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December 1, 2002
Kanata, Ontario - In case anyone wondered, they still hate Alexei
Yashin here in Ottawa.
Leading up to his first visit to his former home this season one local
newspaper ran a contest for fans to win - and destroy - a Yashin
bobblehead, which was purchased at Nassau Coliseum by one of the
paper's reporters. And in yesterday's reports, another local paper
took more shots at the Islanders' $90-million all-star center and
leading scorer, with one going as far as including Yashin's
girlfriend, model Carol Alt. The writer, former NHL tough guy Jim
Kyte, referred to Yashin as "Alt's boy toy." The point of his column
was that Senators fans should applaud Yashin for his 1999-2000 holdout
with the Sens while demanding his current contract rewritten. He said
it not only led to an arbitration ruling against Yashin, which
guaranteed another player would never try it again, it also led to the
June 2001 trade that sent Yashin to the Islanders for Zdeno Chara,
Bill Muckalt and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 draft that became
Senators fans couldn't help themselves, booing Yashin every time he
touched the puck last night.
Yashin, who maintains an earnest appreciation for this city, shrugs
off the endless criticism. If anything, at least they'll never forget him.
"It would be nice," he replied with a grin, "if they didn't remember
me at all."
Kenny Jonsson was a late scratch because of a knee strain he suffered
during Friday night's game against Columbus. Jonsson, who had a
forgettable minus-3 performance in the 4-2 loss to Columbus, tweaked
the knee late in the second period but returned to finish the third.
The team recalled Sven Butenschon from Bridgeport to replace Jonsson
... Fourth-liner Arron Asham was a healthy scratch last night.
Giving a Helping Hand
Senators' dominance of Isles aided by 10 power plays
By Alan Hahn
December 1, 2002
Kanata, Ontario - Despite what it looks like, Charles Wang still owns
the Islanders. The Senators only own them on the ice.
Extending a maddening dominance to 11 games, the Senators defeated the
Islanders, 4-2, last night at the Corel Centre. They did so by taking
over the game by virtue of a parade to the penalty box by the
Islanders, though they managed only one power-play goal in 10 chances.
"To have to kill off 11 [actually 10] power plays is ridiculous,"
Islanders captain Michael Peca said.
Ottawa is 9-0-2 against the Islanders over the past 11 meetings and
owns a 21-1-7 record against them in the past 29 meetings.
More notably, the Sens extended their unbeaten streak this season to
10 games (8-0-2), which includes two wins and a tie against their
favorite punching bag.
The Islanders, meanwhile, have suddenly regressed as fast as they
seemed to be turning around their season. They're 0-2-1 in their past
Islanders goalie Chris Osgood (27 saves) had a strong performance
coming off an early exit in Friday's loss to Columbus. But he was
beaten by Senators rookie goalie Martin Prusek, who recorded his first
NHL win against the Islanders on Nov. 12 at Nassau Coliseum and made a
few big saves in the first period to hold it to 1-0 Islanders. Adrian
Aucoin provided that lead with a power-play goal at 11:04, his sixth
goal of the season and fifth off the power play. Alexei Yashin
recorded the first assist on the play to extend his point streak to
The Islanders had several odd-man rushes in the period, most notably a
2-on-1 with Brad Isbister and Oleg Kvasha and a breakaway by Jason
Blake, both of which were stopped by impressive Prusek saves.
Another point of concern for the Islanders in the period were the four
power plays they afforded the Senators. It was a trend that continued
into the second, when Ottawa had five more power plays and it was
Osgood's turn to keep the score under control.
Osgood sparkled, as he came up with a huge save against a pinching
Joel Kwiatkowski skating in one-on-one during an early Ottawa power
play. Osgood later made big stops off one-timer chances during a
4-on-3. But he hurt his cause by taking a slashing penalty late in the
period just as the Islanders killed one. It was on that power play
that the Senators, who have the league's second-best power play, broke
through. Marian Hossa extended his point streak to a league-high 13
games when he beat Osgood at 17:42.
Hossa then scored on the Senators' next shot, which came 58 seconds
into the third. He cut to the net and slid a backhand under Osgood to
give Ottawa a 2-1 lead.
Ottawa then scored on its next shot, too. Off a broken play in the
defensive zone, Yashin struggled to corral a loose puck in the high
slot, and Todd White took it away, skated toward the net and rifled a
shot by a helpless Osgood at 3:30 to make it 3-1.
