On Saturday night the Islanders did something that speaks volumes about where this franchise has been for the last two decades. They honored a team from their past that not only didn’t win the Stanley Cup, it didn’t even win a conference title.
The Islanders have locked up another of their top young players. New York agreed to a two-year deal with Josh Bailey a day after extending John Tavares’ contract.
Through all the negative attention the club gets because of its long out-of-date arena, its shoestring budget and payroll, and uncertain future, the Islanders claim they have a good working plan — and they might be right.
Tuukka Rask stopped 34 shots and six Bruins scored as Boston snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-3 victory against the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
Frans Nielsen scored in a shootout Tuesday and the New York Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3. Michael Grabner scored a short-handed goal for New York and set up Josh Bailey’s third-period score.
Sidney Crosby’s 25-game point streak was snapped by the New York Islanders and goalie Rick DiPietro, who stopped the Pittsburgh captain and the rest of the Penguins in a 2-1 shootout victory Wednesday.
Josh Bailey had two goals and an assist and the New York Islanders spoiled the return of Jacques Lemaire behind New Jersey’s bench with a 5-1 victory over the Devils on Thursday night.
Steven Stamkos looks to continue his success at St. Pete Times Forum when the Lightning attempt to beat the New York Islanders for the ninth time in 11 meetings there Thursday night.
Alex Goligoski’s power-play goal at 1:51 of overtime gave the Pittsburgh Penguins their first win at Consol Energy Center, 3-2 over the New York Islanders on Friday night.
Blake Comeau and P.A. Parenteau scored power-play goals 58 seconds apart late in the third period, rallying the New York Islanders to a 6-4 victory over the New York Rangers on Monday.
So, is there any hope? Can any of the three locals compete for a title like the Jets or Yankees or is this going to be a winter of bad ice chips in the metropolitan area?
As much as the loss of defenseman Mark Streit to a severe shoulder injury put a shock into the Islanders’ system — both on the ice and in the players’ collective psyche — the fact that they won’t have wing Kyle Okposo for weeks is even more painful.