Monday, October 11, 2010
Isles vs. Rangers on a Monday Afternoon
And here we are once again. Rick DiPietro will debut a new mask as well as his new white pads along with the white road jerseys. Hopefully he'll need softscrub for them after the game. (Meaning he'll be STOPPING the shots.)
Lots going on in the first few minutes of this game. Grabner wearing #40 and PA Parenteau making his first appearence against his old team. Bailey had a good sharp angle shot that Henrik stopped.
Comeau laid a big hit, Nino's stick broke at the world's worst time and Rick has made 5 saves. At least two of them were big saves. The Isles have managed 3 SOG in the first few minutes as they clear the snow from the crease.
And there are the "Let's Go Rangers" chant.
Konopka and Prust exchange blows while Trevor Gillies barks from the bench. Each gets five for fighting which is about as long as they let the fight last. I don't understand why they let it continue that long.
Doug Weight is stripped of the puck and Gaborik heads towards Rick. Doug takes what is classified as a "good" penalty by tripping him. However he was awarded a penalty shot that -- Rick stopped. My NHL writer frieds here in the row told me that Gaborik's shoot out stats are pretty low, so -- The Isles dodged a bullet there.
Because hard work pays off and so does, Blake Comeau refuses to give up and bangs one past Lundquist on the second rebound. We'll take it.
We just heard the new goal song as well. I asked Rob McGowan what it was and he said: Terrible.
Only a few seconds later, Mark Eaton takes a delay of game penalty for swating the puck over the glass and DiPietro lets up a goal due to traffic in front of him. Isles lead didn't last long.
With a great effort to keep the puck in the zone by Mike Mottau, Josh Bailey pulls the the Isles past the Rangers at two from a pass by Blake Comeau on Henrik's doorstep.
As one Islanders fan on Twitter said "Ladies and Gentlemen, Josh Bailey has arrived."
And it seems the Ranger fans are getting angry and booing Michael Del Zotto. Ahh too bad. Loved the Avery chant too gang. Thank you for that.
Second period under way and DiPi is getting some love from the crowd for some great saves. Sean Avery was denied a goal as the puck dribbled under Rick after the whistle had blown. Of course, he contested.
Mike Motteau is showing all the reasons why he was a great pick-up and the rumor here is that James Wisniewski will be given some sort of suspension for his "gesture" whatever that may have been towards Sean Avery. (Sorry Wiz. I thought you'd get away with it. JUST KIDDING! NOT MY FAULT)
The Isles are down one man for two many men on the ice as Nino gets to sit in the box for it.
Eaton makes a nice block during the penalty, but it's not enough and the Rangers score on the Power Play as the PK unit failed to do its job.
The Islanders PK fails again as Dan Girardi gets the third Ranger goal while Trent Hunter is in the box for slashing.
Rick can't catch a break as they go down a man again as Nino heads to the box also for slashing.
Jon Sim is back on the ice after heading to the bench quickly his last shift. Guess you can't keep the little antagonizer down.
With Rick sprawled in the net skates first, the puck is no where to be seen as the Rangers swat at it. Call on the ice is no goal, but it goes to formal review and seems to be inconclusive from the angle here in the press box.
BTW, I'm sandwhiched between two coughers. If I get sick, someone is getting smacked.
PA seems to forget what team he is playing for occassionally. I heard up here "Could he PLAY any worse today?"
Trent Hunter, while having some great attributes is not the fastest skater, especially on a breakaway.
With 12:47 left of the 3rd, the SOG are now 27 Rangers and 21 Isles and they are still tied at 3. Mostly due to the hard work of Andrew MacDonald.
With Gaborik in the box, the Isles head to the PP and again #15 is not sure who he works for. Doug Weight had an outstanding chance but shot wide of the net.
Josh Bailey tries his hardest to keep the puck away from Rick but Ansimov beat him clean and the score goes to 4 - 3 Rangers as the chants start again. Dejected and knowing he should have had that one, Rick remains with his head down on his knees in his crease.
He should have had that one.
With the Rangers already down a man, Blake Comeau takes a stick to the face and the Rangers are now two men down. If the Islanders don't score here, they shouldn't be playing. And PA is still on the ice, and everyone wants to know why
And with that being said, after a few good passes, finally PA redeems himself by getting the puck behind Lundqvist. Tied at 4.
How quickly things change as the Isles are now up by 1 on a goal by Blake Comeau assists by Josh Bailey and Mike Mottau.
(I promise I'll fix the typos later. I promise)