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Islanders GM Garth Snow

Capellini: Vanek Failure Should Not Stop Islanders From Taking Necessary Risks

The Islanders traded for Thomas Vanek because of one simple reason: They are not the Rangers. They cannot sit back and let name recognition sell the franchise. They need to roll the dice to take the next step.

02/04/2014

Derek Stepan, left, Chris Kreider and the rest of the Rangers will be looking for a Yankee Stadium sweep when they take on the Islanders on Jan. 29, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Finale At Yankee Stadium Promises To Be Nastier Than The Opener

The only thing missing from Sunday’s outdoor NHL game at Yankee Stadium was true animosity on the ice. That shouldn’t be a problem on Wednesday night when the Islanders get their crack at the Rangers.

01/28/2014

Maxim Lapierre of the St. Louis Blues checks Thomas Hickey of the New York Islanders (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Blues Defeat Isles In The Shootout After Vanek’s OT Goal Gets Waved Off

Kevin Shattenkirk and Alexander Steen scored shootout goals to lift the St. Louis Blues to 4-3 win over the New York Islanders following a puzzling goal reversal call in overtime.

01/25/2014

Islanders forward Thomas Vanek scores against the Chicago Blackhawks and is congratulated by teammates John Tavares at the Nassau Coliseum on Jan. 2, 2014. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Vanek’s Indecision On His Future Puts Massive Pressure On Islanders

Sooner or later, Garth Snow is going to have to make a decision, which likely will be the only decision he can make if things don’t change. Thomas Vanek is the only person who can alter that decision.

01/24/2014

Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The ‘King’ Is Sick, So Talbot To Start For Rangers Against Islanders

It might be snowing and freezing outside, but the atmosphere will almost certainly be heated Tuesday night inside Madison Square Garden.

01/21/2014

Islanders winger Kyle Okposo, right, celebrates with teammate John Tavares (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Kyle Okposo Stars, Isles Defeat The Flyers In The Shootout

Kyle Okposo scored the tying goal on a power play late in regulation and then netted the decisive tally in the shootout for the New York Islanders, who rallied past the Flyers 4-3 Monday.

01/20/2014

Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Surging Islanders Have More Reason For Optimism As Visnovsky Starts Skating

According to a report, Lubomir Visnovsky, who has missed all but eight games this season due to a concussion, has been skating on Long Island while the Islanders have been on their current six-game road trip.

01/14/2014

Thomas Vanek #26 of the New York Islanders Kyle Okposo #21. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Backed By Two Okposo Goals, Isles Earn Seventh Straight Road Win

Hot-scoring winger Kyle Okposo had two goals in the Isles’ fourth consecutive victory. The Islanders (18-22-7) also have won seven straight road games.

01/13/2014

Ryan Strome (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Led By Strome, Islanders’ Reinforcements Are Stepping Up

Ryan Strome should’ve been an Islander in October, but he’s here now and he’s making a difference. And he’s not the only reason the team’s been better of late.

01/10/2014

Thomas Vanek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Failure To Sign Vanek Will Crush Remaining Faith Isles Fans Have In Snow

The sports-centric saying “it’s getting late early” is a mantra the Islanders operate under, mostly because they always seem to put themselves in perilous situations early in seasons. That applies to the Thomas Vanek situation as well.

01/10/2014

Jaromir Jagr (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images); Thomas Vanek (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers, Islanders And Devils Send Total Of 15 Players To Sochi Olympics

In addition to the players they have on Teams USA and Canada, the Tri-State Area NHL locals will be sending 10 additional players to the Games, representing Austria, Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland.

01/07/2014

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

Isles’ Tavares, Rangers’ Nash Named To Stacked Canadian Olympic Squad

Team Canada on Tuesday announced its men’s hockey team for next month’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and to say it’s loaded with talent would be the understatement of the new year.

01/07/2014

Thomas Vanek #26, John Tavares #91 and Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders celebrate a second period goal by Tavares against the Dallas Stars  at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 6, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tavares Hat Trick Lifts Islanders To Win Over Stars

New York Islanders captain John Tavares scored a hat trick and added an assist to help propel his team to a 7-3 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday night.

01/07/2014

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, left, moves across to stop a shot by the Islanders’ John Tavares during the second period of the teams’ meeting at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 20, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Grabner Emerges From The Darkness, Leads Islanders Over Rangers

Thomas Vanek snapped a tie with a power-play goal early in the third period, and the Islanders earned their first regulation victory in over a month by beating the slumping Rangers 5-3 on Friday night.

12/20/2013

Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov reacts after giving up the game winning shootout goal to Nikita Kucherov of the Lightning at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 17, 2013. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Silverman: Out-Of-Touch Snow Responsible For Islanders’ Collapse

The New York Rangers have been miserable, but at least they have hope of turning it around and saving their season. The New York Islanders are a different story.

12/18/2013

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