Thursday, January 17, 2008
Islanders dunk Devils again-2008 trip schedule decided
The New Jersey Devils just cannot seem to get past their neighbors from Long Island,the New York Islanders.
Last night in a close game,the Islanders still did enough to get by with a 3-1 win.
Just as it seems that Marty Brodeur always finds a way to nip Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres,Rick DiPietro finds a way to beat the Devils.
Brodeur only allowed 2 goals (the third Islander goal was an empty netter),but only Travis Zajac in the 3rd period was able to beat DiPietro.
Zajac's goal (9) was a tip in of a Brian Gionta shot that gave New Jersey hope,but was the only offense of the evening.
John Madden missed the contest in order to avoid an infection of his slashed ankle that was suffered the Devils win over Buffalo last time out.
Madden is expected to return for Friday's game vs the Florida Panthers.
The work is done and the decisions have been made for the 2008 minor league tour.
One possible game and date could be added at a later date,but for now,they are as follows..
Augusta Greenjackets (Giants) at Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)
Greenville Drive (Red Sox) at Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins) at Hickory Crawdads (Pirates)
Wilmington Blue Rocks (Royals) at Winston Salem Warthogs (White Sox)
Bluefield Orioles (Orioles) at Pulaski Mariners (Mariners)
Possiblity depending on later events
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Braves) at Lynchburg Hillcats (Pirates)
On the Signing Front
Mail signatures from Hockey Hall of Famers Clark Gilles and Joe Mullen,former Bruin All-Star Rick Middleton,former well traveled defenseman Mike Lalor and former Flame Rejean Lemelin.
Zajac-Rich Schultz-AP Photo