Sorry I'm a bit late here but with the horrible scheduling by the NHL, Im sure we all forgot the Islanders still play here. The Isles have played 2 games in what seems like a month and a half and Im sure while the rest of the league plays 3-4 games a week, the Isles will probably play 20 games in 18 nights [including a twi night doubleheader with the Devils and Rangers.]
Seriously, the Isles were downright embarrassed against Carolina a week ago and had to put that loss aside and pick up the slack in what was Center Mike Sillinger's 1000th game. Rick Dipietro picked up 28 saves in what was a 100% full team effort, as the Islanders shut out the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0.
Dipietro picked up his first assist of the season [and nearly taking off Andy Hilberts head in the process] by sending a puck up the boards to "Mr. 1000" Mike Sillinger, who fed Captain Bill Guerin for the 1-0 slap shot goal.
Josef Vasicek and Ruslan Fedotenko added second period goals as the Islanders pressed the Lightning defense and causing Lightning goaltender Marc Denis to give up bad rebounds. Trent Hunter added a tip in goal in the third to finish off the scoring.
Coincidentally, the Lightning got the "Golden Donut" by losing to all three tri state teams this week. The Isles are now focusing on the rival Pittsburgh Penguins for Saturdays match up on yet another milestone night; the return of Al Arbour.
Arbour has signed a 1 day contract to coach the team one more time. When he climbs behind the bench tonight, it will be for the 1500th time in his career. If the Islanders win tonight, the "739 wins" banner atop the Nassau Coliseum will be changed to "740" in honor of Arbour's milestone.