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Isles & Wings Pregame 12.19.14

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Josh Bailey?

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Yes, Josh Bailey won the game for the Islanders on December 15th against the Devils, but doesn’t take away the fact that he is still not the greatest player the Islanders though out to be.

Going onto the Islanders website I noticed that when you compared Bailey to let say Strome, they don’t look good for Bailey.

Josh Bailey, who has played 20 games this season, has only average up to 5 goals in 20 games.  The other reasons why I think Josh Bailey isn’t as good as everyone thinks he is because compared to Strome his honestly on paper not good.

Bailey has only 4 assists and only 9 points in over 20 games. Strome on the other hand has 15 assists and 21 points in the last 31 games.

Isles Got 21 – Defeat Devs in Shootout

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Bailes slides the winner home

Bailes slides the winner home

This was a testament to the level of character and a testament to the intestinal fortitude of this hockey club.

This was a game that the Islanders should have LOST.

No doubt about it – last year’s team would have suffered a defeat, and the fans like us would be screaming bloody murder.

Not this time.  The Isles salvaged another one.  Hey – but a W is a W.

JT lost his cool, but the PK saved his bacon.  Guess he does own Cal and Casey and Frans a dinner.

Despite Slugish Run, Isles Still Prevail

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Steve Webb! … Steve Webb!

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Mr. Webb on SportsTalk1240

Mr. Webb on SportsTalk1240

Last Sunday evening, I was invited to join Derek Wasiak and John Sweeney for their
Sports Talk 1240 radio show on WGBB 1240 AM locally.
Our guest in the second hour was former New York Islander, Steve Webb. Like Mick Vukota, who Gary and I were honored enough to interview, Steve Webb is another of my heroes from the previous Islander teams.

Audio Blog – Another Happy Recap 12-14-2014

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Cal gets Goal Number 1 last night.

Cal gets Goal Number 1 last night.

All you can say after last night is


After a tough first frame, the Isles came back, and showed the sellout crowd that this team is not the group that suffered that three game losing skid.  They do have resilience, and showed one of, if not, the best team in the NHL that they are a team to be concerned with.

Not that I am saying that they are going to win the cup (it would be nice…), but they are not the same group that just let their season fall apart last year.

Audio Blog – December 10 – Another Collapse Late in the Game

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Matt was happy then.... Later on - Not so much...

Matt was happy then…. Later on – Not so much…

Well – as it was Saturday – it started good….

I will let the audio blog speak for itself…  It is not time to jump off the bridge just yet – but there is a concern in Islanders Country.

Lee Gets Fine; Cizikas to IR; Visnovsky Returns

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PreGame: 12.9.14 Isles Take On The Wild

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Be careful What You Wish For …

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The chants after the first period of yesterday’s game against the St. Louis Blues by the faithful at the NVMC was a repeated, “Marty, Marty!”. Of course, this was in reference to Marty Brodeur, who the Blues had signed to a one year contract earlier in the week after Brian Elliott went down to an injury. With the New York Islanders having taken a 3-0 lead at the end of 20 minutes of play, it was pretty apparent that a goaltending change was going to be made by the visitors.

And so Marty came in relief for Jake Allen to start the second period and the Islanders proceed to blow that 3-0 lead. Not that Brodeur had to do much, as the Islanders had no shots on net through the first 8 minutes of the second period. In fact, it was as if they simply forgot there were still 2 more periods of hockey to play …

Audio Blog – December 7 – Tough on Against the Blues

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Bobby Nystrom meeting the media on Saturday

Bobby Nystrom meeting the media on Saturday

Unfortunately, the Isles did not finish the job for Bobby.

On the day where they honored number 23 at the Coliseum, the Isles lost whatever momentum that they had in a 3 goal first period, and fell flat – as they lost to the Blues 6-4, Saturday afternoon.

The Isles are now back in a first place tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins atop the Metro Division.

Audio Blog — December 3 — Reaction from the Win vs. Sens

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Wow – 2 points this team last year would not have gotten…

Here are my thoughts about it.

