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Last time these two teams met, the Islanders had scored four goals before the visitors could score one. This time around, the tables have turned and the Islanders were on the receiving side of a Florida beat down. Watching the Islanders play, no one would think they had just won three in a row. The first line was the only line that seemed to be putting in any effort. Once the Islanders hit the blue line, play was sloppy and the puck was heading back towards their zone.
Al Montoya stood his ground, but unfortunately was lit up by Stamkos, Malone, Lecavalier, and Clark. Michael Grabner scored the lone goal for the Islanders in this monstrosity of a game. Many expected an easy win out of the Islanders and for Tavares to continue his streak. Unfortunately, that was not the case going in to a rematch of their home opener against the Panthers.
The rematch of the home opener had every Islander fan’s attention. The thought of revenge on the team that ruined the start of the season was in every fan and players mind. The time came to play hard and get the job done. Unfortunately, the win was just not meant to be. Mark Streit scored his first goal since March 2010, which gave the Islanders the 1-0 lead. The goal was answered by Kris Versteeg towards the end of the period. The second period saw Matt Bradley scoring to earn the lead. John Tavares tied it up off a deflection from Streit. The bad luck began to sink in as Tim Kennedy and Shawn Matthias scored in the fourth to end the game.
The Islanders were swept by the United State’s retirement home (Florida) and DiPietro should have stayed there. The Islanders took two losses with them as they return home to face their Pittsburgh rivals. The Islanders record now reads 3-3. Their next challenge is to overcome the mighty Penguins. The rivalry heats up as the two teams meet both Tuesday and Thursday.
Streit is on a three-game assist streak, doing what he does best. Streit has been known for his high numbers in points and assists. The Islanders have a solid defense, the lines playing in front of them need to be polished a bit. Expect great things from Streit this year, after having missed last season.
As said last week, Nabakov is a star ready to be re-born. Nabakov is a household name in other areas of the country and even overseas. It is just a matter of time before his name is remembered by all. Nabakov stopped a penalty shot attempt by Tomas Kopecky during the first period of the Panthers game. His game is on and he is ready to win some more games. His record stands at 1-1 but expect him to start more in net.