4:25 pm: With their 11th loss in their last 14 games – not a single loser point acquired – the Islanders have dropped to a season-low five games below NHL .500.
Slow start costs the Islanders as they fall behind 3-1 30 minutes in. Islanders fail to score on a five-minute power play after Blake Comeau is board by Michael Ryder. Goals by Josh Bailey (his 14th) and Matt Moulson (23rd).
I got the full simulcast experience when I listened to the third period on the internet. When the Islanders pulled Dwayne Roloson in the final minute, I couldn’t tell you what went on – except that they didn’t score.
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Noon: Mark Streit was asked what he thought of his team’s effort in a 6-3 loss in Atlanta on Thursday.
“I don’t know if a lot of guys understand what kind of situation we are in,” he said. “We were six points out of the playoffs before tonight, playing Atlanta, which is just ahead of us. The effort was not there. We had shots on net but we had a lot of turnovers and they took advantage of it. We just didn’t play our game.”
The alternate captain was then asked how the Islanders can rebound.
“You go home, you check your computer and you check the Eastern Conference standings,” said Streit. “If you don’t realize it, then I can’t understand it and you shouldn’t be here. That’s all I can say. Our next game is against Boston. They are pretty close to us, too, and have a good team. We’ve got to get some points on the board pretty quick.”
Mark Streit is one of the game’s real gentlemen. You saw how he conducted himself all last season with the Islanders and during the Olympics as the captain of Team Switzerland. Streit was ticked, for good reason. When he says something, it means something. The Islanders need something positive…soon.
The Islanders grabbed points in all three games against the Bruins this season. Boston will have shot-blocking defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, their trade deadline acquisition, in the lineup.
Former Bruins farmhand and current Blackhawk Kris Versteeg to me after Chicago’s 6-3, scrum-filled win over the Canucks: “Scott (Gordon) almost single-handedly saved my hockey career. I had such a —— run in juniors – I was put in different positions and traded all over the place. He identified a role for me and gave me the confidence to be a scorer. If it wasn’t for Scott, I doubt I’m in the NHL right now.”
Multiple sources at the United Center last night confirmed that the Islanders had many offers on the table for Andy Sutton – all for second round picks. One team personnel man said they asked Garth Snow to hold off until Wednesday because they needed to shed some salary. However, he said he didn’t blame Snow for grabbing the bird in one hand on Tuesday. The draft pick would have been a few slots before San Jose’s, but no so much as to make a difference and risk the Ottawa offer going away.
Enjoy the game. I’ll stay updated watching your posts on the game. Thank you to Carl of Sports Southeast for the Streit quotes.