04 December 2010
Well the Islanders were swept by the Rangers in back end of the home and home and have started a new losing streak; currently at two for now. Once again the power play fell flat on its face and is currently 0-32 on the power play. Other than that, a majority of questions asked in the Isles locker room centered on the hit on Frans Nielson and the poor officiating job done by the guys with the striped shirts.
We’ll get into all that jazz in a second, but for the Islanders during the 60 minute contest it was another subpar showing. The First period saw some tempers flare between the Isles and Rangers after Ryan Callahan hit Frans Nielson in the head (I assume accidentally). Jesse Joensuu jumped at Callahan for more of a wrestling match than a hockey fight which lasted for about 30 seconds. Joensuu and Callahan both got the 5 minute majors for fighting. Joensuu got an extra 2 minute minor for unsportsmanlike conduct and a 10 minute misconduct. Callahan only got an extra 2 minutes for elbowing. That was the first of several questionable calls by the officials. The second would be a questionable goaltender interference call on Jon Sim; replay showed he was pushed into Lundqvist by Steve Eminger.
The second did not start well either for Jon Sim and the Isles. Sim was once again called for interference on Lundqvist and the Rangers would go onto the power play. During the power play Eric Staal would get the game winner; burring a hard slap shot past the glove side of Dwayne Roloson. That would be the game winner for the Rangers, though they did add an empty net goal by Brian Boyle to make it a 2-0 win for the Rangers.
As for mentioned the Islanders took issue with the penalties called against them last night, specifically the non-call on Nielson and the interference on Jon Sim. “There were some questionable calls,” Jon Sim told reporters after the game.”But they [the referees] can make their judgment…It’s a marginal call.” Other players were hesitant to make critiques of the refs including Jack Capuano who also deferred questions about the officiating.
The celebrity news power play was also dismal again and Jack Capuano seemed to express his frustration after the game. “I’m not going to waste around with the same personnel,” a frustrated Capuano told reporters. “If guys aren't going to do it, other guys are going to play. We’ve gone over this. I don’t mind not scoring on the power-play as long as they’re doing what we ask. I don’t care if it’s five defensemen or five rookies at this point.” Capuano has told Newsday he would be open to using A-Mac or Hamonic on the point.
The Islanders will not get a break as they get to take on the Flyers tomorrow on mascot day.
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