Thursday, January 13, 2011

Kevin Poulin faces the Ottawa Sentators

It will be the battle of the 20-year-old goaltenders in Uniondale tonight as the Ottawa Senators have come to town.

Sadly, ex-NY Islander Chris Campoli is being benched so there are quite a few women here that are highly disappointed.

Someone who shouldn't be disappointed is John Tavares who has more points than any Senator on the roster including Daniel Alfredsson.

I'm heading down to Doolan's for the Meet-up.
They've hit the Ice and Poulin has hit the net.

Let's Go Islanders!

And this is why you have two goalies. Hello Nate Lawson as young Kevin Poulin is pulled after giving up a second goal on only 8 shots. although I don't think it's all his fault.

Congrats to Trevor Gillies on his first NHL goal that tied the game at one. Too bad it didn't last long until Jesse Winchester got the go-ahead goal for the Sens at only 9:50 of the first. The Isles have only 3 shots on goal.

The Isles managed one excellent shift that kept play in the Sens end with numerous chances for their top line to score. None of them came up a winner though. Given a power play due to a delay of game penalty, the Islanders didn't even manage a shot on goal. I'm sure they will have a nice talk in the locker room and come out on all cylinders. Right?

Jack Hillen had flash backs to last season as he was hit in the jaw with the puck just a few seconds before the first period ended. He went down and stayed down but managed to get up as play continued before the buzzer sounded. Very scary.

Start of second and the Islanders couldn'g get a shot on goal. As the Islanders went on their second power play, it was all Senators. The breakaway was broadcast at least three seconds before it actually happened as Milan Michalek not only got by Travis Hamonic, but watched him fly into the boards behind the net. 3 - 1 Sens.

As I said earlier, it would either be the game that breaks the Sens losing streak or not. I'm thinking the selection a

Blake Comeau worked hard and had to take three shots, but the third went in to make it 2 - 3 Sens. And while the euphoria was still fresh in their minds, exactly 20 seconds later, Chris Kelly scored on Nate Lawson to make it 2 - 4 Sens.

Nate Lawson's rebound control is non-existent and at 6:52 left of the second, Andy MacDonald's luck couldn't get any worse as the puck bounced off his stick in a clearing attempt and right in. Lawson gave Amac a look like "Are you serious?"

This is not a good night for the Islanders top defense pair of Hamonic and MacDonald.

Also a bad night for Nate Lawson who gives up the sixth goal to Zach Smith at 14:27. At this point I am wondering if Jack was too quick to pull Poulin from the net.

After a Sens power play where Grabner had a breakaway and a shot on net, the puck hustled back by John Tavares and rocketed into the net by Milan Jurcina at 10:50 of the third to give the Islanders 4 goals to the Sens 6. Well, I guess it ain't over yet.

with 2:48 left of the third it's time to pack up. More later.

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