You know it’s a sign of something good when Steve Staios is breaking in shorthanded.
All kidding aside, New York was the better team, had the extra step, outworked the Pens, and earned their sweep of the home and home.
They have had success at home vs Pittsburgh before this season.
Not sure what to make of Bailey but a remarkable night to register five points. Of course for this blog he should play his natural position of center. The concept of him being a winger has been tried many times without success, but that’s not for today.
Congratulations to Josh Bailey.
Nielsen-Okposo played with Grabner the entire second half of last season.
Congratulations to Kyle Okposo for a new career high in goals.
That was an incredible effort by Pandolfo short-handed to get the puck to Bailey.
When a dominating team hits the wall like Pittsburgh has, they are going to lose some games, and make some mistakes trying to do more, despite this they still almost came all the way back.
The Pens short-handed play was good, despite the goal they allowed off their defense.
Montoya’s surprising me a little, he looked unplayable for a long time (even before injuries) but now he seems to have settled down which does not happen in a vacuum.
The shift Reasoner came off the bench and scored his first, like in Florida the team had a dominating shift, you could see the Isles were beating the Pens to the net.. Okposo found the quality spot, the first line did not finish but generated chances, Grabner, Niederreiter and Martin had chances.
Streit is just playing like he was told go play offense for a while now, he got caught in Pittsburgh when someone did not cover well, but he has to do it.
Isles took some big hits to clear some pucks on defense.
Overall this suggests nothing new, the Isles have been a team between five hundred and six under the entire season. This is no carryover to next season if there is one.
Now we see what happens with Bridgeport, who need Ullstrom (plus Cizikas) and what happens when Boston/Ottawa visit over the weekend.
Those teams have not hit the wall the Pens have, they will be much tougher.
For this day congratulations to the New York Islanders.
New York is five points clear of the 27th place team. Toronto is playing the kind of hockey where they may well not win another game, anything can happen.
Beating Winnipeg/Columbus or even better having success against Boston/Ottawa/New Jersey could place the Isles around the 8th or 9th team from 30th spot.
Nabokov is out with a lower body injury and a contract for next season so despite being on bench in third period against Pens, it’s possible they may shut him down for the rest of the season.
Anders Nilsson is still out with his sprained ankle in Bridgeport as of March 17th, for now they have the goaltender on an amateur tryout contract in Dan Clarke. The early projection when Nilsson got hurt was seven to ten days.
New York has games Saturday/Sunday.
Bridgeport has three games this weekend with huge playoff implications.
Mikko Koskinen (on loan) is participating in the playoffs with his team up 3-1 in their series. Beyond one video nine days ago of Rick DiPietro there is nothing to suggest he is ready to return to practice much less play a hockey game.
Cody Rosen to the best of our knowledge has played one game for Clarkson.
Round two with Pittsburgh and likely Al Montoya’s chance to see if he can continue to elevate his game.
Not surprised at all with what happened in Pittsburgh besides how Fleury played.
All teams hit the wall after a long winning streak which we wrote about before the game. Ottawa had eight goals against the Pens, the signs were there despite the Sunday win for Pittsburgh.
The second half against Florida was a sign the Isles had some extra jump to their game.
Isles should have had a few early in the third and put them away handily. The shots against seemed very inflated.
Comments for that game are on twitter.
Unless Montoya struggles or the Pens are on the power-play a lot, I expect another very competitive game against Pittsburgh.
One point by Buffalo eliminates New York from playoff contention. The trends suggest Minnesota (first in Western Conference in December) will not catch the Isles. Toronto could well fall past the Isles.
As written last week trends mean nothing.
New York needs seven points to match their best season since their last playoff team. At best it will be statistical progression. The club has not had a five hundred season since 2006-07.
The win in Pittsburgh matches last seasons point total.
Our thoughts have been you miss the playoffs x years in a row, your franchise should not be awarded a lottery pick at all.
However this blog does not make the rules.
The NHL lottery is April 10th.
Perhaps at the next fan gathering the Islanders can have a Crush For The Cup promotion with receipts going to the Make A Wish Foundation here as we saw sponsored by a local radio station, not affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks in April 2011.
The NHL did object to the word Cup being used, however vehicles using the Blackhawk and Nashville logo’s were hit by participants with sledgehammers in subsequent playoff rounds.
Some may recall this happening in Ottawa during the 2003 playoffs vs the Islanders?
Islanders website: Report they have requested Msg change it’s program schedule with the following statement:
The New York Islanders have requested that MSG Networks change the originally scheduled game to be viewed at the Friday, Aug. 19 meetup. As a part of MSG Plus’ Summer Ice programming, the schedule had the Islanders game from Friday, Feb. 11 against the Pittsburgh Penguins set to air at 7 p.m. Instead MSG Plus will air the Islanders 7-6 overtime victory on Sunday, Feb. 13 over the Buffalo Sabres.
No complaint here on Msg scheduling this game, or the Isles right to have one of it’s many viewing parties which they just had on August 3rd. The Penguins Mickey Mouse media got their message out, the NHL over-reacted to a non-story.
This from a Pens media that went very easy on Lowell MacDonald here that had no problem welcoming him back after being suspended from withholding replay footage on a goal here that employs the likes of Paul Steigerwald for commentary?
The New York Islanders do not have a professional print media to counter anything written about them, it’s beyond them whatever is printed whether true or false.
One team has a professional print media fighting for the house team, the other has James Dolan owned Newsday sitting in silence. Most professional outlets (perhaps the NHL league office itself despite former Ranger salesman Frank Brown/John Dellapina) do not understand the Islanders do not control scheduled rebroadcasts of games by a television rights holder.
Many will incorrectly report the Islanders have their own television network and made the decision to air this game. Once again the game was scheduled May 20th by Msg here with the following ad:
August 19: Penguins at Islanders (2/11/11)
High-scoring slugfest featuring 15 fighting majors,
11 game misconducts and 346 penalty minutes.
The Islanders pr department did not write this ad for Msg Network, the Islanders do not produce fighting hockey programs as Msg does.
May 20th. That’s how long ago the Pens media/Msg & the NHL could have decided the game not be shown on television, unlike the many games aired with fights/violence which air regularly.
The game against Buffalo scheduled for 8/29 on Msg will air Friday night, will another game replace that one on 8/29?
The preseason game from the Coliseum should be aired in it’s place live on television.
Bottom line the usual NHL lack of a spine, or bias, against the Islanders or where the lack of having a professional media hurt one of it’s partners. The fighting in this game can be seen 24/7/365 on the internet, along with this game on NHL website.
The Islanders stayed above the fray, but they had no real choice with no professional media to counter it.
I do not mind league cracking down, but has to be even for both teams.
Clipping for Haley on a textbook clean hip-check, a disallowed goal when Tavares was clearly pushed into the crease and did not make contact with the goalie after DiPietro was bumped in Boston? Seventeen minutes to Konopka while Asham receives five?
Was Lemieux sitting with Campbell?
As for the game overall a long part felt like game against Atlanta where the Islanders did not have much working and were being out-skated plus the Pens with a lead trap heavily and had four back often. The pp has been so out of sync for a long time but with injuries hard to build much, but then in the third Grabner’s speed set up Comeau’s second, the team came to life and even after giving up the 3-2 goal, Pittsburgh was on the ropes.
A little surprised Capuano went for it and pulled Montoya early with a powerplay for a two man advantage.
What a bomb by Hamonic to tie the game.
Consider how ot ended, they are playing a team fighting for first and Wishart is coming in alone, Katic is flying and even scores. (after horn)
Joensuu was flying again tonight, Tavares, Parenteau had good chances. Comeau is getting to the right spots. Montoya robbed Kovalev twice in game/once in shootout and had some great saves, including the 2-0 break in overtime. Katic outside of his mistake against Boston looks fantastic and is an outstanding skater.
Little is working for Okposo, he had that great dive to break up a play shorthanded in the first.
