Well hello there Islanders Country!!
Fresh off a stellar performance by goaltender Dwayne Roloson in Toronto two nights ago, the Islanders play host to the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Nassau Coliseum. Here is to hoping we see well under the 61 shots on goal against in Toronto – ill stick with this number – 37.
What’s interesting about tonight’s game? The possibility that the Islanders can finish the night as high as 5th place and as low as 13th in the Eastern Conference – talk about a swing!
Players to look out for on the Islanders: Tambellini, Hunter, Bailey and Moulson
Starting goaltender, Martin Biron as he will face his old team.
Out for the Flyers – Briere
7:08pm True to form the Islanders lost the opening draw, but got possession in the offensive zone and generated a chance off the bat.
7:14pm Not too much flow in either direction just yet, although the draw is deep in the Islanders zone due to an icing.
7:16pm Brendan Witt and Ian Laperriere square off and Witt takes him down.
7:19pm Trent Hunter gets the stick slashed out of his hands, no call. Play continues deep and Biron makes a nice stop – and the Islanders draw a penalty anyway.
7:21pm The Flyers Hartnell is sitting for a rough – Islanders on the powerplay
7:23pm Trent Hunter stays hot – Islanders on the board 1-0 on the power play from Tavares and Streit
7:30pm Islanders were trapped in their end for what seemed like an eternity (I kid, I kid) – come back into the Flyers end and took it to the net.
7:35pm Biron with a nasty glove save on an odd man rush.
7:41pm Okposo just tested out the iron behind Boucher – oh boy what a wrister.
7:44pm Islanders back on the powerplay, Pronger for cross checking.
7:45pm Jon Sim just got absolutely robbed in front of the net
7:46pm Penalty is over, Moulson was just about 8 feet inside the Flyers blueline when he accepted that pass…
7:47pm Thompson and Laperriere (second fight for Laperriere) and it’s a draw.
End of the first period
Tonight is all about role reversal, what I mean by that is the Islanders are on the better side of a bunch of powerplays tonight and are ahead on the shot count 17-9, which on a three period average of would give them a total of 51. That’s only ten shy of what they had given up Monday night in Toronto. It seems as if Scott Gordon had a message for the team, and the message was received loud and clear (5×5 for you Military folks). I like what I see, let’s keep it up!
Second PeriodThird Period
8:56pm I think the Islanders forget they are on a powerplay here….
9:02pm Colorful comments from the fans here in 201 – hysterical, wish I could repeat them. Game is getting rather chippy.
9:04pm Nielsen just caught Carcillo with a big hit – it shook the floor up here in 201…
I apologize for the lack of updates, I feel like garbage tonight and it’s getting worse as the game is wearing on.
9:18pm Biron somehow tracked the puck off of a funky deflection, chants of Marty rain down from the stands.
9:21pm Flyers get the go ahead on a rush – 2-1 on a Hartnell deflection
9:28pm Islanders have had maybe two minutes of offensive zone play here in the third and MAYBE two shots on goal. Did I jinx them? I reverse the curse….
9:30pm Empty net for the Islanders – and final minute of play
9:31pm Flyers called a timeout as they iced the puck – Scott Gordon drew up a quick play in the meantime for the final offensive zone draw….
And the Islanders lose on this Thanksgiving eve – see you all on Friday afternoon.