Islanders 2, Devils 1 (SO): Nilsson and Nielsen Help Lead Isles to Win over New Jersey

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Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Anders Nilsson kept the visiting New Jersey Devils to just one goal and Frans Nielsen secured a 2-1 Islander win in the shootout Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.

The victory was the Islanders third in their last four games and they have secured at least one point in the same span. The win also prevented the Devils from gaining ground in the playoff hunt, as they sit three points back from eighth in the Eastern Conference.

“I don’t think we gave them much,” said Islander coach Jack Capuano. “To have success you have to play your system. You have to play structured hockey. You have to play discipline hockey and I the guys are coming up and doing a good job.”

The Islanders controlled much of the first period. They outshot the Devils 9-2 in the opening period and outhit them 19-4. However the game remained scoreless until 2:12 into the second period. Nielsen drove to the net and the puck found its’ way past Cory Schneider and into the net to give the Islanders a 1-0.

New Jersey evened the score at one roughly eight minutes later off a rebound goal from Adam Henrique, but it would be the only goal Nilsson would surrender the rest of the game. He finished the game with 23 saves on the night — which included several big stops in the third with the Devils pressuring — and a save percentage of .958.

“It’s nice to bounce back with my game a little,” Nilsson said. “I tried to play a little calmer and I felt a difference in my game today. The guys helped me out a lot today. They didn’t have a lot and the shots they had were from the outside.

“The guys made it easy for me to play cause I saw most of the shots.”

In the shootout Nilsson stopped Henrique and Patrick Elias. Nielsen scored in the shootout using his well known backhand shot and Brock Nelson scored as well.

“You gotta get [the puck] all the way up over his glove,” Nielsen said about his shootout move. “It’s not easy, but it’s been working. So I might as well keep doing it.”

The Islanders return to action on Tuesday when they host the Florida Panthers at the Coliseum.




230 comments
shamwow
shamwow

Open the books Wang!

Show prospective buyers how you value the team at 300M...

Hey Chuck, why is it you only ever allow inspection of your company financials under court warrant?

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

How many of us would've believed back when Jaromir Jagr was a mullet-wearing crybaby getting bitch slapped by Darius Kasparaitis that he'd become this Joe DiMaggio- type elder statesman of the league?

shamwow
shamwow

So how does a franchise purchased in 2000 for $130M rise in value to $195M today  while losing 25M a year for a decade? Answer: it doesn't.

Ad how does an owner losing 25M a year over the past 10 years ask $300M for that same money losing franchise? Answer: he doesn't.

Any claim by Chuck Wang that he's losing money owning the Islanders is nothing more than obvious lies from a man well-known as a financial fraud...

The sooner his criminal reign comes to an end, the better.


TonyM
TonyM

                     Next year at this time we wil be in the same spot we are now! Bottom five finish, Wang, Capuano and Snow still here and no first or second round pick of our own! Wang won't spend a nickel more then he has to. No one will pay the amount of money Wang wants for this team with one year left in

NVMC! He'll be lucky to get more then 200mil once the move is made to Bklyn. No end in sight for the long suffering Islander fans!

fan42long
fan42long

Went to the Sound Tigers / Wolfpack game last night. Awful. No help coming from Bridgeport.

Finley actually looked like an NHL player. Ness looked small and relatively invisible. Pedan looked slow, out of position, and generally lost. 

The Wolfpack rolled over Bridgeport rather easily. 

That said, most of the "gems" from Bridgeport are already here I suppose.

bobb
bobb

$2.20 tickets for Tuesday's game on Stubhub. Great job this season Garth Snow!

isles23
isles23

1974-75, 88pts, 3rd place

1975-76, 101pts, 2nd place

1976-77, 106pts, 2nd place

19777-78, 111pts, 1st place

1978 Pickett bought the team because of serious financial issues

I wish it was as simple as many think, win and all will be well, but history shows me different.

ejej
ejej

@shamwow- Good  stuff Sham...! Your post below is awesome.


Notice that the shill never has a reply for the cable $ that goes to the crook's bottom line, not applied to "yearly loses".


The resident stooge is currently hunkered in a cold, clammy cellar, one light bulb flickering, pacing back and forth, cell phone getting text messages saying "please deposit another $50 to continue service", just waiting for the usual 3AM post time.



shlo
shlo

@shamwow I did not get involved in the conversation before, I thought it was nonsense from the beginning, trial balloon at best.  I think it is worse, he wants $300mil for 75% of ownership, he wants to keep 25%.  So do the math ....how much is the team worth in his eyes?

dkdk
dkdk

That is a very, very good question shamwow.

