Islander News Articles 4/18

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/17/2010 05:16:00 PM |
NY Times: Dave Caldwell has what are written up as " recent comments " from Tim Beach, the Islanders’ vice president for operations, as to why the teams long-time goal song was changed, what led them to the song they currently play in an article about goal songs/sirens or music played at NHL games.

NYIFC Comments:
Leave it to the NY Times editor to have Dave Caldwell cover this and revert to it's SI format of features, as opposed to full game coverage for the Devils after sending the Mark Messier Unauthorized book writer/Ranger beatwriter Jeff Z. Klein or Stu Hackel to every road game they could down the stretch.

This is the same NY Times that used AP for Ranger home and road games earlier, missed two of three Islander Msg games a year ago and only had the 3D article from Richard Sandomir as it's newspaper article with an AP blurb on the actual gamehere.

Mr Caldwell (former Isles beatwriter before Ron Dicker) for his lack of Islander coverage had no problem, with a few mild digs at the goal horn writing it was an " army surplus horn " or that a year ago speculated none of the songs used caught on, probably because the team hardly scored and had the worst record in the league.

Mr Caldwell does not bother pointing out the Rangers scored nine more goals than the Islanders a year ago and had the same 222 goals this season, despite injury disparity.

When reporting is poor, little facts like that are overlooked when it's time to take a few digs. My personal take is the Times has been a lost cause for all hockey fans in New York for a long time now and really going back before the lockout, all the publication seems good for today are blog entries with music clips to supplant information after an amateur strategy of covering Europe more than New York hockey.
Casey Cizikas: Has no points for St. Michael's Majors trailing 2-1 after second against Barrie Colts.

Kevin Poulin: Has allowed five goals Saturday with Victoriaville's trailing Saint John's 5-1 at time this is written.

Travis Hamonic: A late start Saturday for Brandon against Calgary.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's recap of game three 7-2 blowout win by Hershey with blog entries and a preview of game four. Patroit-News: Has Tim Leone's coverage and blog entries with
Lebanon Daily News.

NYIFC Comments:

Bridgeport played a solid first period where they again were better team, but simply did not get many shots from forwards or pressure goaltender Michal Neuvirth despite physical play that gave them man advantage. Out of nowhere the Bears team that has struggled for the better part of seven plus periods, simply played to their regular season record and after they got one goal, made it look too easy, with Scott Munroe not having a chance before being relieved by Mikko Koskinen as they picked Bridgeport and the Islander-centric defense apart.

Blake Comeau did an interview between periods and Frans Nielsen was reportedly at this game.

Six goals in around fifteen minutes, it was beyond impressive and dominating. With Nate Lawson hurt/sitting game three and Munroe pulled, how does Mikko Koskinen not get a game four start, despite allowing two himself?

Bridgeport played them 2-1 in a third period that had little intensity and the Bears seemed to spot it's top players.

Game four 3pm Sunday. Bears lead series 3-0 where Bridgeport has led or been even for seven plus out of nine periods but what Hershey did in second Saturday was no fluke and all about them being an outstanding team many are calling best in AHL history.

Maybe Bridgeport can scrap together a win Sunday, but a team as dominating as Hershey has a huge breakthrough period like they did Saturday usually finishes the job sooner than later. I see no chance of a comeback down 3-0.

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