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Islanders Loss A Tough One To Take

from Alan Avital of NYI Point Blank,

On a night when the Islander organization honored its 1992-93 Eastern Conference finalists, the 2011-12 Islanders were hoping to provide the 11,742 fans, who weathered through this fall’s first storm a moment to cherish. Unfortunately, the fan-base was dealt a blow eerily familiar to that which has frustrated the organization for nearly two decades.

Ironically, this jab came from the three blind stripes, who skated up and down the Coliseum ice on Saturday night. Referee Eric Furlatt mistakenly summoned Islander defenseman Travis Hamonic to the penalty box 29 seconds into overtime for delay of game, when the second-year defenseman clearly caromed a clearing attempt off the near glass.

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The penalty that allowed the Sharks to win the game in OT….

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In fairness, the officials were consistenly bad all night. They were downright confused. DiPietro played a puck and they called the Sharks for icing forcing a faceoff at center ice. The Sharks high sticked the puck and when the Islanders didn’t play it, they had the faceoff deep in the Islander zone. Top it off with a bad call on Hamonic (where the puck clearly hit the glass and even left a mark on the glass) all within a ten minute period and you can tell it wasn’t the “A” crew.

This may be the Islanders biggest challenge, as long as you are in the bottom of the league, the NHL will send its worst officials. It could just have easily been the Sharks that came out on the short end with the officiating crew, but you tend to think the “better” team gets the benefit of the doubt after the officials have a conference to get the call wrong.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 10/31/11 at 12:01 PM ET

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