January 2010

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Capitals at Islanders: Live Blog

Posted by on 26 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Gameday, General, Live Blog

Good evening everyone!

Home game number 26 brings us a match up between John Tavares and the New York Islanders and Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, always a great time for sure.

I am going to apologize in advance, I am not feeling 100 percent tonight so I may not be so quick on the draw this evening. Enough about me though—onto the good stuff.

The Islanders find themselves jam packed in the Eastern Conference tonight, should they win and Montreal lose they will finish as high as 6th but a loss by the Isles and a Boston and Florida win will find them as low as tenth. Interesting parity as always in the East.

The Islanders will also leap frog the Rangers, whom they trail by one point.

Roster notables for the evening, Dustin Kohn finds himself back in Bridgeport now that Andy Sutton’s suspension is over. Josh Bailey is under the weather (maybe he has what I have) and no word on him yet, Jeff Tambellini appears to be scratched as well and of course Martin Biron is sitting comfortably in the press box as well.

Dare I say it, but let’s see if the scary Islanders team the Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau talked about in the pregame interview is the one that comes out in the first period.

First Period

7:10pm Islanders lose the opening draw, taken by Richard Park
7:10pm Islanders forecheck is on point already, caused a turnover and forced Theodore to make a stop. Islanders find themselves with two shots on goal due to the turnover. Ovechkin accepts a feed and from his knees makes a wrist shot and almost scored.
7:11pm The Capitals are on the board first, a passing play that caught Roloson out of position. Morrison from Erskine
7:14pm Well, Josh Bailey IS dressed tonight, go figure.
7:16pm A Semin wrist shot makes it 2-0 Capitals. Where is Brendan Witt and Radek Martinek to shut him down when you need them?
7:17pm Morrison gonna sit for hooking, Islanders power play.
7:19pm Rob Schremp makes it a one goal game on the power play off a feed from Doug Weight
7:22pm Schremps 6th of the season from Weight and Hunter
7:26pm Capitals get a penalty for goaltender interference (Green), I thought for sure it was on Roloson
7:28pm 12 seconds remain on Green’s penalty, and now they have taken a holding penalty as well. Islanders extend their power play.
7:30pm Okposo looking for something down low, misses the net and it rims around and out. Regain control and are working down low. Islanders hit the post, not sure who shot the puck.
7:32pm Even strength, Capitals shoot and it’s deflected out of play.
7:36pm Tavares the recipient of a great Bailey pass and rang on off the iron. That’s now two posts for the Islanders this period.
7:41pm First Islanders penalty of the period called on Bergenheim for a hold. Jack Hillen was just BLASTED in the mouth with the puck. Ovechkin shot the puck….bloody mess.
7:46pm Capitals score on the power play, Roloson pissed he allowed them to hack away and get it through his pads.
7:48pm Another forward for the Islanders who cannot buy a goal, Frans Nielsen who missed the net completely unimpeded.
7:49pm Semin dances through the Islanders defense and then scoops a backhand over a fallen Roloson from behind the net. Great effort, but it’s now 4-1 Capitals.

End of the period.

I don’t have the energy to really break down the play of the Islanders this period. The Capitals are riding a hot streak and are leaps and bounds the better team.

Second Period

Rick DiPietro comes into the game in relief of Roloson.

8:07pm Islanders are underway, hopefully the change of a netminder gives them some confidence back as DP makes his first save of the game.
8:10pm Early reports are that Hillen was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
8:10pm Capitals score on fresh goaltender DiPietro to make it 5-1 on Erskine’s first of the season.
8:14pm Capitals called for hooking, Islanders fourth power play of the game, they are 1/3 right now.
8:18pm Nothing going for the Islanders on that power play. 1 for 4 on the evening.
8:22pm Islanders score on a nice play – Okposo from Tavares and Bailey 5-2 Caps
8:29pm DiPietro gives the team some life with a nice save moving post to post.
8:31pm Chimera’s hard wrister beats DiPietro to make it 6-2
8:34pm Capitals called for tripping, Islanders 5th power play of the night.
8:38pm Islanders all over the Caps that power play, DiPietro with two long passes to his forwards, three scoring chances but not enough quick shots.

Final minute of the period

Another not so great period by the Islanders, maybe they are all feeling the way I do tonight with the sneezing and burning eyes.

The Capitals are too good of a team, they block almost every shot and pass, they cause turnovers and they seem to be able to score from just about every single spot on the ice. DiPietro is doing his best to stem the tided, but he has allowed two goals himself this period.

All those power play opportunities have been wasted tonight, save for the first one of the game.

Maybe they can work a miracle in the third period?

