While tonight's game didn't go according to plan for the Islanders, they still managed to come away with a point. At this time last year the Isles had the same amount of points after two games as this year, the Difference? The Islanders have shown that they can compete with the big boys of the NHL.
Starting strong the Islanders quickly let up and gave the Sens scoring opportunity after scoring opportunity. The Senators would capitalize, as play moved through the Isles zone the puck seemed to go out of play and come back in but the refs never blew the whistle. As the Isles scrambled around wonder what the hell was going on, Peter Regin knocked the puck past Martin Biron to give the Sens a 1-0 lead. Though video replay and eyewitness accounts confirm the puck went out, the play was un-reviewable due to some technicality in the rule book. Play continued and so did the dreadful play of an Islanders team that was being overpowered.
The second rolled around and continued off where the first left off, missed scoring opportunities, bad defensive plays (given the team did manage to make a few good ones) and for some reason the team had a huge problem getting their shots at the net. This culminated into another Ottawa goal at 13:12 in the second, Matt Carkner wrist shot on slightly past Biron on another questionable goal. This time though the reffs went to the video review, but the call stood making it 2-0 Sens.
Immediately after snapped out of their funk. The Team maintained a strong presence in the Ottawa zone especially Jon Sim who constantly picked the puck up and nearly scored several times......sigh if only he could have capitalized maybe we would have won . Anyway Islanders saviorJohn Tavares nearly had a goal of his own. As Tavares position himself on the right side of the net the puck got to him. Trying to get the shot off quickly Tavares lost some of the umph in the shot and Leclaire got his left leg out in time to kick it away. Shortly after that though, Kyle Okposo showed off his impressive ability deking around to the front of the net and getting the puck around Leclaire to make it a one goal deficit.
With the momentum clearly shifted the Isles came out in the third looking for some more scoring. Right out of the gate Jarkko Ruutu got called for interference, although the Islanders didn't capitalize they would get another shot. 3:37 into the third Erik Karlsson gets called for interference. This time they would pay, As the Power play winded down, Ruutu left to the ice to get a new stick assuming his team would clear the puck and kill the PP. Well the puck was kept in Doug Weight fed a starving Matt Moulson and Moulson buried the puck. Tavares would also get in on this with an assist (hey that's 3 points in 2 games, do i see the rookie of the year ?) That made it a game again, 2-2 after being down by 2 the Isles fought and clawed their way back.
The good times didn't roll as Mike Fisher destroyed fans hopes by netting the game winner just 32 seconds into overtime.
While technically the Islanders lost, which they should be disappointed about. They can once again walk away with some pride knowing they fought their way back from a 2-0 deficit. While at times shaky Biron came up big several times including at the beginning of the game diving to knock the puck away from an offensman all alone and when he robed Alexi Kovalev of a goal in the third. Rob Schremp who made his debut was met with mixed reactions. While on the ice he was very un noticable except when took 2 back to back penalties in the third near the end of the period. Right now only time will tell if he was a good acquisition or not. Last and certainly not least Tavares who made his Canadian debut in the place where became synonymous with World Junior excellence. Although he did not score a goal, he did manage to rack up another point on his assist to his good buddy's goal. Tavares was roughed up, but managed to constantly seek out the puck and obtain score opportunities for himself and his line mates.
Surprisingly at the end of this bizarre night the MSG Plus poll, Will the Islanders make the playoffs? an astonishing 85% voted they think the Isles will make it. Astonishing, but not entirely possible. While the team has shown that they can battle back and fight for points, they still have a number of areas that need to be addressed including "not pushing th panic button too early"which was so eloquently said by Assistant captain Kyle Okposo follow saturdays home opener.
John Tavares and the New York Islander get set to take on the Ottawa senator tonight up in Scotiabank Place. Rob Schremp will make his Islanders debut along with Martin Biron and Doug Weight will make his first start of the season as team Captain. Should be a great game as Tavares makes his Canadian debut with throngs of media covering the game of the Ontario star.
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Two days after a very volatile Season opener the Political drama that surrounds the team and owner Charles Wang's Lighthouse project continues as the fate of the team hangs in the balance (sort of). Owner Charles Wang, County Executive Tom Suozzi, Town Supervisor Kate Murray ruined a great home opener Saturday with their Lighthouse BullS**t and I for one will not let them ruin this hockey season.
The Lighthouse Project is Important to future no doubt, but the political game playing by all three parties involved has seeped onto the ice. The Team itself has done an outstanding job on focusing on what they can control, Hockey. They shrug it off as something they have no control of and stay focused on the game. CUDOS TO THEM!
