The Ducks played an overtime game in San Jose on Tuesday and had little against the Islanders – 14 shots on goal – but still managed to win. Anaheim started backup goalie Curtis McElhinney, who made 27 saves for the shutout, but none where he had to break a sweat. Despite Scott Gordon’s urging at practice this week, his players are still not going hard enough to the net.
The Islanders were 0-6 on the power play. Radek Martinek engaged in his first NHL fight. Matt Martin hit a lot of opponents. Zenon Konopka got a five-minute misconduct and a game misconduct for getting into it verbally with Saku Koivu. PA Parenteau and Doug Weight did not record a shot on goal. Rob Schremp and Trevor Gillies were healthy scratches.
Out of a possible 16 points, the Islanders have earned zero in the standings over the last eight games. At 4-9-2 and with ten points after 15 games, the Islanders are tied with New Jersey and Edmonton for last place in the NHL. The last time the Islanders had a lead in a game was 21 days ago.
To the readers who think my post from last night was some sort of hissy fit because Garth Snow turned down an interview request, I would like to respectfully recommend that you might want to turn elsewhere for your Islanders reading. To the best of my knowledge, my column about the Islanders’ failure to improve their offensive attack only had accurate facts and statistical information.
I wrote two stories on Tuesday. One was a positive article about the locker room not splintering. The other was a statistically-driven piece about the Islanders having a -15 goal differential, which is 29th in the league. The Islanders were coming off seven losses in a row, going on eight.
If you think that column was a reaction to Garth turning down my interview request last weekend – we have not spoken on the record in over a year, so this is not new news (all I can do is make the request when necessary) – you might want to consider looking away for a little while. This has been a tough stretch for the team. It won’t all be sunshine.
“Islanders Interactive”: So we tried this SNY/Islanders Point Blank reader call-in show today, and everyone – except two fans – wanted to discuss Rick DiPietro. I still believe it turned out pretty well. Thank you to Brian Compton of nhl.com for joining me in studio, Jeff Goldman, Jason Petere and the great crew at SNY and especially the fans for calling in. We’ll aim for more of a variety of calls and a longer segment next time!
Comments on this post and Wednesday’s game are welcomed..