What was odd was Pittsburgh’s goals, two created by Rupp, one by Godard.
That’s about all I can write on this game, what can be expected with the inexperience and all these injuries? If you did not know the standings you would wonder if Pittsburgh was the team playing out the season.
Pittsburgh did not add a ROW win but Flyers had control of that. Islanders without Nielsen and even Schremp are a different shootout team.
Matt Donovan had an assist but Bridgeport lost 4-1 Friday at home.
Have not found anything on Brock Nelson being discharged or admitted to hospital at this time.
New York has to win Saturday and Ottawa has to lose for them to finish 26th. Florida lost and cannot pass the Islanders in the standings.
Flyers are tied in points with Pittsburgh meaning it will not be a game where Philadelphia is resting anyone.
After the game in Pittsburgh, I was very unhappy with the hits the New York took without response, tonight was about payback. You can bet it was for DiPietro, Comeau, the recent hits on Tavares.
This was about all those words about being a close knit team having some meaning when it was time to take a stand and send a message.
Considering this franchises remarkable history, all time records for New York Islander penalties, it could have just as easily been an all-time record for New York Islander goals, if they wanted to play it that way.
The core of the New York Islanders grew up a little bit tonight, they got a look at what they will have to do long-term to be a winning team to win critical games.
They got the first, last and every laugh in-between tonight.
They had to over come Colin Campbell’s officials, who gave the Penguins a ton of powerplays, which was the only way they were going to beat Koskinen, outstanding in net again. Sure Matt Martin/Trevor Gillies deserved five minutes, Eric Godard, who got in the middle of Haley/Johnson, should have negated most of it, but it didn’t.
I don’t think I have ever seen anyone put into the penalty box after a segment of a play continued, new standards of poor officiating.
New York knocked Johnson all over the building tonight and onto Hempstead Turnpike once or twice for good measure. They had the Pens reeling all night at even strength, and like I wrote before it just as easily could have been close to fifteen goals if the Islanders wanted to keep things only to the scoreboard. Grabner’s missed penalty shot, the five on two with broken sticks, the Islanders did not even hit close to all their quality opportunities.
20-20-20 Will not get a lot of notice, but consider one thing. Two years ago the only twenty goal player was Bill Guerin, on a team with even more man games lost than this one.
Enjoy this one New York Islander Fans, our team sent you a message tonight, that all these words about what they are about is something to believe in.
Bailey, Gordie Howe-Hat-trick Hamonic, every player bought in. Gervais with his block down the stretch, Haley, who came up and looked like an enforcer, added a beauty for his first career goal.
Bailey put his man down with a punch. Hamonic looked like he was on his way to a five point game, that setup to Parenteau, he was locked in.
The supporting cast will change, but the core grew up tonight.
That’s what it will take in long-term.
Remember this night when this team finally turns the corner, the core players will.
Now comes the fallout from Colin Campbell. You can bet Gillies, Martin will likely see a suspension longer than Matt Cooke.
No Mr Rose, no one cared about Nabokov tonight, he does not play for the Penguins, he seemed mighty annoyed he had to stick around an extra hour, and talked over countless good plays.
For those scoring at home. Staal threw a sucker-punch on 2/1 that merited a five minute penalty, automatic ejection and supposed 24 hours off here.
Staal received no suspension, and was allowed to play the New York Islanders within 24 hours. How does anything Martin or Gillies do, not mandate the exact same standard if this is the precedent Campbell set by not suspending Staal?
Don’t worry folks, the Tomas Pock rules of suspending New York Islanders are the double-standard for this one.
What can be said of a game the New York Islanders never would have won a year ago, much less against the defending champions?
It’s not 2008-09 anymore. Malkin, Crosby looked like they were in a war after this game and they came out on the losing end.
Which brings us to an actual blog entry about today’s win and the 2009-10 New York Islanders.
Last year New York led two of the three Coliseum games entering the third against Pittsburgh and finally beat them in a February shootout in Dan Bylsma’s debut at a time they were struggling badly in tenth place.
