Saturday, March 9, 2013

Rare Dominant Third Period Powers Isles Over Caps 5-2

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This afternoon, our New York Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals by a score of 5-2.  Here are some of my notes:

-Congrats to John Tavares on scoring his 100th career NHL goal in the third period today.  It is a special thing to get to watch a player of his caliber night in and night out.

-Great showing in the third period!  Over the last few years, we have been notorious for bad third periods.  To not only play well but dominate out-shooting the Caps 19-5 is encouraging.

-Nice shot by Casey on his goal!  The contributions just keep on coming from that line.

-Although the first goal was soft, pretty good game for Nabokov.  The question is now, do you play him again tomorrow?

-Great crowd today!  After a poor showing Thursday against the Rangers, good to see the fans come out and support as the team prepares for a 10 day road trip.

-Nice seeing Frans put up a goal, especially short handed.  He used to be so prolific with those, it would be nice if he could even semi return to form with that.

Well, coming into the game with the Pens on deck tomorrow a win was almost a must.  After giving up the tying goal in the third, it was nice to see the team put the pedal to the medal for a change instead of sitting back on their heels.  To not only win, but to win in regulation was key, our first regulation win at home since defeating the Devils 5-1 on February 16th.  With the win, we sit 1 point out of the 8th spot and 2 points out of the 7th spot with a little over a month and a half left in the season.  This brief road trip on the horizon is key for the team going forward.

Next Game: Tomorrow Night @ the Penguins

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