Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cizikias First NHL Goal Leads Isles Past Pens In A Stunner

 photo courtesy of http://www.nyhockeyjournal.com/

Tonight, our New York Islanders surprised many in the hockey world as they defeated the Penguins by a score of 4-1.  Here are some of my notes from the game:

-After some bad defensive lapses over the last few games, tonight we played a very solid defensive game which was refreshing especially against a star studded team like the Penguins.

-Congrats to Casey Cizikas on his first NHL goal

-Beautiful passing on the Tavares powerplay goal, the setup from Moulson was perfectly done.

-Bad call on the Colin McDonald hit!  Was it dirty?  Yeah probably, was it a major and ejection worthy?  No way!  As Howie Rose said a couple years ago after our infamous game against the Penguins, the NHL has two sets of rules.  One for the elite teams, and one for everyone else.

-Nabokov although with limited work was solid all game!

-David Ullstrom had another solid game.  He continues to impress early on in this young season.

-Great efficiency from the special teams tonight, both powerplay and penalty kill were right on point.  The 5 minute penalty kill at the end of the second and start of the third was a huge turning point in the game.

-Good to see Grabner finish another breakaway!  Like Ullstrom hes been impressive in the young season thus far.

-Hickey had a pretty good game to, showed a good willingness to battle which is good to.

Well, who saw this coming?  The Islanders didn't just win, they dominated one of the better teams in the eastern conference for a majority of this game.  They need to build on the momentum gained tonight against the Devils on Thursday.

Next Game: The road trip concludes @ New Jersey On Thursday night

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