What's the date? Are we still in October? We are! And the Isles won a hockey game?!
Pinch me, I must be dreaming.
Wait, no I'm not...the Isles still managed to give up a two goal lead late in the third period and went to the shootout, once again.
Being in the Blog Box last night provided for some gut-wrenching moments. One in particular was when John Tavares was ousted hard into the boards, forcing Andy Sutton to take matters into his own hands by chasing down Andrew Alberts. Luckily, John-boy was fine and went on to be the decisive scorer in the shootout - and what a move it was. His hands were so quick as he came in on Ward and beat him, off the post and in.
Speaking of Andy Sutton, he had a very solid game, scoring one goal and an assist. Plus he was noticable even off the stat sheet as he has started to throw his weight around. He has to continue to be physical along the boards. It's a crime for him not to with his size. Kudos to Jack Hillen for another solid effort. If he keeps playing as well as he has we may see more of him throughout the season.
However, despite playing a physical game along the boards, Moulson scoring another goal without his usual linemates (a move I was hoping to see), and the Islanders getting their first W of the year, there was plenty wrong with this game.
To put it simply, they did not play a full 60 minutes. At one point of the first period, the Isles led in shots with a 10-3 advantage. Yet the 'Canes took an 18-17 lead mid-way through the second and ended up winning that category by games' end. If it wasn't for Jackman's flukey yet timely goal as well as the Islanders' ability to dominate at the face-off circle, the Islanders may have lost this one.
Tonight they have to win one on the road in Montreal. All streaks come to an end, including ones that pile up in the loss column. Hopefully they can string a few wins in a row over the next few games.