The Islanders sent a loud-and-clear message to one of the NHL’s top glamour teams, the Pittsburgh Penguins: “We can play any game you want, and we can beat you. Keep trying, but we are not going away.”
This is a completely different hockey team than we’ve seen in years past. The Isles have tons of offensive firepower, defensive depth and quality goaltending.
How’s this for a stat: the Isles have more wins than the Jets (2), Giants (3), Knicks (4) and Nets (5) combined.
If the Islanders’ offense is this prolific when it’s “struggling,” how dangerous will it be when it’s in tip-top shape?
Just as the wheels appeared to be falling off, the New York Islanders pulled over to the side, brought out their toolbox and, sure enough, got back on the road.
With Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry at home with the flu, the Islanders couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to snag two points from the NHL-leading Anaheim Ducks.
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Every team has bad games, and the loss to Toronto was definitely one the Isles will want to forget. But at this rate, it’ll wind up being a small blip on the radar screen. That’s what happens when you win.
John Tavares scored the decisive goal of the shootout and the New York Islanders remained unbeaten with a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks.
At this point, it would be reckless to say the Islanders will challenge for the top seed in the East, but a 3-0 start that includes a 6-3 win over the Rangers is absolutely delicious for this affection- and attention-starved franchise.
Whether or not they’ll keep this up remains to be seen, but there’s certainly a lot to like about how they’ve played out of the gate.
The Islanders and Rangers — and their fans — have been at each other’s throats for years. The rivalry lost some luster over the last decade, but it now appears to be back and healthier than ever.
John Tavares and Brock Nelson each had a goal and an assist, and the New York Islanders began their final home schedule at Nassau Coliseum with a 4-3 victory over Carolina on Saturday night to sweep a season-opening two-game series from the Hurricanes.
The Islanders are a team on the move, leaving Long Island and heading to Brooklyn after this season. They hope to be a team on the rise, as well.
Hockey is back! Now, let’s take a look at each team and their prospects for the 2014-15 season.