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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
No one would have been surprised if Gordon threw the 6-8 Fritz on the ice at that point even though he had played just one second-period shift and a total of 2:30 in the game. But Gordon didn’t light the fuse to Fritz’s cannon then, and even after the Devils put the game out of reach at 5-2 with a five-on-three power play goal, the Islanders’ coach refused to fire his big gun in what he apparently regarded as a vain attempt for payback….
Why not use him when the game was out of hand to send a message to the Devils? “No, I don’t think that’s the right thing to do,” Gordon said. “You jeopardize your own players’ safety if you put a player out like that. It kind of gives the impression that you’re trying to create or do something. I didn’t want to put Mitch in that situation or the rest of the players on the team in that situation where the other team thinks this is what we’re going to do.
more with expanded comments from Bill Guerin regarding the league must get tougher when dealing with cheap shots…
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Islanders captain Bill Guerin called for Devils defenseman Mike Mottau to be suspended for his high hit on Frans Neilsen 3:22 into the third period of the Devils’ 5-2 victory over the Islanders tonight.
Neilson injured his right knee on the play and the Islanders are also worried that he has a head injury.
Guerin compared it to a hit that the Islanders Thomas Pock had on Ottawa’s Ryan Shannon earlier this season. Pock received a five-game suspension for that one.
“Mike Mottau’s not a dirty player, but that was a dirty hit,” Guerin said.
Given the league’s recent statement that it would like to cut back on hits to the head, it would not be surprising if Mottau received some supplementary discipline.
added 3:10pm, via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils defenseman Mike Mottau was suspended for two games by the NHL today for his hit on the Islanders Frans Neilsen in the third period of Friday night’s game.
“I don’t share your love for the Isles, Scotty. Not sure what you’re smoking. I think they are apt to lose five games in a row at a moment’s notice. I will run across press row naked at the Cup finals if the Islanders make the playoffs.”
—ESPN‘s Pierre LeBrun writing to colleague Scott Burnside
from NYI Point Blank,
When you’ve had your car torched because someone doesn’t like the color of your skin, you can deal with the occasional “Who the %$@# is Sudarshan Maharaj and what qualifies him to coach Rick DiPietro and Joey MacDonald”?
The Islanders goaltending consultant, Maharaj has heard it all but never complains, not even when a trio of racists in Sweden set his car on fire 20 years ago during his pro playing career. Born in Trinidad and raised there for the first six years of his life, Maharaj has refused to let anything distract his focus on making a name in the game of hockey.
from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,
In order for the Islanders to get a new home, for the Islanders to remain on Long Island and not wind up as a relocated franchise to Kansas City or Seattle or some other city, Wang needs to do what Bettman did last week. He needs to speak honestly about how grave this situation is.
People close to him say he doesn’t want to play the game of making threats, but it’s not a threat if it’s real. Fans, take off your Islanders-colored glasses and look around the Coliseum. This place stinks. And no one is coming. And Wang admittedly is losing money, as much as $20 million a year, he says.
Entering last night’s game, the Islanders were last in the league in attendance, averaging 13,233 fans. But no way does that number truly reflect the amount of actual live bodies who have passed through this place this year. It’s inflated, just like some people’s evaluations of the youth on this team.
Sources tell TSN New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Pock was given a five-game suspension for his elbow to the head of Ottawa Senators’ winger Ryan Shannon last night.
Pock received a 5-minute major and game misconduct for the incident.
After the game, Senators’ head coach Craig Hartsburg made his case for a suspension, using Jarkko Ruutu’s current situation as an example.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The NHL schedule maker must have a cruel streak where Islanders fans are concerned. As if to cut through the scar tissue from the Mike Milbury era and re-open old wounds, the league scheduled back-to-back Coliseum visits for Ottawa forwards Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza Saturday night and Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo Monday night.
At a time when the franchise basically is starting over from scratch with a rebuilding program, that trio of NHL All-Stars represents the core of the Islanders team that could have been.
from TSN & the CP,
Sources tell TSN New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Pock will have a hearing with the National Hockey League this afternoon at 2pm et to determine supplemental discipline following his hit on Ottawa Senators’ winger Ryan Shannon last night.
Pock received a 5-minute major and game misconduct for elbowing Shannon in the head.
from NYI Point Blank,
If the model for rebuilding the Islanders into a true contender at some point this century is the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, we might as well all call it a day.
The Penguins were awful for five consecutive seasons. They blew the good kind of chunks, the kind that get you…
So how about a more realistic model, like the Washington Capitals? After the lockout, Caps GM George McPhee stripped the payroll to the salary cap floor. The team and its fans had to suck it up and take the pain….
The Capitals are not there yet, but their revival last year was one of the NHL’s feel-good stories.
from Ian Winwood of the Sports Blog at the Guardian,
There is no reason whatsoever that fans of a terrible club should throw good money after bad watching their team lose, but there is something noble about those who do. What is certain, though, is that the club today in no way resembles the powerhouse that dominated hockey more than a quarter of a century ago. What’s more, it’s difficult to imagine how the Islanders might soon climb out of their slough of despond; for them failure became first a tradition, then a habit, and now an identity.
...Somewhere among the Giants jerseys, the Knicks vests, the Rangers sweatshirts and the Mets caps you might see someone wearing a piece of apparel that has the “Y” of NY fashioned into a hockey stick. But don’t let this fool you, because a night with the New York Islanders is these days the coldest ticket in town.
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