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Tonight, the Islanders battled for 60 minutes and managed to come out on top over the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 4-3. Here are some of my notes from the game:
-Martinek sure made his presence felt tonight in his return to the lineup with a couple assists. Martinek was solid overall tonight!
-Nielsen continues to stay red hot, who would've thought we would say Frans Nielsen was tied for 4th in the NHL in points?
-Good to see Okposo reversing his trends and coming out hot to start the season. Hopefully, it isn't only because he is making a case to be part of team USA next year.
-Nabby was pretty good tonight! While he did let up a soft goal, he did make a couple big saves that allowed the Islanders to tie the game and eventually get the win.
-While it wasn't the prettiest goal, great job by Bailey not giving up on his eventual winner. His persistence really paid off on the way to getting the team a win.
-Andrew MacDonald has continues to struggle this year, he really struggled in the first period. He needs to get better, and quick! Especially with our defense injured the way it is.
-I have been really critical of Pierre Marc Bouchard this season. After his game tonight, I have to give credit where credit is due and give him praise for his performance tonight. While he wasn't awesome, he was solid which is a welcome change for him.
-Matt Donovan had a rough game tonight. With that though, I don't think it is a smart move to scratch him. Even with his occasional rookie mistake there is nobody who would give the team a better chance to win.
Coming in tonight, I was hoping for a point out of this game. The fact we were able to get two and in the manner we did really impressed me. Hopefully, we are able to take momentum from this game and translate it into a couple wins tomorrow and Tuesday versus some division rivals.
Next Game: Tomorrow Night @ Home VS the Flyers (HFC Cancer Night)