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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Heavenly Win Against the Devils

Islanders 3 : Devils 1

Tonight’s game seemed to start off slow but one sign that the Isles could pull off a 5th win this season against the Devils was that despite key players out with injuries, they played as if they were at full strength. The Isles seemed to pep up in the 1st period when Colin White (interference) and Mike Mottau (slashing) were given simultaneous penalties, a 5 on 3 opportunity that led to Bill Guerin scoring the first goal of the game (15:09), his 16th of the season. Guerin would later score his 17th on an empty net (19:00) in the 3rd period. Sandwiched between Guerin’s goals was a sweet goal by Mike Sillinger (4:17), his 11th of the season, in the 2nd period - a sweet goal because of teamwork defining assists from Fedotenko and Hunter. The Devils were able to get past Rick ‘Mr. Fabulous’ DiPietro with a tip-in goal by Travis Zajac (7:11) in the 3rd period. Speaking of Mr. Fabulous…DP racked up 37 saves, some were just downright incredible. When he follows the puck and not the body like he did tonight, anything and I mean ANYTHING is not only possible but probable for him in his career. Thank hockey god he’s on our side.

As for the Devils, they didn’t play poorly – it seemed they just lacked the spunk to follow through with positioning, especially on the 4 power plays served up by the Isles in the 2nd period. Although I continue to take issue with the Isle’s plethora (one of the few words I remember from the SATs) of penalties, no issue can be taken with the Isle’s penalty killing this time around…although I still held my notebook half way up in front of my eyes for way too long fellas!

Overall the Isles put forth a great effort, especially Freddy Meyer who continues to pleasantly surprise us all with his growth spurt in ability. Many players came through tonight - the shinning star of the team was Mike Sillinger, for something he did at the end of the game as the Isles lined up and made their way towards DP. Sillinger, who was behind Dubie, smiled and patted Dubie on the head. In body language terms, Sillinger’s gesture was a genuine expression of care and appreciation for his teammate, who I think has the hardest job on the team – spending a lot of time watching everyone else play. Winning is great, but it’s moments like that when I am most proud to be an Isles fan.

-In addition to Witt and Martinek being out of the line-up due to injury, Chris Campoli left during the 1st period with a shoulder injury and did not return to the game. The NYI website reported that he will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

-Team elders Guerin and Sillinger continue to prove that age is only a number.

-Donning a fashion risk snazzy tie, Ted Nolan won the best tie contest vs. Brent Sutter. Butch Goring is still in the lead for best dressed of the season…I continue to wonder if he puts together those fly suit and tie combos himself.

-New rule: Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe are allowed only one ‘rock’ reference when at the Prudential Center. Howie: “Brodeur is the rock inside of the rock.” Somebody warn paper and scissors.

Next up for the Isles is a home game against the Flyers this Saturday night. If you are going to the game or know someone that is, please consider taking part in the winter coat drive that is being sponsored by the Isles and the Interfaith Nutrition Network. More information can be found on the NYI website. This is a great opportunity to clear some energy from your closet and turn it into new energy for someone in need. Also, the sale at Old Navy (all stores) may still be going on, many items were 75% off as of last weekend, with some coats on sale for as low as $10.00.


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