ISLANDERS 3 JETS 2 (OT) The Anders show comes up big

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Keith Quinn, Islanders Point Blank:

With Thomas Vanek sitting the game out with a rumored trade in the works the young Islanders battled hard despite being largely outshot, and rallied for their first victory in the post Andrew MacDonald era.  They were able to get the penalty kill under control, killing five and looking dangerous at times in the process.

From puck drop it looked like the Jets’ idea was to bring the physical to the understaffed Isles.  Hit totals were close in the first (19-16 Jets), but there were Islanders strewn about the rink pretty often.  To their credit though, they kept coming.  Thomas Hickey got steamrolled early by Dustin (I’m copy/pasting his last name) Byfuglien and that was answered a couple of shifts later with Matt Martin laying a bomb on Jacob Trouba leading to a scrap between Martin and Chris Thorburn.  Both Martin and Thorburn needed some tending to in the dressing room, but returned.

The Jets got the scoring started of a poorly played faceoff in the Isles defensive zone.  Off the draw, the puck sat in the circle for a second and Andrew Ladd got to it before Travis Hamonic.  He put it past Anders Nilsson.

A few minutes later, with the hitting still at a fever pitch, Eric Boulton and Mark Stuart engaged in a little rasslin.  Stuart was  the big hitter for Winnipeg in the first with 7.  Boulton was given an extra minor for roughing and the PK got its first work on the night. It looked much improved with Michael Grabner getting a couple of scoring chances.

The Isles tied the game at 17:30 when Ryan Strome rifled a shot off the end boards that ricocheted out to Colin McDonald for the put back.  Strome took a late penalty leaving the Jets with 1:30 of  power play time carrying into the second.

The Jets took control of the possession play in the second outshooting the Isles 17-7, but the Isles had the only goal to show for it. Anders Lee broke the tie at 1:33 at the expiration of the Strome penalty.  Grabner sprung Lee for a breakaway and he whipped a wrist shot that bounced up and over Pavelec.  Lee tipped it in.  The play was reviewed because it appeared the puck appeared to be hit with a high stick.

The Isles lost Boulton for at least the remainder of the game with a hand injury..which is a nice departure from “upper body”.

The real story of the period was Nilsson though.  Despite seeing three power plays and an excess of rubber, he stood tall and turned away a slew of scoring chances.  The most threatening of which came on a shot that sneaked through Nilsson, bounced off the post, and off his back and settled in the blue paint.  Nilsson fell on it for a play stoppage.

The third saw more of the same with Winnipeg getting the better of the possession.  But the Isles did manage to coax their first power play of the game out of the officials when Tobias Enstrom held Clutterbuck’s stick too blatantly to be ignored.  The Isles depleted power play had a couple of good puck moving moments, but will probably need some work now without three regulars on it.

Travis Hamonic was particularly active throughout this game and had a great chance ricochet off the crossbar.  The shot was made possible via tenacious Cizikas forecheck and centering feed from behind the net. Later in the period, Ryan Strome made a beautiful angled block of a Jets shot when Nilsson was not able to get across the crease on a cross ice pass.

But, as is true to Islanders third period form, they conceded a third period lead.  During a four on four (Hamonic and Little in the box for matching roughing minors), the Isles had a particularly strange offensive alignment in the Jets zone.  Both deHaan and Strait were below the middle of the faceoff circles when Josh Bailey turned the puck over at the top of the right circle.  Grabner was about even with Bailey, but toward center ice.  That led to a clear and easy breakaway for Andrew Ladd to wrist home his second of the game at 14:53 and they would carry that score into overtime.

The overtime was a wide-open end to end affair with what felt like more scoring chances than shots (which were officially 2-1 Islanders).  The risky play came to an end with Cal Clutterbuck outworking a Jets player along the boards and springing Grabner (who was outstanding all night) for a breakaway.  He blew past two defenders and put a wrister past Pavelec.

Let the new era begin.

NOTICINGS:

  • The Isles had five defensemen with over 23 minutes of ice time (Hamonic, deHaan, Visnovsky and Hickey).  Carkner pulled 10:21.  If they aren’t going to call up Matt Donovan, I’d expect that pattern to continue.
  • Martin and Boulton combined only played a little over 10 minutes.  Boulton left the game with an injury and Martin left for a short time in the first, so perhaps he was banged up too.  The Isles do not have an extra forward on this trip (except for Vanek), so someone may have to take a long flight to Edmonton.  Or maybe Carkner sees forward time and Martinek gets in.
  • The Isles are just better on the road.  That is annoying to people who buy tickets here.
  • In case you missed the lady who flipped off the Isles coaching staff, here it is.  Coaches trolling hard.
  • Anders Nilsson looked far more composed tonight.  Seeing all of the goalies that got traded and/or signed today, it would be nice if one of the Isles started trending toward league average.
  • Have a happy trade deadline day Isles fans.  May your projected returns come true.  And at least consider this; at least this season, the Isles have some assets that they can actually move and get decent returns on.  It’s not a great thing, but better than in years passed.