The 2009-10 New York Islanders are getting better, with seemingly several players due to break out or showing marked statistical improvement. They wore down the Pens today (Isles played third game in five days) who got an excellent performance from backup Brent Johnson as Philadelphia did from Brian Boucher on Wednesday in a tough loss where for about forty minute they were the better team.
In terms of last season the calender date would be 12/6/08 or twenty six games.
2009-10: 26 gp w 10-9-7 points 27 goals 71 allowed 78
2008-09: 26 gp w 10-14-2 points 22 goals 68 allowed 89
If folks recall this was after Joey MacDonald was NHL third start of the month for November 2008 so don’t blame the goaltending for goals allowed so quickly considering some softies Roloson (who stole Toronto game x5) and Biron have allowed this season at times.
After twenty six games a year ago 12/6/08 New York was already into it’s season ending freefall going 0-4-1 from 11/26-/12/6 then going 0-7-1 which effectively ended any hope for a playoff spot, followed by 2-8-2 stretch which put them in contention only for more ping pong balls.
New York is currently fourteen-sixteenth in goals scored with some games in hand, tied with two other teams for a club that has lived in the NHL basement the last two seasons in terms of scoring and this mostly without Weight and most of last years veteran scorers gone.
As for today, sure Roloson let up a terrible goal and a big rebound for the Penguins second goal, but Johnson at the other end kept making saves. For an Islander team that struggles with third period leads they simply found an extra gear in the third and skated the Pens into the Coliseum ice.
Bergenheim beyond his goal where Johnson finally made a mistake and did not cut the angle was just flying and winning pucks, his reaction on Pens second goal indicated he did not have Matt Cooke but he made up for it and more.
Any more doubt Josh Bailey beyond his open net rebound goal was winning pucks all day? What’s going to happen if this team ever finds a scoring right wing for him to get him the puck in motion or Jeff Tambellini for that matter with this ninety six point player in 2007-08?
Freddy Meyer had two assist and with about two minutes left, stripped Malik and made a fantastic play to clear the zone. Hunter again was a warrior and unlike last year is piling on the points he has to give them.
Tavares gwg and some excellent individual efforts.
Thompson-Park-Jackman checked Pens into ice and # 11 drew the instigator on Staal which was poor call to give him extra ten.
Park-Sim crashing net or hitting post, career records say both are due to finish.
Okposo is also due, Nielsen needs one to get his confidence, almost got it shorthanded but solid at five on five. For this team to make a push north well above five hundred which it will take for a playoff spot he has to get his points/goals.
Jack Hillen had two penalties and his high stick may have been fatal but pk did the job against struggling Pens powerplay. He also stepped it up in the third. Gervais stepped in front of a few shots.
Sutton again a very strong game beyond penalty, Witt was in position.
That’s five games against Atlantic, all one goal games New York could have easily been 5-0 in with all these kids.
That’s twenty one out of twenty six games they have been in position to win with very few overall poor games.
So far, it’s not last year yet in terms of injuries, not much depth on defense but so far this group seems to be getting stronger and more confident. It’s not waiting for Sillinger, Comrie, Guerin and even currently Doug Weight to get healthy.
Note-Sutton groin injury to be reaccessed/MacDonald recalled.
So far, so good. A lot of signs indicate the team should continue to improve and progress.
Newsday: Greg Logan’s game recap had comments from head coach Scott Gordon and Richard Park which for now seemed more about the Carolina game than the Pittsburgh loss but did note both the Katic/DiBenedetto signings which were officially announced by the team Thursday.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Shelly Anderson’s game coverage of the Pens final home game in the regular season.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Rob Rossi’s coverage.
Boston Globe: Nancy Marrapese-Burrell has comments from Islander prospect Corey Trivino Thursday before his BU team advanced to the NCAA Championship winning 5-4 against Vermont on Thursday here with boxscore and more coverage here.
The victory moved BU (34-6-4) into Saturday night’s national championship game against Miami University (ESPNHD and ESPN360, 7 p.m. ET).
