Friday, October 30, 2009

This Time, They Got The Job Done 4 - 3

**I have to drink more coffee if I'm going to write so far passed my bedtime.

It was a good night to be on the couch watching the Isles vs the Caps. There wasn't the Matt Moulson goal within the first 55 seconds. No, there was a goal by Alex Ovechikin at 4:41 to put the Caps up by 1. But that would be the only puck he would get by Dwayne Roloson for the rest of the night and the only point he would put on his stat sheet.

But Frans Nielsen would see the back of the net twice and Kyle Okposo would get his third of the season in the first?. It was a beautiful goal, earned by keeping his head up while he skated around the Capitals. Sean Bergenheim, with lots of hustle and a few good chances, managed one assist point. The same as John Tavares who was held off the score sheet until overtime.

The biggest story was the story between the pipes. While Dwayne Roloson had to check his temper after the second goal by Tomas Fleischmann, he managed to come up big facing 40 shots.

The Islanders face off percentage wasn't as good as previous games, and their penalty minutes increased. But the outcome was still admirable as they managed to take the additional point home on the plane with them.

While Stan Fischler called Wednesday's game against the NY Rangers the Islander's "turning point," this game just solidified one thing: The Islanders are NOT an easy team to play. And that says a lot.

It's no secret that the roster is not perfect, but they are finding their way. Their way may lead them further in the standings than everyone had expected of the team that ended 30th last season.

There was a baseball game style celebratory group hug when Streit blasted a shot passed Joseph at :53 into Overtime. On the bench Scott Allen let out a yell. Scott Gordon was even caught on camera smiling. This was a big two points and it showed. Ofcourse their celebration can only last as long as it takes to return from Washington. Tomorrow it's back to business against the Sabres who spent the evening beating the Maple Leafs.

Will I even see the words "Ranger hangover" in the morning paper? I hope not. I'd like to leave that theory behind. I'd also like to leave Mark Streit's penchant for sitting in the box behind as well. Can we try to make that happen please?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Sabres won 3-2 in ot and Okposo scored in the first period