Friday, October 29, 2010

Isles Drop 2 To the Canadiens

It was another loss, and could also be the loss of another player. I watched Milan Jurcina leave the ice and walk down the tunnel. I thought ugh, oh. I noticed a tweet just went out from the official NY Islanders site, Milan Jurcina is out for tomorrow's game with a hamstring injury. He will be evaluated on Monday.

The locker room was pretty empty and there wasn't any music playing. It was quiet and packed. When it is like that, I don't know where to go to try to stay out of the way. I was trying to take my cues from the likes of Stan Fischler, but with the MSG cameras rolling, I stayed back tripping over gear bags as Shakey tried to gather them all up for the bus trip.

I noticed SNY's Chris Botta interviewing PA Parenteau with his flip camera. I knew I was in the shot. I cringed at the thought and then realized -- Hey! Husband-o-mine, take a look. I am actually working and not in the bar where you think I am post game.

Good interview too.

If you check out his video of Matt Martin, the lone NY Islander goalscorer for the evening, you'll also see @IslesRM, Rob McGowan. Although I'm pretty sad the really funny stuff is on the editing room floor. Inside joke. Sorry.

The spot I chose was absolutely the wrong one. I didn't' realize I was standing in front of John Tavares' stall. When John entered the room to address the reporters, he stood next to me and everyone converged. I had no where to go as the recorders crowded over my head and around me.

As close as I was to JT, on my recorder, it sounds like nothing but mumbles.
"Gotta get back on the horse and get ready for another one tomorrow. But we gotta bring the same intensity, that same kind of pace we brought and that physical side that gave us some opportunities."

That "physical side" was #17 Matt Martin, one goal (his first NHL goal) and eight hits. Newsday's Katie Strang asked JT what he thought of Matt's "spark" and John said that is his game. He gets in the "dirty areas and plays hard. he's a real strong guy and it's great to see him get his first one."

We thought that Scott Gordon's post game would be short and sweet considering. We waited patiently in the room for him. And then we waited a little more. Tick tock. When he arrived, he was calm and very willing to discuss what went on.

He wasn't that disappointed with his team. He knew they were facing a worthy opponent. The same opponent they lost to on Wednesday. Scott's full post game is here on the Islander website.

But most importantly Scott Gordon revealed that Rick DiPietro will start tomorrow. He never does that.

But I guess there's a first for everything. Matt Martin's first NHL goal and Scott Gordon's first pre-game goalie announcement. Write it down.

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