Third Period

8:57pm Now in goal for the Capitals Michal Neuvirth
9:01pm Capitals beat writer Tarik ElBashir claims Neuvirth was warming up the end of the second period. Perhaps that second shot of the mask late in the second shook up Theodore.
9:09pm There aren’t many times I say this (and it’s more because of the way I feel tonight) – I cannot wait for the game to end. I should have stayed home tonight.
9:12pm Islanders get called for holding, MacDonald did all he could to prevent a Semin hat trick.
9:14pm Andy Sutton just cleared out Laich from in front, it looked like he gave him whiplash the way he moved him from the crease.
9:15pm Islanders kill off that penalty and MacDonald sprung from the box and chased down the puck and carried it into the Caps zone. He made a nice move and found Bergenheim streaking to the net, Neuvirth was there for the save though.
9:19pm I just realized that countless Islanders are invisible tonight. Matt Moulson was just out on the ice and I couldn’t remember when the last time I saw him was, then I said the same thing about four of five other players.
9:22pm Laich just danced around everyone and roofed a wrist shot past DP to make it 7-2
9:24pm If the Islanders cannot rise up and find the will to win a huge game like this tonight, how would they do in the playoffs?

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Islesblogger on The Hockey Guys Radio Show!

Posted by on 24 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: News, Site Announcements

The Hockey Guys

I didn’t get the opportunity to post up a preview for this, I got called into work on an emergency today and haven’t had much time. However, I just did a quick Islanders chat with The Hockey Guys on their radio show. Be sure to check out the site and the replay of the show when you get the chance.

Once it’s up I will post the link.

Big thanks to Anthony Curatolo, Brandon Augienello and Dustin Leed for having me on today, I look forward to appearing again!

Update!

You can listen to the show in the player below:

Devils at Islanders: Live Blog

Posted by on 23 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Gameday, Live Blog

Good evening everyone, this should be an interesting night for sure!

Less than a week ago on home ice, the New York Islanders took on the New Jersey Devils and not only chased all star and hall of fame goaltender Martin Brodeur after two periods, but they completely dominated play and shut out the Devils 4-0.

The Devils have been struggling as of late, I guarantee beating them tonight will be no easy task. However, that said they are without the firepower they were once getting with Elias out of the lineup and Bergfors goalless in the last 11 games.

In that 4-0 win on Monday afternoon, Rick DiPietro was between the pipes for the Islanders and earned his first shutout in only his third start of the season. DiPietro is once again your starter, look for some magic in that area given his strong play that seems to grow the more his confidence returns.

In their home win on Thursday night over the Florida Panthers, several players were ALL over the ice—even though they were without points I liked what I saw. The line of Park, Weight and Bergenheim was awesome the other night, as was Jon Sim. Okposo, Shremp, Bailey, Tavares and Moulson all had chances—great chances as did Doug Weight who looks like he is about to break out offensively himself.

Dustin Kohn made his NHL debut and assisted on Blake Comeau’s second period goal, giving Kohn his first NHL point. I witnessed the PR guys shuttle the puck down the hall to Kohn after the game, it’s amazing how many times I catch important small acts like that the more I am around the team. I hope he continues to play the game that earned him a call up to cover for Andy Sutton while he serves his suspension.

The Islanders are on a streak here at home, winning six consecutive games—and it’s no secret to the crowd as this is the second consecutive sellout.

This is a big night, against a conference and division rival so the points are HUGE.

First Period

Delayed start due to some problems with the ice where the Elementary school sang the National Anthem. There was a big carpet near the zamboni door.

7:13pm Islanders pull the opening draw back, the Devils got to it and shot it, it was deflected out of play.
7:14pm Devils taking it to the Islanders early, they look a bit more focused tonight
7:17pm Okposo finds a streaking Streit and Brodeur makes a great save or it hit the post. Devils come right back down and DiPietro makes one of his own.
7:21pm Devils control the puck from behind the goal line and pass out to an awaiting Langenbrunner, stick cocked—Goal 1-0 Devils.
7:24pm 9 minutes into the first, the Devils are out shooting the Islanders by the wide margin of 9-1
7:27pm Devils penalty for slashing, this should jump start the Islanders—hopefully.
7:29pm What a horrible power play, we had one shot. Dis.Organ.Ized.
7:34pm They sure aren’t making Brodeur work much tonight.
7:36pm DiPietro finds a fluttering puck through traffic with his glove. Islanders needs to step up their play here, shots are 11-4 with 6 minutes remaining.
7:38pm Hillen beats his man to the puck for an icing, and then takes exception to Davis’ late hit.
7:45pm This game feels the same way the Panthers game did on Thursday, you know except for the 1-0 in favor of the opposition and everything.

End of the first period.

