Ovechkin and Co. too much for resurgent group; Lighthouse Project dealt a low blow
The Washington Capitals were trying to gain a franchise player for both their offense and their defense when they selected Alexander Ovechkin and Mike Green in the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Judging by the performance of both players last night, they not only succeeded, but lent serious credence to the notion that they are a team that ought to provide a blueprint for struggling clubs like the New York Islanders.
Green scored two power play goals within 1:23 of each other in the third period and Ovechkin recorded his 54th goal of the year to pace the Capitals to a 5-3 victory over the Islanders last night. Washington also received tallies from Keith Aucoin and Nicklas Backstrom. The Islanders countered with goals by Kyle Okposo, Richard Park and Frans Nielsen.
The Draft is currently the hottest subject in Islander Nation at the moment. With only a few games left to determine the draft order prior to the lottery, fans are feverishly watching the scoreboard of not only Islander games, but also those of their closest competitors for the number one spot, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche. While the Islanders were expected to do badly this season due to a lack of NHL-level talent, the inexplicable descent of Colorado and the barely improved Lightning (despite a massive offseason free agent spending spree) are much bigger plotlines in this story. Colorado, in particular, seems to be outright tanking the season, a disgraceful tactic for a once proud franchise if it is indeed the case.
However, even the Draft got pushed off the forefront of Islander fans' minds yesterday when it was revealed that the Town of Hempstead, the local governing body that controls the area where the Nassau Coliseum stands, is placing yet another roadblock to stall the progress of the Lighthouse Project, a huge real estate deal that would yield the Islanders a brand new arena that they so desperately need as well as allow them to be solvent financially. Town Supervisor Kate Murray instituted a massive mailing (with taxpayer funds, mind you) to all affected constituents, stating that the project would negatively impact the quality of life in the area and that she had a responsibility to oppose it.
The tissue paper-thin fabric of lies that Murray has woven would be laughable if it wasn't so egregious. The Lighthouse project would create thousands of jobs in a depressed area, it is entirely funded by a private citizen who would be using nothing in the way of taxpayer dollars (unlike Murray), and would seriously revitalize the local economy. It's as clear as the bulbous nose on Murray's wretched face that she opposes this project for the following reasons: Either she has some back-door “contributors” who have a special interest in not seeing this plan go through or she has not yet figured out how to personally profit from the scheme. She is a disgrace and should be removed from office immediately and exposed as the corrupt sham that she is.
The Islanders take on the Montreal Canadiens this evening, another team fighting to save it's playoff life. New York does not plan on doing them any favors, however. They will play hard up until the last whistle of the final game.
That's as sure a notion as the one that states that Kate Murray is “on the take”.
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Written by Frank Mazzola