Downie, Rosehill), 5:04
1. NOR Potulny, (4) (Kearns, Segal), 18:27
1. BRI Bentivoglio, (4) (Colliton, Lee), 18:51
3. BRI McLean, (7) (Iggulden), 0:30
3. NOR Jones, (6) (Segal, Downie), 6:29 (PP)

Jeff Tambellini, one shot, minus one.
Peter Mannino twenty saves.

Ct Post: Mr Fornabaio's newspaper coverage had head coach Jack Capuano credit Norfolk for going to the net and screening Peter Mannino.

Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio had a live blog from Norfolk which includes a Jeremy Colliton goal waved off on what he says was a high stick that did not go above his hip on video replay.

Virginian-Pilot: Paul White has the Admirals coverage.

Bridgeport again plays in Norfolk on Saturday.

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