|Prince at Nassau Coliseum - Home of the Islanders|
Due to television exclusivity on NBC, the game time was 3PM. As a result, the Islanders draw a crowd of 11,558. If the game started early, I like to think they would have had a better turn out.
As for the game we saw, neither team scored until late in the third period. The Devils cashed in on a power play opportunity as Islanders' defenseman Brian Strait was called for charging. Steve Bernier of the Devils scored with just 11 seconds left on the power play to give the Devils a 1-0 lead with 3:54 left in regulation time.
Bernier scored again just a minute and ten seconds later as he hit the puck off Islanders' goaltender Evgeni Nabokov from behind the net to make it a 2-0 game. David Clarkson of the Devils added an empty net goal to preserve the victory as goaltender Johan Hedberg got the shutout as the Devils beat the Islanders, 3-0.
After the game, we got a ride back to Queens from my pal Dennis Barbera who was at the game too.
The King and I wound up going to our friend Frank Anichiarico's place to see the Super Bowl. We enjoyed a great steak dinner and we watched the Baltimore Ravens become Super Bowl Champions for the second time in their history as they survived a blackout in the Superdome in New Orleans.
The Ravens made an impressive goal line stand as they held off the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31. Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco capped off an amazing playoff run while Ray Lewis completed his Hall of Fame career with one last ride. It was a total team effort as they became Super Bowl XLVII Champions.
I was happy for all the good people I know from Baltimore.
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