Monday (12/14) night at Nassau Coliseum featured one of those games that, as a fan, you just want to bury and forget. Seemingly in the game against Florida until the start of the third period, the Islanders had their doors blown off by a 7-1 final. Mark Streit made miscues that led to Panthers goals, Dwayne Roloson was porous in net, and there wasn't much offense to speak of.
While young Islander Jesse Joensuu scored his first goal of the season, it was about the only positive that could be taken away from a disastrous night. Trying to explain his team's effort, or lack thereof, Roloson believed that the Isles were looking ahead to this week's games against the New York Rangers. While coach Scott Gordon didn't see it that way, he expressed his hope for this to be the low point of the season, and that the team would collectively regroup.
Capping the evening's misery was a post-game statement from team general manager Garth Snow stating "Ricky [DiPietro] has been seen by the team doctors and most recently a specialist. To make sure we are taking the proper steps in his rehabilitation we will seek an additional opinion and should have a timeline by the end of the week."
Wow, hopefully another injury setback is not in the offing for the franchise goaltender.