The Islanders got one goal back quickly when Jason Wiemer dug the puck
out along the boards and Roman Hamrlik converted his pass at 4:27.
"Two shifts in the third period cost us the game," coach Peter
Laviolette said. "You take those two shifts out of the game and it's
not a bad game."
Martin Havlat completed the scoring with an empty-net goal. And the
Senators mascot capped the night by biting the head off a Yashin
INSIDE GAME 24
RECORD: 8-13-3-0 LAST SEASON: 15-5-3-1
MINUS: Alexei Yashin seemed to play with determination, yet despite a
power play assist, still wound up a minus-2 and still has yet to put
up a big performance against his former team.
MINUS: There's just about zero atmosphere at the Corel Centre, where
even the boos toward Yashin seem half-hearted.
Canucks at Islanders
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THIS TIME, THE COLLAPSE COMES MUCH LATER
By EVAN GROSSMAN
December 1, 2002 -- KANATA, Ont. - The chance that the fans here were
chanting Sven Butenschon's name every time whipping boy Alexei Yashin
was a stick's distance from the puck was about as fat as the Islanders
looked a night earlier against Columbus.
Friday night the Islanders were doomed by a putrid first period, but
against the Senators a night later, the Isles - 4-2 losers - were done
in by a poor opening of the third and a parade of penalties that
gift-wrapped one for the Senators.
The Islanders didn't give up, fighting to scratch their way back into
a 1-1 game that became 3-1 just 3:30 into the third. But they did give
out as they took too many penalties and failed to convert on the few
called against the Senators, now unbeaten in their last 10 (8-0-2).
"Two shifts in the third period cost us the game," Peter Laviolette
said of the pair of goals scored against the Yashin (minus-2) line.
Their penalty-box door was jammed shut, a sign from the hockey gods
that the Isles, the most penalized team in the league, were taking too
many against the surgical Senators. Still, the Sens managed only one
power-play goal on their 10 chances, that coming when Marian Hossa
scored his first when Chris Osgood was called for slashing to tie it,
1-1, late in the second period.
Ottawa went ahead 3-1 early in the third on another Hossa's score and
a wicked wrister over Ozzie's glove by Todd White, but the hard-hat
Dave Scatchard line got the Isles back in it momentarily. After some
solid forechecking from the Jasons, Blake and Wiemer, Roman Hamrlik
cut to the left post and made it 3-2.
Adrian Aucoin had gotten the Isles on the board with his power-play
slapper from the right point midway through the first period after the
Ottawa bench was whistled for too many men on the ice.
The Isles outworked Ottawa in the first 20 minutes and created more
than their hosts despite being sent to the box four times. Senators
backup goalie Martin Prusek made some dazzling saves to keep the
Islanders at bay, including robbing Brad Isbister's 2-on-1 with Oleg
Kvasha and Blake's pair of short-handed breaks.
"We had a lot of chances in the first period," Laviolette said.
Isles can't stay afloat
By PETER BOTTE
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Ottawa defenseman Anton Volchenkov knocks Islander Jason Blake into
the boards during first period.
KANATA, Ontario - Some Islanders, Adrian Aucoin believed, spent too
much of their energy over the first two periods last night killing
penalties. The others, he added, grew stale watching them.
The Isles began the final period at even-strength - and even on the
scoreboard - but it wasn't about to last.
Especially not here.
The Senators scored twice in the first 3:30 of the third period to
continue nearly seven years of dominance - improving to 21-1-7 against
the Isles since January 1996 - with a 4-2 victory at Corel Centre.
The 8-13-3-0 Isles, the NHL's most penalized team, have dropped two
straight games following a five-game unbeaten run. They were
shorthanded a season-high tying 10 times, even if they killed nine of
"Penalty killing tires guys out," Aucoin said, "especially that many
After Aucoin had provided a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 11:04
of the first, Jason Blake failed to score on two shorthanded
breakaways that could have extended the lead.
Chris Osgood and the undisciplined Isles faced more than 14 minutes of
penalty time through 40 minutes, including all but 28 seconds of the
final 6:44 of the second.
Marian Hossa (first of two) finally tied it on Ottawa's eighth
power-play opportunity with 2:18 remaining in the period.
