The team was joined on the road by their Dad’s and mentors for their annual trip. The fathers and mentors were elated by the win and all spoke of how great the trip was. Maybe they felt like good luck charms for the guys…Check out the behind the scenes coverage on Skates on a Plane
- John Tavares
extended his point streak to 11 games, assisting on Matt Moulson
’s second period goal. Josh Bailey
scored his 100th career point on a shorthanded goal that held up as the game winner.
-One of the most unexpected moments of the night came when Dylan Reese
and Claude Giroux dropped the gloves in the second period. When asked about the surprising scrap, Reese acknowledged that neither him nor Giroux were fighters.
Reese said of the altercation: “He gave me a good whack there, I thought it should have been a penalty, but it wasn’t, so I just cross checked him back. I actually know him pretty well …when we started grappling I wasn’t sure, he said ‘wanna go’, and then he started throwing a little bit. Good fight, honest fight. Nothing wrong with it. “
-Consistency is a word that Mark Streit
has used in many of his interviews since the calendar flipped to 2012. With the exception of the first period against Nashville on Jan. 16, the Islanders have been consistently pressuring opponents in the offensive zone, playing solid defense, and playing well on special teams. Streit summarized it this way:
“In the beginning of the year, we spent a lot of time in our own end. It’s always tough to play hockey when you’re chasing the opponent. We had too many turnovers in our game and that resulted in defensive zone time. Now we play in their end. We have a lot of skill up front, they can cycle the puck and we create scoring chances. We break other teams down. I thought that the forwards are going a great job of getting the pucks deep and forechecking them, and defensively we’ve played well, as well. The special teams, have played well too, and that’s the key to success.”
-Evgeni Nabokov won his 302nd game and had a shutout streak lasted 133:30.