POSTCARDS FROM YARMOUTH - Day Two
(Yarmouth, Nova Scotia) Random notes, quotes and observations from Day Two of training camp:
Islanders coach Ted Nolan was not enamored with what he saw during today's two scrimmages. Asked what he thought of the games, Nolan said, "Not much. You'll hear me say this a lot: effort is not a sometimes thing, it's an always thing. That's what we need to be successful this year, and I just didn't see a lot of spirit out there today. It surprised me.
"We ask the players to work extremely hard for a short period of time," Nolan continued. "There will be plenty of time for rest. There will even be plenty of days off. But when they're on the ice, we expect everything they've got from everybody. We all know plenty of people who work 12-hour days, 14-hour days. We're going to need a lot more spirit, a lot more effort, from everyone."
After sharing his disappointment, Nolan shared a few other thoughts with reporters. He was adamant that no one should read into line combinations and defense pairings this early in camp. For example, Robert Nilsson was with Alexei Yashin, Sean Hill with Tom Poti. Still, Nolan said, "Doesn't mean anything."
Nolan on 2003 second round pick Blake Comeau: "You can see he's a heckuva hockey player. A real hockey player. Tremendous effort. Smart player. Yeah¦he's all right."
Heard around Yarmouth: With Howie Rose expected to be busy in October with the Mets, FSN will need an emergency fill-in for Islanders broadcasts. Do we hear a former Islanders Hall of Fame play-by-play man warming up in the bullpen?
General Manager Garth Snow arrived last night after taking in his first NHL Board of Governors meeting. "It was a good experience," Snow said while watching the first scrimmage of the day. "It was mostly about some of the changes to the game that was announced. As much as I wanted to be with Ted and the team, it was important for me to be a part of it."
The youngster opening the most eyes today was arguably forward Tomas Marcinko, a fourth-round pick this summer. The draft book on Marcinko is that he was projected as a first-round pick a few years ago, did not have a good draft year and as a result slipped to the fourth round, where the Islanders were very happy to grab him. Time will tell if the NYI caught a break, but there's no question Marcinko has ability. He will play in the Ontario Hockey League this season.
Game One scrimmage: Team Tonelli 6, Team Henning 5
Day Two of Islanders Training Camp began with a scrimmage between Rick DiPietro's Team Henning and Alexei Yashin's Team Tonelli.
However, it was Arron Asham who sealed the victory for Team Tonelli in the extra penalty shot frame 6-5, after it looked bleak for his team during much of the second period. Team Tonelli had to overcome a three-goal deficit before earning the victory.
Similar to the Development Camp scrimmages, the teams played two 25-minute running time periods with penalty shots taking place at the end of each game in place of penalties.
Robert Nilsson started off the penalty shot frame with a nifty deke to his backhand past DiPietro to get Team Tonelli within one. Yashin scored second for Tonelli with a blast high to the glove side to get the game knotted at one. Camp invitee goaltender Chris Madden was perfect in the shootout for Henning stopping all three shooters he faced.
Team Henning took the lead late in the first period with a bang-bang play by Miroslav Satan from former Los Angeles 2003 first-round draft pick Jeff Tambellini to give Team Henning a 2-1 lead.
Goals from training camp invitee Chris Ferraro and 2006 Islanders third-round draft pick Robin Figren made it 4-1 for Team Henning. However, Team Tonelli stormed back late in the second period with goals by Robert Nilsson and Asham. The Team Tonelli onslaught continued into the penalty shot frame.
Game Two scrimmage: Team Henning 5, Team Nystrom 3
Team Henning warmed up following their Game One loss to take a 3-0 lead against Team Nystrom in regulation before winning 5-3 following the penalty shot frame.
Goals by newly acquired Andy Hilbert, Figren and Tambellini put Team Henning in command. DiPietro provided one period of shutout hockey for Team Henning.
In the shootout, goals by Trent Hunter and former New Jersey Devil Viktor Kozlov got Team Nystrom within one, but Tambellini's second goal of the game clinched it for Team Henning.
Islanders 2004 third-round draft pick Sergei Ogorodnikov was recently signed.
Reported by Chris Botta, Jason Lockhart and Corey Witt