"Getting all the penalties, I thought we did a great job," said
Osgood, who started after getting yanked Friday against Columbus. "But
that tires out your best players ... and others sit for long
stretches. (Taking) so many penalties definitely took our flow out of
Ottawa's third-period goals came from Hossa and Todd White at even
strength - the latter off failed clearing attempts by Sven Butenschon
and ex-Senators star Alexei Yashin (minus-2).
"Two shifts," coach Peter Laviolette said, "cost us the game."
Roman Hamrlik scored later against rookie Martin Prusek, whose win
Nov.12 on Long Island sprung Ottawa on its 10-game unbeaten run
(8-0-2). Martin Havlat added an empty-netter.
Michael Peca and Senators defenseman Zdeno Chara exchanged words in
the second period. Chara had labeled Peca's clipping game misconduct
in Wednesday's tie between the teams a "cheap shot" and a "horse ---
play." Peca wasn't disciplined further by the NHL.
"He was complaining I was sticking my butt out again. I said, 'You're
6-9, you shouldn't go down so easy,'" Peca said.
No Ken do: Kenny Jonsson (strained right knee) was replaced by
Butenschon, who was recalled from Bridgeport. ... Yashin, typically
booed throughout, extended his point streak to eight games (2-10-12).
SENATORS 4, ISLANDERS 2
Islanders Kill Nine Penalties, but Still Lose
By DAVE CALDWELL
OTTAWA, Nov. 30 The Islanders were reminded again tonight that there
are two problems with killing a lot of penalties. The penalty-killers
wear themselves out, and everybody else becomes stiff on the frosty bench.
The Islanders should be experts on this topic, because they have
played short-handed more than any other team in the National Hockey
League this season. But they gave Ottawa one power play too many
tonight, and the Senators used it to roll to a 4-2 victory.
The Islanders killed 9 of 10 power-play chances. But that goal, the
first of two tonight by Marian Hossa, allowed Ottawa to tie the score
at 1-1 late in the second period, and the Senators scored twice in the
first three and a half minutes of the third period to take control of
"The minute we took so many penalties, it took the flow out of the
game," said Islanders goaltender Chris Osgood, who had 27 saves.
Hossa has a point in 13 straight games, and Ottawa (13-6-3-0) is
unbeaten in 10 games, in which it is 8-0-2-0. The Islanders are
1-20-7-1 against the Senators since Jan. 6, 1996, but this was a game
the Islanders could have won with a sustained effort.
"When you lose patience, they get breaks and that leads to goals,"
Michael Peca, the Islanders' captain, said.
Islanders center Aleksei Yashin, the former Senator, was on the ice
for the first two third-period goals by Ottawa. He does not kill
penalties, so he sat for most of the final 7:33 of the second period,
when the Islanders were at full strength for only 28 seconds.
With Yashin a step behind him, Hossa scored at 58 seconds of the third
period. Ottawa scored again after Senators left wing Peter Schaeffer
won a battle for the puck with Islanders defenseman Sven Butenschon.
The puck bounced around the slot, with Yashin among those who missed
it, until Todd White whipped a shot over Osgood's glove to give Ottawa
a 3-1 lead at 3:30 of the third period.
"It is frustrating, but I don't want to put the responsibility or
blame on anybody else," said Yashin, whose plus-minus differential
sank to a team-worst minus-12. "I have to do a better job and play
Islanders defenseman Roman Hamrlik recorded his second goal of the
season just 57 seconds after White's score. Brad Isbister had a
breakaway chance with eight minutes left, but Ottawa goaltender Martin
Prusek made a tumbling save.
Martin Havlat scored an empty-net goal with 33 seconds remaining.
"Defense has to be our first priority now," Islanders Coach Peter
Laviolette said. The Islanders (8-13-3-0) have lost two games in a row
after being unbeaten in five games. The Islanders are much better at
killing penalties now than they were earlier they have allowed three
power-play goals in their last 38 chances but they still take too
Laviolette was asked three times about the penalties, and he brushed
off each question with a tight-lipped "no comment." Perhaps that was
because the league fined him $10,000 on Nov. 22 for comments critical
of the officials.
"You take those two shifts out of the game," Laviolette said,
referring to Ottawa's two goals early in the third period, "and it
wasn't a bad game."
But the Islanders could not clear their zone on either of those goals,
which was an indirect result of holding off the Senators so much in
the second period.
"Penalty-killing tires guys out now," defenseman Adrian Aucoin said.
