Simulation: Boyes Leads Islanders In First Weekend Of Season; Lose Donovan For Two Months

Since it's the begining of the season here are the lines that will be used unless something have changed:

Forwards

Moulson – Tavares - Boyes

Bailey - Nielsen - Okposo

Grabner – Cizikas - Ullstrom

Martin - Reasoner - Joensuu

Defense

Streit – Visnovsky

MacDonald – Hamonic

Donovan – Carkner

Goalie

Nabokov

DiPietro

Game 1: October 12, 2012, Islanders @ Penguins

The Islanders looked to start the season off with a strong performance against a talented Penguins team after a dreadful preseason, which saw them lose three in a row convincingly. A strong performance is exactly what the Islanders delivered defeating the Penguins 4-3 on opening night.

John Tavares started the scoring off early netting a power play goal, his first of the season, beating Tomas Vokoun after a great pass from Brad Boyes, playing in his first regular season game with the Islanders.  After Matt Carkner went to the box for holding, Sidney Crosby was able to beat Evgeni Nabokov to send the teams to the locker room in a 1-1 tie.

The second period, was scoreless until Matt Moulson broke through and scored the only goal of the second period, giving the Islanders the 2-1 lead, with assists from Tavares and Boyes.

The Penguins stormed out the gate in the third period taking the lead within the first five minutes of the period with goals from Brandon Sutter and Pascal Dupuis giving them the lead 3-2.

Unlike last year where the Islanders wouldn’t have been able to mount a comeback, this year might be different.  Boyes scored at the 11:11 mark to tie the game at 3 with fewer than nine minutes to play.  But the Islanders only needed a minute and a half when Jesse Joensuu beat Vokoun at the 13:08 mark giving the Islanders the lead 4-3 for good. (Photo Credit: AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)2

Nabokov out played Vokoun, stopping 26 shots, 10 in the third period.  The Islanders are now 1-0-0 and the Penguins start the season off 0-1-0.

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Brad Boyes 1 g, 2 a, 3 p
  2. John Tavares 1 g, 1 a, 2 p
  3. Evgeni Malkin 0 g, 2 a, 2 p

Game 2: October 13, 2012, Islanders vs. Flyers

After a convincing win against the Penguins on opening night the Islanders didn’t play with the same confidence against their division rival the Flyers. The Flyers defeated the Islanders 6-3, led by three power play goals.

The Islanders for the second game in a row scored early in the first period when Matt Moulson scored his second goal of the season five minutes into the game, with assists from Travis Hamonic and Kyle Okposo.  That was the only lead the Islanders held as Jakub Voracek and Nick Grossmann scored to give the Flyers the 2-1 lead going into the locker rooms after one period.

The second period continued where the first period left off with Claude Giroux scoring in the first minute of the period.  Brad Boyes scored shortly after to make it 3-2 Flyers, but as fast as Boyes scored to make it a one-goal game, Max Talbot scored to give the Flyers a two-goal lead. (Photo Credit: Tom Mihalek, Associated Press)

Chris Pronger, returning after missing all of last year with a concussion, and Ruslan Fedotenko each scored to give the Flyers the 6-2 lead after two periods of play.

The third period only saw one goal, by Boyes from Tavares and Moulson.  The Islanders were outshot 39-26 and Nabokov played well considering that three of the goals came on the power play.  The Islanders are now 1-1-0 and the Flyers improve their record to 1-1-0.

The Islanders have lost rookie defensemen Matt Donovan for the next two to three month with a broken wrist. Aaron Ness has been called up from the Islanders top affiliate the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Three Stars of the Game

  1. Jakub Voracek 1 g, 3 a, 4 p
  2. Matt Moulson 1 g, 2 a, 3 p
  3. Brad Boyes 2 g, 0 a, 2 p

Farm Report

The Sound Tigers have started the season 2-0-0 with wins over the Connecticut Whale and the Providence Bruins.  Leading the way for the Sound Tigers are Colin McDonald, (2 g, 3 a, 5 p) and Nino Niederreiter (0 g, 3 a, 3 p). Kevin Poulin is 2-0 with a 2.86 GAA. The have one game next week against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on Saturday night.

Up Next For The Islanders

The Islanders (1-1-0) will be traveling to Florida next week, taking on the Tampa Bay Lighting on Tuesday night and the Florida Panthers on Thursday night before coming home Saturday to play the Edmonton Oilers,

As the season progresses and more games are played there will be NHL standings and a league leader board. Remember to check back every Sunday to see how your Islanders are doing this season.

*Reminder none of this is real information it's all a simulation through NHL 2013.

-Pete Paguaga
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