Hartford, CT (October 1, Web-posted at 5:00pm) - The summary for
today's 2-1 loss to the Rangers read much like the way the Islanders'
entire preseason has transpired: Solid intensity, good defense, a
poor power play and an inability to finish scoring opportunities.
Valeri Kamensky's tally with the extra man early in the third period
was the decisive goal after the Blueshirts managed to survive a
middle stanza where they spent most of the period in the box. But the
Islanders couldn't take advantage.
The Islanders had four power plays in the second period, including a
pair of 5-on-3s and a major penalty to work with, but couldn't get
the puck behind Kirk McLean. There wasn't any trouble with the
Islanders' puck movement with the extra man, the problem was that
they couldn't convert that one crisp scoring chance that would have
opened the flood gates.
The Rangers got on the board first on a fluky power play goal that
was credited to Jan Hlavac eight minutes into the game. After the
Islanders killed the first end of an abbreviated 5-on-3 with Roman
Hamrlik and Brad Isbister in the box, Hlavac's attempted centering
pass from the right corner deflected off both Zdeno Chara and
Hamrlik's sticks and popped over John Vanbiesbrouck's right shoulder
and into the net.
Butch Goring's troops immediately answered with a power play goal of
their own just 1:31 later. Some pretty passing by Hamrlik and Mariusz
Czerkawski led to Kenny Jonsson's wrister from the top of the slot
that beat Kirk McLean between the pads to even the score.
Kenny Jonsson looked very sharp today. Besides scoring the Islanders'
first goal, he made several key blocks on the penalty kill and moved
the puck crisply on the power play.
Vladimir Malakhov's game came to an early end midway through the game
after he boarded Eric Cairns from behind when the Islanders blueliner
was tied up with Derek Armstrong. Cairns got up under his own power
but did not return for the rest of the period. Malakhov got five
minutes and a game misconduct. Cairns sat out the third with a neck
Bill Muckalt dressed for the first time in the preseason. He has
skated with the club the entire preseason, but Muckalt received
clearance by the Islanders medical staff just over a week ago to
participate in full-contact drills. Muckalt had surgery last season
to repair a shoulder dislocation and played a very pesty game, just
ask the Rangers' Eric Lacroix who Muckalt popped with a solid open-
ice hit late in the firstÂ
Goring used Isbister at center on the first period power play that
netted the Islanders' first goal. Taylor Pyatt and Czerkawski were
the wings while Jonsson and Hamrlik played the points. After a myriad
of middle stanza man-advantages, the Islanders at also used
combinations of Lapointe/Isbister/Czerkawski/Jonsson/Hamrlik and
Petrovicky/Connolly/Parrish/Galley/Stapleton. Scatchard and Muckalt
saw some power play time as wellÂ
Mark Parrish (one shot) had a quiet game and has not scored in four
preseason games. With the power play still looking to click, the
Islanders are going to need Parrish to find the net once the season
The four-man penalty killing units for the Islanders were
Lapointe/Connolly/Jonsson/Haller. Goring used a
Lapointe/Connolly/Chara combination when the Islanders were short two
men in the first periodÂ
During a pair of 5-on-3 Islander powerplays in the second period,
Pyatt was sprung on a breakaway by Hamrlik -- but missed the net. As
he's done the last few games, Pyatt has demonstrated a willingness to
accept plenty to punishment in front of the opposition netÂ
Vanbiesbrouck and McLean exchanged SportsCenter-type saves in the
opening period. When the Blueshirts were on the two-man advantage in
the first, Beezer robbed Adam Graves in close and then somehow
managed to deny Radek Dvorak on the rebound that appeared to be a
sure goal. Not to be outdone late in the same period, McLean stacked
the pads to stop a redirection on Stapleton after Lindgren made a
precise cross-crease dish to the untouched Islanders' centerÂ
Former Islander Derek Armstrong was his usual feisty self. He ran the
Islanders' crease several times without getting penalized. At one
point, Vanbiesbrouck confronted the Ranger only to have Zdeno Chara
step in and dump Armstrong. Chara was assessed a two-minute minor for
The Rangers were without a few of their key veterans. Mark Messier
was a healthy scratch, while Brian Leetch (groin) and Rich Pilon
(thumb) are out day-to-dayÂ
Highly-touted Ranger rookie Pavel Brendl, who is said to be on the
bubble to open the season with the Blueshirts, was not in the lineup.
