05 November 2011
The Islanders broke their six game winless streak tonight with a 5-3 victory over the Washington Capitals. The Islanders get the much needed win just as they prepare for a three game road trip this up coming week.
The Islanders would fall behind in the first period when Joel Ward scored 5:24 into the game. The score would remain that way until 18:41 when Alexander Ovechkin blasted a one timer from the point to make it 2-0 Capitals.
The Islanders would cut the lead in half when Frans Nielsen was able to score a back hander through the legs of Thomas Vokoun to make it a 2-1 game. After consistently strong play through the second period for the Islanders, Brian Rolston was able to tie the game at two with a slap shot that beat Vokoun.
The Islanders strong play continued into the third period and 6:28 into the period Matt Martin scored on a rebound to give the Islanders their first lead of the night. But the Capitals responded three minutes later after Steve Staios took an interference penalty at 8:44. Less than a minute later Brooks Laich scored the power play goal tie the game back up.
The Islanders would maintain composer and continue to pressure the Caps. It eventually paid off at 18: 14 Pa Parenteau was able to push the puck into the net. Milan Jurcina shot the puck from the point and it made it’s way through the pads of Vokoun. Parenteau was there to finish the play.
John Tavares scored the empty netter to secure the win for the Islanders.
(More game breakdown after the jump)
Rick Dipietro had a solid performance tonight at Nassau Coliseum stopping 25 of the 28 shots he faced. He got his first win of the season, moving his record to 1-1-2, and finished the game with .893 saver percentage.
The three goals he did let in only one of them I would truly consider his fault. The Ward goal was one that was redirect off an Islanders stick and into the net. Hard to say the other two Islander net minders would have been able to stop that. Also the power play goal by Laich is one that I’m not confident in saying the others guys would have stopped either. The only one I will say he should have had was the Ovechkin goal late in the first period. That shot was one that most goalies will stop and Dipietro should have had.
The fans are quick to jump on Dipietro’s case for any and everything that he does, and at times almost want to see him fail. I was truly surprised to hear him booed on opening night and even more astonished to hear him booed on Thursday night when he was introduced. The fans should be hoping to see him succeed this season and he has given the Islanders the chance to win every night he steps out on the ice this season.
Capuano fulfilled his promise to change up the lines for tonight’s game and it paid off for the Islanders. For the first time in a number of games the Islanders were able to put pressure on an opponent and sustain that for the majority of the game.
PA Parenteau continued his strong play tonight moving down from the first to the third line. He put up 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) tonight and was named the first star as well as getting the game-winning goal.
Josh Bailey finally got his first point of the season on an assist on the Brian Rolston goal in the second. And speaking of the Brian Rolston goal, that was his first goal of the season and as a New York Islanders.
Capuano is not one to change line-ups unless he really has to, so expect the same lines from tonight for Monday’s game against the Bruins.
Matt Martin Should Get More Ice Time:
One player who doesn’t get his fair share of recognition is Matt Martin and tonight you saw why he is such big part of this team.
Martin gave the Islanders their first lead of the night in the third period when he scored on a rebound shot in front of the net. Goals like that one are something the Islanders need more of and Martin is one of the guys that can help with that. Martin’s natural home, on the ice, is in front of the net. Standing at 6’3” he is the perfect guy to help create screens in front of the net and get those “garbage goals.” You saw two prime examples of that tonight when he scored in the third and when Travis Hamonic fired a laser from the point that hit the post. Martin was in front of the net screening Vokoun, who had no idea where the shot was going.
Martin’s ability would also be a big asset on the power play.
The Roof Leaks:
It was reported by fans and later confirmed by the team via twitter that the Nassau Coliseum roof was leaking. The leak flooded two sections of seats forcing fans who had seats in that section to be relocated.
In conclusion, yup nothing wrong with the Coliseum Nassau County.
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