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Batten Down The Hatches: Islanders Top Shelf: 1/11/15

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The New York Islanders executed their first sixty minute complete effort in weeks last night in Columbus, defeating the Blue Jackets by a score of 5-2. It was the second straight win for New York and on the tail end of a back to back, making the significance that much greater. It also came with backup goaltender Chad Johnson in goal, hopefully giving the struggling netminder some confidence heading into the season’s second half, where he will be counted on to give starter Jaroslav Halak a breather every now and then.

High Five: Isles Get First Ever Regulation Win in Columbus

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Good news, Islanders fans: a three-goal third period lead was held.

And it was done so quite impressively as the Isles win their second straight, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Center by a score of 5-2.

Columbus has not been a friendly place for the Islanders. Entering Saturday night, they were 1-7-2 all-time against the Blue Jackets in their house.

Records, shmecords. Thirty-one seconds into the game the Islanders were up a goal after Nikolay Kulemin deflected home a Nick Leddy slap-shot from the left point for his seventh of the year.

John Tavares is Isles Only Representative at the All Star Game

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The NHL released it’s list of All-Stars for the 2o14-15 season today and the Islanders will be represented in Columbus by captain John Tavares. Tavares is a very deserving selection, leading the Isles in both goals and points this season with 19 and 39, respectively. The first overall pick in the 2009 draft has become one […]

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New York Islanders At Columbus Blue Jackets: Pregame Report

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When: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+ (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King, Greg Picker), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 90

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The mid-to-late 90’s were a disaster period for the Islanders. With Al Arbour gone, a change in ownership and in the general manager, the Islanders were a floundering organization with little positivity to offer to the NHL.

There was a bright spot however, and he quickly became a fan favorite. With 90 days to go, we’ll take a look at Zigmund Palffy‘s career year in 1996-97 when he recorded 90 points.

New York Islanders’ Second Quarter Grade

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John Tavares‘ overtime winner last night against the New Jersey Devils marked the end of the New York Islanders’ 41st game of the season, meaning that the team has reached the half way point of the campaign. At the half-way mark of the season the Isles are sitting atop the Metropolitan Division with a 27-13-1 […]

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Islanders Friday Prospect Report

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The first real weekend of the second half of the 2014-2015 New York Islander prospect season was a busy one with ten seeing action. Now the push for the playoffs in both the NCAAs and the Canadian juniors gets serious not to mention that several prospects are looking to impress the Islanders enough to earn a contract.


Josh Ho-Sang (2014 first rd.) and his Niagara IceDogs are trying to overcome a terrible start that has them towards the bottom of the OHL’s Eastern Conference standings. Friday night saw them in Sudbury to face the Sudbury Wolves in a game that almost got away from the IceDogs. Josh Ho-Sang had three assists as his team spotted the Wolves a goal before scoring five unanswered and holding on for a 5-4 win.

Islanders Tavares’ Shines: Top Shelf 1/10/15

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The New York Islanders, if you are truly judging objectively, did not break out of their recent malaise last night in Newark, New Jersey as much as they were rescued by a true superstar performance from their captain, John Tavares.

After a first period that could only be explained one way: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz – which is quite predictable when these two teams get together – the second period New York allowed New Jersey to assume control and take a one goal lead heading into what could have been described as the season’s most important 20 minute stretch.

Captain Clutch Comes Through; Islanders Slay Devils

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We may have to nickname this team the cardiac kids. It took nearly 64 minutes, but “Overtime is Isles time.” The Isles do it again in extra time, beating the Devils 3-2 in OT.

After the first period and a half you kind of had that “oh boy, here we go again” feeling. They weren’t skating, they looked tired, and it could have easily led to led to a loss. As much as everyone knew the Islanders had it in them to turn the switch back on, the way they stuck together to win, and the manner in which they did it, was pretty special.

Josh Bailey and Brian Strait to play vs. Devils

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Fans of the New York Islanders will be flocking to Newark, New Jersey tonight to watch their favorite team take on the Metropolitan division rival Devils this evening at 7pm. As an added draw the lineup will include the fan base’s two favorite players! That’s right, none other than the heroes of Hempstead Turnpike themselves, […]

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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 91

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How could we choose between the two?

From two different eras, these two 91’s have had an ever-lasting impact on the Nassau Coliseum and its residents.

