Pittsburgh 4, New York 3 Shootout

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/08/2011 11:00:00 PM |

I do not mind league cracking down, but has to be even for both teams.

Clipping for Haley on a textbook clean hip-check, a disallowed goal when Tavares was clearly pushed into the crease and did not make contact with the goalie after DiPietro was bumped in Boston? Seventeen minutes to Konopka while Asham receives five?

Was Lemieux sitting with Campbell?

As for the game overall a long part felt like game against Atlanta where the Islanders did not have much working and were being out-skated plus the Pens with a lead trap heavily and had four back often. The pp has been so out of sync for a long time but with injuries hard to build much, but then in the third Grabner's speed set up Comeau's second, the team came to life and even after giving up the 3-2 goal, Pittsburgh was on the ropes.

A little surprised Capuano went for it and pulled Montoya early with a powerplay for a two man advantage.

What a bomb by Hamonic to tie the game.

Consider how ot ended, they are playing a team fighting for first and Wishart is coming in alone, Katic is flying and even scores. (after horn)

Joensuu was flying again tonight, Tavares, Parenteau had good chances. Comeau is getting to the right spots. Montoya robbed Kovalev twice in game/once in shootout and had some great saves, including the 2-0 break in overtime. Katic outside of his mistake against Boston looks fantastic and is an outstanding skater.

Little is working for Okposo, he had that great dive to break up a play shorthanded in the first.

What was odd was Pittsburgh's goals, two created by Rupp, one by Godard.

That's about all I can write on this game, what can be expected with the inexperience and all these injuries? If you did not know the standings you would wonder if Pittsburgh was the team playing out the season.

Pittsburgh did not add a ROW win but Flyers had control of that. Islanders without Nielsen and even Schremp are a different shootout team.

Matt Donovan had an assist but Bridgeport lost 4-1 Friday at home.

Have not found anything on Brock Nelson being discharged or admitted to hospital at this time.

New York has to win Saturday and Ottawa has to lose for them to finish 26th. Florida lost and cannot pass the Islanders in the standings.

Flyers are tied in points with Pittsburgh meaning it will not be a game where Philadelphia is resting anyone.

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