"Especially so many of them."
Aucoin gave the Isles a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal at 11:04 of
the first period. It was his sixth goal, and five have come on the
power play. The Islanders dominated play in the first period,
outshooting Ottawa, 9-5.
The Islanders killed four more penalties in the second period. But
Ottawa had five power plays, and Hossa scored his 14th goal at 17:42.
As Aucoin finished a cross-checking penalty, Osgood slashed Daniel
Alfredsson while he was in the crease.
"I didn't even know I had a penalty until I looked at the scoreboard,"
Now the Islanders return home, where they are 4-8-1-0. "Our best
hockey's come on the road," Peca said, "and that's got to change."
Sunday, December 1, 2002
Hossa, Sens streak along
A November to remember
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun
Senators 4, Islanders 2
IT WAS another Saturday night special for Marian Hossa and the
Senators at the Corel Centre.
As the players filtered into the gym following the game, Hossa stood
with a Hockey Night in Canada towel draped around him trying to put
his three-point night and the Senators' 4-2 victory over the New York
Islanders into perspective.
It wasn't a perfect win, but led by Hossa's two goals and an assist,
along with 22 saves by goalie Martin Prusek, the Senators extended
their unbeaten streak to 10 (8-0-2-0) games to close out November.
TIED FOR GOAL LEAD
"We didn't play well in the first period, but I thought we got better
as the game went on," said Hossa, who extended his club-record point
streak to 13 games and tied Minnesota's Marian Gaborik and
Pittsburgh's Alexei Kovalev for NHL lead in goals at 15.
"We came out in the second period and I thought we just had to keep
working on the power play (which was one-for-10) to get the goal. Once
we got the goal to tie it up, we started to play well. Definitely, it
feels good to get the win and (extend the streak). Now, you just want
to keep it going."
Upset with the way the Senators looked coming out of the gate, coach
Jacques Martin let the players know he wasn't happy between the first
and second periods. Had it not been for Prusek, it would have been
While it was the Senators' fourth game of the week, Martin wasn't
pleased with the first-period effort in which the Senators produced a
grand total of five shots and looked horrible on the power play.
"It was one of those games where you have to find a way to win," said
Martin, whose club has only lost once in the last 29 games against the
Isles. "We got completely outplayed in the first period. It was almost
like we thought it was going to be easy. We can't have that approach.
"I thought we got better as the game went on and we took the play to
them in the third period. That was the key. You've got to give
(Prusek) credit because he came in and played well. He showed a lot of
composure. The thing you can't forget is that he's 26 years old. He's
not a kid."
Prusek, who turned in a strong performance to earn his second win over
the Isles this season, made two standout glove saves on Brad Isbister
to preserve the victory.
With a victory Wednesday in Chicago against the Blackhawks, the
Senators can tie the team record for the longest unbeaten streak (11),
which has happened twice.
FOURTH IN EAST
But more importantly, November has seen the Senators move from 11th in
the Eastern Conference at the start of the month to fourth this morning.
"That was the goal coming in," said captain Daniel Alfredsson. "We
didn't play much in October and we had games in hand, but that doesn't
do you any good if you don't take advantage of them. With the
exception of that (7-1) loss in Boston, we played pretty well."
Senators defenceman Zdeno Chara had words with Isles captain Michael
Peca in the second period about Peca's low-bridge hit Wednesday during
a 2-2 tie in Long Island.
"I just let him know what I thought," said Chara. "We had a good
Sunday, December 1, 2002
Yashin isn't cashin' in
By DON BRENNAN, Ottawa Sun
FORGET THE VISOR -- Alexei Yashin should be wearing a bandana over
half his face when he suits up for the Islanders.
Old Greedy Guts will be pulling in $7.4 million (all terms US) this
season, which is $50,000 more than the Senators will pay Daniel
Alfredsson ($4.55 million), Marian Hossa ($2.05 million) and Mike
Fisher ($750,000) combined.
There's no GM in the NHL who would trade Hossa for Yashin straight up.
Yashin wasn't even on the ice when the Islanders threw out six
attackers in search of the equalizer in the Senators' 4-2 win last
night, a move that backfired when Hossa collected his third point of
the game by sending Martin Havlat in for an empty-net goal.
No, he had his Russian rump on the bench then and until the end of the
game, which at least would have allowed him to see SpartaCat bite the
head off a Yashin bobble head doll on the centre ice scoreboard with
16 seconds or so left.
