San Jose Sharks, November 11, 2000

Written by islanders  |  12. November 2000

The Islanders always seem to get caught up in a chippy game when they're facing the San Jose Sharks. Tonight was no exception. In a game that saw penalties gone wild, the Sharks skated away with a 4-0 victory. Evgeni Nabokov, the Sharks' 24 year old rookie netminder earned his first career shut-out and also his first assist on Vincent Damphousse's powerplay goal late in the 3rd period. Things didn't go right from the very start at the Nassau Coliseum. The singing of the National Anthem was interrupted by the buzzer that usually sounds the end of the period. The chuckles from the crowd were possibly the only smiling moment for Isles fans. The Islanders came out sharp, but the game turned on a dime when Sean Hines fired a hard shot from the left of Vanbiesbrouck. It was headed wide on the far side, but quick hands by Todd Harvy redirected the puck just inside the post. From then on, the Sharks were in the driver's seat. The second period saw about a dozen penalties called. Four in an incident at the buzzer to end the period. The Islanders best chance however, was early in the period when Scott Thornton took a double minor for cross-checking and another roughing penalty, giving the Islanders 6 minutes straight on the powerplay. But the Islanders couldn't set up. Thornton was assessed the penalties for cross-checking Kevin Haller and then pouncing on him when he was down. Haller was obviously hurt and didn't return to the game. He was the second Islander to leave the game, as Steve Webb was injured in the first peroid. The Play of the Game: a brilliant save by John Vanbiesbrouck in the second period, when he lunged towards a puck fired at an open net and managed to kick the it to the corner, preventing an even bigger lead for San Jose. Area for Improvement: the Islanders team defense wasn't much help tonight. The Captain ran aground, as Kenny Jonsson had more give aways than the Islanders Prize Patrol. Jonsson still has the potential to be a star in this league, but he was off his game tonight and it showed. Honorable Mention: to Garry Galley, who finally had enough in the second period and laid out Todd Harvy. This led to the Springer-like ending of the end of the period. Special Thanks: whoever it is that finally decided to post the out of town scores during stoppages in play. You know who you are! It did not go unnoticed. If you're reading, job well done! Now, if we could get them posted on the message boards beneath the luxury boxes throughout the game, we'll be in business. In A Nutshell: while it was a fast paced game, with lots of thunderous hits, the Islanders failed to pull the trigger, mounting only 24 shots, and have now gone scoreless in almost 7 straight periods. Their last goal was Brad Isbister's game winner against Nashville, 25 seconds into the 3rd period. The Isles haven't put up a point since. Despite some blistering shots from Roman Hamrlik, the Islanders powerplay was a dreadful 0 for 7. A Note to the Aerodynamically Inclined: making paper airplanes out of GameTime programs may seem like a good idea at the time. But it's all fun and games until someone loses an eye! All kidding aside, paper airplanes on the ice or hitting you in the back of the head are a distraction from the game. The proper time for them is in Study Hall, not during play. Parting Thought: If Hell ever did freeze over, do you suppose they'd start playing hockey? -Bob

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