Its been a while since I posted, simply because my job is very busy during the holiday season. Last night I got some time to take in an Islander game. Its probably my 6th or 7th game of the season and personally, I have been undefeated. Every game I have gone to this season, the Isles have won. Tonight would have been no different if it wasn't for Marc Andre Bergeron.
The Pens took an early 1-0 lead on an UGLY, and I mean with a capital U, lead when Bergeron took it upon himself to gift wrap a pass to Sidney Crosby. Bergeron, who has made countless mental mistakes in the defensive zone this year, went to pass the puck around the net only banking it off the side and out in front. As Rick Dipietro went to retrieve it, Bergeron realized his mistake and also went to get it. Bergeron ended up running into Dipietro, knocking him down and leaving the net wide open as Crosby had a day and a half to put it in the net. The fans booed loudly, especially after Ryan Whitney banked a puck off of Brendan Witt's skate for a 2-0 lead.
The Isles would bring the fans back into the game as Richard Park and Josef Vasicek scored within a 45 second span to tie it up. Brendan Witt displayed excellent defense on Sid all night even getting into a little shoving match where it was clear that both players were throwing punches. Unfortunately, Crosby gets all the calls and Witt was sent to the box alone. It was probably one of the most 1 sided calls I have ever seen. The Pens quickly scored another goal to take the lead.
Andy Sutton, Trent Hunter and Sean Bergeheim were throwing hits all night, probably the only ones who care about this team [outside of Witt] and made their presence felt. Sutton even took on 41 year old Gary Roberts in a spirited fight that got the fans back into the game.
Chris Simon, who was on everyone's "most hated list" last season was pretty much forgiven...up until last night where he once again took his frustration out.....which cost his team. Simon took a 5 minute match penalty with six minutes to go in the game for deliberately stepping on Jarkko Ruutu's leg. Simon will most likely receive yet another suspension from the league. In the ensuing Penguin Power Play, the Isles pressed hard and Mike Sillinger almost tied the game but missed the entire net on a shorthanded breakaway. The Isles were overpowering the Pens late, with DP off for an extra skater, but once again Marc Andre Bergeron ruined all momentum the Isles had by turning over the puck not once but twice and then falling down with less than 30 seconds to go in the game.
I'm really not going to comment on Simon right now but as for Bergeron, can someone say FREDDY MEYER! I cant believe those words are coming out of my mouth, but I'd rather see Meyer out there since he's a little more responsible defensively than watching that train wreck Bergeron lose us games with his mental lapses. The Isles are home against Buffalo this Wednesday.