Jets Ground Islanders
Evanger Kane gave the Winnipeg Jets an early first period lead, Ondrej Pavelec did the rest.
Pavelec had 34 saves, many of them spectacular, in a 3-0 shutout victory of the New York Islanders.
The Jets took the lead at 4:21 of the 1st period after Kane knocked a rebound past Isles’ goaltender Rick Dipitero. Nearly five minutes later, Kane had an opportunity to double his goal output when he was taken down on a breakaway and awarded a penalty shot. He beat Dipitero clean but his shot hit the left goalpost.
The game was still up for grabs going into the third period. The Islanders outshot the Jets by a 2-1 margin through two periods, 28 to 14, but were unable to get anything past Pavelec.
The third period opened with the Islanders on a power play but were unable to generate any clear scoring opportunities. Dipitero and the defense were able to keep the Islanders in the game throughout. Unfortunately, an in close shot by former New Jersey Devils great Johnny Oduya snuck through the Isles’ goaltender to give the Jets a 2-0 lead. Alex Burmistrov added an empty net goal when the Isles’ pulled Dipitero for an extra attacker.
Rick Dipietro started his second consecutive game for the Islanders and had 25 saves.
This game was difficult to watch. The Islanders dominated the first two periods tonight by couldn’t capitalize on any opportunities. Credit the Jets goaltender Pavelec for stealing two points for his team. Winnipeg is a dreadful team. If they played in most American markets, they would have an arena akin to what Phoenix has. They are fortunate that they have owners willing to spend money and bring quality players to the organization. They also have a rabid hockey starved fan base which will help this team be in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt far longer then they should be. That bandbox of an arena will be a tough play for the road team all season long.
Enough about our neighbors from the north. We have enough of our own problems on the Island. You cannot continue to get shut out in your home building. This is the third time in only seven home games, the Islanders have not been able to score. Every player needs to be held accountable, top line to checking line.
A lot of fan’s want to see Al Montoya or Evgeni Nabokov in goal for the Isles. Dipitero has been solid in his two starts. if your goaltender gives up 2 goals a game, you have to find a way to win those games, plain and simple. Kyle Okposo has ZERO goals, Josh Bailey has ZERO goals, and Blake Comeau has ZERO goals. Okposo was given a five year contract and yet to do anything offensively. Bailey is only 22, but he needs to take his chances and be the player the Isles’ thought they were drafting with the 9th overall pick. Comeau had 24 goals in 2010-11. He has improved his play in the past couple of games, but he is pressing harder then any other Islander. If a puck finds the net for any of these players, it could be a turning point for the rest of the season.
Fans need to remember it’s only 10 games in. Teams go on losing streaks and giving up the season already will not help matters. The team seemed to get the best from the opposing goaltenders, sans Roloson in the third game of the season. Pavelec came into the game with a 3.62 GAA(goals against average) and an .885 save percentage. Tonight he was the best player on the ice for the Jets. Marc-Andre Fluery, Thomas Greiss and Jose Theodore have also had sensational nights against the Isles’. Creating shots isn’t an issue, hearing our goal song is...
Next Game-- Saturday Night vs. Washington Capitals.