David Schwartz
David Schwartz

@bobb  Not to burst your bubble or anything, but I have gone to at least 6 week days games for under $5 per ticket even prior to both the original Vanek trade and 10 game losing streak.


go_isles
go_isles

@mitchfritz  

That can't be. When Wang lost any chance of getting the land deal, he still supported Mangano's plan to get a new arena.  If  Wang's only interest was the 77 acres of land, he could have sold the team once the lighthouse deal was done.

dkdk
dkdk

Beats the status quo

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein

He's arguably one of the best players in history. I meant to say this image transformation from his early years with the perpetual pout and the mullet to this dignified figure throughout the league

shamwow
shamwow

@go_isles @shamwow

As per Botta, the Cable TV contract pays Wang 27M a year...

That more than offsets any alleged "loss" Chuck shows on the Islander books...

Businesses that lose 25M a year don't rise in value, they get sold or liquidated...

But if you want to throw a few coins in a cup, I'm sure Chuck will pocket those, too.

shamwow
shamwow

@dkdk

I'd like to see Chuck answering questions directed to him by a Federal Prosecutor...

And the last time Chuck was forced to open his books, Securities investigators discovered the biggest financial fraud scheme in Long Island history...

Chuck was Bernie Madoff before Bernie was. 

fan42long
fan42long

@Jeff Roland Respectfully disagree. I purposefully watched Pedan for a while (what else was there to do?) and was not at all impressed. Perhaps an off night? Whatever the case, didn't look good.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

@David Schwartz @bobb  got seats in section 209 for 8 a peice.... yup. value per a ticket? 59.99. well.... at least ill be at the game. my last of the season

dkdk
dkdk

And snow was the GM for 8 largely awful seasons

go_isles
go_isles

@wangbegone @isles23 

Actually his point makes a lot of sense. The Islanders were losing money way before Wang came on board. Once the salaries exploded, the Islanders were trouble, like other teams. Remember the Hartford Whalers?

isles23
isles23

@wangbegone. Gotta love internet tough guys. One question what happened to Pickett when the dynasty ended? Ownership history for this team speaks for itself.

dkdk
dkdk

You can't do worse than wang is doing, at least the next guy has a shot at doing the right thing. The current guy sure doesn't care.

isles23
isles23

@Mitch. I respect you Mitch. We see eye to eye on many on ice things but you can't ignore the financial issues that have plagued this team well before Wang was in the picture. That being said I do think it is time for a change because Wang has clearly become like Pickett was at the end.

John Richards
John Richards

Hasn't won a cup since 1992!! He was awesome in the 1998 Olympics though leading Czech republic along with hasek to gold!!

Don22
Don22

@dkdk Actually DK, maybe you should look in the mirror because this is exactly what I am talking about.  Where did I write that I wasn't in favor of Wang selling?  Where did I kill the new guy?  Isles just wrote that although he doesn't kill Wang and Snow like you guys do, he still thinks it's time for a change.  Yet he still gets beat up and labeled a Wang schill.  Heck, so do I and everyone knows very well that I too have called for change.  Just because we don't unilaterally agree that every single thing Wang/Snow has done was wrong, doesn't make us supporters.


And based on how the last 3-4 ownership changes have been, I don't blame anyone for reserving judgment until we see the change we want.  Everyone jumped for joy when Wang bought the team.  And I feel that anyone who had reservations about him buying the team, regardless of his hockey knowledge - has a short memory.  We only cared about his deep pockets, not his hockey sense.

jepliberty
jepliberty

@dkdk

Wang must have owned one of those 1960s cut rate department stores, remember John's Bargain Stores? The way he has run the Islanders, it certainly makes for a good analogy.

dkdk
dkdk

Go ... He brought in players the first 2 years to try getting the lighthouse done. He was also still issuing himself 600M bonuses from CA at that time. Once the lighthouse failed and he was forced out of CA and couldn't use their coffers as his personal piggy bank he stopped spending. You remember Peca and Yashin, so you must remember Tim Thomas's couch last year I take it?

go_isles
go_isles

@dkdk  

That's not correct. I think you have your years mixed up. Wang brought in free agents and traded for quality players before there was a floor. Gluckstern and Milstein never did that and would have never paid big bucks to Peca and Yashin.

