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Isles lose to Thrashers 5-4: plus Nordiques Invasion | December
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Nordiques Nation @ New York Islanders-12
(Photo Credit:John Zadrozny)

Ok so a tad late but worth it anyway. Saturday night the Islanders lost their 5th straight game, this time to the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Positives

Yes there are always positives even in a loss. To start they broke their 0-47 streak on the power play. Blake Comeau was the one to do it at 18:44 of the third, which was Comeau’s 5th goal of the season, so anytime he scores is also a plus. Although Jack Capuano did not see it that way. “If we won the game and didn’t score on the power play I would be a little more happy right now,” Capuano said during Post Game. “I don’t look at it that way, were trying to get a win here and it’s just frustrating.”

Good to see the guys staying in that band of brothers’ mentality. PA Parenteau went after an Atlanta player after one of them laid out John Tavares with a big shoulder to shoulder hit.

The Islanders scored more than two goals in a game; something that has become a rare occurrence in the last 20 games for the Islanders.

Matt Martin Scored his second career NHL goal last night. Martin continues to be one of the best Islanders on the ice by driving to the net, hitting people and just his overall effort. Paid off the other night.

The odd.

John Tavares recorded an NHL fight last night dropping the gloves with Alexander Burmistrov. Well it was a fight on the score sheet but if you really want to know it was more of a wrestling match than a fight.

The Negative

Rick Dipietro had another game where he gave up five goals to an opponent. Although he stopped 30 of 35 shots including several key saves one of which was a penalty shot by Evander Kane. A visible shaken Dipietro was at a loss for word at points during his post game media scrum. “I feel like I want to throw up right now,” a frustrated Dipietro told reporters. “I don’t even know what to say.”

Trevor Gillies continues to take up roster spot and not get used. He only played 4:16 during the contest.

Minute leaders and losers

Leaders (Defensemen)
Andrew MacDonald-29:45
James Wisniewski-25:00
Jack Hillen-24:39

Losers (Defensemen)
Mark Eaton-3:28

Leaders (forwards)
Blake Comeau-21:51
Matt Moulson-20:11
PA Parenteau-19:50

Losers (Forwards)
Trevor Gillies-4:16
Jesse Joensuu-9:27
Matt Martin-9:51

The Invasion

Ok eventually id get to it. Nordiques Nation did invade the coliseum and boy were they fun. My full coverage of “the invasion” is up on NHL Hot Stove, so check that out. Also here is a great video recap of last nights festivities by fellow Blog Boxer John Zadrozny of Islanders Top Shelf and Yes Islanders!