Kyle Okposo

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

Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro gives up a goal to Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 11, 2013. (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Are Forever Stuck Living Through Groundhog Day

The look on John Tavares’ face as Monday night’s game ended told you everything you needed to know about the Islanders’ current state of affairs. None of it is good.

02/12/2013

Islanders winger Matt Martin scores against the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 21. (credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Gallof: Islanders Made Noticeable Improvements Over Their First 2 Games

After just two games, if you think you know what the New York Islanders are, think again. As bad as Saturday night made you feel, this team looked a lot better Monday.

01/22/2013

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Islanders Bend, But Don’t Break In Win Over Lightning

The Isles jumped out to a 4-0 lead, before giving up three goals to Tampa. They hung on and won 4-3 on Martin Luther King Day.

01/21/2013

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders scores at 11:47 of the second period against the New York Rangers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 15, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Tavares IS The Islanders, Because He Wants To Be

For all the misfortune that seems to follow the Islanders around, it’s often easy to overlook the fact that they employ one of the NHL’s true shooting stars.

01/15/2013

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Giants, Jets Honoring Newtown And Sandy Hook Elementary

The New York Giants will wear S.H.E.S. on the back of their helmets on Sunday in memory of those lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.

12/15/2012

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder honors the victims of the Newtown school shootings (credit: Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Top Athletes Offer Prayers, Thoughts After Newtown Elementary School Massacre

On Friday night, Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant hit the court with “Newtown CT” on his sneakers to honor the victims of the massacre.

12/15/2012

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Islanders Give Home Fans A Parting Gift With Win Over Jets

Michael Grabner scored his second go-ahead goal of the third period with just 46.8 seconds left and the New York Islanders wrapped up their home schedule with a 5-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.

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Islanders’ Postseason Chance Ends With 6-3 Loss To Bruins

Bruins ended the New York Islanders’ minuscule postseason chances with a 6-3 victory on Saturday.

03/31/2012

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