Saturday, April 2, 2011
Isles vs. Canes 4-2-11 2-1 Isles
Parking lot was crowded and so was the social media desk at Doolin's tonight. Special shout out to @Jeannie_Moon and her husband Tim who stopped down to chat before the game.
Zenon Konopka and PA Parenteau presented a REALLY BIG CHECK to Garth Snow for the Islanders Chidren's foundation from the sale of their Vin-aire wine pourer
Bobby Nystrom got a rousing round of applause when he came out to present this year's Nystrom award to Frans Nielsen.
The first penalty of the evening was awarded to: Trevor Gillies. Two minuts for cross checking. Luckily, Carolina ended up with a bench minor for an illegal line up card. BWAAAHHHAA... I haven't heard that since my daughter's travel softball team. Nice going Mr. Maurice.
Sadly, (Or not depending on how you are looking at this game) Carolina ended up on the board first on a goal by Jokinen at 4:47 and at 11:13 Jesse Joensuu races down the the right boards and sneaks one behind Cam Ward. Jack Hillen (who made a save in Montoya's crease) earns the assist.
It looked like the Isles would have a power play around the four minute mark when Corvo was called for hooking, but only a few ticks later, JT got the same hooking call. So much for power play time for Doug Weight's coaching.
Second period started and Zenon went back to the box. The PK did what they always do and so did Matt Moulson and John Tavares. JT Tipped in a Matt Moulson shot for his 28th of the season to put the Isles up 2 - 1.
As the third is under way, the Isles lead with SOG by only 3. The Canes could tie this up quickly if they play what Jack said they would "a good transitional game
Did I just jinx this? At 3:02 Corvo blasted a puck that had eyes passed Montoya. All tied up at 2. Kyle Okposo ends up in the box for tripping at 3:57 and here comes the PK ... again!
Well, that didn't take long. Canes score a goal on a deflection by Cole at 6:04 which makes it an even strength goal and not a power play goal, so I'm happy.