He has a goal and four assists in four preseason games. The other
Rangers scratches were Jamie Lundmark, Jason Doig, Tim Taylor, Johan
Witehall, Jason Dawe and Jeff UlmerÂ
Former Islanders tryout Ryan Bast and former Islanders property Tony
Tuzzolino are now trying out or the AHL Hartford Wolfpack, for those
of you who keep track of such thingsÂ
From the "Things You Never Knew" category, we all know about one
particular Veterans Memorial Coliseum. However, the Hartford Civic
Center's full name is the Hartford Civic Center Veterans Memorial
Coliseum. Today's game was played without TV timeouts, advertising on
the dasherboards and about 4,000 people in the standsÂ
Make sure you grab the Sunday edition of Newsday. There is a 12-page
Islanders special advertising section chock full of stories, photos
of the newest Islanders, a schedule, ticket information and a letter
to Islanders fans from new owners Charles Wang and Sanjay Kumar.
Fights: Zdeno Chara vs. Dale Purinton, Round 1. We figured it was
only a matter of time when the Ranger rookie would attempt to stir
things up. However, he jumped the wrong guy when Big Z flipped him
over at the end of the bout after they exchanged jabs. This was after
Chara tried to check Valeri Kamensky and Purinton immediately
challenged Chara. To add insult to injury, Purinton garnered the
instigator and was tossed, literally, for 17 minutes of the game.
Zdeno Chara vs. Dale Purinton, Round 2. Z scored two early haymakers
to score the decision. He also got the all-important takedown.
(15) Brad Isbister-(38) Dave Scatchard-(11) Bill Muckalt
(13) Claude Lapointe-(18) Tim Connolly-(27) Mark Parrish
(17) Taylor Pyatt-(49) Robert Petrovicky-(21) Mariusz Czerkawski
(10) Mats Lindgren-(14) Mike Stapleton-(8) Steve Webb
(33) Eric Cairns-(28) Garry Galley
(29) Kenny Jonsson-(7) Kevin Haller
(4) Roman Hamrlik-(3) Zdeno Chara
(34) John Vanbiesbrouck
(30) Wade Flaherty
(9) Adam Graves-(22) Derek Armstrong-(15) John MacLean
(27) Jan Hlavac-(93) Petr Nedved-(14) Theo Fleury
(13) Valeri Kamensky-(18) Mike York-(20) Radek Dvorak
(28) Eric Lacroix-(6) Manny Malhotra-(10) Sandy McCarthy
(42) Dale Purinton-(5) Stephane Quintal
(3) Kim Johnsson-(23) Vladimir Malakhov
(43) Mike Motteau-(24) Sylvain Lefebvre
(30) Kirk McLean
(80) Jason LaBarbera
On the lack of scoring:
"I think it's more frustrating for the guys than for me. We had a lot
of chances in the game and somewhere near 40 shots on net.
"The net seems to be a little smaller than what we'd like it to be.
It's a bit of a concern for us. But in the same breath, if you are
getting the opportunities - you're going to throw 35-40 shots on net
on a regular basis - they are going to go in. We have added some good
guys that can score goals. These things usually break out when you
get a lucky goal. A puck goes in off someone's butt or hits off
someone's skate. We just got to keep shooting and not worrying about
"We have a lot of guys that can score goals, particularly on the
right side. We've talked to them about it. We're going to score more
goals this year. I'm disappointed with our offensive output. But on
the same token, we haven't been giving up a lot of scoring chances.
This is the third game in a row where the opposition was outshot. If
we continue to do that, we'll be fine."
TOP FIVE ISLES:
1. Kenny Jonsson
2. Mike Stapleton
3. Bill Muckalt
4. Dave Scatchard
5. Garry Galley
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Rangers 1 0 1 2
NY Islanders 1 0 0 1
FIRST PERIOD -- NYR Hlavac (Malakhov, Dvorak) 8:01 PPG; NYI Jonsson
(Czerkawski, Hamrlik) 9:31 PPG. Penalties: NYI Hamrlik (slashing)
5:21; NYI Isbister (holding) 7:07; NYR Purinton (holding) 9:21; NYI
Haller (slashing) 13:54; NYI Chara (interference) 17:38.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: NYI Chara (tripping) 7:49;
NYR Malakhov (major-checking from behind, game misconduct) 8:41; NYR
Motteau (slashing) 9:22; NYI Connolly (tripping) 10:57; NYI Chara
(major-fighting), Purinton (minor-instigating, major-fighting, 10-
minute misconduct) 11:55; NYI Pyatt, NYR Quintal (cross-checking)
13:46; NYR Kamensky (high-sticking) 14:15.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: NYR Kamensky (York, Johnsson) 3:25 PPG.
Penalties: NYI Chara (obstruction-hooking) 1:26; NYI Petrovicky
(interference) 4:54; NYI Haller (unsportsmanlike conduct), NYR
McCarthy 8:42 (high-sticking); NYI Chara, NYR Purinton (majors-
Shots on goal: 1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
Rangers 11 4 9 24
NY Islanders 10 17 13 40