Is it wrong, on the occasion of the 14th consecutive loss, to say I saw some good things? Because I saw some good things. That overtime, for a few minutes it was fun to watch Islanders hockey again. And then Columbus got their first good chance in the extra frame and converted on the rebound. That's just how it's going.
I mean, Travis Hamonic -- who from what I saw had a pretty nice NHL debut next to James "Wild Card" Wisniewski -- nearly won it all in OT with a pretty rush to the net and move to the backhand. But no, we can't have nice things right now. Still, some fun stuff in this one, after the highlights.
Notes on the Run
- The Islanders scored three goals for the first time in forever.
- The Islanders scored three even-strength goals, period.
- John Tavares actually got a lucky goal, with a seeing-eye backhand through Mathieu Garon's legs after playing a carom off the glass.
- John Tavares took a late hit -- one of those "even though you're heading off for a change and your back is to me, I made the effort to go all this way so I'm still going to hit you" hits -- and Trevor Gillies immediately responded in the manner According to the Toughness Mythology that enforcers are supposed to respond: He laid a pounding on Jared Boll [fixed, thanks Oil] that Boll should remember for quite some time. Witness:
- We got a first Islanders goal (FIG) pool winner from the unlikeliest of sources -- Trent Hunter -- on the day when some openly wondered if he would score again.
- That means Hunter finally scored!
- Rick DiPietro was pretty good for the second consecutive game. No major alarms. This is good.
- The Islanders dominated overtime (except for that whole not getting the winning goal part), with Frans Nielsen getting a golden chance in addition to the one Hamonic created for himself.
- Bad: The second period was chaotic, the Islanders were outshot 17-9 in the first (38-24 overall) and there is still much to work on, obviously. It's sad, but somehow a home game with some actual goals and a chance to win made it feel a little better than a good number of the games on this 14-game winless streak.
There's a lot more to consider, good and bad (remember when our powerplay had a chance in hell of scoring?), from this game. But the network was down for half an hour or more post-game and now I've got to get to annual Turkey Day Eve pickup hockey.
So sorry for the technical difficulties; you all can take it from here in comments, and we'll be back tomorrow and Friday (1 p.m. game vs. the Devils) with more.
Happy (U.S.) Thanksgiving! May you enjoy some peace, however you celebrate it.