John Tavares

John Tavares, left, Mikhail Grabovski, center, and Johnny Boychuk of the New York Islanders celebrate a first-period goal by Grabovski against the New York Rangers at Nassau Coliseum on Jan.  27, 2015. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Smooth-Sailing Islanders Will Face Challenges In Second Half

The Islanders are no longer about being a feel-good story or rising above expectations. What they have done so far is set the bar very high.

01/28/2015

John Tavares (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Tavares On WFAN: Islanders Are In No Way Satisfied Following Great First Half

John Tavares has a message for the fans invading arenas all over the East Coast to support the Islanders: We hear you loud and clear.

01/23/2015

Nikolay Kulemin #86 of the New York Islanders celebrates his first-period goal against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 19, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Get Back On Track, Roll Past Flyers At The Coliseum

Nikolay Kulemin had two goals and an assist, and the New York Islanders reclaimed first place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

01/20/2015

Jaroslav Halak (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders’ Halak Proving He’s A Franchise Goaltender

Maybe Halak wasn’t good enough for the Habs, Blues or Capitals. But the Isles are beyond thrilled that those teams let him go.

01/16/2015

Nikolay Kulemin #86 of the New York Islanders celebrates scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during their game at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Isles’ Final Season On Long Island Is Already Feeling Special

After missing the playoffs seven times in nine seasons, the New York Islanders might finally be finding out what it’s like to be on the right side of the breaks.

01/15/2015

Rick Nash #61 of the New York Rangers and Kevin Klein #8 discuss play before a face-off against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at Staples Center on January 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Hartnett: There’s Little Separating Rangers, Isles Ahead Of Tuesday’s Showdown

It’s the game that has New York buzzing. The streaking Rangers and Metropolitan-leading Islanders will lock horns on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden.

01/13/2015

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images); Rick Nash (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

For The First Time In A Long Time, Islanders-Rangers Is Loaded With Juice

When the Rangers and the Islanders take the ice Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden for their second meeting of the season, the rivalry will be back front and center in the minds of New Yorkers for the first time in a long while.

01/12/2015

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 09:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders celebrates his game winning goal at 3:05 of overtime against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 9, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Islanders defeated the Devils 3-2 in overtime.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tavares Nets Game Winner In Overtime As Isles Edge Devils 3-2

John Tavares forced overtime with a power-play goal and the scored unassisted with 1:55 left in the extra period to lead the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.

01/09/2015

John Tavares of the New York Islanders skates with the puck in the first period against the Washington Capitals during a game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 29, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Islanders’ Top Line Woes Are Fixable, But A Trade Is A Last Resort

What is of particular concern to the Islanders is that the third spot on their top line has been a revolving door for much of the season. The solution has yet to prevent itself.

01/09/2015

Dan Boyle #22 of the New York Rangers celebrates with his team after assisting on a goal against the Dallas Stars in the first period at American Airlines Center on December 29, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

3 Up And 3 Down: Who’s Hot And Who’s Not In New York Sports

Taking a look at who’s hot and who’s not on the NY/NJ sports landscape.

01/07/2015

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tavares Leads Isles To 2-1 Win Over Flames

John Tavares scored twice to lead the New York Islanders to their third straight victory, 2-1 over the Calgary Flames on Friday night.

01/03/2015

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

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders celebrates after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 at  Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 20, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

Islanders Rally Late, Stun Lightning 3-1

John Tavares and Anders Lee scored 12 seconds apart in the third period, after the Islanders had been stymied by Vasilevskiy, and New York stunned the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 with a late comeback Saturday night.

12/20/2014

Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Special Teams Misfires At The Root Of Islanders’ Current Problems

After jumping out to their best start in franchise history, the New York Islanders have hit a bit of a snag.

12/12/2014

John Tavares (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

7 Local Athletes Who Haven’t Been Themselves This Season

There’s usually at least one underperformer on every team, whether it’s because he’s failed to live up to the hype, regressed or just been going through a rough patch. Here are seven from the local teams.

12/10/2014

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