Sault Star: Kevin Barrett reports former Islander head coach Ted Nolan says he is not allowed to contact other teams because of his Islanders contract until 7/1 and is very interested in returning to coaching as he discussed the junior leagues and his former assistant in Moncton coach Danny Flynn.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
I’m pretty sure I read (to lazy to check now) that Nolan was given permission to make a deal with any other NHL club he could. I know on 5/2/08 he told a local paper he guaranteed he would be coaching somewhere next (this) season.
I have little doubt Charles Wang would have let him work for someone this year especially if it meant saving about any part of the 600,000 he would have to pay him.
Newsday: Earlier Thursday reported former Islander captain and long-time broadcaster Ed Westfall is selling his 4.19-acre Lattingtown estate for $1,950,000.
NHL.com: Adam Kimelman reports on the NHL scouting combines for the top draft pick that invitations have been sent out to the top players with comments from NHL Central Scouting Director E.J. McGuire on what this entails as they head to Toronto before the draft.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio has comments from Trevor Smith and head coach Jack Capuano on Friday’s game against Springfield, the endless tie-breaker and playoff scenario’s and what role the recent signings could have this weekend.
Springfield Falcons at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
WHEN — Tonight, 7
WHERE — Arena at Harbor Yard
RECORDS — Springfield 24-42-8-4; Bridgeport 47-23-3-5
SEASON SERIES — Bridgeport leads 2-1; both teams have a shootout win.
ABOUT THE FALCONS– Springfield is locked into last place in the Atlantic and is out of the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons…..
NYI Fan Central Comments:
It should be noted the clear day roster is the group of players who have to dress first. McLean-Comeau injuries reduce the depth chart to open a spot but everything works off the clear day list.
Max Gratchev has also been playing games for Bridgeport on a tryout contract but does not have to be signed by June 1st as a 2008 draft pick.
Associated Press: Has the recap of Pittsburgh’s 6-1 over New York on Thursday.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
What would you have me write folks?
30th place and close to six hundred man games lost to injury, makes for a very tough season where we now know the Islanders will have the option to draft someone between John Tavares or Victor Hedman in June.
At least now all the fans can now pull for a few wins this weekend to close the season.
As for tonight, unlike the Carolina game the Islanders did a lot of good things, one of those things they could not do was finish between all the goal posts and unfortunately I have to write what looked like a goaltender in Joey MacDonald who looked worn down from all the shots in the Carolina game combined with again some sloppy defensive coverage in front of him that let even Bill Guerin reach the high slot for what was an easy goal that made it 4-1 before two more got past MacDonald you expect him to make the save on if he were sharp.
This is the first real extended stretch we have seen the goaltending play down to what many expected with two AHL goaltenders, we have been in a lot of ways spoiled by two players who did enough to carry a team into contention and maybe even a playoff spot if they were on another NHL club with scoring support and less pressure.
A lot was said about the flu running through the team and we saw what that produced last year when they lose seven in a row, I don’t know but between the losing/sluggish play it’s just tough to tell the difference but a few things are off.
On this night the Isles got all the early powerplays and earned them, they stayed out of the box for over fifty one minutes, some of those posts go in it’s a different game or maybe Pittsburgh turns it up and the Isles fall apart earlier.
I simply do not get Scott Gordon’s concept of coaching at times.
He has two five on three powerplays, he has Sean Bergenheim who scored all those goals before he got hurt off speed and skill on left wing and had some chances in this one, he has Tambellini who is a left wing with that shot who has done a lot of good things who’s facing a goalie who rarely starts.
Who’s the left wing to start both five on three powerplays on the first unit? Richard Park.
I do not get that.
Bailey and Nielsen were at the center/right wing spot which is fine but why not put Bergenheim out there or Tambellini instead of Park. Why not put Joensuu out there on the first unit or even Iggulden. Almost everything was from the perimeter when they did set up with Park.
I know Bergenheim was on the second unit but why not give him or Tambellini the primary spot? I just don’t see it.