isles23
isles23

@dkdk. I agree, this team really isn't that far. Like I said earlier, goalie we're good, dman and a rw we could be scary IMO

dkdk
dkdk

Matt, I think a new owner bringing in a quality GM and legit coaches can get things changed very quickly,

dkdk
dkdk

Mitch ... When you are right, you're right and you called that one quickly. That Vanek deal led to some hardcore continent wide complaints.

isles23
isles23

@dkdk. OK fair enough. I'm on board with a change at this point. Still not going to bash Wang like most but I do realize he has been a poor owner. Time to move on and hope for better times. As far as cleaning house it doesn't have to be a complete overhaul. I think our scouts have actually done rather well. IMO a new coaching staff and GM would do just fine. I even suggested the kinda thing the Knicks did with Jackson. They didn't fire anyone although woodson will be gone, but they brought in a guy that commands respect from the team and league.

dkdk
dkdk

Not you Matt, but there are a couple of posts here complaining about the next owner, who may never even buy the team .... when we already have a proven terrible owner. I don't get it. It is like having Shea weber express interest in coming here but complaining about him taking carkners spot.

We should hope and pray a hockey fan who fronts a sports pr company that is best friends with a billionaire really wants us. First order of business after clearing out the front office is restoring some professionalism and clear the stigma of wang.

isles23
isles23

@dkdk, not 'killing' anyone. Just not expecting better...

dkdk
dkdk

Don I think you may need to look in the mirror to find the spin. Wang has been a putrid owner for 13 years. Snow has been a failure for 8 years. There is a chance for something better. Why are you not excited by that prospect? Why are some killing the new guy without him even getting here but giving the floor circumventer a pass? Why?

isles23
isles23

@don. Its amazing, I say its time for a change and two posts later 'I'm a Wang man till the end'. Ridiculous...

Don22
Don22

@isles23 It doesn't matter what you write. Some of these guys will spin in however they want. 

dkdk
dkdk

But no matter how many young kids there are pissssing away a lottery pick for 40 games of Vanek really sets things back. And unless a sale happens quick, no goalie is signing under wangsnow.

isles23
isles23

@dkdk. There is still a lot of young talent on this team. IMO add a goalie that can do league avg in save percentage we're a playoff team. Add a legit top pairing dman and a 2nd line RW the sky is the limit.

dkdk
dkdk

I won't say there doesn't seem to be some glimmer of hope, but a LOT of that hope faded when he traded Moulson and then evaporated when he only turned Vanek into Colberg. If legwand is traded for more than Vanek, there is a huge problem.

isles23
isles23

@dkdk. I have been a supporter of Snow as you know but I can't defend this season. I said blast year this was a make or break year with many big decisions and he has failed on them all. What I still will defend is he does have this team closer than many think. A couple key pieces and we could see a turn around like the Avs had this year.

dkdk
dkdk

I get what you are saying Matt but there always is the as low as you can get, and I think wang is it. And the Vanek for Collberg deal was our Marianas Trench. Can't get any worse. I get not wanting to get hopes too high, but no one will do worse than wang. No one else will hire a player as a GM.

isles23
isles23

O@Wangbegone. Compared to Wang Boe was the crown jewel of owners BUT he still put the team in a very bad spot and if not for Pickett could've sunk them before the dynasty.

isles23
isles23

@dkdk. Listen I want Wang to sell at this point. I'm just not assuming the new owner is going to be any better. What in our history would make me think that. Seems like we've only gone from worst to worst.

dkdk
dkdk

Matt the only thing that made wang a step above Gluckstern and millstein was the advent of the salary cap. If there wasn't a floor, JT would have been sold to Toronto or the rags to line his pockets. No one can be worse than wang. Look around the league, no one is close. Thanks to wang we are synonymous with tire fire. No one else. ,only wang.

isles23
isles23

@wangbegone. How does saying I think its time for a change equal being a 'Wang guy'. I've said so many times I'm I don't love Wang, just don't loathe him like many. There can be middle ground you know, this isn't war here.

isles23
isles23

@dkdk. I would agree if I didn't say the same thing about our owner 14 years ago. I do agree its time for a chance though. Can't make that clear enough

isles23
isles23

@Mitch. I agree, just saying I'm not expecting the 'moving on' to be any better.