14 October 2011
Uniondale NY- The Islanders played their best game of the young season against the Tampa Bay Lightning, winning 5-1 at Nassau Coliseum. John Tavares scored two goals, albeit one was actually put in the net by Lightning defensemen Victor Hedman. The Islanders played a full 60 minutes defeating one of the best teams in the NHL.
By now you’ve read all the game stories so here are some post game quotes and video.
I think we limited the time spent in our zone we’ll be fine.
It’s great whenever you know the goalies going to make the first stop, even if there is a rebound there you can clear it. That first stop is key. Hes seeing the puck well and also for a defensemen going puck for the puck the goalie touches he’s good at handling the puck and making the right decisions according to their fore check.
I mean we played bits and pieces of the first two, but it was good right from the start. We managed the puck well. We got a lot of opportunities through good decision making, so there’s a lot to build on from here.
Well it was a good test. They do have a good lineup. They had a lot of success last year in the playoffs, but it’s a new year and we’re really optimistic and confident in this room. Early on in the season any team you beat is a good two points, but against the lightning it’s a nice measurement.Matt Moulson
It’s a good feeling and I thought we played a real strong 60 minutes and that’s what we wanted to come out and accomplish today. I thought we played a real strong 20 against Minnesota, but fell off a bit. Today I really thought we brought it for 60.
No definitely not. There’s a certain attitude we have in this room and that’s take every single game at a time and concentrate on getting the 2 points every single night.
Just supporting each other, being there for short plays and getting pucks to the net and taking pucks to the net. We did a good job right off the bat with that and any given night it could be any line. We got a lot of firepower. Johnny, PA, and myself we talked before the game about just getting pucks to the net and making sure we were around the net. Those two guys played great tonight.
Yeah it was. Trying to get him one more. It stinks, but I’m sure he’ll have a lot of three goal games this year, so not to worry.
I think in this league you need your goaltender really going and Al has obviously been playing phenomenal. It does, I guess, inject a little bit of confidence into the team and when he does make a big stop he energizes us and we feed off it.
We just feed off each other and played a simple game, got pucks to the net, went to the front of the net and got rewarded for it.
I still think we can be a little better, but its early in the season and your working on things and habits are still getting better and timing is still getting better, so as a team we’re still improving and that’s a good thing.
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