For that matter what is Doug Weight doing on the point? Let Hillen or someone else man the left side with Streit. Nielsen had a nice shot for his goal which had to be perfect but if it comes off a broken play and a block off a point shot that’s not a good set play for a goal.
We’ll see what happens on the weekend. At least no more night time recaps with the two mid-late afternoon games.
Classy stuff from Scott Gordon, Bill Guerin and the Penguins at the end of the game.
Ct Post: Michael Fornabaio reports in his Sound Tigers blog forward Mike Iggulden was recalled for tonight’s game.
01/18/09 Mike Zigomanis C Shoulder IR. Out for the season
04/07/2009 PIT 6 @ TBL 4
04/05/2009 PIT 2 @ FLA 4
04/04/2009 PIT 2 @ CAR 3
04/01/2009 NJD 1 @ PIT 6
03/28/2009 NYR 3 @ PIT 4
4 x – PHILADELPHIA 79 43 25 11 97
5 x – CAROLINA 80 45 28 7 97
6 x – PITTSBURGH 80 43 28 9 95
7 MONTREAL 80 41 29 10 92
Penguins Website: Sam Kasan does a good job on the Penguins lines and had a breakdown of the Islanders entering tonight’s game.
NYI Fan Central Comments:
Here it is the final road game for NYIFC and the New York Islanders 2008-09 season with the magic/tragic number at two to clinch the most ping pong balls next Tuesday.
Needless to write Pittsburgh (who have clinched a playoff spot) needs this game for any chance to move up and with teams below them and this their final home game to lose could put them in a position to drop as low as seventh entering the final day of the season. To win gives them an outside chance for fourth place and home ice in the first round.
I have little doubt Bill Guerin and Scott Gordon will continue to say all the right things given their interviews since his trade to Pittsburgh.
It’s also needless to write Dan Bylsma and his staff is going to look to jump all over a very fragile team after such a beating as quickly as possible to put the game out of reach and let what happened in Carolina snowball to Scott Gordon’s skaters who now have to replace Blake Comeau who I presume will not be playing with a fractured wrist even if he is not on today’s updated Islander injury report here.
Have to wonder what’s up with Dean McAmmond who left a game over a week ago if he’s not feeling better by this point?
If the powerplays are again 11-1 or something like that the game is going to fall apart quickly if they do not have the goaltending early and eventually even if they do.
The Carolina game was the kind that leaves a team questioning themselves until they play a good game.
I’m very interested to see the reaction from Scott Gordon’s skaters who last time in Pittsburgh lost a 1-0 game and can obviously play with this team most games given all the early games they had them down entering the third period. Streit is back, so is Bergenheim, it should have given them a lift on Tuesday.
Of course that 9-2 loss was the other game in Pittsburgh.
Yann Danis started three in a row, I felt MacDonald did a solid job with no help at all on Tuesday, I cannot see how he does not start here but I wrote that on Tuesday.
Sorry folks, I know the services at this time for direct feeds is down for the media and blog box sidebars.
There are direct links above it for almost all the media site feeds on the and a page viewer, the blog box is tougher but the picture does link to the Islanders website page for everyone’s specific page blog.
For now patience is the word, hopefully the site is simply down.
As always I will fill in the blanks on Thursday.
Newsday: Greg Logan’s coverage going into Thursday’s game against Pittsburgh has former captain Bill Guerin’s comments on leaving the Islanders, his tough final months here, his thoughts on Doug Weight resigning and what John Tavares could mean to their program moving forward.
Tsn.ca/Several Outlets/Islanders website: Has the release on Islanders head coach Scott Gordon named to team USA with general manager Brian Burke’s comments.
AHL.com: Reports Nofolk won in overtime against WBS
on Wednesday which means Bridgeport holds a two point lead on the Pens who still have a game in hand but have even win totals.
1 x Hershey Bears 77 48 21 2 6 104
2 x Bridgeport 78 47 23 3 5 102
3 x WBS Penguins 77 47 24 3 3 100
The first tie-breaker is wins, Bridgeport won the season series 4-2 against WBS.