Postgame 11/07: Islanders vs. Hurricanes
Well, this was the first game all season that the Islanders scored less than TWO goals in a game. Wouldn’t have guessed that it would be this game.
This was the least exciting contest of the year. There were little chances and it was quite a sloppy game. There were many turnovers by Islanders defensemen that hindered the breakout immensely. But, Aaron Ness played his first game of the year instead of Matt Carkner and did a serviceable job. Lets go period by period.
The only period that included a goal was the first. About halfway through the first, Ron Hainsey threw a puck towards the net that was deflected by veteran Radek Dvorak to give the Canes a 1-0 lead. The shot was wide of the net and with the great use of his hand-eye coordination, Dvorak was able to put it by Poulin.
A scrap between Islanders forward Matt Martin and Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellmore highlighted the second period. The period got a little scrappy but didn’t it didn’t lead to anything on the scoreboard.
More of the same in the third period as the Islanders couldn’t generate much offense at all against the Hurricanes third string goalie. Justin Peters played a very solid goal all night long to keep the Islanders forwards frustrated. He showed great rebound control and was able to see most pucks all the way in to get the shutout.
However, there were some positives to take out of the disappointing game. The penalty killing was much better than in the last game against the Capitals. The Isles gave up few chances and were able to silence the big guns of the Hurricanes. Brothers Eric and Jordan Staal were left off the goal sheet.
Kevin Poulin had another convincing game and is really proving a lot to the Islanders coaching staff. He now has two consecutive excellent outings. He is sure to get a start at one of the next few games over the weekend. Perhaps coach Jack Capuano will give him a chance in his hometown of Montreal against the Canadiens.
The bottom line is that the Islanders offense and defense has been out of sync. One night the offense plays great while being let down by the defense, and vice versa the next game. The season is still young and the new additions are learning the system on the go. I have a very good feeling that better hockey is on the way.
William Tranfaglia (@BillyTran51) @TCLIsles