Islanders' Frustration Boils Over
Saturday Lightning at Isles 7 p.m.
TV: FSNY Radio: WJWR (620) The Islanders haven't shown
much fight against opponents lately. But they showed
some against each other Friday.
Dave Scatchard, objecting to checking from Zdeno Chara
during a practice drill, got into a shoving match with
the defenseman. Shoving led to angry words before they
Although Scatchard and Chara downplayed the incident,
coach Butch Goring put a positive spin on it.
"It's a good sign," Goring said. "When things aren't
going well for the hockey team, there should be some
anger and bitter feelings out there. It's not about
Chara and Scatchard not liking each other. They're
frustrated. They're showing some emotion. It shows
that this team isn't going to waltz through the final
18 games." Then why did the Isles-who face Tampa Bay
at Nassau Coliseum Saturday - waltz through Thursday's
3-1 loss to Carolina? "Maybe those guys should have
fought each other in the warm-up before we played
Carolina and woke everybody up," Goring said.
Bummed out Right wing Brad Isbister, with one goal in
his past 12 games, says disappointment over his
one-year $385,000 contract has affected his play. "I
should be signing with a new agent next week," said
Isbister, a restricted free agent after the season.
"I'll let him deal with the contract negotiations, so
I can concentrate on getting my game back." Winning
for Losing With three straight losses and a 6-20-1-1
record in 28 games, the Isles may have a reason to
lose. They could get the No. 1 draft pick if they
finish behind Tampa Bay, which trails the Isles by one
point in the standings.