Jaroslav Halak

The Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk reacts at the end of a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series at Verizon Center on April 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Have All Summer To Learn From Easily Correctable Mistakes

It shouldn’t have been this way. There should’ve been more hockey to be played.

04/28/2015

Jaroslav Halak

Capellini: Islanders’ Chances In Game 7 Come Down To 2 Words — Jaroslav Halak

He had a good, but not great, regular season. So far he’s been very good in the playoffs. Now the Islanders need Jaroslav Halak to be exceptional. And history suggests he should be.

04/27/2015

The Islanders’ Cal Clutterbuck, left, tangles with the Capitals’ Curtis Glencross during Game 3 of the teams’ opening-round playoff series on April 19, 2015 at Nassau Coliseum. (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders’ Fourth Line Having A Ball Bringing The Boom To The Capitals

The Islanders came out like guided missiles to begin Game 3, launching themselves at everything that moved. And to absolutely no one’s surprise, the fourth line led the way.

04/20/2015

Ryan Strome celebrates after scoring a second-period goal in the Islanders' 4-1 win over the Capitals in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference playoff series in Washington on April 15, 2015. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Capellini: With An Effort Most Didn’t Expect, Islanders Grew Up In A Hurry In Game 1

The Islanders were simply a different team in Game 1 than the one that went just 6-8-5 over the season’s final quarter. They imposed their will against the Capitals.

04/16/2015

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders returns to the bench following a shootout goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 11, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Captains Ovechkin, Tavares Get Set For Capitals-Islanders Matchup

The 24-year-old Tavares enters his second career playoff series after finishing fourth to Ovechkin with 38 goals and second in the league — two spots ahead of Ovechkin — with 86 points.

04/14/2015

Rick Nash of the New York Rangers takes a shot on goal during the second period against the Bruins at TD Garden in Boston on Jan. 15, 2015. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Bad News For Islanders As Rangers To Rest Several Key Players Against Senators

The Islanders can also clinch a spot Thursday night with some help from other teams, including the Rangers. It just doesn’t look like the Blueshirts feel all that inclined to help their long-time rivals out.

04/09/2015

Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak looks behind him following a goal by the Flyers in the third period on April 7, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Are Doing An Absolutely Wonderful Job Making A Mess Of Everything

It happened so fast on Tuesday night, there wasn’t time to feel much of anything except total shock. The anger came later.

04/08/2015

Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: With Playoffs Looming, Islanders Need Halak To Be Their MVP The Rest Of The Way

Jaroslav Halak is a very good goaltender. But does he have the game to help take the Islanders to the next level? We’re going to find out.

03/30/2015

Nick Shore #37 and the Los Angeles Kings celebrate after Shore scored his first NHL goal at 10:37 of the second period against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 26, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Relax, Everybody — The Isles Are Not Down For The Count

It’s very important to remain cognizant of the fact that the Isles are still a young team. I recognize that people get tired of hearing that, but it’s true nonetheless.

03/27/2015

Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders makes a save on a shot by Patrik Elias #26 of the New Jersey Devils during the third period at the Prudential Center on March 21, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Halak Shutout, Strome Goal Help Islanders End 4-Game Skid

Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves in his return to the lineup, and the New York Islanders snapped a season-high, four-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Saturday night.

03/21/2015

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Hitting A Wall Was Inevitable, But It’s Time For Them To Grow Up

The Islanders have looked pretty good this season, the last couple of weeks notwithstanding. Lately, it’s been more of a rough go.

03/18/2015

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 19: New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky #11 shoots against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne #35  during their game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 19, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Leddy Has Goal, 2 Assists As Islanders Cool Off Predators

Nick Leddy had a goal and two assists, Jaroslav Halak tied the team record for wins in a season, and the New York Islanders cooled off the NHL-leading Nashville Predators with a 5-2 win on Thursday night.

02/20/2015

David Clarkson, left, of the Toronto Maple Leafs is pushed into Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak, center, by Thomas Hickey during the first period at Nassau Coliseum on Feb. 12, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Sportsnet’s Marek: Snow Owes It To Islanders To Be Aggressive At Trade Deadline

The Islanders find themselves atop the Metropolitan Division and right on the periphery of the Eastern Conference stratosphere.

02/13/2015

UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders, who already had two goals in the game, gets the puck behind Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Toronto Maple Leafs but it doesn't go into the net during the second period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 12, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lee Scores 2, Halak Earns 30th Win As Isles Edge Maple Leafs

Anders Lee scored two goals, including the tiebreaker in the second period, and Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for his 30th win of the season as the New York Islanders beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2.

02/13/2015

Islanders goalie Chad Johnson, left, watches a shot by Montreal’s David Desharnais go into the net on Dec. 23, 2014, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders Better Figure Out How To Fix Their PK And Backup Goalie, Pronto

While the Islanders are all but assured of a postseason berth, they’ve got quite a bit of holes to plug up. Their penalty kill and backup goalie situation are a mess — and that’s putting it nicely.

02/06/2015

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