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Islanders quit like a young Kostitsyn in Montreal

This was not hockey, played by hockey players. This was some scrimmage between a learn-to-skate group and a team that actually needs points because it has some chance of going somewhere.

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Final - 10.22.2009 1 2 3 Total
New York Islanders 0 0 1 1
Montreal Canadiens 2 1 2 5

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Just a joke. An embarrassment. A virus better be ransacking this locker room right now, because otherwise there's no excuse for that. And Washington is up Saturday, with a return visit to Montreal on Monday. So ... yeah, something else would be nice.

Note: I'll add the video to this recap, if you really want the abuse, later when it's available. Video "highlights:"

Ways In Which This Game Challenged the Vocabulary for Variations of 'Fecal Folly'

  • The Islanders were outshot 43-22, including 15-7 in the first. Oh, are shots important in this game?
  • Martin Biron, though bombarded, was swimming in his crease and landing on his butt all night.
  • No one except Kyle Okposo showed up. That's right, John Tavares had his first invisible night as an Islander.
  • Okay, actually Matt Moulson showed up, too.
  • Radek Martinek: Probably the next guy to sit in the scratch rotation. He's had a rough start and this was his roughest game.
  • Mark Streit: A mostly sleepy, sometimes shaky night. Disappointing performance in his former home.
  • Watching Marc-Andre Bergeron score on a powerplay bomb, then cripple Jack Hillen with another.

Ways in Which This Game Wasn't as Awful as, Say, A 9-0 Loss to Carolina

  • Josh Bailey got a slump-buster goal -- a gift-wrapped empty net courtesy of Jaroslav Halak, who can be forgiven for sleepwalking.
  • Martin Biron had that one awesome breakaway save on Scott Gomez ... after Radek Martinek handed the puck over.
  • Hey, there was no first-period dominance to undercut with misery in the 2nd, nor any 3rd-period lead to blow.

Maybe they were sick. Maybe the back-to-back and travel got the best of them. But this schedule doesn't get any lighter. Despite the normal rebuilding caveats, we're going to need some progress here.