9:39 pm – An almost indescribable 2-1 shootout win for the Islanders.
Minus: Islanders out-played in every phase of the game, except goaltending, by a fellow 15-18-7 team that played an overtime game against Detroit last night.
Plus: The offensive output of a Martin Biron game, with the reliable rebound-free goaltending of Dwayne Roloson – also perfect in the shootout.
Plus: Bizarro Islanders first period – they’re out-played but score the only goal off a fumble by Steve Mason, who was perfect last night.
Minus: Through two periods – Islanders 1, Columbus 0. Hundreds of naps.
Minus: The Islanders’ powerless 5-on-3 power play when it was handed to them on a platter in the third.
Plus: The Country rejoices as Scott Gordon calls a time with 9:40 left in the third period to settle down his befuddled team.
Minus: At the next whistle 23 seconds later, there’s a broadcast timeout.
Plus: Andy Sutton singlehandedly wakes up everyone in the Coliseum with a thunderous check on R.J. Umberger, drawing a stunningly silly penalty by Mathieu Roy. Islanders don’t score, but a terrific move by Sutton.
Minus: With their 0-4 tonight, the Islanders are 1-36 on the power play in their last nine games. They were gift-wrapped four power plays in the third period – two when Blue Jackets inadvertently flung the puck over the glass.
Plus: Once the power play ended, the Islanders played a very good overtime.
Minus: The worst performance by the Islanders in a victory since…feel free to suggest others.
Minus: The ice surface blew chunks. As one Islander said, “It’s like trying to stickhandle a grenade out there.”
Plus: Whether he touched the puck on his goal or not, Josh Bailey continues to get a little bit better each game.
Minus: Nate Thompson out 1-2 weeks with a shoulder injury.
Plus: You cannot ever go wrong saluting a member of the armed forces. You can rarely go wrong with an in-game marriage proposal. A member of the armed forces, deployed again in three days, asking a former Islanders Ice Girl to marry him? Magic.
Plus: The tones of Jiggs McDonald are so good, never mind the phone book – he could even make my list of the top ten Islanders of this decade sound like a bunch of Hall of Famers.
Plus: Sound Tigers defenseman Mark Katic was selected to play in the AHL All-Star Game for the Canadian side.
Plus: Red Wings pro scout Mark Howe taking his father with him to work in the press box.
Plus: Zigmund Palffy named to the Slovakian Olympic team. Don’t forget to backcheck, Ziggy.
Plus: Looks like Mike Komisarek of Islip Terrace, Long Island is on the U.S. Olympic Team.
Minus: The reliable Damien Cox of the Toronto Star believes Calvin de Haan’s injury at the World Junior Championships was a concussion and he is questionable to play against the U.S. on New Year’s Eve.
Minus: Looks like I may spending New Year’s in Boston covering a rained-out hockey game.
Plus: The refreshing honesty of Columbus finesse forward Jakob Voracek when asked for a FanHouse questionnaire to name an opponent he’d like to lay a big, clean hit on: “I don’t know. I don’t really hit anybody.”
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