Thomas Vanek snapped a tie with a power-play goal early in the third period, and the Islanders earned their first regulation victory in over a month by beating the slumping Rangers 5-3 on Friday night.
He has all the skill in the world, but for whatever reason can’t score. Now, Michael Grabner is going to sit for a while and think about it.
Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Islanders are an amazingly bad 7-18-5 in November.
If you want to be the kind of team that Thomas Vanek will want to continue playing for, then you need to plug up the holes. That means trading for a top-four shutdown defenseman.
Going into this week, the New York Islanders were already facing a substantial amount of adversity. That, however, would pale in comparison to what they’d have to deal with from that point on.
New York Islanders forward Michael Grabner was suspended for two games by the NHL on Monday for an illegal check to the head of Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe.
It’s hard to believe that, after all that’s transpired over the past six days, the New York Islanders (3-2-2) haven’t lost any ground in the Metropolitan Division standings.
The Islanders might still have what to work on, but they have the depth and determination to pull through — something they have not had for a very long time.
Matt Moulson scored the only goal of the shootout in the sixth round and the New York Islanders opened the season with a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
The New York Islanders are fortunate to have six hopeful Olympians, five of which will probably make the final cut to represent their respective countries. What impact does that have and what are their odds?
Even the most casual hockey observer will notice him from the get-go. Grabner skates like the wind, his strides fluid and graceful. Watching him trek up and down the ice is akin to seeing poetry in motion.
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.
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.
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.
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.