Islanders got outplayed in almost every capacity during the first period. The Devils must have studied nothing but the tape of the Islanders last three games because they aren’t allowing them to establish their forecheck or generate any shots. They are clogging the lanes and stepping in front of every shot and pass much like the Panthers did the first period on Thursday.

Hopefully Scott Gordon has some heated words of wisdom for the Islanders, they need to find their game—or at least a game that works.

Second Period

8:04pm Devils control the opening draw this period and take it back into the Islanders end.
8:05pm Islanders strong on the puck, leads to another power play. They are 0/1 with one shot so far tonight.
8:09pm Islanders fail to convert that power play, but added four or five shots to their total.
8:10pm Park just rang one off the post behind Brodeur, poor guy cannot buy a goal.
8:13pm Just wanted to add, the Islanders have hit three posts tonight….
8:14pm Nielsen alone in front, takes a few swipes at the puck but Brodeur makes the save, and then three more for good measure.
8:15pm Islanders now hold the edge in shots 14-13, now only if they can notch a goal to knot this up.
8:20pm Bergenheim injured on a boarding play, Colin White assessed a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. 5 minute PP
8:21pm Okposo ties it on the Power Play! Still a man up for 4:42, they can score at will with the major penalty.
8:22pm Okposo from Tavares and Streit
8:24pm Islanders score again on the major 2-1
8:25pm Hillen from Okposo and Shremp
8:26pm DiPietro needed to stop a short handed breakaway.
8:28pm HUGE turn of events, Islanders really capitalize on the major power play and score twice to get the lead. Shot count 18-13 in favor of the Isles.
8:30pm I gather Lamaire didn’t see that Coyotes-Islanders game last week? He failed to put someone in the box and the Islanders had an extended five on four until a whistle.
8:36pm Gervais in the box for hooking
8:38pm :32 seconds left in the period, Devils tie the game on the power play, ending their 52 pp scoreless skid

End of the second period.

Well, that was quite different. A big power play for the Islanders after White boarded and injured Bergenheim gave them two goals. A note of interest, the Islanders—should they have been able to, could have kept the man advantage for as long as they kept the puck in play as the Devils failed to put anyone in the box for the penalty. Hopefully Bergenheim returns, he looked to be cut pretty bad but got up under his own power.

The Islanders had 13 shots that period, the Devils 1—the complete inverse of the first period oddly enough.

The game is tied going into the third, but given the turn of events it should be a great third period.

Third Period

8:56pm Islanders control the opening draw this period. They’re off.
8:58pm Report on Bergenheim as he has returned, full cage and broken nose.
9:05pm Devils controlling the flow to this point, not many shots but they have been in the zone a few times. Islanders FINALLY took a shot this period. Only took eight minutes.
9:13pm Shot did not count, almost 13 minutes into the third and the Islanders are yet to register a shot on goal.
9:14pm Bruno Gervais takes exception to a late hack on DiPietro and throws Salvador out of the crease.
9:17pm Devils take a 3-2 lead off a deflection and screen in front of DiPietro. The way he reacted makes me think he had no look at the puck.
9:19pm Two icings in a row, Scott Gordon needs to take his timeout soon.
9:23pm How this team can be so different from period to period escapes me.
9:28pm Devils make it 4-2 into an empty net.

Islanders managed 3 shots on goal through the last twenty minutes of play, inexcusable. Cannot wait to hear the post game tonight…..

Devils shots 14 and the Islanders 3 in the third.

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Panthers at Islanders: Live Blog

Posted by on 21 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Gameday, Live Blog

Good evening everyone!

Checking in as always live at Nassau Coliseum from the Blog Box located in Section 201 getting ready for another live blog. Tonight we have a special guest, Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Loat is in town visiting family and came out to support the Islanders tonight as they take on the Florida Panthers.

You can read what he has to say tonight as he will be on Twitter giving plenty of updates. Follow @mozy19 and myself @islesblogger on twitter all night for constant updates there as well as here in the live blog.

Game News

Yesterday the biggest Islanders news was the two game suspension given to defenseman Andy Sutton for his hit on Pascal Dupuis in Pittsburgh, but that overshadowed another piece of news—Nate Thompson being placed on waivers in order to free up a roster spot for a defensive call up from Bridgeport. It was expected that Thompson would clear waivers, but he did not. The Tampa Bay Lightning plucked Thompson off of waivers and he is set to play for them tonight in Florida. It was a risk that Garth Snow needed to take, Thompson has played well for the Islanders but let’s face it he can be replaced. The biggest hit will come on the penalty kill, one of Thompson’s best qualities as a defensive forward.

Good luck Nate, it was always a pleasure dealing with you and I know I will miss what you brought to the Islanders the last two seasons.

To replace Andy Sutton tonight, the Islanders called up defenseman Dustin Kohn from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL. Kohn will wear number 56 tonight against the Panthers.

