MIKE'S MEMO:

Friday, 10.21.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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MIKE\'S MEMO:
A Little Help From Our Friends by Islanders GM Mike Milbury

We all know that the Ranger/Islander rivalry is one of the best in all of professional sports.  Year after year, it produces drama and surprise.

Well, almost every year.  I cringe when I think of the 03-04 results.  That notwithstanding, these last two crazy nights were what we've come to expect from the rivalry.

This off-season, Glen Sather and the rest of our Ranger colleagues endured the slings and arrows of a media onslaught that had them destined for mediocrity at best.  So what do they do?  Glen, Don Maloney and their staff surround the game's premier player at the moment with an intelligent coaching staff, some talent and some guys that want to
show up to play every night.  The early results have been impressive. Man, these guys are working.  They have energy and determination and a real spirit about their team.

On the other hand, our troops had struggled to catch on to the new rules or to play at a pace that would enable us to take advantage of what should be an improved offense.  And our performance in Philadelphia last Saturday left all of us concerned.  What better time for back-to-back Ranger games!!

From the start of Wednesday's game, the Rangers pushed the pace. They made us work harder than we had all season.  And fortunately, we responded.  It was one of the most exciting regular season games I have seen in many years. Thursday night at the Coliseum was a different story. We learned our lesson from the night before and came out flying. But again, to the Rangers' credit, they never quit.

I guess what I am saying here is that the Rangers taught us an excellent lesson this week on what it takes in the new NHL.  Speed, energy, persistence and discipline are going to be rewarded.  I guess the ultimate one can offer your opponent is your respect.  I offer that here and trust that our guys feel the same.

That was great stuff.  We look forward to doing it again next Thursday, but need to bring the same intensity to our games Saturday and Tuesday.


Mike
October 21, 2005


P.S.  It was such a shame about that broken stick in the shootout.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 7 2 4 2 6
J. Bailey 7 2 3 1 5
N. Leddy 7 0 5 0 5
R. Strome 7 2 2 1 4
K. Okposo 7 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 7 2 1 1 3
B. Nelson 6 2 0 1 2
F. Nielsen 7 1 1 -1 2
N. Kulemin 7 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 4 1 .926 2.30
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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