Deja Vu: Islanders fall 4-2, this time to the Devils

Same score, different opponent. I'd fret about this one, but well: I mean Greg Moore was the second-line center. John Tavares was flanked by Trevor Smith and Preseason Sensation Matt Moulson, who notched his fourth goal (on the PP) in as many games while getting a game-high seven shots on goal. You think Tavares' presence maybe opens things up for his linemates just a little bit?

And this Moulson kid -- is he going to force a decision on Scott Gordon and Garth Snow here? Remember that beyond his goals (which can come in preseason like some such Druce), there is also the penalty killing aspect.

Other bits of interest from scanning the report but not seeing the game:

  • Mark Streit fought! And his opponent, Olivier Magnan-Grenier, ended up scoring the game-winner.
  • The Devils' Rob Davison fought twice -- once with Matt Martin and once with Micheal Haley, who NHL.com is now listing as just "Mike Haley," no doubt after constant turmoil over the spelling of his first name.
  • Oh look: The attendance of 8,000-plus was less than in Kansas City, and Newsday already has one-liners about that.
  • Among her in-game notes, 7th Woman says Joel Rechlicz has about six stitches around his eye.
  • Not relating to the game, but Sean O'Donnell was indeed suspended (two regular season games) for being Sean O'Donnell on Matt Martin the other night.
  • As John at In Lou We Trust describes, the Islanders were heavily outshot, and Martin Biron was on the receiving end. You know what I love about Scott the former goalie Gordon as coach? He's always frank and usually detailed with his post-game analysis of his 'keepers:
  • "He certainly wasn’t the reason why we lost," Gordon said. "I think he’d probably like do a little more with the rebounds with the first and third goals; you can’t fault him for the second goal."

    That beats your average "he did alright" or "we could have helped him more." Gordon at least addresses specific things on specific goals. Gordon also said the Isles failed at clearing traffic in front of Biron. Considering regulars Streit, Brendan Witt and Radek Martinek were in the lineup, that is a concern.

    Meanwhile, a nice feature on Tavares at NHL.com, about how Gordon is trying to get him up to speed and how Tavares will be living with Doug Weight for a while:

    "Right now I'm in a hotel, but I'm going to move in with Dougie for a little while," Tavares told NHL.com, adding with a laugh that "he needs me to keep him young."

    As far as the game goes: Any concerns for you? Observations from watching it or being there? More budding crushes on Moulson? I certainly wouldn't mind seeing if he can replicate some of this in an NHL game.

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