Tampa – Islanders had a 2-0 lead at the end of the first period with a PP goal from the captain Patrice Bergeron. He also added an assist minutes later when Steen went top shelf on Fleury. The crowd went silent in the middle of the 2nd period as former Islander, Morgan Rielly beat Dubnyk with Okposo picking up an assist. Dustin Byfuglien made it 3-1, driving another PP goal home. Carter would make it 3-2 with a shorthanded goal but the Islanders hold on to win in the home opener.
St. Louis – A very wild game. Both teams trading goals by the twos! Foligno gets the first 2 goals for St. Louis and then goals by Fowler and Richards evens things up. A goal late in the 2nd period and early in the 3rd period gave the Blues another 2 goal lead. 2 minutes later the Islanders score two goals to tie it back up 40 seconds apart. Scheifele scores. Trouba scores. 5-5 game. With 5 minutes to play, the Islanders finally caved and couldn’t bounce back. Coyle gets the 6th goal and Kuznetsov scores with 7 seconds left for the icing on the cake.
Chicago – Newcomers Hayes and Toews both get their first goals as Islanders, while rookie McCabe had two assists. Dubnyk takes first star in the contest with a 32 save shutout as New York picks up 2 points with a 3-0 win.
Colorado – New York outshot Colorado 47-20. Pekka Rinne went 11/12 on rating saves, and stopped 46 shots. Rinne didn’t get any star points but the Av’s pick up a point in a 2-1 shootout win for the Islanders. Rinne deserved that win for the Av’s but Byfuglien scored midway through the 2nd period and it was Alex Steen with the winner in the shootout.
Winnipeg – I wanted to pull my hair out after this game. Pavelski gets a goal early to start things off, but the Islanders score 3 straight for a 3-1 lead going into the 3rd period. Schenn 3-2. 3 minutes to play… O’Reilly, buckets. The Islanders blew a 2 goal lead and lose in a shootout, 4-3 final, Jets with the win. Pavelski and Spezza both scored in the shootout.
We are pleased with Dubnyk so far, posting a 93.9% in 4 games. Plekanec leads the team with 3 goals and 3 assists through 5 games. Old guy Brad Richards has been a surprise through 3 games, scoring 2 goals, getting an assist and posting a team lead +4. Thanks,
Kevin – NY Islanders