October 8, 2103
The New York Islanders completely decimated the Phoenix Coyotes tonight by a score of 6-1. The Islanders improved their record to 2-0-1 and now have picked up 5 of 6 possible points to start the season. The scoring was led by Captain John Tavares who scored two goals and was searching for the third goal late into the final period. The only Phoenix goal came seconds after the Islanders scored their third. The whole second line of Grabner, Bailey and Nielsen each had three points a piece with Bailey having the only goal. Nabokov was excellent, stopping 33 of 34 shots. Peter Regin, Matt Donovan and Colin McDonald also added goals.
The Important Things:
John Tavares notched his first two goals of the season so Islanders fans can stop panicking over when Tavares will finally score. The second line was tremendous tonight and Frans Nielsen was star making three excellent passes that led to the goals. Peter Regin scored his first goal of the season as well, making the choice of who should be benched for when Cal Clutterbuck returns, which may be soon than people think.
Frans Nielsen, gets takes this spot tonight. With his three assists and excellent play on the penalty kill, thoughts of Frans not being able to be the second line center for the team are quickly being quieted. Frans also got a little chippy in the 3rd period, taking a slash at Hanzel after he hit Nielsen.
The worries about Pierre Marc Bouchard might be true. He failed to pick up a point again tonight and didn’t put himself in any real scoring opportunities. With Clutterbuck set to come back soon, Bouchard could be on the short end of the stick.
The Islanders will the road to Chicago and will take on the defending champs on Friday. The puck will drop at 8pm EST.