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In the same game, which the Islanders won, Dwayne Roloson robs Matt Duchene…
from Dan Martin of the NY Post,
Garth Snow never doubted whom he would pick with the Islanders’ top selection over the summer and John Tavares has made the Islanders’ GM look good for much of his rookie season.
Lately, however, the young center has seen his production slip significantly, as Tavares only has one point in his last eight games.
But that’s not a cause for concern for Snow.
“He’s 19 years old,” Snow said of Tavares, who has 28 points (16 goals, 12 assists) in his first 40 games in the NHL heading into tonight’s match against Columbus at the Coliseum. “Any time a young guy is going to come out of juniors or college hockey into this league, it’s not going to be a seamless transition.”
Dwayne Roloson in action agaisnt the Lightning.
via Katie Strang (took 3 tweets),
Statement from Garth Snow after the game:
“Ricky has been seen by the team doctors and most recently a specialist to make sure we are taking the proper steps in his rehabilitation. We will seek an additional opinion and should have a time line by the end of the week.”
In case you were unaware, DiPietro left his last rehag game early due to soreness in his leg. He was scheduled to play again tonight but did not.
from Dan Martin of the NY Post,
Rick DiPietro has made it through months of practice and drills without getting hurt. Tonight, he and the Islanders will see how his body holds up during a game.
It’s been nearly a year since the team’s injury-prone franchise goalie has suited up. Last January, swelling in his surgically repaired knee forced him from the lineup again.
“This is really big for him,” said GM Garth Snow, who will be in Bridgeport tonight to see the Isles’ AHL affiliate Sound Tigers host Springfield with DiPietro in net for the first time since Jan. 2. “It’s certainly been a long road to recovery for him.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The players were hoping that a second win in 72 hours, the club’s first back-to-backs in almost a year, might give GM Brian Burke pause for thought as he contemplates trades and call-ups.
But the 40-year-old Roloson had other plans. The 61 Toronto shots tied the modern-day team record from an 8-0 win over Detroit in February of 1976.
“I don’t know what to say,” Kessel chanted after getting his sixth goal to start the three-goal comeback in the second period. “Sixty shots…it was unbelievable and still we don’t win (the Isles were held to 20 shots). We have to bury the chances.
“We had a little lapse for five minutes and it cost us.”
Coach Ron Wilson had seen Roloson play some great games while both were in the Western Conference, but this took the cake.
“We missed the net a lot of times and I’ll bet we had 100 shots altogether,” Wilson said. “I just don’t want our team to get frustrated. Phil thinks he can score when he has the puck, but a lot of our guys just hope to do it.”
from Katie Strang of Isles Files,
While the full group will not be on the ice at IceWorks in Syosset tomorrow—since the Islanders will arrive in New York late after tonight’s game—DiPietro’s participation tomorrow will be viewed as the next significant step in his rehabilitation.
“Everything has gone according to plan,” Gordon said before Monday’s game against Toronto. “This isn’t anything unexpected. We’d be disappointed if he wasn’t on the ice soon.”...
After DiPietro practices with the team, he will eventually head to Bridgeport for a conditioning stint, during which he’ll likely play 2-5 games before making his 2009-2010 debut.
a bit more...
from Katie Strang of Newsday,
...as much as Islanders fans may view him as a sudden miracle of goal-scoring, some apparition that magically materialized in the off-season to invigorate a goal-starved team, Moulson endured a lengthy, arduous, obstacle-riddled road to his current success as the team’s top-line left wing and leading goal-scorer.
His circuitous route to the NHL took its first detour more than ten years ago, when Moulson - criticized for his size [he’s now 6-1, 206] and skating - was cut at every single Triple-A and junior hockey team tryout he attended.
Moulson shrugged off the rejections.
from Dan Martin of the NY Post,
With the Islanders in Carolina, preparing to play yet another game without their franchise goalie tonight, Rick DiPietro was working out at Iceworks in Syosset yesterday, still likely at least a month away from his return to an NHL game.
The 28-year-old is acutely aware that he has become known more for his propensity for getting injured than the fact that he’s a former All-Star.
“I have to keep telling myself that I have a lot of years left and not to push too much and put myself in jeopardy,” said DiPietro, who is in the fourth year of his 15-year deal and is still recovering from knee surgery after being limited to five games last season. “The one thing that frustrates me is when people say I can’t stay healthy. It’s not like anyone goes out there and tries to get hurt. It would be one thing—and I would accept the criticism—if I came into camp out of shape, fat and lazy, but I consider myself a pretty hard worker and I come into camp in great shape.”
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
A month from now, Biron could be part of a three-man goalie rotation on Long Island. Biron has been splitting the duties with Dwayne Roloson, who is in the first year of a two-year, $5 million contract.
Rick DiPietro, who signed a 15-year, $67.5 million contract three years ago, is practicing again after missing a year with a knee injury. Isles coach Scott Gordon said DiPietro has been on the ice every other day. Once DiPietro feels ready, he’ll begin working out with the team in earnest.
Isles coach Scott Gordon wouldn’t give a time table, but there’s a good chance DiPietro will return in early December. Something will have to give. Isles General Manager Garth Snow knew that when he signed Biron in late July, giving him three capable NHL goalies. The Isles will need to trade a goalie, and Biron is the obvious candidate.
It’s equally clear that the Sabres need a more reliable backup goaltender. Ryan Miller started for the 11th time in 12 games Wednesday night. Coach Lindy Ruff claims to have confidence in Patrick Lalime, but his actions suggest otherwise.
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