Tonight, our Islanders were defeated 5-4 by the Vancouver Canucks. Here are some of my notes from the game:
-Nabokov blew it tonight! If he shows up to play, the Islanders win this game and pretty easily to. However, his rebound control tonight was just atrocious and he looked slow going across the crease to. Most notably, on that second goal by Vancouver. One has to wonder if Kevin Poulin should start to be worked into the lineup a little more regularly.
-Solid game from Moulson, nice to see him put a couple pucks in the back of the net.
-Great game from Matt Donovan! If he is ever scratched again so Carkner can play then Capuano should be fired.
-Congrats to Brock Nelson on his first NHL goal! I thought he had a pretty good game in his return to NHL action.
-While Carkner wasn't as bad tonight as he was on Saturday, he still wasn't very good! The guy is supposed to be a 6'4 tough guy but he can't hit people. I have lost count at the amount of times I have seen him try and hit someone and bounce off them or barely move them. He had less then stellar play on Vancouver's third goal tonight. How he ended up in the net is anyone's guess.
-Bouchard continues to not impress me at all. Hopefully, he is taken out of the lineup in favor of Grabner when he returns instead of Brock Nelson.
-Luongo maybe a little older now, but he made some darn good saves tonight that kept the Canucks in this game. If the goalies tonight were switched, the Islanders would've won this game and it wouldn't have been all that close either.
-Solid job by the team to continue to battle all the way to the end and eventually tie it up to force OT.
Overall, I thought that tonight was a solid team effort against a very good team. However, tonight exemplified why upgrading the goalie position after last years playoff debacle was so crucial. Snow's failure to do that could end up costing us big in the end.
Next Game: Friday Night @ Pittsburgh