The Islanders are set to begin training camp and, albeit for different reasons than last year, are doing so amid a typhoon of optimism and potential.
New York is the biggest sports market in the United States, and it’s a magnet for superstars. The Rangers, Islanders and Devils boast a plethora of talented players.
Frans Nielsen, Josh Bailey and Ryan Strome scored in the shootout, and the Islanders beat the New Jersey 3-2 in what might have been Devils goalie Martin Brodeur’s final start.
When John Tavares went down for the season no one thought the Islanders would be remotely watchable, let alone competitive. However, just the opposite has occurred.
Frans Nielsen scored the only shootout goal and assisted on a second-period score by Thomas Vanek in a 2-1 victory for the New York Islanders against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Frans Nielsen, Calvin De Haan and Cal Clutterbuck scored third-period goals to lead the New York Islanders past the Toronto Maple leafs 5-3 on Tuesday night.
Kevin Poulin stopped all three Detroit skaters in the shootout after coming on in relief, and the New York Islanders outlasted the reeling Red Wings in a 5-4 see-saw matchup Saturday night.
Josh Bailey’s goal with 1:40 left capped the Islanders’ furious third-period rally, and New York edged the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Friday night.
It’s hard to believe that, after all that’s transpired over the past six days, the New York Islanders (3-2-2) haven’t lost any ground in the Metropolitan Division standings.
The Islanders might still have what to work on, but they have the depth and determination to pull through — something they have not had for a very long time.
The Isles need to have someone else to lean on besides Evgeni Nabokov. That’s where Kevin Poulin comes in.
All season I’ve stated the Islanders needed 54 points to make the playoffs. They have used a 7-0-3 run to get there. But where they are now can be attributed to many more factors, all of which had to happen.
John Tavares had two goals and an assist Thursday as the New York Islanders rallied past Toronto 5-3 on Thursday and moved within two points of the Maple Leafs for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Josh Bailey scored twice and the New York Islanders added another big win in their surge toward the playoffs by beating the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Thursday night.
By virtue of the quirky way the NHL decides tie games — with a skills competition that rewards the team that loses — both the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals have completed a steady climb into playoff position.