Islander News Articles 4/19

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/18/2010 06:04:00 PM |
USA Kyle Woodlief's Red-Line Report for NHL draft-eligible prospects this coming June slots Cam Fowler in the five spot.

NYIFC Comments:
Mr Woodlief's Red Line Report is one of the few year-round services available and despite behind tough on John Tavares prior to the draft a year ago is among the best.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio's recap of game four win by the Sound Tigers 4-1 Sunday with blog entries.Patroit-News: Has Tim Leone's coverage and blog entries of Bears loss with
Lebanon Daily News with game five at Giant Center Wednesday.

NYIFC Comments:

Considering this is only winning playoff game NYIFC has covered since we started up back in 2007, after not covering last year's Sound Tigers games it's a very enjoyable day.

First AHL playoff start for Mikko Koskinen (appeared in Utah playoffs) he only faced nine shots in first two periods. Third period he played excellent, with Bears putting up close to twenty shots with tons of pressure, the broken glass may have been best thing to happen with about three minutes left to break Bears momentum.

Bears coach, Mark French did not pull his goalie down 4-1.

Hershey is not same team in goal so far with Braden Holtby in goal vs Michal Neuvirth, however Bridgeport again despite excellent play with most of first on powerplay could not not break through in front of Bears net. Finally when they did score it was outside pp shots with Andrew MacDonald scoring two and Bridgeport goals beating Holtby high-glove. Matt Martin had screens with others but goals are coming from outside.

Robin Figren got back in lineup for Michael Haley and scored a goal with what looked like an NHL slap-shot with a full wind-up.

Bridgeport was again the better team for first two periods and like all previous games were at least two of three periods, Bears went all out in third with Giroux, Gordon, Bourque and company buzzing.

Bridgeport will need to play it's best game (whether it's Koskinen or Munroe) to see a game six because Hershey has not had one complete game yet and frankly they are not only due, but overdue.

Their dominating stretches combined with the Tigers in-ability to convert chances down low, despite the Sound Tigers arguably winning ten of twelve periods this series should mean at worst a 2-2 series, if not leading 3-1.

Michal Neuvirth is not likely to allow the goals, Braden Holtby has in this series so far.

Bridgeport had a nine vs three powerplay advantage today, don't expect that trend to continue into game five either.

We'll see what happens on Wednesday.

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