Monday's game was far from thrilling, but once again it gave us another look into what the team will be like once these games finally count. So here are a few things we learned:
- Let’s get this one out of the way first… I’m talking about the goal horn Barlcays Center tried out. It was not received well by the Islanders faithful after Kirill Petrov scored at 18:09 of the third period. It was designed along with the MTA to sound like a train horn. It sounded more like a version of the Bell Centre goal horn and fans immediately voiced their displeasure on Twitter. In theory it was a good idea, but at the end of the day, it may have been smarter to leave well enough alone.
- Moving back to hockey, the Islanders power play had a rough night. They went 0-for-3 on the man advantage against the Capitals, with the same issue as last year plaguing them. There was too many passes when there should have been shots instead. Remember, it’s still preseason, so there is time to address the issue.
- On the positive side, Ryan Pulock had the chance to get some time in with the power play unit. He has had a couple of chances to get some work on special teams and Pulock was not thrilled with his performance after the game. “Our group didn’t have a whole lot of zone time, but there’s night’s that happens,” he said.
- Thomas Greiss played all 60 minutes of Monday’s exhibition contest against Washington. Although it wasn’t a win, the new Isles’ backup put up a relatively good performance. The first goal he let in wasn’t the prettiest and neither was the power-play goal given in up in the third, but all in all, Greiss performed the way you hoped he would. He made 22 saves, including several impressive stops. So far I like what I see from Greiss.
- The Islanders certainly don’t forget things easily, and neither do the fans for that matter. Tom Wilson played on Monday and nobody forgot what took place last season during the playoffs. There were a couple times you could tell the Isles were going after the man in the No. 43 Caps jersey. Wilson didn’t fight, although Eric Boulton did try to get him to drop the gloves. The fans also chirped Wilson from their seats in the 200 section.
- Thomas Hickey left the game with an upper body injury. Head coach Jack Capuano did not have an update of the defenseman after the game, but the Isles coach said the team doctors would evaluate Hickey on Tuesday.
- Petrov scored the Islanders lone goal in the 3-1 loss. He remains an intriguing player to watch because his play has kept him in the conversation throughout training camp. Whether he makes the opening night roster or not is still up for debate, but the fact that Petrov has transitioned from Europe to North America quite well is impressive.