Jeff Capellini

Yankees catcher Brian McCann hits a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels at Yankee Stadium on June 6, 2015. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Capellini: With McCann A New Man, Yankees Are Finally Getting What They Paid For

Remember when Brian McCann was labeled as a player who couldn’t cut it in New York? That was a long time ago, it seems. These days, it’s hard to imagine the Yankees succeeding without him.

06/11/2015

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop makes a save against the New York Rangers during the first period of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on May 29, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: In The End It Was A Bishop — Not A King — That Ruled The Garden

If fans and media are going to continue to insist on calling Henrik Lundqvist the “king,” it’s only appropriate they start addressing Ben Bishop properly. “Kingslayer” perhaps?

05/30/2015

Geno Smith (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Green Lantern: Jets’ Offseason Party Was A Rager — Until The QBs Showed Up

Mike Maccagnan has given Jets fans a reason to believe, but as long as the most important position on the field remains a crapshoot, the real expectations cannot begin.

05/05/2015

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

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

Darrelle Revis

Green Lantern: Revis’ Return A Clear Sign Of Jets’ New Commitment To Winning

Forever feeling cut off at the knees, the Jets fan is walking a little taller this day.

03/11/2015

Dalton Prout of the Columbus Blue Jackets defends the Islanders' John Tavares, right, as he turns with the puck during the second period on Jan. 10, 2015 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

Capellini: As Islanders Prep For Stretch Run, Tavares Has Taken His Game To A New Level

Long a great player on a team not ready to take the next step, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft has carried himself like a superstar this season and his team has responded in kind.

02/23/2015

A puck gets past Islanders goalie Chad Johnson during the game against the Montreal Canadiens at the Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 23, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders’ Excellent Record Hides Some Flaws That Must Be Fixed

How good are the Islanders? We’re going to find out as they are set to begin a brutal seven-game road trip through Western Canada and points elsewhere.

12/31/2014

Rex Ryan greets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley with a hug during pregame workout on Dec. 28, 2014. (credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Green Lantern: Rex Was The Right Guy For Jets And Deserved Better Than He Got

Somebody should thank this man for his service. He deserves it and then some.

12/29/2014

Wide receiver Eric Decker of the New York Jets lines up against the Chicago Bears during a game at MetLife Stadium on Sept. 22, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Green Lantern: Decker Deserves A Lot More Respect Than He Receives

Eric Decker has persevered during a tough first season with the Jets, slowly proving that he’s not a product of someone else’s greatness.

12/15/2014

Percy Harvin of the New York Jets pulls in a pass in the fourth quarter on Dec. 7, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Green Lantern: Jets May Be A Mess, But Harvin Trade Should Bode Well For Future

Despite all the mistakes that have led to fans literally taking it upon themselves to force John Idzik out, the Jets’ general manager did make one decision that has worked out well for his 2-11 team.

12/08/2014

The Jets’ Chris Ivory, right, recovers a fumble by Geno Smith during the fourth quarter of the game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on Dec. 1, 2014. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Green Lantern: Gotta Hand It To The Jets, They Never Cease To Amaze

Let’s be serious. Forget the Raiders and the Rams. Why don’t the Jets just move to Los Angeles? They certainly aren’t serving any purpose here.

12/02/2014

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