i sooo wanted to get Hexy's autograph after the game, cuz i knew i'd prolly never get the chance again..
sadly it never happened.
I about to say that I was at that game too because I remember my first live NHL game was a destruction of Vancouver. But alas, it was a 6-2 drubbing the following year. The key was I distinctly remember 4 wonderful John Leclair goals and Chris Gratton scoring his first goal of the season in his 22nd game with like a minute left.
Good game, but tough to gauge against a team like the Islanders. Hopefully they can keep it up and claw their way back into things. Nice to see G get some stat padding going on, and always fun to see a guy like Rinaldo score.
And here I thought that if Rinaldo scored, the refs would just hand out phantom offsetting penalties to Rinaldo and the puck.
The problem with the second unit is no one wants to/can control the play. Prior to Couturier's feed to Briere, that unit didn't get anything going and it's been like that all year long. Granted they don't get nearly as much time as the first unit- and I don't blame Lavi with the way they've looked.
Someone needs to step up and control the play. Its like each game someone gets an opportunity and squanders it and then the next guy gets a chance and the cycle continues. Briere, Couturier, Read, or even Gustafsson need to step up.
They also have a serious problem gaining entry into the zone.
I think it was the last two that they finally got set up. They were able to ping it around more. I dont expect the 2nd one to be as good as the first, but I think it got better near the end. Maybe its just me being biased, but I liked Gustafsson at the point there controlling it. Kind of like Timonen does. Didnt have that on the 2nd unit all season. All they would do is throw it back to the point for a Foster one timer to hit someone or go wide. It seems their trying to finally set it up like the 1st unit. Gustaffson is the Timonen, Briere is the Giroux, Read is the Voracek, Couturier is the Schenn and Knuble is the Simmonds. I thought it looked alot better then it has all season long. Will be interesting to see how it does next game though against a better team (even if the Isles pk is/was one of the best)