Al Arbour stood behind the bench one last time [maybe] and the Islanders did not let him down as they upset the Pittsburgh Penguins with a come from behind win 3-2 at the Nassau Coliseum.
Bryan Trottier, Mike Bossy, Bobby Nystrom, Clark Gillies and Billy Smith were a part of the pregame ceremonies to help congratulate their mentor; Al Arbour achieve yet another milestone. Al Arbour has now coached 1500 games, the most for any coach in NHL history with one team.
It looked great before the game but started to get ugly as Pittsburgh was up 2-0 midway through the second period. Trent Hunter got the Isles on the board with his 3rd goal of the season.
As things started to look up, Rick Dipietro went down....with what could have been a serious eye injury as that no good piece of trash, Sidney Crosby, tried to lift the stick of an Islander defenseman and inadvertently stuck DP in the face through his mask. Dipietro was taken out of the game and sent to the hospital with what initially was reported as a "lacerated cornea." Dipietro was replaced by Wade Dubieliewicz and Dubie held his own by making 7 saves.
As Arbour was the hero tonight, he would share the spotlight with one Miro Satan who scored the tying goal early in the third. Satan would catch an easy rebound to score his second of the game, and third of the season late in the third period. That goal would stand up as the Isles came out with one of the most important wins for them in this early season.
After the game the Islanders celebrated more by taking down Arbour's 739 wins banner and replacing it with a 740 one. They also raised a 1500 banner as well and had a huge celebration on the ice.
With Dipietro's health in doubt, the Rangers skate into the Coliesium on Tuesday....