Blake breaks tie in third as Kings stymie Islanders
After losing in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Kings won a close battle Thursday night, defeating the Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum by the score of 3-1.
"Our fans have been coming back to support us well, and then we come up with an effort like that," said a disappointed Ted Nolan. "The way we played was unacceptable. It's no energy. It's no zip. There's nothing to it and you can't expect to win any hockey games like that or entertain our fans. Our effort just wasn't there and we have to play hungrier. We need to sit down and find a solution. It might take changing up the lines, but we won't just throw up our hands."
Rob Blake tallied the game-winner on the power play at 7:22 of the third period to raise the Islanders' home slide to six games. Jason LaBarbera stopped all 29 shots he saw except for Bryan Berard's wrister in the first period. Wade Dubielewicz made 24 saves.
"Even in games like this there is a bright spot and Dubie was that tonight," said Ted. "He played well for us."
The Kings went 1-for-5 on the power play, while the Islanders received their first and only power play of the game with 8:33 left in the final period.
Matt Moulson made it 1-0 on a stuff attempt from the side of the net with 9:25 to go in the first period.
Berard evened the score at one when he intercepted a clearing pass. Berard skated in uncontested and fired a shot through LaBarbera's five-hole with 5:41 left in the first period.
The Islanders and Kings played an uneventful second period.
"That second period was like watching pain dry," said Ted. "There was nothing to it. We didn't have anything and neither did they."
Blake tipped home the winner on Dustin Brown's shot from the left circle during the Kings' fifth power play. Alexander Frolov added an empty-netter when his shot from his own defensive end bounced off the post and over the goal line.
We can’t start feeling sorry for ourselves," said Dubielewicz. "We have to find a way to dig ourselves out of this."
The Islanders return to the ice for a Saturday matinee against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Five Stars of the Game:
1. Rob Blake: The big defenseman camped out in front of Dubie to break the tie 2. Jason LaBarbera: Wasn't tested much, but stopped what he had to 3. Wade Dubielewicz: Filled in well for the ill DiPietro, but the game-winner just got by him 4. Matt Moulson: Put the Islanders on their heels with an early goal 5. Derek Armstrong: Played a feisty game all night, assist
Stat of the Game: Winning 64% of their faceoffs didn't help the Islanders' outcome.
Slapshots: Rick DiPietro, Ruslan Fedotenko and Andy Sutton were all scratches due to the flu…Tonight's attendance was 10,148.
Kickbutt Fans of the Game: Christine (left) and Fawn (right) from Port Jefferson made it a ladies night out at the Coliseum. Both are avid fans of the boys in Orange and Blue. Christine's favorite Islander is Bill Guerin, while Fawn is a big of Rick DiPietro.
Campaign Sightfirst II: Lions' Campaign Sightfirst II raised money for their cause to fight the world's increasing blindness problem by buying and re-selling over 200 Islanders tickets through the Group Sales Islanders Assist Program. Those in attendance of tonight's game were members of the Lions International program. Lions also set-up a booth inside the Coliseum concourse. Tonight's 50/50 raffle proceeds went towards the Lions' campaign.
"The purpose of this evening is to raise awareness of our Campaign Sightfirst II, which is a worldwide effort," said Lions representative Tony Cuteri. "This is my second year with the Islanders and I have nothing but praise for them. Every six dollars of the money raised all over the world will go to preventable blindness. Our goal is to raise over $150 million worldwide by this summer. We are almost there."
Game Operations: Congratulations to Islanders radio color man Chris King for his 1000th Islanders broadcast…Marissa Larsen, tonight's National Anthem singer was one of three winners of last year's I Want To Be An Energy Star Contest…Tonight's Junior Ice Girl, Maggie Reynolds, 8, from Oyster Bay performed beautifully to the Beach Boys' "Surfin' Safari…There was no winner in tonight's Northfork $10,000 countdown.
Check out the Islanders TV Game Day tab for complete coverage of tonight’s game.
