1. The turning point of the evening was the National Anthem, or rather the introduction of it. With regular PA guy Roger Luce not available, the Isles reached into Bridgeport for the Sound Tigers' PA announcer (who I believe is Adam Goodman, based on his Linked In page). Goodman introduced the singers as being from "St. John the Bastard". (We checked the tape to make sure!)
2. When Deb Placey completed her pre-game comments and sent the broadcast to Howie and Billy, the MSG+2 cameras were on John Tavares... who unfortunately started to pick his nose.
3. Islanders owner Charles Wang asked to appear on the broadcast in the first intermission...and did not want to talk about the Lighthouse Project through the media.
...wait, there's more...
4. Brandon Sutter, who was born on Long Island on a day that his dad played for the team, had his name mispronounced by the PA announcer when he assisted on the winning goal. For the record, it's Sutter, not Soo-ter.
5. The blimp that flies in the Coliseum during intermissions malfunctioned and ended up stuck in the middle of the press box.
All in all, a very strange night.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since 1982. Visit my blog: forever1940.blogspot.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick