Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sticks And Giggles

Everything is going the Islanders way, and frankly it's a little weird.

In a game where I was hoping for them to come away with a point at best, the Islanders went into Boston and improved on their already stellar road record. The 2-1 victory, powered by two Josh Bailey goals and 30 saves from Evegeni Nabokov, moved the Isles' road record to 12-5-2 this season.

You know things are going well when Travis Hamonic appears to have sustained a major knee injury in the first period, only to be back on the ice before the frame ended.

You know things are going the Islanders' way when accidental stick fouls that draw Bruins blood are missed by referees.

You know things are going well when you step into a bar during the third period and more people are watching and cheering for the Orange and Blue than any other game in the place.

The only thing that didn't go well on this night for the Long Islanders was that all of their playoff competition (Ottawa, Washington, and Winnipeg) also won.

It's April, and Islanders hockey is all the rage. And it doesn't feel like it will all come crashing down, either.

The Islanders are 8-1-1 over their last ten games. They entertain a Rangers team that trails them in the standings on Saturday (4/13) night.

Right now, the Islanders are living a charmed life. And it feels a little strange, at least to this fan.

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