Islanders vs Boston 9/21:
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09-21-2003, 07:13 PM
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Long Island
Hey guys, I'm back from Bridgeport. Great game today with a pretty good turnout of 6892 in attendance. Thanks to 19 and Isle Be Back for a nice detailed report. Just a few bits and pieces...Isles went 1-2 on the PP and BOS went 1-8. Three stars of the game were 1) Peca, with 3 assists on the night; 2) DiPietro, great game all around; 3) Blake. But here is some news and notes that I thought caught my eye today....
--DiPietro looked really strong tonight. He made a lot of key saves that kept the Bruins off the scoresheet, especially on the two 5-on-3's in the second period.
--Godard really looked impressive for the time that he was out there. His speed has improved. He has a great goal off the back of Felix Potvin from around the goal line.
--Bekar looked great, showing off some nice flashes of speed and grittiness...
--Papineau looked like his usual speedy self today, scoring a pretty goal off the backhand with two Boston defensemen back.
--Isles were very strong during the first 40 minutes of play. They were crashing the net and making sure someone is always there. Their system looks great and it really seems like they are buying into it. Their 3rd period though, looked pretty sloppy for a second consecutive game, as they were outshot 17-4 by Boston in that period.
--The Isles need to work on their discipline a little bit. They went on the PK eight times this game and went down on a 5-on-3 twice in the second. 18 PP's in two games isn't a very good way to start off a preseason...
--Stirling said that he wasn't going to play Bekar today, but thought tat he played strong enough last night in Pitt. that he deserved another look at.
--When asked about his son Scott, Steve Stirling said that "He wasn't out of place...he gained confidence and gained respect.
--I asked Stirling about Bergenheim. he told me "He's really caught our eye...his seems to get better and better every day."
--When asked if there was a comfort level playing back in Bridgeport, Trent Hunter said, "It was nice being back here...but hopefully this is the last one."
--I asked Hunter if he sees himself on the Isles this year, "It's not my decision, but I gotta make it as tough on them as they can and go to the bitter end."
I hope this helps out guys and any comments/questions, feel free to contact me over the boards, PM, or AIM. Take care and have a good night...
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