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"Maybe we play hungrier, a little bit on the edge, with a little swagger, I think sometimes it helps. You look at the top teams, Pittsburgh, Boston -- they have a little swagger, a little cockiness, in a good way. We need to find that a little, and it's not easy when you're at home, you have a bad record. You have to say almost, 'To hell with it.' "
-Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders. More leadership talk regarding the Islanders from Arthur Staple of Newsday.
UNIONDALE, NY (February 28, 2013) — Below is a statement from New York Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow about comments made by goalie Rick DiPietro earlier today.
“We are aware of Rick’s comments today and the severity of them. We will handle them internally as we do with all player matters. This is an opportunity for Rick to play lots of games in Bridgeport.”
via IslandersPointBlank were you can read more related tweets...
from Mike Sielski of the Wall Street Journal,
A willowy 28-year-old center for the Islanders, Nielsen was waiting to take his team's second shootout attempt during a game against the Rangers earlier this month. While Nielsen lingered at center ice, he said later, he set his mind to outsmarting goaltender Martin Biron—the two engaging in an unseen cat-and-mouse game that doesn't exist in regulation play but has defined Nielsen's career.
Over 355 games with the Islanders, Nielsen has 56 goals—his value is derived mainly from his conscientious defensive play. After scoring a career-high 17 goals last season, he's managed just two in 19 games this year. But whenever the Islanders find themselves in a game that's tied after overtime—so far this season, the Rangers game is the only one that has been—Nielsen morphs into their most important and dangerous player. He has scored on 24 of his 39 shootout tries. That success rate of 61.5% is nearly twice the league average (33%) and is the highest of any active player who has at least 10 shootout goals.
Nielsen's proficiency in shootouts is due at least in part to a signature tactic that he's mastered over his seven-year career. After picking up the puck with an initial burst of speed, he'll downshift as he approaches the opposing goaltender, cruising on his skates, giving no indication of what he'll do. He then makes a single sharp, explosive move, shifting the puck to his backhand and either sliding or lifting it through whatever sliver of space the goalie reveals.
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
It is a given that the first wave of ridicule in the wake of Friday's news that the New York Islanders had placed Rick DiPietro on waivers would wash over the hapless 31-year-old goaltender, no doubt inflicting a torn knee ligament, assuming they haven't all been removed and sent to the Smithsonian.
But if there's a God, the second, bigger wave - a tsunami, if possible - and every wave after it should knock Mike Milbury clean off his bully pulpit at the NBC Sports Network, and then capsize the dinghy which Islanders owner Charles Wang and general manager Garth Snow have been rowing around in circles together for nigh on seven funny/sad hockey seasons.
Each time DiPietro's name comes up, now and forever more, The Three Stooges - one former, two current - of a once-storied franchise, now bound for Brooklyn, deserve all the scorn there is.
DiPietro? He is, if you think about it a little, the victim here.
John Giannone of MSG Network took a puck to the nose area tonight.
First, the game winner in OT by Brad Boyes and below, another giveaway by Brodeur kept the puck in the offensive zone and the Islanders' Aucoin found the back of the net.
Brendan Shanahan explains the suspension.
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