Retro Jerseys No Help in Ugly Third Period Meltdown

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Meat Loaf was dead wrong when he said “Two out of Three Ain’t Bad.”

After the final period of last night’s game, I was so sick to my stomach that a piece of Meat Loaf, even the ridiculously scrumptious end piece could not bring me any satisfaction.

However, through the first two periods of last night’s game, I was thrilled. After writing that this team was the worst Islanders team in over seven season’s yesterday and adding tat they alone could decide their destiny, it felt great to see them progressively finish their checks, win a fight and put some pucks in the net.

One Change Needed for Third Jersey

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What Can The Islanders Do? Keep Working

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Unless Garth Snow makes a move or Scott Gordon wants to look at other players from Bridgeport the only thing the club can do is keep working on the system and stick to it's plan.

Of course no plan will turn Park, Thompson, Fritz or Hilbert into goal-scorers and for every minute Tambellini sits in the stands is another step backwards for him along with the other players with potential who need an NHL opportunity. Kyle Okposo should never see another shift off his natural position, it is more than enough to play your natural position at this age in the NHL.

Islander News Articles 11/2

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Newsday: Greg Logan has the early game story (without quotes) at this time.

Newsday: Mr Logan's other article is mostly speculation from his earlier blog about what knee Rick DiPietro injured with Yann Danis comments about his opportunity and Mark Streit on the injuries along with both goaltenders here and their ability to contribute.

DiPietro out Four-Six weeks after Knee Surgery

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Islanders website: Earlier announced Rick DiPietro had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a meniscus injury. He will be out 4-6 weeks.

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Islanders know they have a franchise goaltender and one of the best in the NHL who was an all-star last season and held his club in the race into January scoring the least goals in the NHL. He's been one of the best in the league since he became the clubs full time starter in 2003-04.

Montreal 5, New York 4

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Islanders website: Has the recap of Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Montreal Canadians.

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Devastating loss, the kind that can kill a club for the remainder of a season with fragile confidence and injuries combined with a rookie coach trying to gain confidence himself with the players.

Habs at Isles Live Tracker

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On the road in California heading to Vegas!

Enjoy the live tracker!

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This this only way I can follow along today!

Montreal at New York 7pm Msg+

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Islanders website: Has the preview for tonight's game against the Montreal Canadians.

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One team is 7-1 and coming off a conference championship, Roman Hamrlik recently returned to the Canadians lineup. The other has it's starting goaltender out along with three of it's key defenders and significant injuries to it's forwards with the club having problems finishing among the veterans and forwards.

Isles Canadiens Pregame Thoughts

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According to Pat Hickey from the Montreal Gazette [damn is that weird] former Canadien and current Islanders backup goaltender Yann Danis will get the start tonight. How this plays out tonight will be another story. At the very least, it will give Danis an opportunity to show what he’s got. Stranger things have happened before to this team and who knows. Danis could be a step above MacDonald and help this team at least get back to .500. they have a bunch of games over the next two weeks and this should be a great indication if this team is going to sink or swim this season.

Islander News Articles 11/1

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Newsday: Greg Logan's article is on defenseman Mark Streit, why he left Montreal to come play for New York and how he now has the role he wanted.

NY Post: Dan Martin's article is on Doug Weight who is not content just to be here to teach the young players, he has to produce and the club has to win.

NHL Network: College Hockey TV Schedule

NYI Fan Central's picture NHL Network today announced it has reached a one-year extension for broadcast rights to games from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC Hockey).

NHL Network's 2008-09 U.S. College Hockey broadcast schedule is as follows:

Friday, Oct. 31 Wisconsin @ North Dakota

Friday, Nov. 7 Ferris State @ Miami
Friday, Nov. 14 Alaska Anchorage @ North Dakota

Thompson, Hilbert, Park=No Youth Movement

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Sorry folks, as well as Nate Thompson played for the last week this should not be Scott Gordon's only forward on the ice shorthanded in overtime.

This is a player claimed off waivers with some enforcer skills but this is not a player you look at as part of a youth movement or should be in such a critical role, he won a faceoff to clear the puck at the start of the Flyer powerplay but also fanned on a clearing attempt just before the game winner.

Islander Notables/Quick Hit

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Newsday: Greg Logan in the Islanders Newsday blog reports Rick DiPietro was placed on IR effective last Sunday which means he cannot be activated until 11/2 at the earliest meaning he is out against Montreal.

Mr Logan's speculation game on his favorite target now claims the fact DiPietro was not allowed to play in the first four games of the regular season and lasted only seven periods over three games in eight days suggest he’s not in tip-top condition.

Who is in your doghouse now?

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Islander News Articles 10/31

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Newsday: Greg Logan's post-game had head coach Scott Gordon's comments that he considered the game a tie and a step in the right direction along with defending Frans Nielsen for his penalty as the winger talked about the penalty and his problems finishing chances so far this season.

Philadelphia 3, New York 2 Overtime

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Islanders website: Has the recap of Thursday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers with Scott Gordon's comments on Frans Nielsen's penalty and how his club got better as the game went along.

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Not sure how I feel about this game.

Isles Lose Barn Burner in Philly

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Well, just when you think this team has a shot at squeaking out a win, they go and break your heart. Nevertheless, getting a point against a surging Flyers team after the way the game started has to be a start in the right direction.

Let’s face it, the first 20 minutes weren’t exactly pretty. While the Islanders only found themselves down 2-1, off of nasty looking goals by Mike Knuble and Jeff Carter that goalie Joe MacDonald had absolutely no chance at, Bill Guerin tallied with an impressive shot of his own that kept the Isles within striking distance. Looking horrible on faceoffs in the period, the Islanders really needed to get their legs going and get some traffic in front of the net.


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It's a miracle.  The goal by Andy Hilbert vs the Flyers impressed me more than anything so far in the past two weeks.  First, he took his time and used the Philly defenseman's butt as a bumper and banked it off of him to score.  That slight delay he made gave him a better angle on the goal and allowed him to see the situation a little better.  Great play there Andy!

Live Blog: Islanders at Flyers

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Getting set up here, waiting for the drop of the puck! Stay tunes throughout the game for updates and to the live tracker below!

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Isles Visit Philly, But Not For Baseball

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I once read a post about someone who frequents blogs saying they didn’t want to hear about what was going on in that bloggers life should they happen to take a short break from the action. They would prefer the blogger just come back and not make a big deal of being busy, blog when you can. Part of me wants to ignore being busy and just pick up where I left off, the other - well I feel you are all friends and should know that my job often gets in the way.

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