The Isles battled the Penguins hard, but Chris Kunitz scored the overtime winner as Pittsburgh gained a 2-1 series advantage.
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.
Islanders star John Tavares anticipated the open space he found so easily during the regular season to be whittled away. He never thought it would disappear entirely.
No, this team will not bring back the echoes of the great Islanders dynasty of 30-plus years ago. They are not going to win the Stanley Cup this year. But this team is young, hungry and improving. They have become the team that nobody wants to play.
John Tavares had two goals and an assist Thursday as the New York Islanders rallied past Toronto 5-3 on Thursday and moved within two points of the Maple Leafs for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Islanders got a big home win against the Panthers on Tuesday night, yet there are still concerns and issues to overcome.
Michael Grabner scored twice and Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves as the New York Islanders moved closer to a playoff berth with a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.
The third period was often a dreaded 20 minutes for the New York Islanders this season. Not anymore.
Is this a coming-of-age story? You’re damn right it is. What the Islanders have done over the last six weeks is basically force the rest of the NHL to open its eyes and pay attention.
The New York Islanders took a lead into the third period against the struggling Winnipeg Jets and finished strong for an important win.
Fighting for a playoff spot, the New York Islanders could ill afford to waste a two-goal lead to start a crucial four-game trip. Thanks to John Tavares, they didn’t.
Brian Gionta scored the go-ahead goal 48 seconds into the third period, Brendan Gallagher added two more and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Islanders for the first time in three tries this season, 5-2 on Thursday night.
Evgeni Nabokov made 18 saves for second shutout this season and 54th overall in the NHL, John Tavares scored his 17th goal, and the New York Islanders beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 on Thursday night.
John Tavares led the way with two power play goals in the Isles 5-2 victory over the Caps.
Who are the 2013 Islanders? That’s hard to say at this point. But they are nearly halfway through their schedule and need to find out soon, or it will be another lost spring on Long Island.
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