Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Isles attendance bottoms out

... it seemed close to a miracle that the Isles were able to salvage a point in the standings with their 3-2 overtime loss to Dallas in front of a season-low crowd of 8,161 last night at Nassau Coliseum. Miro Satan's power-play goal with 2:38 left in regulation sent the game to overtime, where the Stars' Mike Modano won it with his second score of the game just 35 seconds into OT.
That's just pitiful.

And the Capitals didn't fare much better, drawing just more than 11,000 for a 3-1 loss to Buffalo last night.

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At 2:33 p.m., November 27, 2007, Blogger murph said...

It's just one game. No need to panic. 4 years ago, it was every night.

At 2:36 p.m., November 27, 2007, Blogger saskhab said...

Pretty ugly, huh? I wonder what the ratings were on Vs. for that Sabres-Capitals game as well. Could be a real low night for the NHL.

And Gary takes your questions today on XM Satellite. Wonder how many times he'll say that the state of the game has never been better?

At 3:01 p.m., November 27, 2007, Anonymous David Johnson said...

But Gary Bettman says the league is doing wonderfully in "new media" so all is still great with hockey in the U.S.

At 3:47 p.m., November 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those aren't empty seats you see in Detroit....ummm...The Devils are drawing better at their new rink...ummm....Boston???

At 4:23 p.m., November 27, 2007, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Are those numbers tickets sold, or tickets distributed? If not for the 3-4 thousand Buffalo fans at Verizon the "crowd" would have been even more sparse in DC.
2) They have an excuse, the team is 30th. Can't understand the isles. They have been playing well for the most part. Was the weather that bad last night in NY?

At 4:31 p.m., November 27, 2007, Anonymous rick marnon, howell said...

i could see why people would be nervous,,, this has been a bit of a common trend with a few of the teams around the league,,, hopefully this changes shortly for the better,,,

At 4:32 p.m., November 27, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funny thing is that the Isles fans will say it was a game against a dumb team like Dallas. There you have it, the mentality that keeps their building empty!

At 9:10 a.m., November 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's more of a case of the Islanders fans saying the rink stinks and is outdated. Didn't they have a massive plumbing failure last year that caused the dressing room to be filled up with...ummm you get the picture.
Because the Islanders and Devils don't draw well, the Certified Hockey Genius Commissioner uses that as an excuse as to why the GTA can't have a second NHL team.
Hockey doesn't sell in the US. Simple as that.
It never has and it never will.

At 11:39 a.m., November 28, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hockey doesn't sell in a market that has three teams? One that is sold out at prices comparable to the Leafs, another that has a brand new stadium and another that had a sellout on Saturday night in dump of an arena? Guess the orginal 2 teams supported the whole NHL. Then again Buffalo didn't sell out against Toronto so the GTA must have maxed out on fans. Must be the strong currency working against the Canadian fan.


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