Ok, so how are we going to keep this interesting? Because, to be quite blunt, the addition of Anders Lee to the NHL club from college is about as much action as Isles fans are going to get.
The New York Islanders took a lead into the third period against the struggling Winnipeg Jets and finished strong for an important win.
Tomas Vokoun was sharp in making 33 saves, and Brandon Sutter snapped a tie early in the third period for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who rallied for a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders that stretched their winning streak to 11 games on Friday night.
The Islanders had a bit of a morose look on their faces as they left the ice Monday. If you had seen the previous 60 minutes of hockey you would have had a pretty good understanding of why.
Let the fear and loathing on Long Island begin. That said, though, don’t let it consume you.
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.