Islanders barely hold on to beat Thra...

Islanders barely hold on to beat Thrashers

There are 57 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 30, 2009, titled Islanders barely hold on to beat Thrashers. In it, Newsday reports that:

The Islanders and Yann Danis took a 4-0 lead into the third period last night at Philips Arena, but when Thrashers rookie defenseman Zach Bogosian scored 26 seconds into the period on a shot off the crossbar, ...

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Battfist

Howell, NJ

#1 Jan 30, 2009
Logan-why are you throwing Gordon under the bus? Doesnt he have enough pressure on him already...give the guy a break.
Stewie

Hoboken, NJ

#2 Jan 30, 2009
Battfist wrote:
Logan-why are you throwing Gordon under the bus? Doesnt he have enough pressure on him already...give the guy a break.
Gordan's a bum. I think Newsday's given the Isles enough "breaks".
Rangers Suck

Pequannock, NJ

#3 Jan 30, 2009
Bailey to Okposo........get used to hearing lots more of that!
Battfist

Columbus, OH

#4 Jan 30, 2009
Stewie wrote:
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Gordan's a bum. I think Newsday's given the Isles enough "breaks".
You'll be eating your words!
on the rags

New York, NY

#5 Jan 30, 2009
Wow! Having youthful prospects and actually using them during a rebuilding year---how novel. Now if they'd just get rid of the insipid "system," and go for a trap when you have a commanding lead...
Islander fan in Boston

Boston, MA

#6 Jan 30, 2009
Besides the rookie line (Com,Ok,Bail) and veteran line (Guer,Com,Weig) can someone post the other 2 lines from last night. Thanks
Rangers Suck

Pequannock, NJ

#7 Jan 30, 2009
Park, Hunter, Nielsen..........Hilbert, Thompson, Jackman
Rangers Suck

Pequannock, NJ

#8 Jan 30, 2009
Battfist wrote:
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You'll be eating your words!
I stopped responding to the garbage a long time ago, it makes them furious! It's like a little kid throwing a tantrum that nobody pays attention to.....drives 'em nuts
skating on sand

Las Vegas, NV

#9 Jan 30, 2009
Well they got a win and that brings them 2 points further from guaranteeing the #1 pick in the draft. Last nights game made Atlanta move closer to the Isles in the standings.If the Isles win a few more games and move up a spot you can kiss Tarvares goodby. You can't have it both ways. I say break up the kid line and move deeper into the hole.
Mike

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Jan 30, 2009
True,a win is a win, but how can anyone be satisfied with almost blowing a game with a 4-0 lead-
When it was 4-3 I said next goal wins-
Lucky for the Islanders Okposo scored that next goal because if Atlanta buried that great chance in the 3rd to tie it at 4...the Islanders would have collapsed- teams just don't recover from that kind of momentum the home team is bringing- I'll take the two points but there are still many concerns about the heck Gordon is doing behind that bench-
Len

Jersey City, NJ

#11 Jan 30, 2009
skating on sand wrote:
Well they got a win and that brings them 2 points further from guaranteeing the #1 pick in the draft. Last nights game made Atlanta move closer to the Isles in the standings.If the Isles win a few more games and move up a spot you can kiss Tarvares goodby. You can't have it both ways. I say break up the kid line and move deeper into the hole.
Finishing dead last doesn't guarantee them the #1 spot anyway. Let 'em develop.
skating on sand

Las Vegas, NV

#12 Jan 30, 2009
hey Mike, I never said I was satisfied and yes they almost blew it again. I was just pointing out the obvious, if they win they move up in the standings (if the other bottom dwellers keep losing)and then we lose the chance at the #1 or 2 pick. If they finish 3 or 4 places out of the cellar what does that get them...a lower draft pick and they still won't make the playoffs so you're in a Catch 22 situation. I say tank it for the rest of the season except when they play the Ranger$
Rob

United States

#13 Jan 30, 2009
skating on sand wrote:
Well they got a win and that brings them 2 points further from guaranteeing the #1 pick in the draft. Last nights game made Atlanta move closer to the Isles in the standings.If the Isles win a few more games and move up a spot you can kiss Tarvares goodby. You can't have it both ways. I say break up the kid line and move deeper into the hole.
After they've done this poorly to this point in the season I understand your argument but it really doesn't make any sense for the long term development of your young players to do what you suggest. It does make sense to trade some of your veterans. It makes perfect sense to trade Witt but when he does get traded there will be people showing up here to claim that it was only because he spoke out against the system. People are stupid.
But back to the Tavares thing... several of the other teams near the bottom would probably be wiser to take Hedman over Tavares... Ottawa, Tampa Bay, and maybe Atlanta would be better served to claim a star defenseman given their current lineups.

