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Buffalo knocks down Isles in shootout, 4-3

There are 15 comments on the Newsday story from Dec 27, 2008, titled Buffalo knocks down Isles in shootout, 4-3. In it, Newsday reports that:

Of all the Islanders' defeats this season, their 4-3 shootout loss to the Sabres last night at HSBC Arena was the one that felt most like a victory.

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Clem

AOL

#1 Dec 27, 2008
Great game by the isles tonight! Would have been nicer if it was a win but they had no business getting it to ot in the first place. Good job tonight guys
boss

Mohegan Lake, NY

#2 Dec 27, 2008
Good game I'm fine with the loss, number 1 pick gets them Tavares which would finally give the isles some hope/scoring. By sucking so bad they can pick up some serious talent this year...glad I don't have season tix though.
Transplanted Islander fan

Greenwood Lake, NY

#3 Dec 28, 2008
well, there goes the winning streak.
Mike Bossy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#5 Dec 28, 2008
nice way to pick up a point. now beat the Rags, and Panthers to finish year on a high note.
kallur

Andes, NY

#6 Dec 28, 2008
boss wrote:
Good game I'm fine with the loss, number 1 pick gets them Tavares ...
No, it doesn't. The worst five teams pick for the first pick through a lottery system; it's weighted for the last place team, but is no guarantee.
4CUPS80S

AOL

#7 Dec 28, 2008
kallur wrote:
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No, it doesn't. The worst five teams pick for the first pick through a lottery system; it's weighted for the last place team, but is no guarantee.
I believe the team with the worst record can't go any lower than the 4th pick. With the Isles luck, no matter how the lottery is weighted to the worst team, they'll even find a way to blow that too, so don't count on it.
Mike Bossy

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Dec 28, 2008
kallur wrote:
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No, it doesn't. The worst five teams pick for the first pick through a lottery system; it's weighted for the last place team, but is no guarantee.
that lottery system is bull, the worst team should get the no.1 pick.
Hater

Smithtown, NY

#9 Dec 28, 2008
I don't want to hear about moral victories. The only victories that count are the real ones that show in the standings.
kallur

Andes, NY

#10 Dec 28, 2008
Mike Bossy wrote:
<quoted text> that lottery system is bull, the worst team should get the no.1 pick.
I disagree. It would have been nice had the Isles gotten the first pick last year, and they finished fifth worst. Several years ago Pittsburgh was playing the Devils in the last game of the season, for the worst overall record back when there was no lottery system. Pittsburgh won/lost, winning Lemieux. Devils took Kirk Muller, Ryan Smyth One, i.e., he had no intention of playing for the Isles any longer than he had to, which was about five games I think.
4CUPS80S

AOL

#11 Dec 28, 2008
kallur wrote:
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I disagree. It would have been nice had the Isles gotten the first pick last year, and they finished fifth worst. Several years ago Pittsburgh was playing the Devils in the last game of the season, for the worst overall record back when there was no lottery system. Pittsburgh won/lost, winning Lemieux. Devils took Kirk Muller, Ryan Smyth One, i.e., he had no intention of playing for the Isles any longer than he had to, which was about five games I think.
Simply stated, the Penguins intentionally tanked the last month of that year so as to guarantee themselves the 1st pick as Lemieux was the franchise player that year. Then after the lockout, I believe the NHL gave the Pens that pick for Crosby as the Pens were about to either move or go out of business and the NHL decided to save them.
Rob

West Newton, PA

#12 Dec 28, 2008
4CUPS80S wrote:
<quoted text>I believe the team with the worst record can't go any lower than the 4th pick. With the Isles luck, no matter how the lottery is weighted to the worst team, they'll even find a way to blow that too, so don't count on it.
The team with the worst record picks no later than second... you can only drop at most 1 place in draft order due to the lottery.
NYRfan

Stamford, CT

#13 Dec 28, 2008
Mike Bossy wrote:
<quoted text> that lottery system is bull, the worst team should get the no.1 pick.
It prevents teams from purposely sucking all year and makes the draft a little more interesting.
4CUPS80S

AOL

#14 Dec 28, 2008
Rob wrote:
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The team with the worst record picks no later than second... you can only drop at most 1 place in draft order due to the lottery.
You are right! I just checked the rules and I stand corrected! Thanks!
NYRfan

Stamford, CT

#15 Dec 28, 2008
4CUPS80S wrote:
<quoted text>Simply stated, the Penguins intentionally tanked the last month of that year so as to guarantee themselves the 1st pick as Lemieux was the franchise player that year. Then after the lockout, I believe the NHL gave the Pens that pick for Crosby as the Pens were about to either move or go out of business and the NHL decided to save them.
The draft for Crosby was after the lockout so there were no statistics to go by. It is good because I was not really excited to hear them possibly go to Las Vegas
4CUPS80S

AOL

#16 Dec 28, 2008
NYRfan wrote:
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The draft for Crosby was after the lockout so there were no statistics to go by. It is good because I was not really excited to hear them possibly go to Las Vegas
There is no way that any professional team is ever going to be allowed to relocate to Vegas. It would create too many problems and open a pandora's box because of the legal sport's gambling. I know that there was no stats to go by after the lockout but that does'nt make it right for the league to bail out a troubled team. The Isles are in financial trouble and I don't see Bettman coming to their aid. It's also a joke how the rules and penalties of the game change whenever Crosby is involved. If Bossy was given the freedom not to be touched, he would've been able to play another 10 years instead of retiring with a bad back prematurely.

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