16 September 2009
On a night that was suppose to be all about John Tavares it was Bruno Gervais, Nathan Lawson, and Calvin de Haan who stole the show. From the drop of the puck these three players had their "A" game ready for a long night.
The Islanders opened up strong in the early first, consistently keeping the puck in the offensive zonefor a good part of the early first period putting pressure on Oilers starting goalie Jeff Deslauriers. 4:30 into the first Nate Thompson and Byran Young Dropped the gloves in retaliation for a hit on Freddy Mayer Thompson didn't necessarilytake to kindly of. As the period progressed the Oilers seemed to pick up the slack moving the puck the other way into the Isles zone. Play shifted back the other way and at 6:39 Bruno Gervais fired a wrister from the point to give the islanders a 1-0 lead. From some angles looked as if Tavares, who was situated in front of the net had redirected the shot in but the goal was given to Gervais.
The Oilers started to regroup and take command back from the Islanders as they were constantly called for penalties (5 in the first period) but, goalie Nate Lawson saved the day coming up with save after save including robing Ales Hemsky of a sure goal by blocking it with his stick (@tavarescountry called it Grand Lawsony). Lawson continued his excellence into the second continuing to stop everything that he faced including making a few more highlight reel saves.
In the second play was delayed twice to replace broken glass from two extremely hard shots from Sheldon Souray which left two distinguishing cracks and Joel Rechlicz and Steve Macintyre dropped the gloves at 11:44 giving fans a look at the possible enforcer for the Islanders and had a power play chance they failed to convert on.
As play entered the third it seemed as Nate Lawson could not be beat after playing an outstanding two periods (after settling down and not being outta position so often). Lawson even made a beauty of a kick save to keep the puck out. But like all good things it must come to an end and it did abruptly as Dustin Penner beat Nate Stick side to tie up the game at one 8 minutes into the third. 2:20 later Sam Gagner would beat Lawson to give the Oilers the lead, 2-1. At 11:56 Rechlicz and Macintyre are sent to the box on offsetting peneltys. alittle less than 2 minutes later the Oilers get called for too many men on the ice giving the Islanders a 4 on 3 advantage, in which they fail to convert on.
At 15:02 It was the rookie and 12th overall draft pick Calvin de Haan, who up to this point was having an excellent game. de Haan fired a quick snapshot from the point tying up the game as it started to near the end.Alittle over 2 minutes later though it was Sheldon souray who beat Lawson to give the Oilers the 3-2 lead and subsequently the win.
Although The Islanders lost fans got a good idea of Calvin de Haan the 12th pick in the 2009 draft and were able to see his offensive and defensive ability. Along with de Haan fans should be excited to see how excellent Lawson's play was throughout the game, moving around to stop shotsand getting back to make the big time saves. Also Islanders Sean Bergenheim and Doug weight left early in the third period due to groin strains and are listed as day to day, we will definitely be keeping our eye on this developing situation.
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