The flip side is that the Isles really wouldn't have much to complain about if they lost a shot at Tavares but claimed Hedman themselves. Also, with the state of the Russian Elite League there's a growing chance that Kirill Petrov will choose to come to the US... he has the potential to be a star forward.
Rangers Suck

Pequannock, NJ

#14 Jan 30, 2009
Yeah, we need Tavares or Hedman equally as much. Cant really lose either way. Whether we're last, or 2nd to last, or 3rd to last we still get chance at #1.....and your right no guarantee the #1 pick would take Tavares.

I think it would be silly to trade the vets right now, they are a great lead for the young kids to follow......especially witter and dougie weight. I don't knwo if the compensation we'd get would be better then the learning experience of playing with those guys this year. I think we're in pretty good shape with some good prospects in bridgeport, we had a ton of draft picks last year. Who knows, maybe they will trade a couple vets after the season to get some draft picks, but i think it's good for the kids to play with those guys rite now.
Battfist

Columbus, OH

#15 Jan 30, 2009
Len wrote:
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Finishing dead last doesn't guarantee them the #1 spot anyway. Let 'em develop.
I agree-
I even add this-dnt break up the Bailey-KO-Blake line. Keep that together the rest of the season.
John Tavares

United States

#16 Jan 30, 2009
skating on sand wrote:
Well they got a win and that brings them 2 points further from guaranteeing the #1 pick in the draft. Last nights game made Atlanta move closer to the Isles in the standings.If the Isles win a few more games and move up a spot you can kiss Tarvares goodby. You can't have it both ways. I say break up the kid line and move deeper into the hole.
You're an idiot.

The Isles have a chance to draft me if they finish in the bottom 5. Are you that dumb that you don't understand that the worst team is not guranteed the #1 overall pick ?

I pray each day that I do not end up being drafted by the Islanders
skating on sand

Las Vegas, NV

#17 Jan 30, 2009
Yes, there isn't any guarantee they'll get #1 bit also because of the lottery they can't drop more than 1 spot no matter where they finish. And yes I hate to see the younger players get dragged into a losing atmosphere but finishing in last place has it's benefits over finishing in 26th place. No matter what they do "you can't win for losing". Lose and win a high draft pick or win and lose a high draft pick.
Mike

Brooklyn, NY

#18 Jan 30, 2009
skating on sand wrote:
hey Mike, I never said I was satisfied and yes they almost blew it again. I was just pointing out the obvious, if they win they move up in the standings (if the other bottom dwellers keep losing)and then we lose the chance at the #1 or 2 pick. If they finish 3 or 4 places out of the cellar what does that get them...a lower draft pick and they still won't make the playoffs so you're in a Catch 22 situation. I say tank it for the rest of the season except when they play the Ranger$
The question is ...are the Islanders starting to come together or are other teams simply not bringing their "A" game because it's only the Islanders ? If teams aren't going to bringing their "A" game when facing the Islanders the Islanders can surprise some skeptics and makea a palyoff run if they continue winning-
Dr Phil

AOL

#20 Jan 30, 2009
John Tavares wrote:
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You're an idiot.
The Isles have a chance to draft me if they finish in the bottom 5. Are you that dumb that you don't understand that the worst team is not guranteed the #1 overall pick ?
I pray each day that I do not end up being drafted by the Islanders
Your're right. If the Islanders end up dead last they have a 5 in 15 chance of getting the first draft choice. However, should they end up last and have "Islander Luck" and don't get the first choice, they can only slip one spot, and will get the second pick. Now, does everyone understand the draft lottery?
Rob

United States

#21 Jan 30, 2009
Dr Phil wrote:
<quoted text>Your're right. If the Islanders end up dead last they have a 5 in 15 chance of getting the first draft choice. However, should they end up last and have "Islander Luck" and don't get the first choice, they can only slip one spot, and will get the second pick. Now, does everyone understand the draft lottery?
Actually, the last place team has a 25% chance of winning the lottery... but the next 4 (the teams that could potentially move up to take the first pick) combine for a 51.8% chance of winning the lottery.
So overall, the last place team has a 48.2% chance of picking first.

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