Simulation: DiPietro Leads Isles To Two Wins; Lose Streit and Nabokov

Game 3: October 16, 2012, Islanders @ Lighting

After getting the lead on a Matt Moulson goal in the third period, the Islanders couldn’t hold on to the lead, allowing two goals late losing to the Lighting 3-2. The Islanders also have to deal with the loss of two of their more important players. Captain Mark Streit is out for two to three weeks with a concussion and starting goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is out for a week with a hip injury.

In the first period the Islanders dominated the Lighting outshooting them 11-4 in the process, but neither team could put one home.

The second period was much like the first in that the Islanders again dominated play outshooting the Lighting 14-9, this time Adam Hall was able to beat Nabokov to give the Lighting a short lived lead.

Later in the second period, five minutes after Hall’s goal, Jesse Joensuu received a pass from Marty Reasoner and lit the lamp for the second time of the season tying the game 1-1 going in the third.

After Moulson scored giving them the lead early in the third period, but that wasn’t enough. (Photo Credit: AP/CBS NY)

With Rick DiPietro making his season debut the Lighting wasted no time greeting him. Sami Salo scored minutes into DiPietro’s season, tying the game 2-2. With 17:09 left in the game Victor Hedman put the game winner home, past DiPietro.

Even though the Islanders outshot the Lighting 39-28 they couldn’t seem to figure out Lighting goaltender Anders Lindback. The Islanders are now 1-2-0 and the Lighting improve to 2-0-0.

Aaron Ness who made his season debut for the injured Matt Donovan playing 18 minutes, recording two shots in the loss. The Islanders have called up Calvin de Haan and Kevin Poulin to fill in for Streit and Nabokov for the time being.

Three Stars of the Game

1.     Anders Lindback 37 saves

2.     Brett Connelly 0 g, 2 a, 2 p

3.     Adam Hall, 1 g, 0 a, 1 p

Game 4: October 18, 2012, Islanders @ Panthers

Playing without their captain and starting goaltender the Islanders didn’t miss a step, defeating the Panthers 4-3 after a big third period.

After scoring early in the first period, in their first two games of the season, the Islanders have been shut out in the first since.  The shots were tied both at 10 a piece after a scoreless first period.

Brad Boyes continued the hot start to his season netting the first goal of the game giving the Islanders an early 1-0 lead in the second period.

The Panthers though came right back netting two of their own in 30 seconds of each other to take the 2-1 lead late in the second period.

Lubomir Visnovsky then scored, on the power play, to knot the game up at 2-2 going into the third period.

The third period was dominated by the Panthers as they threw everything at the net, 19 shots, and Rick DiPietro, who was making his first start of the season kept throwing everything back making 18 saves in the period. (Photo Credit: AP/CBS NY)

After being held off the score sheet in the last game John Tavares gave the Islanders the lead 3-2 early in the third period, beating Jacob Markstrom, on a pass from Moulson.

The Panthers then tied the game on a goal by Marco Sturm but their lead only lasted 14 seconds.

Andrew MacDonald, wasted no time giving the Islanders back the lead and getting DiPietro the win in his first start of the season, scoring from the point after a pass from Frans Nielsen.

DiPietro played like it was 2006 making 42 saves in the win, leading the Islanders to their second win of the season.  The Islanders improve to 2-2 and the Panthers who are still winless to 0-3-0.

Three Stars of the Game

1.     John Tavares 1 g, 1 a, 2 p

2.     Andrew MacDonald, 1 g, 0 a, 1 p

3.     Rick DiPietro 42 saves.

Game 5: October 20, 2012, Islanders vs. Sabres

With Evgeni Nabokov healthy enough to return to the lineup, Coach Jack Capuano stayed with his hot goalie giving Rick DiPietro the start against the Sabres at home.

His loyalty paid off with a dominating performance by DiPietro making 32 saves in a 3-1 win over the Sabres at home.

For the third game in the row the first period was scoreless with both teams not being able to beat each other’s net minders.

In the second period Jesse Joensuu was able to find the back of the net first, on a pass from Marty Reasoner, giving the Islanders an early 1-0 lead.

John Tavares scored for the second game in a row giving the Islanders the 2-0 lead, which was enough for DiPietro.

After allowing a goal to Jochen Hecht, at the end of the second period, DiPietro stopped all 15 shots that the Sabres put on net in the third period. Frans Nielsen scored an empty netter to guarantee an Islanders victory with less than two minites left in the game. (Photo Credit: AP/Newsday)

The Islanders were out shot 33-19 and only managed four shots in the third period.  The Islanders are now on a two game win streak improving to 3-2-0, the Sabres fall to 2-2.

Three Stars of the Game

1.     Rick DiPietro 32 saves

2.     John Tavares 1 g, 0 a, 1 p

3.     Jesse Joensuu 1 g, 0 a, 1p

Farm Report

The Sound Tigers lost their first game of the season losing to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins Saturday night convincingly 4-1, in their only game of the week.  In the next week the Sound Tigers will face off with the Manchester Sharks, twice and the Springfield Falcons.

Up Next For The Islanders

The Islanders will be at home for their next two games against the Florida Panthers on Monday night and the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.  On Saturday night the Islanders will travel up to Boston to play the Bruins.

Islanders Leaders

Name

Goals

Assists

Points

Brad Boyes

4

3

7

Matt Moulson

3

4

7

Lubomir Visnovsky

1

6

7

John Tavares

3

3

6

Jesse Joensuu

3

0

3

 

Name

Wins

Losses

GAA

Rick DiPietro

2

1

2.84

Evgeni Nabokov

1

1

3.48

 

 

NHL Leaders

Name

Goals

Assists

Points

Daniel Sedin

5

7

12

Alexander Ovechkin

5

3

8

Nicklas Backstrom

0

8

8

Henrik Sedin

2

6

8

Brad Boyes

4

3

7

 

Name

Wins

Losses

GAA

Ryan Miller

1

0

1.60

Carey Price

3

0

1.62

Marc-Andre Fleury

2

1

1.66

Michal Neuvirth

3

0

1.67

Anders Lindback

2

1

1.68

 

 

-Pete Paguaga
Follow @Pete_Paguaga
Follow @TCLIsles

2 Comments

Rob McGowan's picture

With the exception of DP leading the charge, it sounds like a typical Isles season. Good start but then the injury bug hits hard. Expecting them to go 1-4 over the next five games lol

Pete Paguaga's picture

The injuries in this game are ridiculous. But its spot on because other than Frans and Joensuu are the only non 1st liners to play well which is spot on lol