Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Isles Defeat Stars In Blowout Fashion

 photo by ESPN

 Last night, our Islanders ended their three game home stand with a blowout 7-3 win over the Dallas Stars.  Here are some of my notes from the game:

-Congrats to Ryan Strome on his first NHL goal.  With the way he had been playing over the last few games you knew it would happen sooner or later so it was great for him to get it out of the way.

-During our huge nearly two month losing streak some people criticized John Tavares for not taking a game over and winning it like a Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin would.  Well, last night that happened as the Islanders captain netted a hat-trick and added 2 assists on the way to a five point night and a 7-3 win for his team.

-Thomas Vanek continues to roll with another two assists including one of his patented behind the back passes to set up Tavares first goal.  Vanek now has 14 points (5 goals, 9 assists) in his last 9 games.  I know I have said it before but it would be a very bad loss if the Islanders are unable to keep Vanek beyond this season.

-Good to see Brock Nelson put one in the net after going a while without a goal.

-The defense had a pretty sound game limiting Dallas shots on goal.

-Good to see the power play get another three goals after getting a couple last week to.  Hopefully, this is the start of something for them.

-After settling in replacing Nabokov, Kevin Poulin seemed pretty comfortable in net which is encouraging.

Tonight, the team got something they had been struggling with getting recently and that is secondary scoring.  If this can continue on even a semi consistent basis the Islanders should be able to put some more much needed wins up as they try to get back in the playoff race.

Next Game: Tonight 7:00PM @ Toronto

 photo by ESPN

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