 




96 comments
truth77
truth77

Come on Garth pull the dam trigger! lets go Vanek to Pittsburgh for Harrington and someone else.

truth77
truth77

Before the Islander go out on the ice, everyone should say Jiggs Mc donald .If i was a heavy Gambler I would be a millionaire, all I would  do is bet the night Jiggs calls the games.Calvin Dehaan should be the Islanders MVP He was the last person any one every thought would help the islanders this year.Hey we got a little quicker last night! Got rid of ole Cement shoes .The guy that leads the league in block shots because he is out of position and cant catch up.

justintime
justintime

Yep St. Louis to Rangers, wow didn't expect that.  Still hearing Pens have best offer on table for Vanek.  Garth is playing chicken with a few teams right now and might be really overplaying his hand. Nobody has really taken his bluffs yet and his leaking to the media that other teams have been interested has not worked either.  Problem is most GM's don't take him that seriously and that is really hurting him in getting fair value here.  Hope he don't screw this up.

isles23
isles23

Anyone else at work just continually hitting refresh on twitter or w/e your looking lol

Peter Puglisi
Peter Puglisi

If st. louis goes to the rangers....I think I will be sick...

phishstyx1
phishstyx1

Garth it's time assume the position and grab your ankles 

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

@bcostellothn: Top 5 prospects in Future Watch 2014: 1. Drouin, TB, 2. Gibson, Ana, 3. Teravainen, Chi, 4. Forsberg, Nsh, 5. Strome, NYI.

NotoriousPING
NotoriousPING

Love how people on here are bashing Howie Rose. I love Jiggs, but Howie is the best play by play man in the league. "he brings the Rags karma with him" says the guy who thinks what he wears that night has an affect on a win or loss..... GET A CLUE

dimaio34
dimaio34

Hey wanted to show you guys these stats. 6 games left in his season

Ryan pulock

Gp 61

G 21

A 34

PTS 55

That's insane for a defenseman plus he's built like a linebacker. Got to be very happy to have this coming down the pipe line. And last night was a great game. Super fast. Would love to see the isles play Winnipeg or Toronto in a 7 game series. Let the trades begin. Our d looked great last night

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

funny to say this, but without jt islanders may be a little quicker.  they were too much of a one-man team, and going forward they need to figure out how to recognize jt as their best player without bending the rest of the team's identity.

if garth can't make a good vanek deal, could he at least do jigs for howie?

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

i guess boulton has a 'lower arm' injury.

hoser_14
hoser_14

That was a good win last night, great bounceback game after the weekend's disgrace.     Grabner should have been one of the 3 Stars of the Game, only had 2 points including the game winner.   


I love the clip of the chick flipping the bird and Cappy and Trent Hunter's twin reaction. LOL!


ps: doesn't Brent Thompson look like Trent Hunter?

Shannon Falotico
Shannon Falotico

Josh Bailey definitely takes the title as the worst player on this team... Waive him immediately ....

since72
since72

@justintime As long as he doesn't take a nap and wake up at 3:01, Vanek will be moved at the best bid possible.  Anyone who wants him needs to show their cards in the next 3:20.

isles23
isles23

Plus a first and second going to TBL is the report atm

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@NotoriousPING  what?  best in the league???  come on...  he's a rambler that can't resist reciting every old bit of anecdote he knows, even while a guy is on a breakaway...  i find howie extreeeemely distracting.

isles4life
isles4life

Hey notroriousping, there must be something wrong with you? Are you watching baseball? Bc you might have a point there but for hockey you are completely out of your mind, were watching hockey I want to listen to someone that announces the game with the intensity that describes the game, I fall asleep listening to howie, he only anounces the game about 25% of the time, the other 75 he talks about the 80s, butchs shoulder pads, making jokes about the stupidest things, anounces the wrong players, he has no clue how to announce hockey he should stick with baseball just like you if u think he's so good!

Vicp73
Vicp73

@NotoriousPING  Best play-by-play man in the League? I don't have a problem with Howie , but to say he's the best is insanity!

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

@dimaio34 @Ryan Sweeney Saw him play a couple of times in Brandon early this year. You're right, he's got a broad frame. The unfortunate thing is that he turns 20 in October which likely means he has to stay up with the big club or go back to junior in 14-15.

Ryan Sweeney
Ryan Sweeney

@dimaio34  great numbers but thats not even professional hockey so dont expect numbers even close to that to translate over.  cant be disappointed in those numbers though. 

mrcisback
mrcisback

@gleichzahl   They did look very quick last night. Just turned the computer on still nothing on Vanek.