Hossa scored two goals to give him 15 on the season, eight more than
Yashin. Hossa was a plus-3 on the night; Yashin was minus-2 to
increase his team worst total to minus-12.
After the game, the Islanders media relations people found the big
centre to be just as invisible when they were searching for Yashin to
do some interviews.
"He booked," one off-ice member of the organization told them, rolling
Yashin, who was once again booed every time he touched the puck, did
return from the family and friends area to speak with reporters. But
once again, he proved to be a better stickhandler off the ice than on it.
"It seems like we played two good periods and in the third we were
flat," he said. "We made some mistakes and they capitalized."
New York coach Peter Laviolette said the turning point was a couple of
shifts in the third during which Ottawa scored twice -- and Yashin was
on for both.
"I don't want to put the responsibility or blame on anybody," he said,
once again failing to assume any of either.
On Long Island, meanwhile, they should be pointing the finger at GM
Mike Milbury, who not only traded Norris Trophy candidate Zdeno Chara
for Yashin but also effectively threw in Jason Spezza. If that wasn't
enough, he then gave Yashin what he was looking for financially -- and
he did so without being held at gun point.
STARTS AND STOPS: They tried Chris Neil and Chris Phillips on the wing
during the power play at times, looking for a big man to create havoc
in front of the net. But only when Chara was moved up front did the
Senators finally get their first goal with the man advantage. Chara
was parked on Chris Osgood's door step when Hossa (who else?) scored
his league-leading ninth power-play goal of the season ... The
Senators took a penalty for too many men on the ice 58 seconds before
it looked like the whole team was on the bench watching Adrian Aucoin
give the Isles a 1-0 lead ... Ottawa didn't even register a shot on
goal during its first power play, although Wade Redden hit the post
with a wrister ... Saves of the game: Martin "The Second Coming (of
Dominik Hasek)" Prusek off Brad Isbister and Osgood stoning Joel
Kwiatkowski on a second-period breakaway. Kwiatkowski has obviously
decided the only way for him to stay in the lineup is to use his speed
and give the Senators the rushing (not Russian) defenceman they don't
BETWEEN PERIODS: One of the great mysteries with the Senators is how
their power play can be so good on the road (18 goals, 31.6%
efficiency, second best in the league) and mediocre at home (10 goals,
16.9% efficiency, 17th in the league). That's before they went
1-for-10 last night ... Two starts against the Islanders, two wins.
What are the odds Jacques Martin will go with Prusek again when Yashin
is back in town March 15? ... Thought last night's referees were Steve
Auger and Terry Gregson? Sure looked like one of them was Homer ...
Along with taking a pair of penalties in the first, Dave SCATCHARD
delivered the most punishing hit of the period when he creamed Chris
Phillips along the boards. We emphasize SCATCHARD's last name in hopes
Corel Centre P.A. guy Richard Proulx reads this piece and finally
stops calling him SCRATCHARD.
THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMM...: Probably would have been better for
Hockey Night In Canada to show the Maple Leafs game nationwide. So
many empty seats at the Corel Centre was embarrassing ... Of all the
names in the NHL, Sven Butenschon sure is one of them ... Karel
Rachunek looks like he could use more time in the minors ... John
Davidson says speedy Jason Blake has been the best Islander forward
this season. For the record, Blake will make $600,000, about the same
amount Yashin will give Carol Alt for lifts and tucks.
Sunday, December 1, 2002
Hossa pointed in direction of NHL award
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun
If Marian Hossa doesn't win the NHL's player-of-the-month award,
there should be an investigation.
Hossa is the league's hottest player, collecting 12 goals and 10
assists during a club-record points streak that grew to 13 games last
night with a three-point effort in Ottawa's 4-2 win over the New York
Islanders at the Corel Centre.
The winger entered the Senators' record book by extending the streak
to 12 in Friday's 6-2 victory over Washington, surpassing Alexei
Yashin's mark set in "It means a lot to me to get my name in the
record books,'' Hossa said yesterday. ''You don't think much about
what you do personally, but this is nice for me.
''The thing for me is that I have to keep working hard."
HNIDY ON MEND: Senators D Shane Hnidy has resumed skating and is
optimistic he'll be back in the lineup Saturday against Carolina.
