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Sunday, October 12, 2008

HNLI Spices Up Opening Weekend

The excitement of the Islanders' opening weekend certainly didn't disappoint and neither did the coverage of Hockey Night on Long Island. In both the Pre-Game special on Friday night and the Home Opener special on Saturday afternoon, hosts Alex and Steve delivered high-octane hockey coverage to get things rolling for '08-'09. Both Bill from the New York Islander Fan Central and Tom Mascioli from Islesinfo delivered their share of insight making for two awesome episodes. Most importantly, the callers and HNLI chatroom guests were contributing throughout the weekend, which made for some incredible banter. If you missed either of the two episodes, be sure to check out the archives on our show page or subscribe to the podcast version by searching "Hockey Night on Long Island" in the iTunes store.

Alex's 3 Stars of Opening Weekend

Joey MacDonald: Came up big on back-to-back nights doing everything the Isles could've asked of him against New Jersey and a hell of a lot more against the Blues.

Doug Weight: The veteran earned the "A" on his jersey with the Isles' first goal of the season and a big pair of assists in the home opener. (Excuse the fact that the jersey database is yet to add his Isles jersey to the system =/)

Mark Streit: Finally the Islanders have a defenseman capable of moving the puck and making plays at the point. Two assists made him a stand-out Islander on opening weekend.

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