It's been a long time between game notes for me... mostly because there wasn't much of note going on in Brooklyn except consistent losing. Well, for the last few weeks at least, that's changed. The team is 8-1-1 in the last 10 and I suppose that deserves a Game Day note.

Last night, playing on the road against one of the stronger teams, the Isles managed a late game tie. That, in and of itself, is nice but the real story is how it happened. Yes, the Sabres played their back-up in Domingue but the Isles had Pickard in net. Pickard's OV rating is lower than Domingue. (74 versus 77).

The Isles fell behind early when Pickard let in 2 goals in 90 seconds at the 5 minute mark. In the past, the game might have been over right there. These days, within 30 seconds or so, Pickard cleared the puck to Pietrangelo who laid out a perfect pass to Galchenyuk and just like that, the score was 2-1.

Niederreiter's elbowing major led to a power play goal by Matthias, making the score 3-1, early in the second but the Isles D stiffened and kept the Sabres quiet for the remainder of the period. Meantime, the Isles power play unit made the Sabres pay for Hayes boarding minor with a goal by Pietrangelo. The Isles special teams are the key to this game. Jussi Jokinen, who came to Brooklyn via the Sabres trade for Berglund, has been a tremendous boost for the Isles power play. And this was no different as he found Pietrangelo open at the blue line for a rocket shot that settled behind Domingue, closing the gap to 3-2.

4 minutes into the 3rd, Chipchura chipped one in to tie the game but the Sabres answered within a minute to regain a 4-3 lead. Again, a recent acquisition was instrumental in the results. While killing a penalty to Huberdeau, Casey Cizikas intercepted a cross-ice pass, feeding Ian Cole who found Dwight King streaking up the wing. A moment later the game was tied as the shorthanded goal made it 4-4.

And that's how it ended. The Isles refuse to lose these days and this game was a perfect example of how the new players are changing the Islanders season.

Next up are the BlueJackets. Stay tuned...