i dont want to say 'if it wasnt for that first goal'....BUT IF IT WASNT FOR THAT FIRST GOAL!!!! ARRRRGH!!!
I cant really complain much. The Rick played excellant except for that one goal. He kept us in the game. Good effort.
BTW, there is one thing i am absolutely SICK of hearing from Joe Mich. and Howie: 'and he JUST misses!' HONESTLY, can ANYONE FINISH??? I am SOOO FN TIRED of people JUST MISSING! I think hunter was the ONLY post tonight. COME ON!!!
Again tho, good effort all around, sad to see them lose, but there were so many reasons why this should have been a blowout.
Say what you will, but it seems like the fans on this board are alive again. This is the most activity we have had in game threads all season long...
I say the same to the Islander team....This team is working hard! We have a good foundation of young kids with heart and determination. No matter what happens the rest of the season, we are in a better situation now as an organization than I thought we would be before the trade deadline.
Getting Bouchard back for tomorrow and the rest of the year will be huge. I still think we have a good chance to make it. Only 4 points out of Atlanta with a game in hand I believe? Gotta win tomorrow.
well... we won't be losing any ground on anyone... and still have a game at hand on the thrashers.
sorry to see frankenstein score a cheap empty netter. he's a dirt bag.
but at least i was able to see the fat, sloppy, ugly, hillbilly chicks jumping up and down after igor's goal. remind me never to stop in atlanta.
onto florida to pickup some points.
As a former Atlanta resident, it's about half and half "fat, sloppy, ugly hillbilly chicks" and normal women. Unfortunately, that 50% ruins it for every other woman in that city. They've got plenty of hot chicks, not to an NYC degree though, but that Southern Belle and I'm-still-Daddy's(who, BTW, owns eighteen shotguns)-little-girl-at-age-22 complex is such a damn turnoff.
Alright, sorry for wasting space, I just had to respond.
I liked this loss better than a lot of wins this season, that said any loss is a setback in terms of 05-06. Islanders still have a game in hand on Atlanta.
I'm surprised they stayed with Atlanta and basically gave the Thrashers nothing the second half of the game after hanging on a few times early.
I guess it's easy to blame DiPietro for the first goal but his save later on Kovalchuk and a lot of solid play really kept them in the game.
Keep watching these young players and at times they seem ahead of the veterans, they do not quit on anything and seem to life the entire team with their skating. Satan's line had a ton of chances, they worked hard but they did not finish, neither did Blake who has to start finishing. That back and fourth shift in the second is the kind of hockey they came at the Thrashers in waves and did everything but finish.
Defense stumbled at times. especially on the gwg by Mellanby where Bates and Martinek lost their man but for the most part the turnovers, giveaways were far less than it was earlier this season. Grebeshkov had a very good game again, really all the defenders did and Rourke did not look out of place at all.
That's a world-class slapshot by Alexei Yashin, amazing the time and space he is finding with two skilled wingers who have some speed, he was very good in this game again. Bergenheim a third liner? Not to me, not even close, keep him right where he is.
Thrashers have to be given credit here for a good effort, outstanding skilled team and Lehtonen made the saves he had to make.
Islanders can hold this group to three goals, they can stay with any team in terms of skill not many teams are ahead of Atlanta.
See what happens in Florida, nothing really discouraging about tonight to me aside from not getting two points.
I saw too many wins the last few years far worse and they really put in a good effort here.
If these are the Islanders playoffs I'm enjoying them.
7 rookies, 3 of them on defense. A defense with a combined 426 games of NHL experience, which averages out to 71 games per player (take away Martinek, and the average number of career NHL games for the other 5 becomes 47). Put that out against one of the most potent offenses in the league... Well, you have to give them a ton of credit for hanging in, skating with them and making it a game. They kept it close and were in the game up until the final minute. A couple different bounces and we may even could've won that game. It sucks that we lost it, and it was a nail biter to the end, but there's still a lot for the team to take away from it.
A few other good things to take away from the game:
despite his one misplay, Dipietro had another great game. Yashin found his shot finally, hopefully can continue to unload that shot from the slot or left circle. The team didn't back down when the going got rough, both on the scoreboard and the rough physical game the Thrashers were taking to them. It was fun watching York get mad and start throwing hits whenever possible, even if the hits were largely ineffectual due to his small size. And of course, the kids showed a lot of skill and played hard. When they put it all together, this could be a dangerous team.
Can't say I realistically expected a whole lot better without Zhitnik and Bouchard. And I think it shows just how much promise this team has for the future that even with such a young roster, they scould stay with one of the hotter teams in hockey. So for now, I'll take the loss.
Atlanta fans show up late (A pet peeve of mine, as folks show up as late as the beginning of the second period. Game starts @ 7, some folks show up 7:30 or 8.), plus we draw better on Fridays and Saturdays (Unless it's an American Original Six team.).
You have to give people a bit of a break. Atlanta traffic is brutal. I left work at 5, swung by my house and went straight to the arena... and was still 15 mins late.
Anyway, I though the Isles played decent. On Atlanta's first goal, it looked like an Atlanta player knocked the puck out of the air with a very high stick on the breakout. We really missed Zhitnik on the transition from offense to defense... too many sloppy and intercepted passes through the neutral zone.
WINNING STREAK OVER AT FOUR
Atlanta 4, Islanders 2
"The approach was good, so was the battle level," said Islanders head coach Brad Shaw. "Atlanta really took it to us in the first period, but we maintained our composure and worked all night. I can't complain about the work ethic."
Like NYisles stated, I enjoyed this loss a lot more than many of their wins. They played hard, and was a valuable learning experience for the 7 rookies. With a D composed of the farm team I can say a 3-2 loss isn't that shabby. We had a full roster, win would have been ours. Future is bright for this squad, with stand out performances by Grebs and Bergie. Props to yash, at 3.5 mil a season he would be a worthy commodity. Will he restructure his contract, as the "leader" he is? Hes playing had out there, the kids speed/forechecking adds a missing element. Now if only we can get Satan to score again.
I don't expect to make the playoffs, but all I ask is for them to play hard and if they lose, go down fighting, those are enviable lessons learned for this young squad...lets go islanders!
I sadly couldn't catch this game but from what I can gather the Isles played just as hard as they've been playing since the Olympic break. This puts a serious dent in our playoff hopes but what can you do but just go out and play hard again against Florida?
One of those "what can you do?" games. Isles worked their butts off and didn't get anything in return. Poor decision making by Ricky on that first goal seemed to cost them the game. It was a good effort and hopefully the Isles can keep it up for tonight in Florida, another MUST WIN game.