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  • islestigers
    Anyone who expected this to be an easy game after the previous one went to ot (without Ovechkin/Zubrus) does not know the caps that well. Despite Washington s
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 7, 2006
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      Anyone who expected this to be an easy game after the previous one
      went to ot (without Ovechkin/Zubrus) does not know the caps that
      well.

      Despite Washington's record they put in a sixty minute game almost
      every night and skate very well and win some games with a lot of high
      goals against totals, they turnover the puck alot but in this game
      Isles could not take advantage. Bodies were flying all over the ice
      for both sides, and the Islanders were working hard, just could not
      finish.

      Snow was not the reason they lost this game, not even close.

      Some of the point blank saves kept it from even being worse, was he
      great? No, but the Islanders had problems with Washington's speed and
      skill and they earned the win.

      Islanders had their chances, Kolzig made some saves and they missed
      too many shots wide and failed to click on the pp and the even
      strength play looked like a problem for them as they could not create
      enough quality chances and only scored on two flash-goals (Yashin to
      Asham/Bouchard off a broken play) unlike recent games where it
      carried them.

      I did not like Shaw's lines or his not using a fourth line that
      looked hungry and was creating some chances.

      First the official (Mick McGoogh?) got in the way which almost
      created a goal for Washington and then when the Islanders did win the
      faceoff in the final second of the second, it hit the officials skate
      and went right to a cap forward who found Ovechkin.

      Bouchard had an awful turnover that led to a goal, Hunter saved a
      goal. Too many passengers at even strength, Isles were skating in
      this game but just one pass short or one play short which has been
      the story of the season.

      Tough loss but Tampa also lost and it really changes nothing aside
      from another game off the calander which is the worst news.

      Overall just another lost night in what looks like a long season, we
      can keep hoping but were running out of games.

      Bill
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