Four in a row for Islanders, and points in last six

Sure, the New York Yankees may have been pushed to finish the series
out in New York by the Philadelphia Phillies last night, however, the
New York Islanders won their fourth straight playing on home ice
against the Edmonton Oilers.  This blogger got to witness John Tavares
live in action for the first time last night, and he scored a beautiful
goal.

Although the attendance wasn't spectacular, it was better then what
the Phoenix Coyotes had for their home tilt against the Los Angeles
Kings.  But that is not the focus of this article.  Last night,
watching the Islanders play live on home ice, I got to witness a team
in action.  By that, I mean last night I saw something that the
Islanders have not been able to ice in a few seasons, a skilled team
playing dominant hockey at both ends of the ice.  That has been the
focus of this Islanders club for the previous four games and guess
what, all four games were victories by the Isles. The Islanders were
able to outplay the Oilers on home ice last night, and at the end of
sixty minutes, they came out on top with a 3-1 victory.

The night started when Ethan Moreau, captain of the Edmonton Oilers,
scored a fluky type goal on Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson.  Once
that goal was scored, the Islanders crowd began the "Let's Go
Islanders" chant, and it seemed to help ignite the club from that point
forward.


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Tavares was able to tie the game up when what seemed to be a simple
dump and chase play led to the goal.  Doug Weight entered the zone
hard, and was able to get to the puck at the same time as Oilers
defenseman Taylor Chorney. Denis Grebeshkov was behind the net as well
with Weight and Chorney and looked like a deer in headlights, not
knowing what to do about the giveaway on Chorney's part.  Matt Moulson
was able to find the free puck and fed Tavares in the slot for a one
time shot that tied the game at 1.  The Islanders fans erupted, and you
could feel the momentum immediately shift in favor of the Isles.

From there, Roloson and company simply shut down and shut out the
Oilers.  The bright spot of last night's victory was the amazing play
of "sniper" (and I say that with a sarcastic snicker) Brendan Witt.
Witt notched 2 goals, which I think was his first two-goal game of his
career, and sealed the victory. Witt, who has not been pleased with his
performance thus far, was actually seen smiling after his second goal,
a wrist shot from the point, went in to eventually put the game out of
reach.

The best part about last nights game, outside of the victory, was
how many fans showed up to the game even with the New York Yankess of
Major League Baseball playing a game that could of closed out the World
Series for them.  The fans were there, the house was rocking and the
Islanders posted another win, four in a row, to close out a great night
with Islanders Nation.

I seriously am starting to believe, that if this Islanders team can
acquire a top pairing d-man, they could be a big surprise in the East
this year and potentially "steal" the 8th seed and make a very
surprising playoff appearance.  Sure, it's way too early to even think
that but hey, it is not impossible.