Tonight, our Isles shutout the Washington Capitals by a score of 3-0. Here are some of my notes:
-As bad as yesterday was, thats how good this game was! This is right up there with the best road game the Islanders have played this season, and it might even be the best! They from start to finish simply dominated the Capitals and it was quite enjoyable to watch. If they can play like this on a consistent basis then who knows where they will go!
-This regulation victory was the Isles first regulation win VS Washington in Washington since the fall of 2007. To take it a step further, this is the first time the Islanders shut out the Capitals at home since March of 1997. None other then Tommy Salo, was in between the pipes for the Isles that day. So tonight was a day to break some long term streaks for the team which is always a very good thing!
-Keeping up on the streaks, John Tavares now has a 10 game point streak. This is the longest point streak by an Islander player since November 2001 and Mark Parrish. (Coincidentally Mark Parrish right now is actually on the AHL team for the Ottawa Senators who Bridgeport defeated by a score of 3-2 on Sunday.) Can anyone stop Tavares? Right now he is on a point per game pace, and he shows no signs of slowing down! We all knew he was going to be special, now were seeing the fruits of that before our eyes, and may I say, its pretty sweet!
-Lets not forget Matt Moulson, who although is often thought of as only a goal socrer, with his two assists tonight now has assists in five straight games. If he is able to round out his game in that sense, he will go from being a good player to a really good player, in my opinion at least!
-Congrats to PA Parenteau who had his first career multi goal game tonight! His first goal was a nice snap shot using the dman as a screen, The second goal was just a very pretty passing play on the power play that he was able to finish off. Congrats to him and lets hope this is the first of many!
-Also congrats to Nabby on his first shutout as a member of the Islanders. Last start he gets his 300th win and today he gets the shutout, not bad for consecutive starts. Only thing with Nabby is I would like it if he played the puck less!
-Great PK tonight! If you missed it, during the broadcast, they showed a graphic saying that since the day after Christmas our penalty kill is the best in the NHL at 95%. Who wouldve thought that?
-I don't know what it is, but the Isles coaches seem to love to put Rolston out on the powerplay. I dont know how all you feel, but me personally I barely want him out at even strength, let alone on the powerplay. Hes just simply very bad, and to me brings very little if anything to the team! Yes, he has a hard shot, but it doesnt matter if he doesnt hit the net which he very rarely does!
-Why is Nino still on the fourth line? I get you want to ease the kid in however the fact that Brian Rolston is getting top nine forward minutes and powerplay time over him is well just boardering on criminal. You have your first round pick, a top 5 pick from 2 years ago sitting on the fourth line, meanwhile a 38 year old vet with a way bloated contract gets top 9 minutes and some powerplay time. Am I the only one who sees something wrong there? Its about time he moves Nino up like he did for Grabner.
Well, after the crap show that was yesterdays game, this was really nice to see!! Its games like these that give you some hope for the future!
Next Game: Thursday 7PM @ Philly