Your netminder tonight, Dwayne Roloson and expect Rick DiPietro to start on Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.

First Period

7:10pm Islanders push the opening draw forward and fail to gain full control, play down in the Islanders zone.
7:13pm Roloson makes his first save of the period, and then looked around to make sure he wouldn’t be called for a delay of game.
7:16pm Game is fairly even up to this point, granted it’s only five minute in. Neither team is setting a tone, for the most part.
7:18pm Bruno Gervais shows his rare rough side as pushes a Panther out of the crease after the whistle.
7:26pm Panthers are out shooting and out chancing the Islanders tonight, it looks like they are skating in mud.
7:32pm I hear this giant sucking sound, yea—that’s the Islanders tonight.
7:38pm Final minute of the first period. Note the lack of updates in my live blog….

Wow what a period! It took both teams a bit of time to get their legs moving but Florida has the edge in shots 14-6. Islanders looked better late in the first and had a few chances of their own, but they definitely need to generate more shots and offense. The forecheck isn’t really working tonight either, they need to wake up and perhaps hit up some Red Bull between periods. Let’s see what happens in the second frame.

Second Period

7:59pm Islanders once again fail to fully control the opening draw and allow the Panthers a chance down low.
8:00pm Moulson finds Nielsen alone out in front, but Frans fanned on the shot as the puck was bouncing.
8:03pm Islanders with several chances bunched up here in the second. Jon Sim looking to get involved physically and catches a cross check or two behind the Panthers net.
8:04pm The Park, Weight and Bergenheim line seems to be getting chances tonight at will.
8:07pm Panthers on the board first, 1-0
8:09pm Islanders spring back to life after the goal, who’s out there? Park, Weight and Bergy – they had maybe four scoring chances. However, Bergenheim should have shot instead of passed in the slot.
8:17pm Islanders tie the game on a nice slap shot by Blake Comeau – Dustin Kohn may have his first NHL point on the play.
8:18pm Comeau from Dustin Kohn and Gervais that is Kohn’s first NHL point! Congrats Dustin.
8:19pm Doug Weight absolutely robbed by Vokoun on a virtual empty net. Nice desperation save there.
8:29pm New line out there for the Islanders, Bailey, Tavares and Okposo – three first rounders (12th, 6th and 1st respectively).

End of the second period

Much better period all around, shot count is now 25-22 in favor of the Panthers. Islanders tied the game on some great work in the Panthers end. No penalties thus far, Jon Sim is being a pest in front of the net and they are not calling a thing on him or the players playing against him.

The Islanders are getting to pucks, passing, shooting and really outplayed the Panthers that period. As I said earlier I think they realized they were actually playing tonight. Let’s see if they can keep it up.

Third Period

8:50pm Islanders working hard already in the third, they need an early goal.
8:54pm Islanders have stormed back in the shot department and are one away from being equal at 26
8:58pm Of course, the Islanders get the first penalty of the game – 45 minutes in on a weak slashing call on Sim.
9:05pm Great pressure by the Islanders, but they called another penalty on Sim, this time for goaltender interference. Pathetic officiating tonight.
9:09pm Islanders kill off the second Sim call, but prior to that Nielsen and Okposo went in on a shorthanded two on one, Okposo gets crosschecked and taken down in front of the referee and there was NO CALL. Pathetic officiating and they hear it from the crowd in unison.
9:13pm Florida “FINALLY” commits a penalty….a high stick, two minutes.
9:16pm Weight with a chance in front but missed the net. Okposo and Tavares both crosschecked in the corner, no calls.
9:22pm Bergenheim just missed a wide open net.
9:23pm Roloson comes up big to preserve the tie late in the third.

And we are headed to overtime, what’s this the 40th time this season?

Overtime

9:27pm Islanders need to wrap this one up quick and sink these Panthers.
9:28pm Islanders penalty to Comeau for slashing. Bad, bad, bad.
9:31pm Hillen caught with a broken stick, Islanders make huge clears. Streit just rocked his man along the boards and we are even up.
9:33pm Odd man rush in the final minute and Vokoun makes the stop.

End of overtime, we are headed to the shootout.

Shootout

Nielsen – NO GOAL
Olescz – NO GOAL
Shremp – GOAL
Frolik – NO GOAL
Moulson – GOAL

Game, set and match – Islanders win in a shootout 2-1

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Andy Sutton Suspended Two Games

Posted by on 20 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: General, News

Unfortunately big hits and injuries are part of the game we have all grown to love and respect, it’s also unfortunate that sometimes they both go hand in hand. Such is the case for Andy Sutton who laid a booming hit on the Penguins Pascal Dupuis in a 6-4 loss last night. Dupuis was hit from behind on the play and lay crumbled, disoriented and bleeding as a result of the hit. Sutton was given a five minute major and a game misconduct on the play. Dupuis was helped off the ice and did not return.

