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Isles in the AM: A few notes from Wednesday night

The Islanders celebrate their overtime goal as dejected

The Islanders celebrate their overtime goal as dejected Tampa Bay goalie Dan Ellis crouches on the ice. (Dec. 22, 2010) Credit: Jim McIsaac

-- Dwayne Roloson, who was cracking jokes in his postgame chat with reporters, won for the first time since Oct. 18, snapping an 0-11-1 skid. The fact that his GAA is 2.56 and his save percentage is .911 speaks to how well he's played most nights, despite the 3-12-1 record.

-- John Tavares also snapped a skid with his first goal in 10 games. He was involved in both Isles goals, but until his quick move to beat both Lightning defensemen to the puck behind the Tampa goal and flick a pass to P.A. Parenteau for the tying score, Tavares had been completely ineffective -- his back-to-back penalties in the second were hard to miss, especially the second one, a lazy stick foul on Victor Hedman.

Perhaps Josh Bailey's return -- and, if Bailey can play a game like he did for most of last night, when he was looking for ways to generate offense rather than floating -- will have the biggest impact on Tavares, whose line won't be the only one counted on for offense.

-- Mike Mottau was in the dressing room last night, shaking his head over his impending hip arthroscopy. "I was really just on bed rest for a month because of my eye, so when I got back to skating, I could feel the hip a little more than I had," he told me. "So I just went to get it checked out and they found the tear."

Mottau will see Dr. Marc Philippon, who has been a pioneer in the hip arthroscopies and operated on Marian Gaborik and Alex Rodriguez. Mottau doesn't know yet if he needs the full procedure -- shaving down the hip socket and repair of the labrum tear -- or just the labrum repair, as A-Rod had.

Either way, Mottau said he'll be able to have a full offseason of training next summer and be ready for training camp.

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