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Home Cooking with 5-2 Win Over The Blues

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There was some parking issues. There were some flack about the new goal song. There was a new glazed nut food stand. There was a levitating stage with a live band playing. There was a Scott Gordon "Not Going To Talk About Rick" jedi mind trick attempt. ((video below)). There was Rick's flat denial of the TSN.ca report that said his knee was like a small balloon of fluid.

It was the Blog

Blogging my first game

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As it figures, I am the first one here tonight. I would be early for my funeral, if that was the case. However, I am so excited to be doing my first game as a member of the NYI Blog Box. This is an opportunity to experience the feel of writing about the game I love, as well as the team, but still can be a fan.

I am going to just provide my notes and thoughts as the game progresses.

MacDonald and Company Give St. Louis the Blues in 5-2 Win

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Well, that was different wasn’t it?

When the Islanders skate, pressure the puck and play a little smarter in their own zone, they can be a pretty fun team to watch. Add in an empty-netter, a short-handed goal and a goal with the man-advantage and I don’t think the Isles could have played this one any better.

Overall, it was great to see guys like Andy Hilbert and Mike Comrie, who didn’t play their best hockey on Friday, turn it around and be driving factors in the win. Comrie, who was schooled so bad defensively on Friday that I thought I heard my dog cry in the other room, was snappier on the ice and was visible on nearly every shift. And more importantly, no toe drags! Hilbert wasn’t horrible on Friday, he just couldn’t finish. But last night, he, too, was noticeable and was making the most of opportunities.

Early Impressions/Peca Notable

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As long as Joey MacDonald is playing well and making a difference with game changing saves you keep running him out and let DiPietro have his own training camp at his own pace.

After Monday this team has two games in ten days in Florida before playing Dallas a week from this coming Thursday 10/23, plenty of time to get DiPietro sharp and even start a game in Bridgeport.

I think the biggest clue was Scott Gordon talking about the Florida trip, if I was forced to guess I think that is where he will make his first start.

HOME OPENER @ UNH 10-10-08

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Surprise, Surprise. It's UNH's Home Opener too tonight! But they're going to have fireworks outside this absolutely amazing complex this evening.

The only draw back to this place is the parking situation. We missed the first few minutes because we were clueless as to where to park and there seemed to be no one directing traffic. Other than that... what an amazing place.

Who's worried about the offense?

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Five goals? In one game? Four in the first period? That's like a week's output for the Islanders.

OK, so maybe the Blues were a step slow, playing their second road game in as many nights. But give credit to the Islanders for taking it to them right off the bat, grabbing a 4-1 first period lead en route to their home-opening win Saturday night.

Islander News Articles 10/12

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Newsday: Greg Logan's game recap has comments from head coach Scott Gordon who talked about the teams urgency being better than it was against the Devils and hopefully this will be his clubs identity. Joey MacDonald talks about the game and the crowd response to his play. Andy Hilbert comments on the system and was happy for his former coach in Providence. According to Mr Logan Rick DiPietro said the report in Tsn was completely false.

New York 5, St Louis 2

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10/11/08: Islanders 5, Blues 2

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It was a successful home debut for Scott Gordon as the Islanders handled the St. Louis Blues with a 5-2 margin of victory tonight at Nassau Coliseum. Five different Islanders lit the lamp.

Just as they did last night, the Islanders got off to a fast start as Mike Comrie fired home a rebound at 2:18 of the first period for a 1-0 lead. Richard Park and Kyle Okposo earned assists on the play. Unlike last night, the Isles kept the pressure on and never really looked back.

Trent Hunter scored on the power play from Doug Weight at 13:47 to make it 2-0, and Sean Bergenheim followed that up at 15:20 with helpers going to Andy Hilbert and Bruno Gervais.

Seven Mary Three

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Opening ceremony performance by the band Seven Mary Three. More pics later, just wanted to give a taste - the platform was elevated over the ice up high. Good stuff and good band!

Opening Night VS The St. Louis Blues

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It’s almost meant to be! The New York Islanders host the St. Louis Blues for tonight’s home opener at Nassau Coliseum. The significance, isn’t much - but it should help the Guerin-Weight duo gain some much needed confidence at the expense of their former team.

Opening Day on Long Island

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I don't care what year, who is on the roster, or who might be coach. When it's the start of the season, there is an electricity in the air just the same. Even when Mad Mike was spinning us to oblivion like a Texas Twister, I still sat at this juncture with the same bustle and trepidation.

If you think about it, we came from a proverbial desert as sports fans. The late 90s were like some slow de

Brodeur, Devils Spoil Gordon's Debut

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Game Recap

10/11: New York vs St Louis 7pm Msg+

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Islanders website: Has the preview for tonight's home opener against the St Louis Blues.

St Louis Post-Dispatch had two updates on the Blues season opening win along with who may be in goal tonight as they travel to New York here.

No column for moral victories

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You get the feeling that Islanders fans may see a lot of games like Friday night's season opener at the Devils. The team battles in a low-scoring struggle, but ultimately loses.

We can't complain too much about the outcome. The Devils are one of the better teams in the conference and the Isles lost a close, 2-1 game on the road. And while the Devils controlled the action for much of the game, the Islanders had some good scoring opportunities. They even scored on the power play!

Almost HOME Opener 10-10-08

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NYI Fan Central Notables

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First of all my Thanks once again to Alex and Steve from Hockey Night on LI for inviting me to appear on their season opening program. As always I had a great time talking New York Islander hockey with them and they do an exellent job with the program. They will be on again Saturday at 3:30pm with the second of the double-header home opening weekend.

At the time we did the show yesterday, we did not know the lineup or injury situation as even folks in the media did not know until the club took the ice.

Islander News Articles 10/11

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Newsday: Greg Logan's article had comments from Doug Weight, Joey MacDonald, Kyle Okposo and head coach Scott Gordon.

New Jersey 2, New York 1

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Islanders website: Has the recap of Friday's 2-1 loss to the Devils with head coach Scott Gordon's comments on how his club performed along with the status of goaltender Rick DiPietro while Doug Weight also had a few comments.

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Game 1 Fantasy Report: Devils 2, Islanders 1

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Okay, here's how this is going to work (unless I find a need to revise it later): For each game, I will award fantasy stars of the game to five players. The 1st Star will receive five points, the 2nd Star will receive four points, the 3rd Star three points, and so on, for the purpose of tracking fantasy value over the course of the season.

Tonight's Fantasy Stars of the Game:

1st Star: Mark Streit (1 A, 1 PPA, 3 shots, 1 blocked shot, 2 PIMs, 1 hit)
2nd Star:
Joey MacDonald (27 saves on 29 shots)

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