Sutton attended a disciplinary hearing earlier today and learned he has been suspended for two games as a result of his hit.

My reaction and opinion are up over on Bleacher Report.

Sometimes, it’s best to just accept your punishment and this is one of those times for Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton.

Last night in the Islanders 6-4 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sutton laid a booming check on Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis. This isn’t far from the norm for Sutton, as he hits players hard and quite often on the regular (Sutton is in a three way tie for ninth in hits on the Islanders with 44 and is six shy of the team lead). However, this time he caught Dupuis in the numbers and in a vulnerable position.

Read the entire article HERE and be sure to vote in the poll!

Devils at Islanders: Live Blog

Posted by on 18 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Gameday, Live Blog

Look out, Islanders are about to take on the New Jersey Devils in a Matinee game here on Martin Luther King day. As always, I am live from the Coliseum in the Blog Box bringing you live game updates and some witty banter and comments through out.

Islanders scratches today, Jeff Tambellini, Nate Thompson and Martin Biron.

Should be a good game today, let’s see if John Tavares can build on his goal on Saturday after going ten consecutive games without scoring. It would also be great to see Josh Bailey, Rob Schremp and Matt Moulson to contribute offensively today. If you noticed I left Kyle Okposo off that list, I did so for a reason—he has continued to contribute in so many ways for the Islanders and that’s one of the main reasons the Islanders have had success as of late.

We are close to the puck drop, check back often for updates!

Ok, this is interesting—Rick DiPietro is your starting goaltender today, which is news to just about everyone in the building. He must be feeling great, apparently. You know how DiPietro LOVES to match up against that guy down at the other end of the ice in Martin Brodeur, I’m sure that has something to do with that.

First Period

2:09pm Islanders control the opening draw (I still want to look back and see how many times they’ve won and lost).
2:11pm After great a great flurry in front of Brodeur the Devils ice the puck and on the next flurry, Moulson bats in a rebound for an early lead. Islanders lead 1-0 1:30 into the game.
2:13pm Moulson from Nielsen and Hunter, that’s Moulson’s 18th of the season
2:14pm Islanders thought they scored again, but it was waved off due to a blown whistle. That’s two games in a two that Park had “scored” but it was blown dead.
2:15pm Devils just shot the puck over the glass, Islanders power play – THEY NEED TO SCORE HERE
2:16pm Mark Streit with a blast from the point beats Brodeur on the power play and it’s 2-0 Islanders
2:18pm Streit (7th) on the PP from Tavares and Okposo
2:22pm Devils have stepped up their physical play, which was a given considering the first period they are having.
2:22pm Devils going to the box for holding, Let’s get chili boys!
2:25pm Brodeur doing what Brodeur does and making seemingly impossible saves look routine.
2:29pm Islanders are out shooting the Devils 12-3 with 9 minutes left in the first.
2:31pm Islanders are on their third power play of the period, they are currently 1/2 and have a tremendous amount of shots.
2:35pm Islanders are now 1/3 on the power play, but I think 12 of their 17 shots have come on the man advantage. Great job tonight, keep plugging away.
2:37pm Islanders forecheck is on point tonight, I think the Devils have iced the puck 7 times this period.
2:38pm DiPietro with his first tough save of the game, a scrambler where he had to kick out his legs from his back.
2:40pm Islanders deviate from their game plan, pressure leads to a penalty in the defensive zone while protecting DiPietro in the crease Tavares for tripping.

End of the first period. Time for refreshments.

Great period, Discuss.

Second Period

3:17pm While I was away, apparently we missed pretty much nothing. More Isles shots and a Devils post.
3:23pm Hunter and Tavares ran into each other and both looked shaken up – then Tavares got tripped as he got up and slowly skated to the bench.
3:26pm Brodeur was just hit up high int he mask on that snap shot. He looked shaken up for a minute.
3:28pm Bailey alone in front redirects a rebound past Brodeur and it’s 3-0
3:30pm Bailey’s 12th of the season from Jack Hillen
3:33pm Jon Sim gitting hammered out there tonight, he skated off the ice sucking wind and looking sore. Doing his job though.
3:34pm Islanders take a 4-0 lead – Sutton with a shot from the point that may have been tipped by Moulson
3:37pm After the final horn here in the second, the goal was annouced as Sutton’s and the assist going to Hunter

So two periods in the books here today and the Devils are sucking wind. The forecheck is absolutely perfect tonight, it’s leading to turnovers, hard hits, icing, and the Islanders are going to those hard areas and taking the body in order to score gritty goals – not to mention goals by defensemen tonight (Streit and Sutton). An all around perfect game so far, the onus is on the Isles to continue the effort going into the third.

