Playing the New Jersey Devils has been a painful experience for New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano, even when he wins.
Don’t look now, but one-eighth of the way through this compressed season the Islanders are among the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference.
So here we are, in the midst of a very short training camp, one whole week for teams to get ready for a 48-game sprint to the playoffs. It’s crazy if you think about it. It’s even crazier if you play for the Islanders.
Like all metropolitan area hockey fans, I was looking forward to the scheduled start of a new season next week. But the NHL, in its infinite idiocy, made the announcement yesterday of the first of likely many game cancellations due to the owner’s lockout.
Swiss hockey club Bern says it has signed Islanders center John Tavares during the NHL lockout.
Some of the NHL’s biggest stars are rushing to Europe with no end to the lockout in sight.
For Islanders fans, you are once again on the outside looking in, but, despite all of the franchise’s problems, the on-ice product is a lot closer to being a serious force than many would have you believe.
OK, we’ve put this off long enough. It’s time to talk about what the Islanders did on the ice this season. Its time to face facts, look beyond the stats, and make some calls on what we will see this summer and next season.
The Islanders (33-35-11) lost their second straight at home after two rousing wins over Pittsburgh.
Matt Moulson scored a power-play goal with just over six minutes remaining, and the New York Islanders beat Toronto 5-2 on Tuesday night, handing the Maple Leafs their eighth straight home loss.
Josh Bailey scored the overtime winner as the Islanders defeated the Montreal Canadiens, 3-1 on Saturday night.
John Tavares’ two goals helped the Islanders defeat the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night as they won 4-3.
Mark Streit was stunned to find himself alone and zooming in on Jonathan Quick in overtime. The Swiss-born defenseman took full advantage of the moment, backhanding the puck past Los Angeles’ All-Star goalie at 1:36 of the extra session to lift New York past the road-weary Kings 2-1 on Saturday.
Max Pacioretty had three goals, Scott Gomez netted his first in more than a year, and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Islanders 4-2 on Thursday night for their third straight win.
John Tavares scored the game-winning goal on Saturday night as the Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in Uniondale.
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