Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, January 21, 2013

NY Islanders Game 1: vs the New Jersey Devils, 1-2

New Jersey's Patrick Ellas celebrates the game winning goal of teammate David Clarkson as it beats NY Islanders goalkeeper Evgeni Nabokov. Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images.
New York Islanders 1 vs. New Jersey Devils 2

I wonder if the first game is an omen for the season. New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano was unavailable for medical reasons and I immediately thought of the Houston Rockets’ Kevin McHale. Can the Isles, fragile as they are, play well without their coach? Can they start off well to get into a groove?

It’s only the first game of the season but the Islanders labored to get a shot in. On the few times they did, they made it count as they leveled the match 1-1 with the tough New Jersey Devils. Unfortunately, about a minute later, they conceded a goal when David Clarkson rifled a shot past Evgeni Nabokov who stopped 26 of 28 shots fired at him.

The Nassau, in its last year as the home ice for the Islanders was packed but as much as the crowd tried to will the Isles to score first, it was the visitors who drew first blood.

How frightening is that when Ilya Kovalchuk darts towards a goaltender with Travis Zajac also scooting in? The result was an early second quarter goal.

The Isles need to generate more scoring opportunities and wear down the opposition in the neutral zone. The Devils looked plenty confident coming into their attacking zone. It’s a tough loss for the Isles in their season opener. Hope it’s not another downer of a season.

New York Islanders
 vs. New Jersey Devils
26 Matt Moulson - 91 John Tavares - 21 Kyle Okposo - 
40 Michael Grabner - 51 Frans Nielsen - 24 Brad Boyes - 
41 David Ullstrom - 10 Keith Aucoin - 13 Colin McDonald - 
17 Matt Martin - 16 Marty Reasoner - 36 Eric Boulton

 2 Mark Streit - 37 Brian Strait
 - 47 Andrew MacDonald - 3 Travis Hamonic -

52 Joe Finley - 7 Matt Carkner

20 Evgeni Nabokov (starter)
 - 39 Rick DiPietro


It's hard being a New York Islanders fan. But a fan I remain as I have been for three decades now.

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