Some people seem to think that something good always comes away from something bad.
Well that just may be what happened to the Islanders after Tuesdays tough loss in the winding down seconds of the third period and ultimately finalized in OT.
Holding a 1-0 lead with just a few seconds remaining to the game they gave up the tying goal and later in OT Ovechkin sealed the Caps victory.
It was a tough loss. Being able to be in that game after a solid outing by Nate, only to lose it at the end is hard. I think the Islanders (especially Grabner) knew they let that one get away. To be honest I am kind of glad they did if it means triggering a string of performances like we saw last night.
Everything clicked last night. The Power play was huge. Tavares was especially AMAZING, and KO looked ridiculously sharp too. Their passing was crisp, they were shooting, they were having fun with the lines, and most of all they won the game.
Oh and Trevor Gillies came back, took a few shifts, took a cheap shot, and got sent packing again. He has a league hearing tomorrow in Toronto. I hope he gets a 10 game ban for this one. I know we all have sympathy for the "family man" but hey buddy if not for human decency, stop taking the cheap shots for your family. They are the ones who rely on your pay check. I just don't think there is room for a player so set on hurting people. It makes the team look bad, makes our kids targets, and is just so unprofessional. I mean he was back for all of 5 minutes from his 9 game suspension for a hit to the head.
I had fun with the Penguins fight night game. We all did. I didn't hear one Islanders fan condone what Gillies did in that game and I don't hear it now. There is a difference between tough and stupid and I think Gillies just crossed that line. Maybe that poop is OK in the AHL. Maybe that is where he belongs.
There was controversy with the hit Matt Martin put on Talbot in that infamous game. I enjoyed it. Talbot had it coming. I enjoyed the over abundance of fighting. I enjoy all fighting in the NHL. I don't enjoy cheap shots and I don't enjoy intentional hits that threatens a players career.
Now that our goon will be gone for a while, we can get back to hockey for the rest of the season.
I am glad we had a very uneventful trade deadline. I think to get rid of any of the pieces that have gotten us to where we are today belong here. I am glad no major moves were made and I think the moves made prior to the deadline will help us tremendously going into the next season.
For the remainder of this season continue to watch the growth of players like Matt Martin, Blake Comeau, Grabner, A-Mac, Hamonic, and Montoya. Watch for more Bridgeport call ups as the season winds down. Hopefully someone else can be a missing piece to the puzzle.