THE MORNING SKATE FOR OCT 16News and Notes After the Big Win

I promise something more analytical and constructive tomorrow. For now, a few tidbits to clean up anything I may have missed from Saturday night.

While you were watching the Islanders and Rangers do battle last night the AHL versions of the two teams — the Sound Tigers and the CT Whale — were taking part in the Battle of Connecticut. The Sound Tigers were down 2-0 in the second before coming back to win the game 5-4 in a shootout. If you’re keeping score, that’s Islanders/Tigers 2, Rangers/Whale 0.

Goaltending whiz kid Kevin Poulin started for Bridgeport and made 41 — YES FOURTY ONE — saves on the night (was the defense asleep at the wheel?). Justin DiBenedetto scored his fifth goal in three games although it was of the less-than-pretty variety. Ty Wishart actually banked a shot off of DiBo, who got credited for the goal.

Remember to check in with Mike Fornabaio of the CT Post for more.


Please read and respond to his latest at the NYT.


It’s still early in the year but we might as well take pride in things like this because you never know how long they’ll last. If you head on over to’s stats leaders page you’ll see some familiar names. Al Montoya’s photo noting that he leads the league in GAA and John Tavares’ name as he is tied for the league lead in goals and points. Montoya is also second in save percentage. Sometimes it’s the little things…


I missed naming a highlight of the night in yesterday’s post-game report, so please accept this video of Mark Streit’s second incredible shot-pass this season as my apologies. Having Streit back and going at 100% has been amazing to watch. He’s the team’s power play quarter back and practically and fourth forward on the ice jumping into the rush whenever possible. Not to mention everything he does for the team defensively.


Photographer Bruce Bennett captured this shot of Nabokov’s…err…nice view during Saturday’s win. Let’s hear your best captions in the comments! (Keep it PG-13 please)


From time to time I’ll try and feature the best in commenting on the blog. Sometimes, it’s the short and sweet posts that really get the message across. This week’s selection is from Staten Islander on last night’s game thread.

I REALLY enjoyed Rangers in 60 tonight!

I’ll allow it. Just don’t start watching the Dark Side every night!