57 Blake Comeau – 18 Mike Sillinger – 7 Trent Hunter
10 Richard Park – 89 Mike Comrie – 13 Bill Guerin
20 Sean Bergenheim– 63 Josef Vasicek – 81 Miroslav Satan
11 Andy Hilbert – 28 Tim Jackman – 2 Aaron Johnson
Goaltenders 35 Jason LaBarbera
37 Jean-Sebastien Aubin
3 Jack Johnson - 4 Rob Blake
6 Brad Stuart - 17 Lubomir Visnovsky
44 Jaroslav Modry - 42 Tom Preissing
28 Matt Moulson - 7 Derek Armstrong - 24 Alexander Frolov
12 Patrick O'Sullivan - 11 Anze Kopitar - 23 Dustin Brown
19 Kyle Calder - 26 Michal Handzus - 21 Brian Willsie
41 Raitis Ivanans 29 Jeff Giuliano - 27 Scott Thornton
Additional reporting by Andrew Scharff and Chris Musto.
NYI BLOG BOX PROFILES:
Tim Liodice, The Tiger Track
This season the Islanders introduced the NYI Blog Box and it’s taken the sports blogging world by storm. Now it’s time for the fans to start to meet the Blox Boxers.
How long have you been a hockey fan? I’ve been a hockey fan for about 16 years now, since the 1991-1992 season.
How long have you been blogging? This is my second season as a blogger.
What's the blog about? My blog is aimed to create a "bridge" between the New York Islanders and its AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Bridgeport is chockfull of young, talented prospects and with the arrival of Kyle Okposo to Harbor Yard, I’m aiming to expand the coverage of the Sound Tigers beyond the traditional local media coverage.
What is your favorite part of the NYI Blog Box? Knowing I would be sharing the Blog Box with 12 other bloggers, I felt like there would be a sense of competition between us. But it turned out to be quite the opposite. I feel we are more like a team than a group of individuals. The bonds that I have made with my fellow bloggers is one of the most unexpected and pleasant parts of the Blog Box experience.
Where do you see blogging in five years? I see the role of blogs and the blogger playing a major part in how the traditional print media and news are presented. With more people coming to blogs for up-to-date information today, blogs are going to pave a new way in how news, commentaries and opinions will be delivered.
Kids' Day, Too set for Feb. 18 NYI vs. San Jose; Family Fun Packs for just $124, Post-Game On-Ice Shootout!!! Meet the players!!! All fans 14 & under will receive a Puck Bank, courtesy of New York Community Bank!!! Mascots from around the NHL!!! NYI Family Fan Fest and so much more!!!
If you missed the Kids' Opening Day on October 8th, don't worry fans, the Islanders have given everybody a second chance with Kids' Day, Too when Rick DiPietro and the Islanders host the San Jose Sharks at 2 pm on Presidents' Day, Monday, February 18.
FAMILY FUN PACK: With school off, there is no better way to spend a day with the whole family than taking in an exciting Islanders game at the Nassau Coliseum. The Islanders have put together a special Family Fun Pack for Kids' Day, Too to get you and three others to the game. The Family Fun Pack includes:
1 Dave & Buster's $40 Power Card Voucher
1 Friendly's $25 Gift Card
Valued at $265, the Family Fun Pack can be purchased for just $124.
Here are some more reasons why you should get to the game on February 18th to cheer on your favorite hockey team.
POST-GAME ON-ICE SHOOTOUT WITH THE PLAYERS: The Islanders want to make Kids' Day, Too as exciting as possible for the kids. Following the game, all kids are invited down to ice level to take a shot on the same nets defended by Rick DiPietro. There will also be special guest appearances by the Islanders players.
MASCOTS GALORE: While we all know that the Islanders' Sparky the Dragon is the greatest mascot in pro sports, he's making Kids' Day, Too even more memorable by bringing a bunch of his friends from around the NHL and the area. Here's a list of the other mascots that will be roaming the Coliseum all game, looking for the most excited fans.
Storm – Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Mr. Met - NY Mets
Stinger – Columbus Blue Jackets
Blades - Boston Bruins
Stormy – Carolina Hurricanes
Gnash – Nashville Predators
Thrash – Atlanta Thrashers
ThunderBug- Tampa Bay Lightning
Fin - Vancouver Canucks
Iceburgh- Pittsburgh Penguins
Kate and Willie - Hofstra
QuackerJack - LI Ducks
NYI FAMILY FUN FEST STARTS AT NOON!: Arrive at the Coliseum early and join us in the lower lobby for the Family Fan Fest, featuring fun inflatables, face painting, kids broadcasting station, interactive games and so much more.
FREE PUCK BANK: All kids 14 and under in attendance will receive Islanders Puck Bank, courtesy of New York Community Bank.
Make Presidents' Day a memorable experience for the whole family by attending an Islanders game at the Nassau Coliseum.