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10-21-2011, 22:23
The second loss of the 2011-2012 season was not a high note in the early going here, with a mirror performance of Opening Night; and we all know how spectacular that was to be a part of. The second loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning was painful.

After coming off three straight Wins, each one different than the last, the Islanders came out lethargic and slow. The speedy Isles were not so speedy, instead they were getting beat to lose pucks along the boards and playing with a sense of urgency that can only be found in Bantam leagues.

Roughly two minutes into the hockey game, a turnover in the Lightning zone lead to a mono-a-mono staredown between Kyle Okposo and Tampa netminder Matthiew Garon, just below the hashmarks, but the struggling forward was unable to hit what seemed like a wide open net. The stage was set from here, with the Isles looking part lost, and just plain bad.

The Lightning would eventually score on two power play goals, and ride out a gutsy finish for a team that needed it badly. The Lightning had started the season poorly, losing five straight games before tightening up defensively versus the Islanders and putting together a much better effort. For the Islanders, the game was puzzling for a team that seemed poised for a solid roadtrip. “Not going to lie, I think we are ready for a pretty good roadtrip” said Tavares, after the Islanders tough win over the Rangers. Are they?

Al Montoya was solid in net for the Islanders, and was hardly the reason they lost. Montoya made 26 saves on the night, however one goal did go in as a result of a turnover he made behind the net. Otherwise, a few posts and defensive breakdowns, and Montoya was more the victim of bad defensive hockey than anything else. Young defenseman Travis Hamonic had a couple of rare turnovers that lead to potent Lightning chances, and much of the defense around him didn’t fare much better. The pair of Eaton-Mottau had a rough outing, although Mark Eaton had the better play of any other defenseman on the night.

Secondary scoring continues to be a problem for the Islanders. Enough has been said of the Islanders’ hopes riding on the progress of the young players, but there needs to be actual progress from the young players if the Islanders are to have success this season. It is becoming a tired listen, but it is still reality. Michael Grabner got his second goal of the season, but outside of that scoring chance, there was not much of anything generated Tampa’s way.

The New York Islanders need to put this one behind them and regroup for another tough challenge against the Florida Panthers. Ironically enough, this game comes off the heals of a game we felt it resembled the most; the one against those Panthers on opening night. For the score to good the good guys’ way, they need to assert themselves from the beginning and get dirty instead of cute. If the goals are to come, they need to start battling. Rick Dipietro may get the start.

What lies ahead: Ken and myself will continue to update the blog after Game Night with our thoughts, with quality reads on various players on the team. Coming up, Ken will provide some insight into the frustrating Josh Bailey situation, and why it’s worth paying attention too.


Jersey John
10-22-2011, 15:32
Is COmeu gone yet?? Hes gotta be getting traded