One of the beauties of this blogger gig is that, unlike a Greg Logan, I'm not mandated to write, say, exactly 600 words on the Islanders' 10th loss in a row. For tonight, I will echo to PB readers the words of a grumpy NHL coach I used to know:
"You saw the game. Write about it." (Please, in Comments).
Perhaps it was divine intervention. After covering a morning skate earlier today where nobody had anything to say and Scott Gordon couldn't even confirm Jeff Tambellini's return to his lineup, tonight the wireless in the Coliseum press box was as reliable as the Islanders' forecheck. So I went home.
In the brief walk from the press box to the parking lot, I encountered several fans asking if I was going to carve up the team in the recap. No, I'm not.
The Islanders' problem, beyond the ten straight losses and embarrassing record of 10-21-3 in The League Where Everybody Wins Sometime, is this: injuries aside, this is likely going to be the Islanders' roster for at least the next two months. Nobody is going anywhere, so the Islanders better figure it out if they want to.
Good on Andy Hilbert and Sean Bergenheim for bringing it all night and getting rewarded for their efforts. Good to see four lines kinda rolled.
Tough to watch Josh Bailey (2-for-12 on faceoffs, no shots on goal) go through this. Tough to hear the TV broadcast speculate about the return date of Rick DiPietro. I'm a fan of Rick's, but the Islanders aren't talking about it so it's tough to understand why anyone else should care right now.
The Islanders grabbed the four-point game with Atlanta. Proving that (just about) any NHL team can beat any other NHL team on any given night, Tampa Bay beat the Penguins tonight, 2-0 in Pittsburgh. If the 2009 NHL Draft was tomorrow, the Islanders would have either the first or second overall pick.
Perfect timing. Our Top 10 draft preview runs tomorrow morning.