Robert Thomas “Butch” Goring started his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings in 1969. In almost 12 seasons with the team, he built a reputation of being a smart, composed hockey player. Scoring 20+ goals in nine of those seasons, he set a career-high in 1978-79 when he recorded 87 points (36 goals, 51 assists). He won the Lady Byng Trophy that season.

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 1/9/15

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The New York Islanders return to the East Coast, and their next four games are to be played against Metropolitan Division rivals. Thirteen straight games will be played against Eastern Conference opponents. With the Islanders only three points ahead of the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, has their been any stretch as crucial as this one in 2014-15?

Anyways, the 10 things I think I think heading into the weekend…

Do The Islanders Have The Cure For What Ails Them?

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The new year has not been kind to the Islanders thus far. They look a lot like 2013 Islanders, rather than the 2014 version. But, as we reach the halfway point of the season tonight, how can the Isles snap out of the 2015 funk they’re in?

Exorcising The Demon: Islanders At Devils Pregame

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When: Friday, January 9, 2015
Where:  Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+ (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King, Greg Picker), LI News Radio 103.9 FM


If there was ever a more important weekend series for the New York Islanders as they hit the half-way mark of the 2014-15 season tonight, I can’t recall over the first 40 games.

Islanders Top Shelf: 1/9/15- Rest In Peace JP Parise

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Yesterday, the world lost a great hockey player, a great father, and a great man. Former Islander JP Parise passed away at the age of 73 after a hard-fought battle against lung cancer.

It doesn’t matter whom you ask, anyone will attest to the class and integrity of the Ontario native. Off the ice, JP was as much of a gentleman as there ever was. As any good man would, he saw the importance of conducting himself as a moral human being, and never failed to reach that standard.

JP’s son Zach, who plays on the Minnesota Wild, was absent from his team’s latest game in order to spend time with his father. That alone shows how great and impactful JP was, and goes to show how important he was to those he came in contact with.

Frans Nielsen, Not Mikhail Grabovski, Should Skate with Top Line

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Despite the success of the 2014-15 campaign thus far for the New York Islanders, the team’s first line has been in flux for the majority of the season, with no player being able to lock down the wing opposite Kyle Okposo on John Tavares‘ left. Ultimately this is a problem I would like to see […]

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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 92

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Only one Islander has worn the number 92, and he did so in just 26 games. Drafted in the tenth round, 191st overall in the 1989 draft, defenseman Vladimir Malakhov had to wait four years before making an impact with the Islanders. Playing with KHL club CSKA Moscow Four, Malakhov made his NHL debut in 1992, after winning Olympic gold with the Unified Team (formerly Soviet Union). He starred in his rookie campaign, scoring 14 goals and 38 assists, earning NHL All-Rookie Team honors.

J.P. Parise Has Passed Away At The Age of 73

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The NHL has lost a good one today. J.P. Parise has died from lung cancer at the age of 73.

Jean-Paul Joseph-Louis (J.P.) Parise was born December 11, 1941 in Smooth Rock Falls, ON.  He was signed by the Boston Bruins after a scout sitting in the stands saw him score four goals and have two assists in a men’s league. He eventually made it to the big club in 1966, where he played a total of 21games over two seasons, scoring four points.

He would later be selected by Oakland in the 1967 expansion draft. He was traded to Toronto before he ever played for Oakland. He would play just one NHL game for the Leafs before being dealt to the Minnesota North Stars two seasons later.

Parise would become a star in Minnesota. He played for eight seasons with the North Stars, and was named to the NHL All-Star team twice. His best season came 1972-73, when he scored 27 goals and had 75 points.

Dump And Chase Podcast Turns 40

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The New York Islanders placed Lubomir Visnovsky on the injured reserve list, activated speedy winger Michael Grabner and lost Josh Bailey to a day to day injury.

Islanders Top Shelf: 1/8/15

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It was quiet on all fronts yesterday for the New York Islanders. There was no news to speak of, not even a single tweet from Arthur Staple. On Jan. 7, it was eerily quiet the day after a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks, New York’s second defeat in as many games.

But we wake up today, and it’s business as usual. The Islanders are back in New York, and will be practicing on Long Island today in preparation for their games against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night. There’s no understating the importance of taking away at least one point in this divisional matchup.

With an overtime loss yesterday, the Pittsburgh Penguins pulled ahead of the Islanders for the Metropolitan-Division lead, but that’s not all Long Island’s hockey team needs to keep pace with. The Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers each rolled off wins last night, putting them four and five points behind the Islanders, respectively.

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