New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey has been looking forward to the upcoming 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the Isles and the New York Rangers (Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC) at Yankee Stadium. In the first edition of the player blog he is doing for NHL.com for the next three days, Bailey talks about the his experience playing outdoors as a youngster and his thoughts about watching the outdoor game between the Rangers and the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.
His first blog entry comes after the Islanders' 6-3 loss to the Boston Bruins at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Monday night:
This wasn't the way we had hoped to go into the outdoor game against the Rangers. It was a pretty bad start by us. They were all over us there, but I thought we rebounded well and clawed our way back into the game. The late goal they got in the second period hurt us, and we just didn't have enough in the third period. We weren't able to capitalize on a couple of chances and we lost the game.
They came out hard; I think they had 18 shots early, and you're just trying to weather the storm, find a way out of it. I thought we did an OK job of trying to keep them to the outside. We had a great second period, but we didn't find a way to get it done.