When do we get back to the way it used to be?

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I go back and forth on this. Sometimes, I don’t like what I see. But I am the one responsible for it. I can use my anxiety and depression as a crutch. But I’m not gonna. I don’t believe in making excuses. It’s not who I am or how I define myself.

So, here we are in this forever confusing winter. One of unusual and bizarre warmth and now one of icy cold temps and snow, slush and icicles everywhere in my town. Maybe the truth is this depresses me. Well, because it does. I hate the long winter. Truth be told, it hasn’t been bad. We got next to nothing for so long. But as soon as we get into March, it snows and then snows and sleets some more.

Every year, this is what happens here in New York City. Whether you live in Staten Island like me or the other four boroughs, it’s too confusing for words. If you were lucky, you didn’t get any snow or little like here. But lots of ice which makes it even more fun. If you live in certain parts of New Jersey, you got belted with over a foot of the white stuff. If you are from Connecticut or Boston, you’re buried with about two feet with more on the way in Massachusetts. It doesn’t sound like Long Island got hit too bad either.

Maybe when I go back on a normal schedule tomorrow with work and the gym, I’ll feel better. More like myself. I’ve just been bored lately. From the past Friday when the snow crud started. When I get into these ruts, they tend to stick around a while. But I’ll push myself out of it Wednesday and get myself back to who I truly am.

Hence why I went live on Facebook before an why I am writing in this space. Music helps. I was just listening to this cool song from The Girl Next Door.

Wasn’t Elisa Cuthbert breathtaking in it? Who wouldn’t drop everything for her in that movie? Now she’s married to Dion Phaneuf and that’s just boring. I know how that sounds but whatever became of her career? Jesus.

Do you ever stop to “Take A Picture?” I do. Whether it’s capturing a perfect sunset with daylight savings giving me more time if the sun makes an appearance. Or a fascinating photo of the moon or stars above or just one of mother nature. I love taking pictures. It’s fun just to shoot something once in a while. That’s what my Instagram’s for.

Normalcy is good. So, I’ll return to the real world and get back at it. Oh. And it won’t just be fun and games. But life. It’s what I need right now. Peace. ❤

Lee’s goal with 1.1 seconds left allows Islanders to escape Dallas with point

Cody Eakin watches his overtime winner get past Jaroslav Halak with Calvin de Haan in the picture. AP Photo by Tim Sharp/Getty Images
Cody Eakin watches his overtime winner get past Jaroslav Halak with Calvin de Haan in the picture.
AP Photo by Tim Sharp/Getty Images

The Islanders were able to sneak a point out of Dallas in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Stars. By sneak, they needed a miraculous Anders Lee goal with 1.1 seconds left in regulation to earn a point moving them back ahead of the Rangers by a point into first place. Taking advantage of a Stars turnover, Lee was able to snap one home beating Kari Lehtonen to force overtime.

They came close to winning it but hit the post. Less than a minute later, a turnover at the Stars blueline by Ryan Strome led directly to a two-on-one with Cody Eakin taking a perfect Jamie Benn cross-ice feed for an easy finish into an open side past Jaroslav Halak at 2:18 of OT. Halak finished with 32 saves in a losing effort.

There wasn’t much offense the first two periods. The Islanders held a 1-0 lead thanks to some great teamwork on Josh Bailey’s 13th at 15:25 of the first. Strome started a nice passing play down low feeding Brock Nelson, who quickly dished for an open Bailey in front for a sweet finish. Despite Matt Martin getting tossed for a kneeing major in the early going on Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley, the Isles killed it off and outshot the Stars 18-9 and were up one.

Despite turning up the heat outshooting the Islanders 13-9 in the second, the Stars were unable to beat Halak through 40 minutes. However, they were finally able to solve him twice within a 5:04 span during the third. Both goals came due to outworking the Islanders defense in front. Each was a rebound. Brett Ritchie beat Calvin de Haan to a Jyrki Jokipakaa rebound in front to tie it at 2:24. On an extended forecheck, the Stars took the lead when Vernon Fiddler steered home another rebound of a Ryan Garbutt shot making it 2-1 with 12:32 left in regulation.

Following slashing minors from Strome and Ritchie 40 seconds apart, coach Jack Capuano pulled Halak for an extra attacker. It looked like the Stars would hold on. But a quick rush up ice by Travis Hamonic with 11.5 seconds to spare resulted in a bizarre finish. On a broken play, a Star threw the puck right to Lee who quickly fired it off Jordie Benn’s skate past Lehtonen giving the Islanders the tying goal at 19:58. Lee’s unassisted tally was his 21st. That tied him for second with Filip Forsberg among rookies in goals. Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman is the leader with 23.

There are quite a few talented freshmen. A couple who were on display had an impact. After Lee’s tying marker, Dallas rookie defenseman John Klingberg forced Strome into a turnover which led to the game winner. He assisted on Eakin’s OT winner. Klingberg has 34 points tying 2014 first overall pick Aaron Ekblad for most points by a rookie defenseman. In fact, there’s a three-way tie between Lee, Ekblad and Klingman for fifth in rookie scoring. Rangers freshman Kevin Hayes is eighth with 29 points. While Forsberg remains the front runner pacing all rookies with 52 points, it’s a talented class also featuring Johnny Gaudreau, Mark Stone, Jonathan Drouin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and unheralded goalie Michael Hutchinson.

Josh Bailey is congratulated by Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson after his 13th goal in the first.  AP Photo by Tim Sharp/Getty Images
Josh Bailey is congratulated by Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson after his 13th goal in the first.
AP Photo by Tim Sharp/Getty Images

Notes: With a point, the Islanders are up to 85 with 17 games left. They’re 41-21-3 and lead the Rangers by a point. The Blueshirts make up one of three games at hand tonight at Detroit. The Isles have 34 regulation and overtime wins (ROW) compared to the Rangers’ 36 which is the first tiebreaker. The Pens are third with 81 points and 33 ROW. By virtue of their 5-3 win highlighted by emerging Hart candidate Alexander Ovechkin’s pair moving him up to a league best 43 goals, the Capitals are up to 80 with 32 ROW. Five total points separate first from fourth. … Neither deadline pickup Tyler Kennedy nor Michal Neuvirth played. … The Isles return to action tomorrow when they visit Nashville, who have dropped a season high four straight after falling to the Devils 3-1.

BONY 3 Stars:

3rd Star-Kari Lehtonen, DAL (35 saves)

2nd Star-Brock Nelson, NYI (tying goal with 1.1 seconds left in regulation-21st, 5 SOG in 17:52)

1st Star-Cody Eakin, DAL (OT winner-15th, assist, 3 SOG, +2 in 18:21)