Unfortunately as fans we do not have that same luxury, we are constantly reminded of the impending doom that could be our team leaving Long Island. Weather picking up Newsday (or more likely ready their website,come on who reads print newspapers anymore?), checking up on the blogs or heading over to any other hockey site, we are always reminded that our team could (and maybe should) leave. The New york Post's Steve Soldwedel even suggested the Isles have no support and " It's time they looked for it elsewhere." I guess the dozens of Isles blogs, the sold out home opener crowd and the 10,000 fans that showed up to the draft party still aren't enough to prove to some that the Islanders still have a strong and dedicated fan base. no comments
The New York Islanders got their 2009-2010 regular season underway on Saturday night at home. Despite being one of fifteen games on Saturday as every team in the league saw action, the defending Champion Penguins visiting the Isles was one of the more anticipated games due to the debut of first overall draft pick John Tavares. And #91, the youngster carrying all of Long Island's hopes on his shoulders this season didn't disappoint.
16,234 fans were eager to watch and see if Tavares would play to a level equal to that of what his draft status called for, and they should all feel good about what they saw.
Things didn't start off as well as the home crowd had hoped as Sidney Crosby opened the scoring at 8:50 in the first period to give the Penguins the lead. But less than four minutes later, while on the power play, Mark Streit scored the first Islanders goal of the season to tie things up. Streits goal was assisted by Kyle Okposo and John Tavares, as he would record his first NHL point. The first period ended tied at one.no comments
The October 3rd deadline has come and still no yes or no for Charles Wang's Lighthouse project, but this is to be expected seeing that many bloggers and reports both predicted that this deadline would not be met. So undoubtedly Charles Wang will begin to listen o any and all offers, ANY AND ALL offers.
So what was the town's response? "we don't give them deadlines to win Stanley Cups." The town pretty much ignored the threat, but last night Newsday reported that Kate Murray called Charles Wang to meet with him so they could discuss the Lighthouse. Although no official date was set Wang will get back to her Monday or Tuesday to schedule a day to sit and talk. Murray was "delighted" Wang agreed, but she is still saying there are unanswered questions concerning water, traffic, and the number of buildings they plan on.
"We had a frank conversation and talked about the project," Murray told Newsday's Eden Laikin. "I'm looking to promote development, I'm not looking to close the door on anything. I asked about the possibility of amending the project and exploring options."
This is not a complete change of heart, but it shows supervisor Murray is starting to wake and smell the coffee. She is at least trying to come in and work together with the developers so that this project can be built (although she should have started trying to work with them months and months ago).
Some may see this as a politicle ploy to make it seem like she is trying to get this done, I genuinely believe she wants development and wants to get some variation of the Lighthouse done. The fact that they are going to sit down behind closed doors and talk about the concerns on the part of the town is a great thing. The hearings were a circus and really nothing was accomplished at them, except for creating a media firestorm of angry quotes and Long Islanders yelling and screaming at each other.Kate Murray and Charles Wang will sit in a room and he can explain to her everything and they can talk and negotiate things out.
Many have wrote that development projects are never built the exact way the model looks and I'm sure the same goes for the Lighthouse. Although today's deadline wasn' met (nor was expected to be met by many) this new development in the drama that is the Lighthouse Project does bod well, in my opinion at least. I believe that in the end some variation of this will get done, their will be some more anger, frustraed quotes and blog posts that will condemn supervisor Murray and the town of Hempstead. In the end this will get done and the Islanders will remain here. If I'm wrong it wouldn't be the first time, but this latest news gets another step closer to meeting at the Lighthouse.no comments
Well folks we've made it, the hockey season has started and in several hours the Islanders will open up their 2009-2010 campaign at the the Coliseum. According to Dominik of Lighthouse hockey this is what tommorows lineup will look like:
Matt Moulson | John Tavares | Kyle Okposo
Jeff Tambellini | Josh Bailey | Blake Comeau
Sean Bergenheim | Richard Park | Trent Hunter
Jon Sim | Nate Thompson | Tim Jackman
Bruno Gervais | Mark Streit
Radek Martinek | Brendan Witt
Freddy Meyer | Andy Sutton
Spares: Rob Schremp, Joel Rechlicz, Jack Hillen
Although the penguins downed the Rangers, I still feel the Isles have a lagitament chance of winning.
Also surfing the web today i came across a ver suprising/interesting artcile written by Stan Fishler.Stan or 'The Maven" as he's know predicts the Islanders can suprise the Crittics and make the playoffs. Thats right, Stan Fishler beleives the Islanders have a shot at making the playoffs! Deffinatly check it out.
I'll have a full game recap and hopefully a game preview up later, Check out Islanders Hockey Blog for full coverage of the Islanders home Opener