Saturday night (10/11) featured everything good the franchise can offer: a sold-out arena, an excited crowd, a complete effort on offense, great goaltending, and a win.
The pregame festivities featured band Seven Mary Three (named in honor of the 1970's show CHiPs) playing on a levitating stage above the ice. When the Isles hit that same ice, their spirits and energy were elevated. Four first period goals gave the Isles a somewhat comfortable lead. Netminder (and first star) Joey MacDonald did the rest as the Isles sailed to a 5-2 win over St. Louis.
The winning effort included contributions from five (5) different goal scorers (Comrie, Hunter, Bergenheim, Hilbert, and Guerin) and some splendid saves from the aforementioned MacDonald. He saved 24 shots, several in spectacular fashion, as the Isles treated their fans to a really nice early-season win.
Kyle assisted on Comrie's goal for his first point of the season.
Afterward, coach Scott Gordon received the "game puck" from captain Bill Guerin after banking his first NHL win. If it were possible, nearly every Islander deserved one.
They'll try to keep the good vibes flowing on Monday afternoon against Buffalo. Okposo Net will be there; please stay right here for details shortly following that game.