It may have been on an afternoon when many were at their desks, but Episode 1 of the 2010-11 Battle of New York was an event, a game to remember. If you DVR'd it, watch it. If you have Center Ice, they usually replay afternoon games later. Back and forth all game, controversial and hair-raising moments, an early fight -- the whole deal.
Best of all, the Islanders new corps of Blake Comeau, Josh Bailey and Matt Moulson led the way, while former Ranger P.A. Parenteau got the all-important late goal to tie it at 4-4.
Two more powerplay goals in the final five minutes of the game set up the comeback win, while Frans Nielsen iced it with an empty-netter.
Highlights after the jump (assuming they load). More on this one later. The still-open game thread also gives you a running-time picture of how those who saw it reacted.
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Great game. Shame it wasn't in prime time.
Update: Discipline for the Wiz?
James Wisniewski made a, um, "gesture" to Sean Avery that probably didn't mean, "All you do is yap, yap, yap" after Avery got into it with him. Said Wisniewski after the game, as reported by Chris Botta at FanHouse, with or without irony:
"He was doing his thing. I was doing mine."
The NHL is reviewing the incident. I can't wait for the new vocabulary that comes from this one.