New York Islanders
John Tavares scored the decisive goal of the shootout and the New York Islanders remained unbeaten with a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks.
At this point, it would be reckless to say the Islanders will challenge for the top seed in the East, but a 3-0 start that includes a 6-3 win over the Rangers is absolutely delicious for this affection- and attention-starved franchise.
Had John Tortorella still been coaching the Rangers, turnover-prone defenseman Mike Kostka would have been glued to the bench for the rest of Tuesday night’s 6-3 loss to the rival Islanders. As it were, Alain Vigneault had other ideas.
Whether or not they’ll keep this up remains to be seen, but there’s certainly a lot to like about how they’ve played out of the gate.
Rick Nash’s early season resurgence on the ice has coincided with joy off the ice. On Monday, his wife, Jessica, delivered a healthy baby boy named McLaren.
The Islanders and Rangers — and their fans — have been at each other’s throats for years. The rivalry lost some luster over the last decade, but it now appears to be back and healthier than ever.
The Rangers spoiled what was supposed to be a celebration with an embarrassing performance. They’ll look to get back on track by continuing their dominance over the rival Islanders at MSG.
While Islanders fans thought they had seen the last of the infamous logo, it’s coming back — for one night only.
The Islanders are a team on the move, leaving Long Island and heading to Brooklyn after this season. They hope to be a team on the rise, as well.
The sale to Jonathan Ledecky, a former co-owner of both the Washington Capitals and NBA’s Washington Wizards, and Scott Malkin, an investor, was approved by the NHL Board of Governors last week.
For the first time in ages, the Islanders are built to contend. It’s now on fifth-year head coach Jack Capuano to get this team to the next level. Will he? We’re certainly going to find out.
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Howie Rose is the unquestioned voice of the Islanders, and he used that voice on Wednesday to express his disgust over the franchise relocating to Brooklyn following the 2014-15 season.
General manager Garth Snow has not exactly wowed the paying customers with his moves at the helm of the franchise since 2006, but his startling and bold trades over the weekend are about to change the game.
If their offseason activity is any indication, the Islanders fully intend to leave Nassau Coliseum on a high note.