Boston 2, New York 1

New York Islander Fan Central | 3/14/2009 03:40:00 PM |
Associated Press & Recaps New York's 2-1 loss to Boston Saturday afternoon.

NYI Fan Central Comments:
Last time the Islanders were in a 2-1 game at Boston in the third period, the Bruins put a physical beating all over the Islanders and simply dismantled them winning 7-2
in a game they were so badly outplayed overall it could have easily been double digits despite the close game in the third.

That game was a sixty minute mismatch.

Today's game seemed to pick up where that one left off for a while with the Bruins getting two very early goals, dominating play while the Islanders for a good half of the game generated nothing. Their first shift they even established a forecheck was at the beginning of the second period.

After that Islanders did a little better and got back in the game with some solid shifts but not the kind where they could test Tim Thomas or force him to make a quality save. Nielsen fell in a spot where he had a quality chance, Tambellini went wide and fell at a spot he needed to shoot, Okposo fanned on one. Hilbert had some outside shots but that was basically it aside from Streit's incredible goal where he undressed Chara like we saw in his Montreal highlight package.

Yann Danis was excellent and as poorly as the Islanders played early they kept the pressure off their goaltender aside from a third period powerplay where the Islander goaltender made some quality saves.

That five on three I would not have used Witt, you could see the Isles pressing for just one low percentage shot, standing still.

Aside from that not much else to write about this game. Boston after breaking their losing streak could have come in with a little confidence back and blown the Isles out but to their credit played them mostly even aside from that early stretch.

Was hoping for better but it was a winnable game.

Today's injury count was nine with Richard Park's return.

Chicago Tribune: Reports The Blackhawks practiced in Bensenville on Saturday afternoon. Forwards Martin Havlat, Dave Bolland and Patrick Kane all missed practice with injuries but could play against the Islanders Sunday afternoon.

Head coach Joel Quenneville confirmed that veteran Nikolai Khabibulin would be in goal against the Islanders for his first game since Feb. 11.

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