Third Period

3:55pm Moulson credited with the Islanders 4th goal, and Yann Danis in net for the Devils.
3:58pm DiPietro shows some nice stick work and bats a rebound out of the zone mid-air.
4:02pm Doug Weight is in the box for tripping.
4:05pm Devils even up man power – four on four for a minute twenty.
4:10pm DiPietro got hit in the mask earlier, a crazy play after that where he had the puck covered and therre was no whistle – turns out NJ dug it out and took another shot. Isles go down into the offensive zone and forced Danis to make a save. First real save of the period for him.
4:25pm Islanders completely own the Devils here today. Final minute of the third, DP chants rain down

The perfectionist also known as Rick DiPietro earns the shutout on 20 saves in his third start of the season.

Good on ya Ricky. Welcome back.

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Sabres at Islanders: Live Blog

Posted by on 16 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Gameday, Live Blog

Good evening everyone, checking in live as always from Nassau Coliseum in Section 201 from the New York Islanders Blog Box. Tonight is a special night, as it marks Rick DiPietro’s first home appearance in more than a year and his second start of the season. Check out what DiPietro said before tonight’s game right from the source and iTV.

Look for the Islanders to come out and try to take the lead early on Ryan Miller. Also look for players such as Josh Bailey, Mark Streit, Kyle Okposo and Rob Schremp to extend their point streaks and remain hot for their team. It’s certainly exciting when the team collectively is playing well, it’s even more exciting when they can take a win like the 6-0 romp over Detroit earlier in the week and build upon it with continued hard work.

Should be a great game tonight.

Just shot some video of DiPietro being introduced here tonight, I will have it up when I can.

First Period

7:11pm Islanders win the opening draw and go right to Miller, who makes a save. DiPietro just made his first save at home!
7:13pm DiPietro has four saves already, Islanders have iced the puck.
7:14pm Frans Nielsen with a strong move and gets in for a shot that misses the net.
7:19pm Islanders move in two on one, Okposo makes the initial shot, Tavares crashes the net and he has his first goal in a LONNNGGGG time (10 games). 1-0 Islanders Assists to Okposo and Sutton
7:24pm Islanders came EXTREMELY close to scoring to making it 2-0 there, great pressure in front had Miller scrambling to find the loose puck. Islanders had several attempts and wound up with the rebound and then lost control of the puck so it skipped out of the zone.
7:27pm Islanders going to be a man up here, as Buffalo has taken a hooking penalty.
7:34pm Nothing happened on the power play, some big hits here late in the first – getting physical.
7:37pm Buffalo takes another penalty, tripping this time. Islanders are 0/1 on the man advantage tonight, let’s see if they can even up their chances.
7:42pm Islanders did not manage to score on that power play, in fact Buffalo had more scoring chances.

End of the first period

Islanders came out kind of slow, DiPietro was forced to stop six early shots and seemed good positionally. If anything, it allowed him to get in the game earlier than he thought. They managed to pick up the pace and have a good forecheck and backcheck, this lead to Buffalo taking two separate penalties. Unfortunately, the Islanders couldn’t capitalize on those chances, but they are still ahead 1-0 going into the second period.

I’d like them to step up their intensity a bit and match the physical play of the Sabres, but I gues we cannot ask for everything.

Second Period

8:01pm Sabres control the opening draw this frame and move it up ice into the Islanders end.
8:02pm Islanders on the power play, Buffalo off for cross checking
8:03pm Weight with a point shot that was deflected and it skipped wide, Moulson with a chance out in front off a power move to the slot and it’s deflected out of play.
8:07pm Islanders are now 0/3 on the power play tonight.
8:17pm Islanders going on their fourth power play, let’s see if they can capitalize. Hecht for a slash.
8:20pm Islanders are now 0/4 – Nielsen missed a gimme on a nice feed from Moulson. He put his hands on his head and gazed up to the rafters.
8:23pm Islanders going to be down a man here, Freddy Meyer for a cross check.
8:25pm DiPietro makes a big stop for his Islanders, through traffic. Big Andy Sutton was right there to make sure to keep the crease clear as well.
8:27pm Islanders kill off the penalty, and Meyer finds the puck coming out of the box and does his best to keep it down low and forced Buffalo to ice the puck.
8:29pm Islanders take a 2-0 lead on a goal by Bergenheim, assists go to MacDonald and Streit
8:30pm And Buffalo comes right back off the next face off and makes it 2-1
8:34pm Buffalo turnover, Shremp backhand passes over to a streaking Comeau who shot it right into Miller

Finally uploaded the video I took during the introductions:

