New York Islanders
The Islanders have many problems, but they’ve shown over the last month that when they are good, they are very good.
From baseball and football to boxing and soccer to concerts and papal masses, the houses that Ruth and Jeter built have played host to just about everything. And now hockey!
On Wednesday, the ice truck arrived in the Bronx while a crew built roadways and staging around the stadium.
The 20-year-old center, who was the No. 5 overall pick by the Islanders back in 2011, had just a goal and three assists during his one-month stay with the big club.
According to a report, Lubomir Visnovsky, who has missed all but eight games this season due to a concussion, has been skating on Long Island while the Islanders have been on their current six-game road trip.
Hot-scoring winger Kyle Okposo had two goals in the Isles’ fourth consecutive victory. The Islanders (18-22-7) also have won seven straight road games.
Michael Grabner knocked in a shot from the slot at 1:46 of overtime, giving the New York Islanders a 2-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.
Ryan Strome should’ve been an Islander in October, but he’s here now and he’s making a difference. And he’s not the only reason the team’s been better of late.
The sports-centric saying “it’s getting late early” is a mantra the Islanders operate under, mostly because they always seem to put themselves in perilous situations early in seasons. That applies to the Thomas Vanek situation as well.
Frans Nielsen, Calvin De Haan and Cal Clutterbuck scored third-period goals to lead the New York Islanders past the Toronto Maple leafs 5-3 on Tuesday night.
In addition to the players they have on Teams USA and Canada, the Tri-State Area NHL locals will be sending 10 additional players to the Games, representing Austria, Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Team Canada on Tuesday announced its men’s hockey team for next month’s Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, and to say it’s loaded with talent would be the understatement of the new year.
Jordan Staal and Brett Sutter scored 57 seconds apart in the second period, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders yet again, 3-2 on Saturday night for their third consecutive win.
The Rangers goalie will be tipping his cap — er, mask — to Bronx lore when he takes the ice at Yankee Stadium later this month. Featured are Ruth, Gehrig and DiMaggio. And, of course, pinstripes.
What’s done is done. Kyle Okposo isn’t going to Sochi and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. That being said, it’s a blessing in disguise as far as the Islanders are concerned.