The New York Islanders returned home after a disappointing road trip, losing back-to-back games to the Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators. But their losing ways would follow them back home as they fell 4-3 to the Buffalo Sabres after being defeated in the shootout.
The first period opened with the Isles controlling the play for the entire period. Although both teams had plenty of shots, the Isles led the way with a 16-11 advantage. Evgeni Nabokov had to make some key saves, but the fore-check that the Isles put on in the offensive zone eventually led to a goal from Frans Nielsen.
The Danish center-man toe dragged the puck in the high slot and let go of a wicked wrister that beat Ryan Miller just over his glove and inside the far post. The assists went to Pierre-Marc Bouchard, his first as an Islanders forward, and Josh Bailey.
The Blackhawks prepare to face an unfamiliar Eastern Conference opponent. The last time the Hawks faced the Buffalo Sabres was back in 2012. This will be the first of two meetings this season between these two clubs.
The Buffalo Sabres are winless to this point with a 0-4-1 record which, could make them a very dangerous team if the Hawks overlook them or the dislike level is too low considering they have not faced each other much.
The Sabres come into this tilt with scoring problems as they are just averaging one goal a game. If that continues then the Blackhawks should be in good shape. You can never discount the Sabres however with Ryan Miller in net for Buffalo. Look for Co...
The Buffalo Sabres will open their 2013 campaign against the Philadelphia Flyers, who come to town after a 3-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Can the Flyers spoil the Sabres' party like the Penguins did to theirs?
Mother Nature had her way with just about everyone this past week, amping up the temperatures to trick everyone into thinking they were in mid-playoff form. Unfortunately, this was the week that the Canadiens discovered (for real) that there is no chance of that for them this year.
Shut Out: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Cody Hodgson scored his first goal as a Buffalo Sabre and added another in the third period to procure the Sabres a win, Tuesday, against the Canadiens.
The Sabres once were where the Canadiens are, and are now where they usually tend to be at this time of year, fighting for a playo...
The Islanders fell by a score of 4 – 1 to the Vancouver Canucks at Rodgers Arena. Despite patches of outplaying their opponents, the Islanders were simply outmatched by last season’s Western Conference champions.
Once again, the Islanders let up a goal on the first shot against them, courtesy of Aaron Rome (3 points), just two minutes in to the game. The rest of the first period was a gutty effort by the Islanders, who killed off a penalty to finish the frame, which saw no other goals in the period.
A scary moment occurred early in the first period for Islanders fans when Matt Moulson left the ice to head to the trainer’s room. He was ...
If Roberto Luongo was trying to prove to fans that he had forgotten about the playoffs.. well.. insert your own pithy comment in here.
Luongo was shaky-very shaky- and the Canucks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 in a shootout. Despite Luongo, the Canucks showed toughness and resilience, however, they also took dumb penalties at dumb times. Worse, they couldn't kill them off.
First, however, the game.
James Neal started the party by scoring his first of the season 5:04 into the game. Neal threw a shot at the net from a bad angle. It bounced off Luongo's back leg and trickled in. Not the best way to ring in the new season.
It's no secret that the Vancouver Canucks have squandered their best chance to win a Stanley Cup. Last year, to put it lightly, was the year. Detroit was wounded, San Jose was thin on the back end, Chicago had been gutted and tired from a short offseason full of partying, Boston was without two of their best offensive players in Marc Savard and Nathan Horton, Pittsburgh was without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, the list goes on.
This year, San Jose is still relatively thin on the back end, but they do have a bonafide shut down pairing of Brent Burns and Dan Boyle, if Todd McClellan decides to play the two together. Chicago had a short off season and added some key parts to ma...