9:28 pm, NVMC - Interactive Plus/Minus and the Point Blank Rock Challenge after the Devils' 4-2 victory over the Islanders...
Plus: Islanders fans responding to the positive developments in the Country with the second sellout of the week, third of the season (the home opener).
Minus: The Islanders often point out after games how they often got the better of play 5-on-5. They hit three posts and missed a few other big chances, but you couldn't say that tonight.
Plus: First big Islanders save of the night made by - who else? - Kyle Okposo three minutes into the game.
Minus: Islanders look disjointed early in the first, leave the captain of the U.S. Olympic Team wide open for the opening goal of the game.
Plus: John Tavares shanks a pass right on the stick to Okposo to tie the game at 1-1 early into Colin White's five-minute penalty (and game misconduct) for boarding Sean Bergenheim.
Plus: Jamie Langenbrunner saying to Zach Parise on the Devils' bench, "That guy Okposo did make the Olympic Team, right"? (Okay, I made that up, but he may have).
Minus: Jacques Lemaire's comedic pre-game monologue about the Coliseum. "I don't like the locker room. I don't like my office. The rink is okay. My office is like a washroom and we are six in it. So we can't turn around if one guy wants to get out." No doubt Jacques didn't mind the place when his first Devils team won regularly here.
Minus: Not learning from Dave Tippett's blunder in Phoenix, Lemaire doesn't put a Devil in the penalty box during White's five-minute penalty. The Islanders get an extra 32 seconds on the power play. Twice in one season? Astounding. And Lemaire had breaks after two Islanders power play goals to correct his mistake. Brain cramp caused by cramped office, I guess.
Plus: Islanders out-shoot the Devils 14-1 in the second period.
Minus: New Jersey, who played last night, was the far better team in the third.
Minus: New Jersey's only shot was Zach Parise's pass off Freddy Meyer's skate and behind Rick DiPietro to tie the game at 2-2 with 32 seconds left in the period.
Minus: It's an embarrassment to a great sport and league that teams are going on power plays because the lame composite sticks break in half, drawing slashing penalties. Example: Travis Zajac's phantom "slash" in the first period.
Minus: Rick DiPietro seemed to have a lot of trouble getting the puck to stick in his glove.
Minus: The headline in the business section of Newsday this week, "Fighting for $186M for Point Blank." Turns out the story was about a lawsuit involving a body armor company called Point Blank Solutions. Darn.
Even: Lots of Devils fans in the expensive seats tonight, right at center ice.
Plus: Assuming he doesn't return from his two-game suspension kinder and gentler, Andy Sutton and Alexander Ovechkin will be fun to watch on Tuesday.
The Point Blank Rock Challenge
In honor of Sunday's big game, K-ROCK is playing rock blocks all weekend in which each song starts with a J, then an E, then a T and S. Got me thinking of the day, any year now, when the Islanders are in the Stanley Cup Final. Maybe K-Rock wouldn't do it, but Roger Luce and the folks at WBAB would.
(There's always time in a Devils game for side projects like this or another Australian Open forecast for FanHouse. I'm 3-0 heading into Sunday's big Justine Henin match).
So here's mine. Some of these are not necessarily my all-time favorite tunes, just some standards of classic rock radio to get the challenge started.
I: "I Am the Walrus" by the Beatles
S: "Sweet Home Alabama," by Lynyrd Skynyrd
L: "Layla" by Derek and the Dominoes
A: "American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
N: "Night Moves" by Bob Seger
D: "Down by the River" by Neil Young
E: "Every Breath You Take" by The Police
R: "Rock and Roll" by Led Zeppelin
S: "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones
Here's the Point Blank Rock Challenge: Submit your I-S-L-A-N-D-E-R-S list, BUT no duplicate songs. Once a poster lists a song, you cannot use it.
They do not have to be classic rock. Just good. Take your time. There's no Islanders practice tomorrow.
Your Plus/Minus is also welcomed.