Sit back, and enjoy the 18-7 record. Click on the button below to hear the audio.

Isles Win 3-2 in OT; Halak Wins 10 Straight

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Pregame: Islanders Battle Sens Tonight

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Nothing changes for the Islanders in terms of the lineup. This means that Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk and Lubomir Visnovsky are still day-to-day and it gives Matt Donovan and Brian Strait a chance to play for the Islanders.

For the Senators (10-9-4) They have lost consecutive games and four of their past five games. The Senators have only registered 10 non-shootout goals in the five games since their last regulation win, a 3-2 victory against the Nashville Predators on Nov. 20.

Bobby Ryan is out for the Sens with a broken finger and Craig Anderson will be between the pipes, who hasn’t seen a win since Nov. 13, a 4-3 overtime victory against the Edmonton Oilers. He has allowed 11 goals on 114 shots (sv% of .903) in three starts since.

Islanders Are For Real

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Hockey from the Blind Side, A November to Remember … Isles Keep on Rolling

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So here we are at the end of November and the New York Islanders have not taken their nose dive in the standings as we had seen for too many seasons of late. In fact, they tied a franchise record with 11 wins and simply Dominated during this month on the calendar.

I have been able to catch a lot of the most recent games, and as I have said to my brothers, Chris and Joe, and my cousin, Ralph (our frequent caller into the Sports Talk 1240 radio show Gary and I do), this team is a lot of fun to watch when they are playing their game. This is an entirely different team, folks. I know Jack Capuano and the players themselves have repeatedly made this point, but for anyone who has watched the first 24 games of the season, you have to be left with that thought. Things that we had become all too accustom to seeing last season and in previous years just have not occurred.

Audio – Isles beat Devils 3-1 Go to 17-7

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What a game tonight.  The Devils gave everything they had tonight, but Jaro Halak was outstanding.  The defense defended a 5 on 3 to end the game, and were the difference as the Isles win 3-1.

Halak won his 9th straight and the team went 5-1 on a 6 game in 9 day stretch.

The team will get a well deserved day off before preparing for the Sens on Tuesday.  The koolaid is flowing as the Isles are doing all they can to be one of the top teams in the league.

They are at 17 wins, more than ANY OTHER TEAM.  Did you think you would say that?  I certainly didn’t.

Isles Talk Audio Blog – 11/29/2014

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Devs-Isles-11-29-2014It is Saturday night…. The Isles take on the NJ Devils after a tough 5-2 loss to Washington last night.  To be fair, I expected a letdown last night, and hopefully that will be that.

They will face a Devil team that is missing two important cogs in Henrique and Zajac.  Lubo Visnovsky and Johnny Boychuk will be out tonight, and Matt Donovan re-enters the lineup tonight.

Here is my audio blog about the game.  Hope to see you at the Coli tonight!  Hope the barn ROCKS!  Click on the button below to hear the audio blog.

Audio Blog – Nov 26 – Comments from Gary

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I decided that I will begin blogging as an audio blog – to continue working on my broadcasting chops.

In this entry – I talk about Monday night, some thoughts about the game, as well as talk about the next few days.  Wonder if #8 is playing tonight????

It is all common knowledge, but we are the talk of the NHL lately, and it is nice getting KUDOS FINALLY THROWN OUR WAY!!!

Well – here is the audio blog.  Have a great THANKSGIVING everybody… See you at the COLI tonight – and if you are going, drive carefully.

Click on button below to play the clip….


Would Any Isles Fan Have Expected This?

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What a sweater...

What a sweater…


Best start in franchise history…

Stellar offense…

Best goaltending in the Pre-Groin pull Rico era…

2nd and 3rd year players making monster strides…

With those types of statements you would normally be thinking Bruins, Hawks, Kings, Penguins…

New York Islanders???

Yes!  Yes!  Yes!

You are reading that right.  I guarantee, there are  a great number of people that drink the cool-aid, and would say they thought this would happen… But I know that no ‘expert’ saw THIS coming.

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