After suffering an eye injury when hit by a puck in practice two weeks
ago, Hnidy was given permission by doctors to take a light skate
Friday and yesterday. "The vision is coming back, but it's still a
little blurry," he said. "If everything goes well with the doctors,
I'd like to get back into the lineup as soon as possible. I've made a
lot of progress."
LESCHYSHYN A SPECTATOR: With seven healthy blueliners and replacement
Joel Kwiatkowski doing a solid job, coach Jacques Martin gave veteran
D Curtis Leschyshyn the night off against the Isles. "We've had three
games already this week and I just want to give him a chance to rest,"
said Martin. Rookie Anton Volchenkov, the spectator on Friday,
returned to the lineup. Once Hnidy is healthy, the club will have
eight blueliners. GM John Muckler is expected to make a deal because
the Senators don't want to lose any of them on waivers.
Sunday, December 1, 2002
Islanders penalized for poor reputation
By CHRIS STEVENSON, Ottawa Sun
The Ottawa Senators beat the New York Islanders 4-2 in a hockey game
That, of course, is not news.
The Senators have lost but once to the Islanders in the last 29 games
between the two clubs.
So, even though the Islanders were clearly the better club in the
opening period and full value for their 1-0 lead, the game had the
unmistakable air of the inevitable about it.
The Islanders' penalty killing, led by the speedy and tireless Jason
Blake, the team's best forward this season, was impeccable. They
killed off the Senators' first seven power plays.
So, of course, you knew the Senators would score on the power play.
There are trends, waves, tendencies -- whatever you want to call them
-- and they were pointing to the Senators last night.
The Senators hadn't lost in nine games and winger Marian Hossa was
riding a 12-game scoring streak.
"Inevitable" is probably not the word the Islanders would have used to
describe the officiating of referees Terry Gregson and Stephane Auger,
whose four straight calls against the Isles late in the second pretty
much shifted the momentum of the game.
They started with a holding call on Dave Scatchard on Ottawa
defenceman Joel Kwiatkowski at 13:16.
The Islanders killed that one off, despite five shots by the Senators,
with a trickler by Hossa through New York goaltender Chris Osgood just
wide of the post.
PENALTY ON AUCOIN
Then there was a crosschecking penalty on the Islanders' Adrian Aucoin
eight seconds after Scatchard's penalty ended.
The Islanders killed that one off, too.
At that point, you pretty much knew their luck had run out.
Why? That's just the way it is when these two teams play.
Things finally went awry during a slashing penalty on Osgood that came
two seconds after Scatchard's penalty had expired.
Hossa circled out of the corner to Osgood's left and whipped home a
shot to extend his scoring streak to 13 games.
Islander Brad Isbister offered his opinion on inevitability after
Hossa's goal and was given the Islanders' fourth-straight minor.
"It gets frustrating," said Islanders captain Mike Peca. "Some of (the
penalties) we do deserve. I hate to sound like we're whining. But it
seems to be just part of the game where we're getting victimized and
on the other hand, we're not benefiting.
"It seems like we're on the bad end of a lot of calls. It's more often
they are going the other way. Having to kill off 11 power plays is
"One ref (Gregson) didn't call anything," said Aucoin. "And the other
one called everything. Maybe he didn't like the way we played. I
thought we played pretty well and one ref made it harder on us."
Playing short-handed for as long as they did forced the Islanders to
rely on about eight guys while the rest of the skaters sitting on the
bench went cold.
NEVER REGAINED JUMP
They never seemed to get back the jump they had shown early in the game.
The Islanders self-destructed during the first two shifts of the third
period when they couldn't get the puck out of their zone in the face
of some ferocious cycling by Hossa, Radek Bonk and Peter Schaefer.
Hossa wound up with his second of the night after it trickled over
Osgood 51 seconds into the third for a 2-1 lead.
"It's hard to say they've got our number," said Peca. "It's different
personnel year after year. We just haven't played a patient game. They
frustrate you. If you stay patient, the game is going to stay close.
In Buffalo, we played a similar style. We stayed patient and we were
able to win."
The thing is, when it comes to penalties, the Isles have a reputation.
They are the second-most penalized team in the NHL. You
don't think refs know that going into the game?
The Islanders went into last night's game averaging 20.9 minutes a
game, second only to the Buffalo Sabres' 24.5.
Why do they get so many penalties?
"I can't answer that. I really can't," said Peca.
Because, maybe, they deserve them?
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