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.
The third period was often a dreaded 20 minutes for the New York Islanders this season. Not anymore.
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.
For 55 minutes, the New York Islanders got the best of the New York Rangers. It was the final 6 that could cause them to lose some sleep.
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.
Radek Martinek scored the tiebreaking goal eight minutes into the third period and the New York Islanders handed Montreal its first regulation loss in nearly a month with a 6-3 victory Tuesday night.
He might have just two games to notch a win. No coach lives comfortably with a multi-game losing streak. Seven in a row could be the last straw for Capuano here in Islanders Country.
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.
James Neal staked Pittsburgh to an early lead, and Marc-Andre Fleury and the rest of the Penguins then held on to beat the New York Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Steve Bernier scored two big goals late in the third period as the Devils beat the Isles 3-0.
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.