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My Thoughts From The Home Opener | October

The Islanders looked very different from last season, last night. They looked like a much bigger and physical team, especially from James Wisniewski's big hit right infront of the Isles bench.

It started off from a first period goal let in by DiPietro on James Benn. Then, I'd say about two or three minutes later, Robidas beat DP from the point, I believe. DP later called the goal "horrendus", atleast that's what he told reporters.

Then the Isles take on the powerplay. The "Wiz", as they call him, slapped one from the left point right into the net. He celebrated like what you'd expect to see on NHL 11. Great to see him get his first goal on the powerplay as an Islander.

Next, Morrow shot one past DP on a one timer. I could see that one coming, as Ribero deked around Wisniewski. But the Isles would get it back. On the poweplay again, Weight took a shot and I believe it went off a star and in the net.

Morrow then tailed another goal, making the score 4-2 Dallas in the third period.  But the Isles still didn't give up. The Stars goaltender looses his stick and Bailey kicks it to the side while Comeau takes the shot and scores. I predicted he would score, and he did. Woop!

I began to pray the Isles would tie it up. And they did. Guessing who? It was Matt Moulson! He backhanded one past Letty and then couldn't really celebrate that one as a Star fell on him. But he still raises his stick!

The game went to OT as the Isles killed off a penalty. Still tied in OT, they moved on to a shootout. Nielsen preformed his casual move, with a save. DP denied the next two stars. Shooting second for the Isles was PA Parenteau hitting the post. He was 3-3 in shootouts last season with the Rangers. Moulson was denied and it all came down to DiPietro. Ribero deked out DP and won the game.


A few notes from the game:

Josh Bailey and PA Parenteau:Both looked very strong with the puck, Bailey was making better decisions as well. Wen't on a mini breakaway from the right side up the ice but missed the net. I didn't expect Parenteau to play that well, making some moves and even delivering a few hits.

Doug Weight and Rick DiPietro: Weight played great, tallying a goal and assist last night. He looked like a youngster. DP was rusty, but you have to expect that from a goaltender that hasn't played in a quite amount of time. He even made some good saves.


The Isles are taking on the Rangers tomorrow at 1pm. It's a matinee game, so maybe we'll see them in those new white away jerseys. It's unclear who gets the start, I would expect to see DP as long as he's healthy, but things change.