Tonight, for the first time in over a month our Islanders got a win in regulation. They were victorious by a margin of 5-3 over the rival Rangers. Here are some of my notes from the game:
-Great to see Grabner finally put some to the back of the net. Hopefully, he can get on a roll now after struggling for so long.
-Solid game by Clutterbuck! I know a lot of people are saying the hooking call that resulted in a penalty shot was a suspect call but I disagree. The stick was parallel to the ice and got around his hands. In this day and age that is a penalty.
-Nice tip by Vanek for the winner! I wonder if people will start to warm up to him or if the ill will, will continue.
-With the amount of penalties we took tonight the penalty kill was actually pretty good.
-Thomas Hickey had a bad night tonight, simply didn't have his "A" game tonight.
-Calvin de Haan on the other hand did and seems like he is settling in just fine at this level which is great to see.
-Congrats to Ryan Strome on his first NHL point
-When was the last time we scored a goal 5 different ways in one game like we did tonight?
With the Ducks coming in tomorrow and our well documented recent stretch this is a game we needed to have. The fact that we were able to come in and take it is finally a good sign from this team. The team needs to massage this into a streak now because even with their terrible play for the better part of the last month or so they are still within striking distance of the playoff race.
Next Game: Tomorrow Night Vs The Ducks