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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Miro Satan= Mr. Game Winning Goal For the Third Straight Game

Islanders 3 : Devils 2

As with any game against the Devils, the entertainment factor in this matchup was a bit lacking, save for two places- either end of the ice. The goaltending by both Rick DiPietro and Martin Brodeur was superb, as Marty made some huge saves in his quest for his 500th win, and Ricky was consistent as usual, recovering nicely after a fluke-y goal by Dainius Zubrus (in which it looks as though it went inadvertently off of the blade of Brendan Witt) and making the goal by Miroslav Satan stand up tall.

Speaking of which, Satan is becoming Mr. GWG- scoring his third game-winner in as many games, and becoming clutch for the Isles. People were saying, it's only a matter of time before he starts scoring, and right now he is red-hot for us- and all I have to say is, keep it coming, dude! Now all that's left is for Mike Sillinger to put some into the back of net (meaning he needs to get more chances) and we'd be all set.

That said, Bill Guerin left in the first due to a nasty injury above his left eye when he got hit by a Brian Gionta shot up close, and came back in the second only to leave again after he experienced vision problems. Nothing as of late, but he is being re-evaluated. Also, the rest of the free agent line took some abuse- Mike Comrie in the shoulder and Ruslan Fedotenko after getting crunched into the boards, plus Radek Martinek was sporting a nice little bruise and cut over his left eye when I saw him on the bench on TV last night. Talk about some damage. But those guys seem to be fine, unless the Isles say otherwise between now and tomorrow night.

One thing that I was very happy to see from the guys is the lack of penalties- absolutely none in the whole game! You'd have to go back a few years to see one of those types of games, but it was refreshing to see.

Within the organization, the Isles have reacquired Freddy Meyer on waivers- a move meant likely to increase depth, and maybe to prepare for a trade in the future. When Meyer first came to the Isles, I wasn't the biggest fan of his game, but hopefully he will have improved some by the time he comes back up to the Island to play for us. It's always good to have depth defensively, so unless I see otherwise, I'll say that this is a good move.

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