9:31 pm, NVMC – Interactive Plus/Minus after the Capitals’ 7-2 victory over the Capitals at the Coliseum…
Minus: The Capitals have now won ten of 11 and blown just about everybody’s doors off the last three weeks. The Islanders will be in the playoff hunt, quite possibly even in the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean they’re ready for prime time.
Minus: For the second time in four days, the Islanders fail to pick up the two points to place them sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Plus: To keep fans around, Rick DiPietro carried the puck up ice and Kyle Okposo tried his Minnesota move.
Minus: While the Washington Wizards were starring in Ice Capades at 6-2, would have been nice for anyone on the Islanders to play, you know, a little rough. Or at least touch Brooks Laich on his humiliating goal to make it 7-2.
Minus: Another goal against off a faceoff in the Islanders’ end gives Washington a 1-0 lead early.
Minus: Gorgeous play by Alexander Semin on the goal to make it 2-0, but the home team – including Trent Hunter and Frans Nielsen – were guilty bystanders.
Plus: If you’re ever in an accident, hope Dwayne Roloson is on the scene. Just as he was quick to call for help for Pascal Dupuis last week, he was there for Jack Hillen tonight. In the middle of the action, Roloson had the presence of mind to get the referee’s attention to blow the whistle, wave over trainer Garrett Timms and then open the door and escort assistant trainer Nates Gato on the ice.
Plus: Nice gesture by Ovechkin, Backstrom and the rest of the Capitals tapping their sticks to start the Coliseum cheers as Hillen leaves the ice.
Plus: Heartless, glorious basterds scored two goals within minutes of the accident, with blood still on the ice.
Minus: Sean Bergenheim with the kind of pointless, out-of-the-play penalty that would cause Scott Gordon to lose his hair in clumps – if he had the hairline of a mortal.
Minus: In games against high-flying teams like this, the Islanders need Blake Comeau to jolt a few opponents.
Minus: A lethal combination of his teammates’ brilliance and the Islanders’ lack of participation lead to John Erskine-as-Bobby Orr.
Minus: As if it wasn’t bad enough Bruno Gervais was danced around spectacularly by Ovechkin and then screened DiPietro on a Jason Chimera goal seconds later, the Coliseum lingered on Gervais for several seconds. You almost expected the big stamp that says GUILTY.
Minus: Old friend Kenny Albert has to call another New York hockey loss.
Plus: Alexander Ovechkin tossing pucks into the Coliseum crowd after warmups. The man gets it, even if the slacker didn’t score tonight.
Minus: When the Islanders have bad news – like Calvin de Haan needing shoulder surgery – they don’t tell the media spending a large chunk of their day and night at the Coliseum. They first bury it in two paragraphs as the No. 2 story on the official team website. Not major league.
?: The Islanders leave tomorrow for a full week away – Thursday in Carolina, Saturday afternoon in Philly, Sunday at 4 in Sunrise and the next game not until Thursday in Tampa Bay. (The team is spending the extra time in Fort Lauderdale). What the heck I’m going to write about, I have no idea. Daily live chats!
Minus: The inevitable revival of the debate on the merits of being an underdog in the playoffs. Oh no.
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