Matt Moulson scored the lone goal for the Islanders when he received an errant pass from Bryan McCabe that Moulson rifled past Vokoun in the first, but that would be all the scoring that New York could muster. Luckily for the Islanders that Panther power play continued it’s piss poor operation and was 0 for four. Only five power play goals this season. Can you imagine the Panthers record if they would have at least ten? How does Jim Hulton still have a job? We’ll discuss that in another post.
Interesting comments from the Islanders broadcasters last night. They insulted (rightfully so) our powerplay, which is shooting for league worst. They praised the Panthers penalty kill unit, Pete DeBoer, our speed and the ridiculous compliment to Little Stevie. After hearing it, I wanted to stop the T.V. and back it up so I could hear it again, but I don’t need my ears to bleed. The comment that was so crazy was that Stephen Weiss is one of the best centers in the NHL! Are you fricking kidding me? One of the best? Ok, smart ass, if you think he’s so good, would you trade him for John Tavares?
Speaking of Little Stevie, he scored his fifth goal of the season bringing the point production watch to 46. But of course the boy made of glass has another boo boo to deal with. Another nagging injury that appeared to show up as he blew a tire taking a slap shot during the second period last night. What’s the nagging injury you say? Is it that damn yeast infection that has plagued him his whole career? No, Stevie has a wonky ankle that’s been bugging him for weeks, and last night it got a tad worse. It’s not serious supposedly, and maybe he’ll play Monday against Cindy and the Pens. Or maybe he won’t. Screw it, just put him on I.R. for the year and be done with him.
Bill Thomas called up from Rochester to take the place of Rhino who’s out with a groin, played 9:49, but I don’t recall seeing him at all in the third period. Darcy Hordichuk played 6:33, but I don’t even remember seeing him. And Michal Repik had 10:10 of ice time, and I think he may have been on long enough to sniff some power play time for about 20 seconds.
The power play needs work, the penalty kill is doing it’s job, and Vokoun is continuing to provide solid netminding. Nagging injuries are already starting to mount, and the depth that we were so proud of is causing Rochester to suck it big time since we keep pulling players from there. Can’t tell who the AHL team is, but I know this much. There has to be an NHL player that we can pick up and bring onto this team. Someone that might help the power play would be a good place to start. Let’s not get too excited about last night’s win. We need to beat some contenders first.
A three game homestand this week as the Pengies, Boston, and the Rangers and all of their fans invade the Bank. Good times, cranky fans and turkey. We’ll see how this shakes out.
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