Posts Tagged ‘Islanders’

New York Islanders at Detroit (12/31/10)

Friday, December 31st, 2010

The New York Islanders were in town tonight to close out 2010 with the Red Wings. The goalies for this game were Howard and Roloson. Eaves was out of the lineup tonight with an upper body injury. Coach Babcock joked that he had hurt himself by raising his arms too much in the previous game when he had his first career hat trick. Tomas Tatar got the call up from Grand Rapids to fill in for him.

This game was a different sort of challenge for the Red Wings and Jimmy Howard. The Islanders play a very conservative, slow, grinding style of hockey. It makes it tough to stay sharp and to keep up the intensity level when playing against them. As Mickey Redmond put it, they lull you to sleep.

All of the Islanders’ goals in regulation were quick strikes after face off wins in the Red Wings’ end. The first one was actually knocked in by Lidstrom when it bounced off his stick in front of the net. It was a good demonstration of the importance of face offs, especially in the defensive zone.

Franzen scored first for the Wings, and then the Islanders scored the goal that went in off Lidstrom’s stick. The Islanders scored again with just three seconds left in the first period. That was a demoralizing goal since the Wings had been in complete control of the game. They just let their guard down for a second at the very end of the period and that was enough for the Islanders to strike.

In the second period the Islanders scored a third goal. It was a tip-in that Howard didn’t have much chance of stopping. Then at the end of the period the Red Wings scored with just nine seconds left. Bertuzzi got bumped into Roloson. He still made the save but gave up a rebound. The play continued while Roloson was lying on the ice trying to sell a penalty call to the refs. Filppula picked up the puck and put it in the wide open net. Roloson was really sour because he thought there should have been a goalie interference call. He must not have realized that Bertuzzi was shoved into him. Roloson pushed the net off the moorings and really gave an earful to the referee. That goal made it three to two Islanders at the end of the second.

In the third period Tomas Tatar got his first NHL goal. He skated through the slot as Helm released a shot. It wasn’t clear that Tatar even saw the puck but he tipped it in with his backhand. That was the game tying goal and really got the crowd revved up. It was a big moment for Tatar and I’m sure it’s one he’ll never forget. He was clearly excited about it and had quite an exuberant celebration.

The tied score held until the end of regulation so the game went to overtime. In the OT the Islanders took a penalty, and then before it was over, the Red Wings took one. So we had some 4 on 4, 4 on 3, 3 on 3 and then 4 on 3 the other way. That was a quite a variety of scenarios in just a few minute span. Unfortunately, the Islanders scored during their 4 on 3 power play to win the game. It was a good shot by Parenteau that beat Howard cleanly.

This was a frustrating game to lose because the Wings were the better team by far. They outshot the Islanders 41 to 23. The Red Wings dominated this game. It was just a fluky goal and some opportunistic quick strikes by the Islanders that cost the Red Wings the game. It was a bit of a bummer way to end the year but at least they got a point.

This 4-3 overtime loss brings us to:
24-9-5
53 points

Detroit at New York Islanders (1/12/10)

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

The Red Wings went back on the road tonight to play the New York Islanders. They were only home for a few days after their long west coast road trip and didn’t even play a game there before heading back on the road. The goalies for tonight’s game were Roloson and Howard.

After just 1:29 of the first period the Islanders scored. They got the puck in deep behind the Red Wings net and quickly passed it back out to the slot. Moulson was there and nobody really seemed to notice him. They were all focusing behind the net and the puck came out so quickly that by the time they looked at him he had already tipped the puck in.

A few seconds later the exact same thing almost happened again. Howard was ready for it this time and stopped it with his stick.

Towards the end of the first period Helm was gathering the puck in his own end he wiped out along the boards. He made a last ditch attempt to clear it as he went down but ended up turning it over to Gervais. He then fed it to Schremp in the slot who shot it quickly and scored for the Islanders’ second unanswered goal.

The Islanders outplayed the Red Wings in the first period. The Wings only had seven shots on goal and the Islanders had 13.

