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Everyday Al? Montoya gets the call in net again for Islanders today

Oct 10, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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Al Montoya‘s play in goal was about the only highlight for Islanders fans in their 2-0 opening night loss to Florida. With that in mind, Isles coach Jack Capuano is sticking by the former first round pick and giving him the start this afternoon against Minnesota.

With the other options the Isles have in goal with Rick DiPietro and Evgeni Nabokov, Montoya getting the call to start again is rewarding the guy who played his rear end off. Considering the efforts of the rest of the Isles’ squad on Saturday night, sticking with the one guy who did play well is the smart move.

The Islanders figured goal to be the one position that would provide for the most debate this season but after just one game (small sample size alert!), goalie seems to be the least of their worries. We’ll see if Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi test them out a bit more tonight.

  1. bcisleman - Oct 10, 2011 at 4:40 PM

    Definition of a no-brainer. He wasn’t just the best Islander on the ice. He was the best player. If not for him, it would have been 4, 5, or 6-0. If the NYI can begin to start scoring as I believe that they will and You Can Call Me Al continues to play like he did Saturday night, the NYI will be a tough contender.

  2. bcisleman - Oct 10, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    I should add that Cappy said the guy that stops the pucks the best would play–regardless of contract or rep. He clearly meant it.

  3. spizzjr - Oct 11, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Solid solid coaching bcislesman says it best in his second comment

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