Friday, January 30, 2015

Isles Fall 5-2 to Bruins

Tonight, our Islanders played host to the Boston Bruins following their big win over the rival Rangers on Tuesday night.

The goalie match up pitted both teams number ones against each other as Jaroslav Halak was back between the pipes for the Islanders.  Meanwhile, Tukka Rask was in net for the Bruins.

On this night, it was Rask who got the better of Halak as the Bruins managed to defeat the Islanders by a score of 5-2.  Here are some of my notes from the game:

-The power play was dreadful tonight.  It was sluggish all game and didn't generate nearly enough chances.

-As much as we all love Halak, he is scary when playing the puck.  He either needs to get better at that or he needs to not do it as much because the team can't afford to have mishaps with the puck happen as often as they have in the last month.

-On the topic of Halak, as much as most of us aren't a fan of Chad Johnson, he really needs to get into a game.  Halak can't play every game like he has recently and still be fresh for the playoffs.  I think Johnson will be a key player for the Islanders in the second half.

-Congrats to Johnny Boychuk on his 100th NHL point.  It is fitting that it came against his former team.

-I like seeing the emotion from Capuano on the bench when things don't go our way.  It used to be where Doug Weight was that guy and then Capuano would go to calm him down which he was criticized by fans for because Capuano behaved like a statue behind the bench.  However, much like his attitude with the media has changed this year, that has as well.

Although the team did put 45 shots on net, overall this was a disappointing performance coming off the Ranger win.  It wasn't the teams night tonight, they need to put it behind them as they head to Detroit for a Saturday matinee.

Next Game: Saturday 1/31 2pm @ Detroit

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