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The Rangers’ Derek Stepan, right, celebrates his first-period  goal against Pittsburgh along with Mats Zuccarello at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Top 10 Tri-State Area NHL Players

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.

07/10/2014

Martin Brodeur #30 of the New Jersey Devils tends net against the New York Islanders during the second period at the Prudential Center on April 11, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Beat Devils’ Brodeur In His Possible Last Start

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.

04/11/2014

Islanders forward Ryan Strome. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Isles Not Nearly The Trainwreck Everyone Thought Without Tavares

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.

04/04/2014

Frans Nielsen #51 of the New York Islanders shoots against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on January 16, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

Nielsen Leads Islanders Past Lightning 2-1 In Shootout

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.

01/17/2014

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Isles Top Leafs, 5-3, After Big Third Period

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.

01/08/2014

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Isles Edge Red Wings, 5-4 In Shootout

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.

11/16/2013

Islanders forward Josh Bailey, left, scored the winning goal late in the third period against the Penguins in Pittsburgh on Oct. 25, 2013. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Dominated For 2 Periods, Islanders Roar Back In 3rd, Stun Penguins

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.

10/25/2013

John Tavares (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Keeping Pace Despite Plethora Of Problems

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.

10/18/2013

Matt Donovan Islanders

Friedman: Depth, Speed, Solid Goaltending Propel Islanders To Strong Start

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.

10/10/2013

Evgeni Nabokov #20 is congratulated by John Tavares #91 and Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Friedman: New York Islanders Training Camp Preview

The Isles need to have someone else to lean on besides Evgeni Nabokov. That’s where Kevin Poulin comes in.

09/11/2013

John Tavares (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Gallof: 5 Reasons The Islanders Made The Playoffs

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.

04/25/2013

Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Tavares Steps Up Big As Islanders Roar Back, Steamroll Maple Leafs

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.

04/19/2013

The Islanders' Thomas Hickey skates up ice with the puck, away from the Bruins' David Krejci during the teams' meeting at the TD Garden on April 11, 2013 in Boston. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Islanders Send Message To NHL, Stun Bruins In Boston To Continue Stellar Run

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.

04/12/2013

Kyle Okposo tied up the Islanders' game in Washington on April 3, 2013, late in the third period. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Islanders Fall To Caps In Shootout, But Jump Into 7th Place In East

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.

04/04/2013

Playing in his first NHL game, the Islanders’ Anders Lee, left, scores his first NHL goal, against the Winnipeg Jets at 16:13 of the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 2, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Rip Jets, Vault Into Tie For 7th Place In Eastern Conference

The New York Islanders took a lead into the third period against the struggling Winnipeg Jets and finished strong for an important win.

04/02/2013

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