This is not something I usually do but given the circumstances I feel compelled to post during the game. This is arguably the worst played game I have seen the Islanders play in some time. They currently have 9 shots on goal, have taken 9 penalties.... well thats funny because Andy Hilbert just scored making it 2-1. Why dont I just wait until the game is over before I skewer the team.
AFTER THE GAME -
Well.... what do you know. From dispair comes triumph. It took me so long to come back because I just finished up the humongous plate of craw the Islanders just served me up. After Joe Thornton's goal I was going to come on here and just hammer the team for its effort in another must win game. 9 Shots? I lost count of the amount of times the team was short handed. They had none of that jump.. that first step to the puck quickness. Then Nabokov's mask broke and they brought in some fresh cut newbie from some minor league team to play goal. He faced ONE shot which further raised my frustration level. Instead of the Spongebob Squarepants theme they were playing for Kids Day II, they should have been playing The "Go To Sleep" Melody. Then... Andy Hilbert scored. Ahh.. So what right? They will lose 3-1. Then Mike Comrie makes Murray look like a total buffoon and ties the score with a move that SHOULD earn him a special gift from Hillary Duff and wind up on ESPN... or TSN if you will. Then the unthinkable happened... something that is a sure sign of the apocalypse.... Freddy Meyer scored the game winning goal with a brilliant shot to the far post beating Nabokov. Yes I will type it again. FREDDY MEYER scored a non empty net goal. FREDDY MEYER was the FIRST STAR of the game and the Islanders are now within 1 point of the Ottawa meat grinder of 8th, and within 4 points of our brethren from across the river for the coveted 6th spot that will face the beleagured Southeast division champion. We all saw how well that worked out for our brethren from across the river that shall remain nameless last season and could help us win a playoff series for the forst time in.. what 53 years? (SARCASM!!!)
Now is not the time for pats on the back or congratulations. I dont want to seem like a wet blanket because I will be rooting for the team as hard as anyone. They HAVE to beat the Capitals AND the Lightning next to maintain the hot streak into Jersey this Saturday to stay out ofthe "seller" bin one week from tomorrow. 22 games to go, and the team has fought back into the race. They had to win to get there, and they have to win to stay there.