Vancouver – Plekanec scored a short handed goal to give us a 2-1 lead in the 2nd period and Grabner added one early in the 3rd. Edler scored minutes later to get back within one goal. Fisher made it 4-2 and we thought we would cruise to a victory. Dorsett (Dorsett!) scored a few minutes after Fisher and Dubnyk and the Isle were worried. We hung on and won 4-3 but Devan did not play well. Vancouver only had 18 shots the entire game and our goaltender was 3/6 on ratings. We thank Erik Cole for his 3 assists and 1st star of the game.
Minnesota – No Scandella, Brodin, Cammalleri, Abdelakder and Okposo. The team hit the flu bug during this block and we missed a lot of guys. Luckily we have the next man up rule and this gives room for guys like Glendening, Jaskin, Burakovsky, Nikitin and Rielly. Erik Cole got us going early and Pirri tied it shortly after. Islanders would score 5 more goals to win 6-1 sending Quick to the showers early in the 3rd period. Cole has honors of first star again, recording a hat trick and taking the spot of top goal scorer on the Islanders. Hiller got the start and stopped 32 shots while stopping all 4 ratings.
Philly – 3 goals by the Islanders, one in the first, one in the second and one in the third periods and Hiller was well on his way to a shut out. Cogliano finally ripped one by Hiller to end that chance and that was all she wrote. 3-1 win and Jonas was spectacular again stopping 5 out of 5 ratings this time and 31 saves. Have to give him another start!
New Jersey – Weise gave the Devils the lead and he could have had 3 goals this game, he was all over the place! We got lucky goals from some unsuspecting players, Rielly and Gionta scored for the Isle. Nino (name can’t fit on the game screen) Niederreiter tied the game with 7 minutes to go. Brodin tried to give the game away by taking a stupid penalty late but we survived and took it to OT. The game was not decided and we settled for the shootout. Schenn denied, Nyquist robbed, Kunitz shoots, glove save by Hiller. Fisher skates in, dekes, SCORES! Nino Nieds to score to extend it but his shot is blocked away and the Islanders take this one 3-2. Hiller let in one rating but still managed the win and a decent game.
Los Angeles – I dread playing this high powered offensive team but here goes nothing. Coach sends out a full lineup minus Cole who needed a breather after working so hard the last few games. No score in the 1st period and I was happy with that. My buddy from Lake Forest, Illinois was in town and watching me play this game (huge Hawks fan) and of course Patty Kane opens up the scoring. Steen tied it less than a minute later and we were all square, feeling good about things. Ovechkin scored an even strength goal to give the Kings a lead and we thought that was going to be it. Captain Bergeron had other thoughts and beat Pavs unassisted with 6 minutes to play. Headed to overtime with the score at 2-2 again (Kane took a late penatly but we could not convert). Keith took an early penalty in overtime and the Islanders were getting excited… Well nothing happened and we found outselves in a shootout again. Dubnyk robbed the regulation scorers Kane and Ovie, Pavelec stopped Nyquist and Fisher. Callahan had his shot sent away and it was all up to Steen. Between the legs and top shelf!! Back to back 3-2 wins.
Islanders are looking for a JK or perfect passing defender with a 4 or 5 defense. I know it is asking a lot but we may be willing to offer a lot in return. Preferably a RD but I have some guys that can move to LD if need be. We are always looking for scoring help too as Coach Huet thinks he has a team to win it all. Thanks, and good luck!
Kevin – New York Islanders