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Isles Have Turned Another Corner

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Pens Isles – 11/22/2014

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Smitty in Action…

Went to pregame skate this morning.

Was an optional skate, due to the late arrival of both teams.

Matt Donoval, Brian Strait, Chad Johnson and Cory Conacher were the only Isles out on the ice.  The rest of the team were treated to some time with Billy Smith.  He apparently talked about some of the superstitions he had playing the game, as well as the meaning of playing at the Coli for all of those years.

The media got a chance to interview Smitty after he talked to the team.  He was candid, HONEST, and told it just the way it was.

The following link below is the interview with Smith.

Round 2: Isles Vs Pens

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Isles Talk Gets Point Blank With Christian Arnold

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Gary & John had Christian Arnold from Islanders Point Blank as their guest.

Gary & John had Christian Arnold from Islanders Point Blank as their guest.

From SportsTalk1240.com

Hosts Gary Harding and John Panarese welcome Christian Arnold from Islanders Point Blank to discuss the Islanders surge in recent weeks, and talk about their unusual November play.

Please go on the link above and give it a listen. You’ll always get some good stuff from Christian.

Can Isles Catch Lightning In A Bottle?

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The New York Islanders are looking for their 6th consecutive win as they finish their Florida road trip against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay (11-4-2) is on an offensive tear, averaging 3.53 goals a game, second behind Pittsburgh. The player to watch for the Lightning is of course Steven Stamkos who has been on a tear this year. Ben Bishop gets the start for the Lightning.

Players Buy Into System; Extend Streak

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It’s all about the system these days for the New York Islanders, who defeated the Colorado Avalanche by a score of 6-0 last night at the Nassau Coliseum. Jaroslav Halak only had to make 20 saves for his second consecutive shut out of the season. With another four game winning streak, the Islanders record improves to 10-5-0, good for second in the Metro Division behind the Pittsburgh Penguins. In this four game span, the Islanders have outscored their opponents 12-3. Their penalty killing that was once at 60%, now stands at just under 73%. Many got their first goals of the season last night including Ryan Strome and Casey Cizikas who scored in front of the net.

The Bridge Report: Division Lead Within Reach

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Time to go big.

Time to go big.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Rebounding Out West

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The New York Islanders completed their west coast swing on a positive note last night. A goal by Frans Nielsen with 2 minutes left in the game last night gave them a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes and gave them a 3-2 recored for the trip. To me, this was an important swing and despite the rough start in Colorado, the Isles bounced back and got the six remaining points.

On top of that Jaroslav Halak recorded his first shutout as a New York Islander by stopping all 19 shots he faced. The Penalty killing unit also went perfect by killing all 5 Coyote chances on the night. Overall, it was a pretty good way to end the road trip.

November: Misery Loves Company?

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Sharks Bite Isles 3-1; Sinking But Not Sunk

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Click here for the recap.

Click here for the box score.

Quotes:

Kyle Okposo:

“I thought we played a pretty solid game, but they got a lucky bounce to go up 2-1,” Okposo said. “It happens sometimes, but we need to do more to win.”

Travis Hamonic:

“I felt like we were throwing lots of pucks at the net, but these Western teams don’t give up much.” Travis Hamonic said. “I think we had enough chances to score enough goals to win this game, but as a group, collectively, we didn’t.”

Jack Capuano:

Time To Look In The Mirror

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After a 6-2 record to start their season, the New York Islanders went up against the Winnipeg Jets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum last night and were exposed once again for their lack of focus, and undisciplined play which cost them the game by losing to a score of 4-3. A young team that knew who were coming into town and playing in their building that was looking pretty full should have been a win. Maybe they were taking things for granted or maybe a little over confident which included the fan base. The worst part of the lack of focus was that it was the veterans who were making mistakes and cost them the game. Whatever the case was, it backfired and now they must embark on a five game west coast trip that includes the heavy weights of the league.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Isles Win Again, Improve to 6-2

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Well, it was a wild one at the old barn last night. In the end, the New York Islanders defeated the Dallas Stars 7-5. Frans Nielsen scored his first hat trick of his career, which was a natural one in the third period, while Anders Lee scored his first goal of the season.

Chad Johnson made 25 of 30 saves on the night and, perhaps, a couple of those goals against him were ones he would have preferred not to go in. In fact, the Islanders had a 3-1 lead going into the second period, but the Stars stored back to take a 4-3 lead before Lubomir Visnovsky tied the game up with his first of the season.

Hamonic Out For Tonight.

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Hammer out - Visnovsky in

Hammer out – Visnovsky in

The latest tweet from Arthur Staple

 

Capuano: Hamonic(upper body) out tonight, didn’t make trip up. Day to day. Johnson in goal. Vizwith hickey. #Isles

— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) October 23, 2014

Welcome back #11 to the Lineup.  And of course, Anders Lee too.  Chad Johnson in net… Welcome back Johnny Rocket!  Give the B’s what they are missing desperately now…

Isles Get Blown Away

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Jaro Halak just before he let in the fifth goal tonight

Jaro Halak just before he let in the fifth goal tonight

When the Islander fans left their seats when twenty minutes ticked off the clock, they had to feel a little positive.  They regained a one goal lead, shortly after the Maple Leafs had evened the score.  John Tavares notched a power play goal to get him to the ten point mark; and all were happy in Islanders Country.

Too bad, they had to play the second period.

Leafs Come A Blowing… Pregame Report

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Leafs-Isles

Back to  Fort NeverLose for tonight’s matchup against Toronto.  The Leafs have started up and down, with a shaky defense and goal.  Jonathan Bernier is the top goalie, and rumored Islander trades for James Reimer did not happen (thank goodness), is the backup.

You have Dion Phaneuf, the overpriced captain – and not a lot of depth behind him on the back line.  This could be a focus on the Isles forwards, dominating the back line.

Lessons Learned From Pittsburgh

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Islanders Look To Clip The Pens

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The New York Islanders (4-0-0; 8 points) take on the Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0; 4 points) tonight at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Forget about the idea that these two teams will be fighting for a first place spot, this is a battle between the two worst penalty killing teams in the League. The Islanders are currently ranked 29th with 61.9% while Pittsburgh is 30th with a 60% “effective” rating. Once again, if the Islanders can just stay out of penalty trouble and get in the sin bin, they have as good a chance as anybody to beat the Pens. The key for the Isles is to play like they did against the Pens in the 2013 playoffs. Hello Kyle Okposo!

Grabovski Out; No One Called Up

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My take: After going 4-0 to start the season, the amount of injuries piling up will eventually take it’s toll, but that’s why having this much depth is so important. Colin McDonald should see action against Pittsburgh on Saturday, but how the lines will look will be determined at a later time. Having said that, Enjoy this little gem from last night.

Reinhart Sent Down

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Isles Look To Go 4-0

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My take: Two undefeated teams go at it tonight at 7:00pm at the Nassau Coliseum. In my opinion, the key for an Isles victory will be staying out of the penalty box. San Jose usually has a very good power play unit, but are only 13% with the man advantage. The last thing the Isles want to do is reignite that part of their arsenal. They’re a fast team and will play the 200 foot game all night with the Isles. San Jose has a record of 12-3-1-2 in their last 18 games against the Islanders, so asking for a 2 goal game from Halak and the defense may be stretching it a bit, but if Kevin Poulin can do it, so can they.

According to Capuano, same forward lines and Halak in net. Defense is a to be determined.

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