REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS Islanders: 38-29-11-4, 91 points. *3rd Place in Atlantic Division, 8th Place in Eastern Conference.* vs. Lightning: 46-22-8-6, 106 points. *1st Place in Southeast Division, 1st Place in Eastern Conference.*
Khabby was the story tonite. This guy can steal the series for the Lightning. I think the game could've been more interesting had Cairns not screw up so bad....TWICE!! Ugh, Stirling should just give Butenschon a shot. But we'll see. This is becoming a series where the Isles will have to solve Khabibulin since he is on his game.
Isles pp looked awful and why is Cairns the slowest skater on the team,even suiting up against the speedy lightening,when the isles have 6 better skating d-men in Hamrlik,Aucloin,Jonsson,Niinimaa,Martinek and Boots?
Just like the Sens speed burned Cairns last yr in round 1,TB's speed burned him last night.
TB isn't going to goon it up,so sit the slow footed Cairns for the rest of this series.