In Calgary the New York Islanders fell 5-3. As expected there was some positives and some expected negatives.
Carkner played an awful game. With young kids coming up in a hurry, I don't see him being anymore then a number seven dman on most nights.
Kevin Poulin played an average game. He had his bright moments for sure, making some big saves when the team needed it. A few bad turnovers almost cost the Isles a few more goals. Poulin found himself out of position a few times and often scrambling. Luckily the post and crossbar was there to save the day a few times.
Anders Nilsson was thrown right into the fire, having his team go down on a 5on3. A nice wrist shot from Wideman beat Nilsson, one you really cannot blame on the young goaltender. The next one was a total defense nightmare allowing the opposition to sit in front by himself out waiting Anders and flicking it into an empty net. I thought Nilsson settled down and played a quiet sound game, usually being in good position on shots attempts.
Most can agree that the most impressive player on the night was young dman Matt Donovan. Donovan was a (+)1 on the night while also adding a nice assist. Rushing from the point he made a strong wraparound move and threw the puck in front. He looked very calm and collective, not looking out of place. It's only game one, but a very encouraging sign.
How awesome was it to see some Islander hockey? Even though I sat and watched it on a laptop screen, it was a joy. Till next time, Lets Go Islanders!