Saturday, October 5, 2013

Islanders Lose Close Game in Home Opener

October 5

On the second night of a back to back the Islanders lost in a shoot-out after leading for the first two periods. John Tavares picked up two assists, one on a really nice
semi no look backhand pass to the slot to Moulson. Lubomir Visnovsky had the other goal of the game for the Islanders which came on a power play. Nabokov was the goalie again and was fantastic except for a span of 6 minutes where the Blue Jackets scored their two goals. The Islanders lost in the shootout after Moulson once again scored, this time to keep the shootout going. It was a tough one to swallow but the Islanders have to be content with 3 points in their first 2 games.

 The Important Things:

The Tavares line was alive and kicking as he factored on both goals and created a few more opportunities. This is a complete 180 turn around from last night where this line was practically invisible. The 4th line was also alive and kicking and Colin McDonald found him self with several scoring chances. Casey Cizikas also was a big factor winning 79& of the faceoffs he took, including a streak that 11 wins in a row to start the game.

The power play also seemed completely different than last night scoring on the first chance and then setting up Frans Nielsen twice before regulation ended and then Kyle Okposo hit the post on a one-timer in overtime.

Rising Stock:

Lubomir Visnovsky, get this honor tonight as he picked up two points and was a +1. However that is not the reason he is being out here. Late in the third period, Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky took what looked to be dive and Visnovsky. Outraged by the call, he yelled at the refs then slammed his stick into the door of the penalty box as he got in. That type of intensity is what the Islanders need to show all year, especially when the veteran defenseman who didn’t want the play for the Islanders is showing the most now.

Falling Stock:

Kyle Okposo should be here for the second night in a row for all the opportunities he failed to convert on. But, tonight it goes to the “newbie line” of Bouchard, Nelson and Regin. It seemed like these guys were in the defensive zone every time they were on the ice and any chance they had at scoring came on a deep angle shot. These three players seem to be the ones on the hot seat with Strome and Lee waiting in the minors.

What’s Next:

The Islanders will have a few days to rest up before the Phoenix Coyotes come into town on Tuesday. Puck will drop at 7pm

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