Monday, February 16, 2009

Game Notes: Islanders v. Flightless Birds

Can someone please tell me why the Boston Bruins mascot cannot skate? If the "Beast of the East" can't field a mascot that can skate how can we root for hockey in general.

2:12: Bruno nails one off the crossbar on a broken play in the Pens zone.

Pretty big crowd today, wouldn't be surprised if it's a sellout.

Joey Mac is looking solid in net as he squeezes one at the 14:12 mark.

2:18: Joey Mac tries to make a pokecheck at the side of the net and misses badly almost allowing the Pens to squeak one in. The scuffle that ensues after is from a high stick that he takes to the facemask.

2:23: Bergie drives hard to net down the left side and creates a wraparound opportunity for himself. Not a bad rush. Could he be trying to up his trade value or make himself look better in Gordon's eyes?

2:24: Tyler Kennedy fakes Radek Martinek out of his jock strap and still manages to A) not shoot the puck and then Jordan Stall misses a wide-open net net.

2:27: Tambellini unleashes a Russ Tyler "knucklepuck" at Fleury that he turns aside. Probably Tambellini's best chance that he'll get all season.

2:29: Giggity. giggity, goo, goo, goo The Isles score off a feed in front from Bergenheim that goes off of Campoli's skate and past Fleury. Isles 1, Pens o.

2:33: Dina the Arena Hostess is do-si-doing with the 4 National's President's during a TV timeout.

2:34: Jackman takes a Holding penalty. Didn't see it though.

2:35: Kyle Okposo making his presence felt on the PK. Doing a real good job in the neutral zone.

2:39: Malkin toe-drags his way to a nice one-on-one effort goal. Isles 1, Pens 1.

3:04: Loudville lets out it's usual taunt towards Fleury without any ill effects.

3:11: Sad news for the guys coming to games these days: The Islanders Ice Girl twins Kelly and Kristy have been let go :( . The Ice Breakers have also been retired from the in-game entertainment. This is a sad day for male Islanders fans...

3:18: Bergenheim is certainly playing like a madman these days. Bailey, Okposo and Comeau still need to shoot the puck more. Youth is being served but are they serving themselves?

3:24: GOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!! A goalmouth scramble by the Isles results in a goal making it 2-1. Goal was scored by Frans Nielsen from Hilbert and Bergenheim. That gives Bergenheim a 2 point game so far.

3:28: Streit gets a Holding penalty at the 4:01 mark. Loudville is chanting for Wendy's Chili. It's MAYHEM!!!

3:32: Whitney finishes off a really nice tic-tac-toe passing play with a beautiful wrist shot blocker side to make it 2-2. Assists go to Crosby and Gonachar. It's a powerplay goal.

3:34: Okposo takes a holding penalty after he was mildly interfered with trying to chase after the puck in the offensive zone. The penalty could possibly carry over to the 3rd period.

3:37: A scuffle happens after Joey covers the puck which results in Malkin being shown a seat, bucketless. Fleury made his way to the blueline but no further. Malkin gets 4 for roughing on the play, Sykora to serve. Campoli also gets a 2 minute rough on the same stoppage.

3:40: Now the MAIN EVENT. The Washington Nationals Presidents race on ice. Roosevelt, Lincoln and Jefferson are dropping the gloves and throwing punches. Roosevelt takes second as Washington makes the full circuit and wins the race.

3:56: Time to start the 3rd period deadlocked at 2.

4:01: Mike Comrie misses on a gorgeous opportunity and Sim goes hard to the net creating a bit of a ruckus after the whistle.

4:06: Joey is giving up juicy rebounds left and right. Gary from View from Section 317 said it's a "Buy One, get One Free Sale"

4:14: Hilbert with some good work on Crosby and nearly clears it over the glass for a 2 minute minor. Witt throwing his weight around is a good sign from the veteran d-man.

4:24: The Isles get Fleury over-committing and swimming but can't capitalize.

4:29: The Isles battled hard and got the game to overtime. 4-on-4 the Penguins are one of the most dangerous teams in the NHL. This should be interesting.

4:33: Joey Mac has made a great save on a Ryan Whitney shot and the Isles have generated some good scoring chances.

4:35: Okposo defending a 2-on-1 and Mac comes up with a great left toe save.

4:37: Okie with another great defensive play on Crosby in the closing seconds of overtime allowing the Isles to get to the skills competition.

4:40: Frans to take the first shot and he SCORES! Forehand to backhand and over the pad.

Sykora scores on Mac with a slapshot from about 10 feet out.

Jeff Tambellini snaps a hard wrist shot glove side on Fleury that beats him. Much like the shootout goal he scored at the end of last season again Henrik Lundquist.

Kyle Okposo takes the next shot for the Isles and misses on his attempted "Datsyuk move".

Crosby rolls in as the third shooter for the Pens and is stoned by Joey Mac on a right toe save. Great, hard-fought win by the boys in Blue and Orange.


Dominik said...

THN had some stat a few weeks back on "save % on rebounds" -- Joey Mac's was not good, no sir.

Dominik said...

Quoth Howie: "Oh, and another (MacDonald) rebound creates potential trouble."