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Third Period

8:54pm Islanders fail to really control the draw after “winning” the puck back, Buffalo took possession in the Islanders zone.
8:56pm Sutton lined up a huge hit on Kaleta but missed most of it, almost killed him.
9:03pm Big scuffle behind Ryan Miller, coincidental penalties, Tallinder for Roughing and Streit for unsportmanlike conduct. Four on four.
9:06pm Park appeared to have scored, but it was waived off due to incidental contact with Miller. Replay on the scoreboard showed otherwise.
9:09pm Marching Band in attendance tonight, riles up the crowd by starting a chant that shall not be repeated here.
9:12pm That non goal now a factor, as the Sabres have come back to tie the game on a puck that snuck in behind DiPietro. 2-2
9:20pm I just realized nothing much has happened worth writing about. Yikes.
9:23pm Sutton with a big hit on Grier.

For the I’d say, 27th time this season, the Islanders are headed to overtime!

Overtime

9:34pm Islanders with good pressure on Miller, Okposo with a few chances
9:39pm With :15 seconds remaining, Islanders called for too many men on the ice….

And we are going to the shootout.

Shootout

Shremp – GOAL
Connolly – NO GOAL
Nielsen – NO GOAL
Pommenville – GOAL
Bailey – NO GOAL
Vaneck – NO GOAL
Moulson – GOAL
Stafford – GOAL
Weight – NO GOAL
Roy – NO GOAL
Tavares – GOAL
Hecht – GOAL
Okposo – NO GOAL
McCarthy – NO GOAL
Hunter – GOAL
Kaleta – NO GOAL

Islanders WIN, DiPietro with his first win of the season!

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Hot or Not: Islanders Forwards

Posted by on 15 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: General

Just the other day, someone within the Islanders organization asked a friend of mine why I had not been writing about players as I had been previously and instead opting to live blog instead. When my friend told me this, it really struck a chord and lit that fire that had been missing for me.

It’s something that I had honestly not intended to do, it just sort of happened.

This is a good a time as any to remind everyone that I am also the FEATURED Columnist for Bleacher Report on the New York Islanders. While there may appear to be nothing posted over here, I urge you to look for some of my stuff over there too—as the better material gets syndicated to some exciting places!

Edit 6:57pm: I was just informed that my article was featured on the NHL website today as you can see in the screen shot, bottom right!

I’ve been looking for a great way to automatically post what I post there over here, but I have yet to figure out the best solution for this just yet. In the meantime, I will post an excerpt of the Bleacher Report stuff over here and direct you there to comment and/or read the article in it’s entirety.

Here is my latest piece over there (a slide show), on which Islanders forwards are hot and which aren’t—it doesn’t encompass the entire forwards corps mind you, just touches on some of the players who have and continue to contribute. I intend on following this up with another batch of players and eventually the defense as well.

On the heels of a 6-0 home victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday, we look at some of the Islanders forwards and determine who is hot, and who’s not.

Some quick statistics: The Islanders are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games, are one game over .500 (20-19-8 for 48 points) and find themselves in playoff contention. The team is enjoying several players on multi-game point scoring streaks, however, there are several players whom are pointless for multiple games as well.

Read the entire article HERE

Red Wings at Islanders: Live Blog

Posted by on 12 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Gameday, Live Blog

Have to cut the intro short here tonight as I was running late!

Your goaltenders: Roloson in net for the Islanders (backed up by DiPietro) and Howard in net for the Wings. Also in attendance – Kenny Jonsson whom is here “just visiting” following his alleged “retirement” from his Swedish team…..

About to introduce the Isles here, then the National Anthem followed by the puck drop.

First Period

7:09pm Islanders control the opening draw.
7:10pm Sharp angle shot by Moulson on a nice feed by Streit and it caught Howard either unprepared or it was deflected. Early Islanders lead 1-0
7:12pm Assists on Moulson’s goal go to Streit and Comeau
7:12pm Howard looks shaky here tonight, he fumbled two more shots by the Islanders early here, they need to pepper him early and often.
7:18pm Bailey continues to shine with his offensive skills, he just fed a beauty of a pass to Streit.
7:25pm Islanders looked as though they were on a power play here at the halfway mark of the first period.
7:35pm Islanders take a two goal lead late here in the first – it looked like Sim tipped it, but it may have been all Shremp.
7:37pm Goal goes to Shremp assisted by Gervais
7:38pm Okposo just jumped for the puck in center ice, for a guy on skates he sure did get some ups on that. He missed though.
7:40pm Roloson just made a nice save for what seems like the first time all game, despite Detroit’s 7 shots on goal.
7:41pm We end the period with a great set of chances by Bergenheim who is back in action tonight after missing a big chuck of games. He makes a nice steal near Detroit’s blue line and goes for a wraparound. He manages to get his own rebound and passes, gets to a loose puck and loses it only to block an outlet and keeps it deep. Great shift by Bergy there.

