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Colin McDonald #13 and Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Islanders Have Fate In Their Own Hands As Series Resumes In Pittsburgh

The New York Islanders have put the fear of God in the Pittsburgh Penguins. They can change that fear into a full-fledged panic if they can beat the Penguins in Game 5 on Thursday night and take a 3-2 lead in the series.

05/09/2013

Tomas Vokoun (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Penguins Make Switch At Goalie; Islanders To Face Vokoun In Game 5

Coach Dan Bylsma says Vokoun will be in net for Game 5 on Thursday night when the Penguins resume their first-round playoff series with the Islanders.

05/08/2013

Beau Bennett and Jarome Iginla of the Pittsburgh Penguins watch a shot by Douglas Murray enter the net at 17:10 of the second period against Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Refuse To Give In To Doom And Gloom After Deflating Loss At Coliseum

The Islanders’ rallying cry is “Believe.” Even the most ardent of supporters might find that optimism difficult following Sunday’s home loss to the Penguins.

05/06/2013

John Tavares of the New York Islanders skates against Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Lose Game 3 Thriller In Overtime, Penguins Take 2-1 Series Advantage

The Isles battled the Penguins hard, but Chris Kunitz scored the overtime winner as Pittsburgh gained a 2-1 series advantage.

05/05/2013

John Tavares

Islanders Return To Nassau Coliseum For Long-Awaited Home Playoff Game

The Isles will have the chance prove Game 2’s win wasn’t a fluke in front of a suddenly-energized Nassau Coliseum on Sunday.

05/04/2013

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders celebrates with teammates Frans Nielsen and Matt Moulson after the Islanders scored to take the lead 4-3 over the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Fluke Win? Lively Boards Helped Islanders Even Series

The Islanders evened their first-round series with the Penguins with a little help from the boards behind the net of Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

05/04/2013

The Islanders celebrate after scoring during the second period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center on May 3, 2013. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Islanders Grow Up In A Hurry, Smack Penguins Upside Helmet And Even Series

Kyle Okposo’s first career playoff goal with 7:37 remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, evening their playoffs series at one game each.

05/03/2013

John Tavares (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Gallof: 5 Reasons The Islanders Made The Playoffs

All season I’ve stated the Islanders needed 54 points to make the playoffs. They have used a 7-0-3 run to get there. But where they are now can be attributed to many more factors, all of which had to happen.

04/25/2013

Islanders center Frans Nielsen, left, and goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)

The Drought Is Finally Over: Islanders Make Playoffs For First Time Since 2007

The New York Islanders clinched an Eastern Conference playoff spot despite a 4-3 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.

04/24/2013

Evgeni Nabokov and Radek Martinek celebrate the Islanders' 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on April 16, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders’ Unrelenting Road Warrior Prowess To Get 1 Final Test

There’s plenty of time to play golf. Why not do it in June? The Islanders now seem destined to do their early spring gripping and ripping on the ice.

04/17/2013

Kyle Okposo tied up the Islanders' game in Washington on April 3, 2013, late in the third period. (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Islanders Fall To Caps In Shootout, But Jump Into 7th Place In East

By virtue of the quirky way the NHL decides tie games — with a skills competition that rewards the team that loses — both the New York Islanders and Washington Capitals have completed a steady climb into playoff position.

04/04/2013

Evgeni Nabokov (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Nabokov In Top Form, Isles Finally Earn A Home Win

Evgeni Nabokov earned his third shutout this season as the Islanders beat the Panthers 3-0.

03/24/2013

Islanders Marty Reasoner, left, and Thomas Hickey, center, pile on the Senators' Andre Benoit during the teams' meeting at Nassau Coliseum on March 19, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Implode In The Third Period, Hand Senators 2 Points

Sergei Gonchar scored with 1 minute left for the Ottawa Senators, who netted four goals in the third period and rallied to beat the New York Islanders 5-3 on Tuesday night.

03/19/2013

SUNRISE, FL - MARCH 16: Kyle Okposo #21 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by teammates after scoring a first period goal against the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center on March 16, 2013 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Islanders Hold Off Panthers, Win 4-3 After Blowing Early Lead

Casey Cizikas broke a third-period tie, and the New York Islanders held on to beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead in the final frame Saturday night.

03/16/2013

Toronto’s Leo Komarov, right, celebrates a goal by Nazem Kadri (not shown) during the second period against Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 28, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Manage A Point But Horrific Start At Home Continues With Loss To Leafs

Nazem Kadri was remarkably calm for a player who scored his first career hat trick. He was more excited that the Maple Leafs forged an overtime win on the road.

02/28/2013

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