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@Shannon Falotico  tbf, they totally lost their structure on the 4-on-4.  two d-men deep and grabner, the only guy back, who's rushing into offense just as bailey is fumbling the puck.  but yeah, that was awful by jb.

NotoriousPING
NotoriousPING

@gleichzahl @NotoriousPING  Yeah, he is kind of a rambler, but i like that. I will def check out other teams announcers, but what can i say, i like me some ramblers lol

NotoriousPING
NotoriousPING

@isles4life  Why, because you're a tool? Its my preference who i like to listen to, not a troll who has no life. Sorry that you can't follow hockey by yourself and you need someone to spoon-feed you the plays 100% of the time.  

NotoriousPING
NotoriousPING

@Vicp73  Nah, IMO he is. Granted, I haven't toured all channels for all teams, but I love the way he comments on the players, always educating people on plays, etc. Who is better, maybe i can learn something?

isles23
isles23

Maybe he means for baseball radio...

isles23
isles23

@Lyle. I know you have to be 20 to play in the AHL but is there a time you have to be 20 by?

Vicp73
Vicp73

@Shannon Falotico  Don't be so quick to judge Shannon, we need to give him a  few more years

gleichzahl
gleichzahl

@NotoriousPING @gleichzahl  and anyway, what kind of a team announcer is it that doesn't show up for the road trips he doesn't like?  he's missed three this year.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@isles23  For anybody who isn't familiar with his work, Youtube Rick Jeanneret' s best calls. Hilarious

isles23
isles23

Haha I think that man invented being over the top. But in a good way I think.

isles23
isles23

LA LA LA LA LA LA LAFONTAINE!!!

Vicp73
Vicp73

@isles23  isles23 you ever have the pleasure of listening to Rick Jeanneret up in Buffalo? What a piece of work he is. A total homer but entertaining as hell

Vicp73
Vicp73

@NotoriousPING @Vicp73  Bob Cole, Jim Hughson, Gord Miller, Dennis Beyak..............Are you kidding me. Dude you should tour some of the other channels, it's a whole new world out there

isles23
isles23

IMO there are two guys local to the area that are better. Doc and Kenny Albert are great IMO. Its all opinions though and personal preference. Shouldn't get on you for what you like. My apologise

isles23
isles23

@Ryan. As a Yankee fan the one thing I'm extremely jealous about is the mets radio and tv crew. They are top notch.

ejej
ejej

@Vicp73 - Agreed. Canadian press, insiders, and coverage is second to none. The garbage we get down here on NBC is a joke with JR and Mad Mike. All propaganda and BS, as they typically center around the "teams doing well-Pens, Blackhawks, Bruins, ect. They have to "sell" the product here, not the case north of the border.

ejej
ejej

@Vicp73 - He's been very loyal to the Sedin's and boched up the Schneider/Lou scenario big time. 


Although Gillis has enough on his plate to be run out of BC, no where near the garbage that's plagued the isles now for 8 years. Van has  a beautiful building sold out 19K every night and a typical rabid Canadian fan base. Ownership has been committed and patient, but if this season craps out, bye bye Gillis and they made send Torts along for the ride.

Vicp73
Vicp73

@ejej @Vicp73  Ferraro is one of the best in the business for sure. Healy, Kypreos, Maclean, Jaime Mclennan, Kevin Weeks all great hockey insiders who aren't afraid to offend anybody. 

Vicp73
Vicp73

@ejej @Vicp73  3 season ago, the Leafs offered up Reimer, Kadri and Bozak for Luongo. Gillis arrogantly turned it down believing he can get more. Instead he trades the future goalie for a 9th overall pick. And now this. No denying that the Isles aren't the only dysfunctional team. Difference is this will cost Gillis his jobs

ejej
ejej

@Vicp73-Ray Ferraro's comments yesterday on Gillis were harsh and right to the point. And carried alot of weight IMO. Like Lou or not as a player, he has been the consummate professional in this saga that lasted almost 3 years.


The entire TSN board agreed the Nucks were "old and slow"..


Snow has a job as long as he stays loyal to you know who! 

Vicp73
Vicp73

@ejej @Vicp73  Morning Ej, Yeah it's a national holiday here today Lol, all kidding aside i do know a few guys that took the day off.


The boys on TSN are ripping Gillis, and the boys on sportsnet are ripping Snow! Mike Gillis's job is on the line, 


  Garth Snow  will probably be signing a contract extension 

ejej
ejej

@Vicp73- Morning Vic, you ready?? LOL, should be a very interesting day for us. Overall, lot's of big names out there with scenarios to play out: Kesler, MSL, Callahan.


The boys on TSN have been ripping Gillis since yesterday's deal moving Loungo. I'm sure you are tuned in.