Archive for April 13th, 2007

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Isles Don’t Have Cinderella-Look

Islanders Rumors & News

The Islanders tried to force Buffalo’s potent offense out of its rhythm, attempted to stifle their speed and beat them in a physical, grinding hockey game. Problem is, the dam held for less than two periods. Midway through the second, coach Ted Nolan had his team playing the sort of tight 1-1 game that they believe they must play in order to have a chance against the Sabres’ fire power. But Chris Drury gave Buffalo the lead at 11:13 of the 2nd, and gave the team a cushion with his 2nd goal of the game just 1:08 into the third. Brian Campbell added another goal late in the third for good measure – also his 2nd of the game.

Goalie Wade Dubielewicz kept his team in the game for as long as he could, but ultimately his 31-save effort was 4 saves short. The loss could potentially be the last of his season, as concussed goalie Rick DiPietro has been cleared to return to practice today. If all …

Lightning Strikes Thrice, But Devils Prevail

Devils Rumors & News

Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils haven’t exactly made their living surrendering 3-goals-a-game, but on a night when the offense needed to find 4 for the victory, they came up with 5. The rare offensive explosion was powered by 22-year-old, star-on-the-rise Zach Parise, who lead the team in goals this season with 31. Parise scored twice last night, and Scott Gomez tallied three assists. Captain Patrik Elias, defenseman Brian Rafalski, and pesky forward Brian Gionta scored as well. If the Devils’ offense continues to show this kind of pop in the postseason, they’re as good as any team in the East.

On a disappointing note for Jersey, last night’s crowd of 14,495 was 4,045 short of capacity. In contrast, 18,857 fans – 101.7% capacity – turned out to support the Atlanta Thrashers in a city that only just found out it has a hockey team. The Devils however tried to downplay their frustration with the home crowd. GM and coach Lou Lamoriello …

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