More than halfway through the second period Stuart tried to pass across the ice in front of his own net. He fanned on the pass and put it on a platter for Schremp right in the slot. He was all alone in front of Howard. He made a move and got Howard to commit one way then put the puck around him the other way to make it three to nothing Islanders. A few seconds later there was a goaltending change. I don’t really think any of the goals were all that terrible, it was really just the team playing poorly in front of Howard. The change was probably just supposed to shake up the team rather than punish Howard.

After Osgood came in it continued to be a shooting gallery as the Red Wings gave up three or four really good scoring chances almost immediately.

A few minutes later Maltby was called for slashing and the Islanders had the first power play of the game. The Wings almost killed it off but with just a few seconds left the Islanders got the puck over to Streit. He stepped up and shot it beating Osgood and making it four to nothing Islanders. This game was becoming hard to watch. It looked like a different team from the San Jose game.

The Red Wings only had two shots in the second period and only nine total compared to 26 for the Islanders. It was pretty awful.

About halfway through the third period the Islanders scored again. If anybody still cares, it was a faceoff in the Red Wings end and they got the puck to Okposo. He shot it from the top of the circle and Tavares was in front of the net. He either screened or distracted Osgood but either way it was five to nothing.

A few minutes later Gervais got the puck in the offensive zone and he took a few steps along the blue line with it and ripped it. Of course it went in the net making it six to nothing. It may have hit Meech’s skate but does anybody really care?

I don’t know if the Red Wings were just worn out from the long road trip or what but this is the worst they’ve played in a long time. They just didn’t show up tonight. They were completely dominated by the Islanders. I’ve never been so happy to see time run out in a game.

This 0-6 loss brings us to:
23-16-6
52 points

New York Islanders at Detroit (3/27/09)

Friday, March 27th, 2009

Tonight the Islanders were in Detroit to face the Wings. We don’t get to see the Islanders very often so the Red Wings didn’t really know what to expect from this game. Even Mike Babcock admitted that he knows very little about the Islanders because he never watches Eastern Conference games.

The goaltender for the Islanders was ex-Red Wing Joey MacDonald and for the Wings it was Chris Osgood.

The first period was pretty exciting. Detroit had some good scoring chances and good energy but weren’t able to score. The Wings were out-shot, out-chanced and out-hit in the first period so those weren’t good signs. Osgood looked pretty sharp in the first period. He seemed to have shaken off the poor showing in his previous start. Like all good goalies he has a short memory.

In the second period Detroit had some great scoring chances again. Hossa got a crossbar, and Samuelsson was robbed thanks to a diving save by MacDonald. It was starting to seem like one of those nights where nothing goes into the net.

With the Red Wings on the power play in the second period they got burned for a shorthanded goal. Okposo took the puck up the ice and passed it through Samuelsson to Nielsen. He faked to the left and Osgood bit leaving the right side of the net wide open. Nielsen chipped it into the net for the shortie.

With about five minutes to go in the second period, the Islanders had the puck behind the Red Wings net. Jackman tried a wrap-around shot. Osgood was there but the puck when through his legs to other side of the net which was wide open. Bailey jumped on it and popped it in to give the last place Islanders a two to nothing lead over the mighty Red Wings.

Detroit came out in the third period with their tails on fire. They were in Islanders end taking shot after shot for most of the first three minutes. Filppula had a great chance that hit another goal post and came right back out. Unfortunately, the only thing to show for all the pressure they applied was a goaltender interference call on Cleary.

They killed off the penalty and went back to work. The Wings earned a power play during which Datsyuk and Franzen each hit goal posts but nothing went in. Detroit pulled their goalie and turned up the heat a little more but they weren’t able to score.

It was Joey MacDonald’s first shutout of his career and he earned it. He and his three irons should be charged with burglary after this game. He robbed Samuelsson a few times and Datsyuk at the end. When he wasn’t in position to make the save the goal posts or crossbar had his back.

This was not a good performance by the Wings. They didn’t really start pressuring until the third period and by then it was too late. It was pretty clear that they didn’t care much about this game at first. Or, more precisely, I think they thought they could win without having to try very hard and that’s never going to be the case. Every team shows the Red Wings their best game. Any team in the league can beat any other team on any given day. As they say, that’s why they play the games.

The Red Wings should learn a lesson from this one and then just shake it off and move on. It has no bearing on their season overall.

This 2-0 loss brings us to:
49-17-9
107 points