The Islanders just played some of their best hockey against a very tough, albeit very hurt Detroit Red Wings team and came out of the first period up a pair of goals. Let’s just hope the period and all the pressure they have been putting on the Wings isn’t a fluke tonight. Great forecheck, awesome backcheck and defense and a team work ethic that seems to fade from time to time are all present tonight. Good on them.

Second Period

7:59pm Detroit won the opening draw, but the Islanders put on pressure and forced a turnover and have been in and out of the offensive zone several times since.
8:01pm Doug Weight late to the party, appears to have been equipment related as he was testing out his skates as he jumped back on the ice.
8:05pm Several chances so far, great pass by Bergenheim to Park – but a better defensive play stopped that. That was followed up by a great Tavares pass to Moulson that was denied.
8:11pm That goal was absolutely Shremptastic!
8:13pm Shremp’s second of the game, unassisted – was the result of a great steal and he completely undressed Howard – while on the heels of his skates with an awesome deke.
8:14pm Now in goal for the Wings, Chris Osgood.
8:15pm Josh Bailey with a chance, off a great pass but he shot it right into the defense.
8:17pm Okposo with another great pass to Bailey and he rang one off the iron behind Osgood.
8:22pm Islanders going on the power play, it is the first penalty of the game.
8:25pm Shremp has a chance for a natural hat-trick here on the PP
8:27pm Streit on the power play and it’s 4-0 Islanders
8:28pm Streit from Bailey and Hill on that Power Play goal
8:29pm Bergenheim follows up a great play by taking a hooking penalty.
8:31pm Okposo just got leveled by Datsyuk, he was called for interference we are even up for 30 seconds and then the Isles go back on the power play.

We have our second octopus incident here, making this Hockeytown East?

And we are at the end of the second period. How about this for a recap:

Shots on goal so far, Islanders 26 Wings 9 – Wings have had maybe TWO shots on goal the entire period and even swapped out Howard for Osgood to no avail. Let’s bring this into the third period boys.

Third Period

8:52pm Islanders lose the opening draw, they have 20 seconds remaining of a power play.
8:58pm Not much going here early in the third, I was eating a pretzel (lol) otherwise I would’ve said – well something.
8:59pm Islanders going back on the power play, Jon Sim was the recipient of a high stick.
9:04pm Thankfully the Wings iced the puck, the Islanders scored off the ensuing faceoff – 5-0 Islanders
9:05pm Okposo from Meyer and Bailey – another multi-point night for Bailey and also points in seven straight games
9:06pm Roloson with a HUGE stop in front on a deflection. Islanders are also whistled for too many men on the ice – im not sure, but I wasn’t counting.
9:09pm Islanders with a big clear on the penalty kill, Detroit still trying to get something going.
9:13pm Roloson with a diving stop, he’s on point tonight.
9:18pm Gervais scores from the point and the Isles are on top 6-0 to chants of double-chili! Assisted by Bergenheim and Park
9:21pm Sutton called for interference on a borderline call

Islanders win, quite emphatically shutting out the Detroit Red Wings 6-0

This game certainly wasn’t close – that is one pissed off visiting team sinking their heads as they head off the ice.

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Rick DiPietro’s Return to Action!

Posted by on 08 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Call Ups, Gameday, General

Rick DiPietroHey remember that guy that we would yell at for wandering out of the net, time after time after time? He wears number 39, he is quite athletic and loves to steal games for the Islanders?

We’re talkin’ bout Rick DiPietro folks, and he gets the start tonight in Dallas against the Stars.

Check out my latest post over at The Bleacher Report for more on this glorious day:

In a journey that started in a galaxy not far from our own, but in a time that seemed light years away, the Islanders franchise netminder—Rick DiPietro has finally reached the end of his road to recovery and is set as the starter tonight in Dallas.

If you have not been following along, in early December DiPietro was assigned to the Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport Soundtigers for a conditioning stint. DiPietro was to play in an unspecified amount of games, but would not play a complete game during his brief stay in Connecticut. Instead, DiPietro would start in one—and only play two periods, he cited “tightness” as a concern after the game and was sidelined once again.

The team erred on the side of caution and shuffled DiPietro to several Doctor’s for help. Claiming the problem was corrected, DiPietro was again cleared for practice and under cloak and dagger type secrecy, was shuttled to the Soundtigers once again for a conditioning stint. This go around in the AHL, DiPietro would play in two complete games and suffer losses in both making his conditioning record 1-2-0 with a 3.31 GAA and .883 save percentage. Read the full article HERE