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Colin McDonald #13 and Matt Martin #17 of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: Islanders Have Fate In Their Own Hands As Series Resumes In Pittsburgh

The New York Islanders have put the fear of God in the Pittsburgh Penguins. They can change that fear into a full-fledged panic if they can beat the Penguins in Game 5 on Thursday night and take a 3-2 lead in the series.

05/09/2013

John Tortorella (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Return To ‘Tortorella Hockey’ Has Rangers Winning

Let’s face it, the Rangers have a lot of positives going for them right now. And they’re playing the sort of gritty hockey typical of a John Tortorella-coached team.

05/09/2013

Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins goes down to block a shot by Lubomir Visnovsky of the New York Islanders in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders’ Carkner: We’re Hoping Penguins Are ‘A Little Rattled’

he Islanders are playing like a confident bunch. And after evening up their best-of-seven playoff series against the mighty Pittsburgh Penguins, they’re talking like one, too.

05/09/2013

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates his goal at 10:11 of the third period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

John Tavares: Coliseum Crowd Gave Islanders ‘Big Lift’ In Game 4

Die-hard fans have been screaming all along about New York’s turnaround. It just took the rest of us a little time to catch up.

05/08/2013

Brian Strait and his Islanders teammates celebrate his goal at 14:05 of the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on May 7, 2013 in Uniondale, N.Y. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Fans Have Every Reason To Dance, Chant And Sing

The Islanders are two wins away from turning the NHL on its ear. Their fans don’t care about what’s to come. They are just living in the moment — and who can blame them?

05/08/2013

Tomas Vokoun (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Penguins Make Switch At Goalie; Islanders To Face Vokoun In Game 5

Coach Dan Bylsma says Vokoun will be in net for Game 5 on Thursday night when the Penguins resume their first-round playoff series with the Islanders.

05/08/2013

Mark Streit celebrates a power-play goal by John Tavares at 6:19 of the second period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on May 7, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Keep Moving Forward, Win Wild Game 4 To Even Series

Leads aren’t safe in the wild first-round playoff matchup between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh. Suddenly, neither are the top-seeded Penguins.

05/08/2013

John Tavares of the Islanders skates in warmups prior Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Gallof: Despite Game 3 Loss, Islanders Exuding Confidence Beyond Their Years

When the Islanders began their rebuild in 2008, following a dismal season and a grim recognition of the severe lack of prospects and future pieces they had in their system, they did not need to look far for role models on how how to turn things around.

05/07/2013

Brian Strait of the Islanders takes a holding penalty in overtime against Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: Sorry Islanders, But The Best Actor In Black Always Wins Oscar

The Islanders have no choice but to stay out of the penalty box if they entertain any thoughts of winning this series. The problem is, they may not have a choice in the matter.

05/06/2013

Beau Bennett and Jarome Iginla of the Pittsburgh Penguins watch a shot by Douglas Murray enter the net at 17:10 of the second period against Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Refuse To Give In To Doom And Gloom After Deflating Loss At Coliseum

The Islanders’ rallying cry is “Believe.” Even the most ardent of supporters might find that optimism difficult following Sunday’s home loss to the Penguins.

05/06/2013

John Tavares

Islanders Return To Nassau Coliseum For Long-Awaited Home Playoff Game

The Isles will have the chance prove Game 2′s win wasn’t a fluke in front of a suddenly-energized Nassau Coliseum on Sunday.

05/04/2013

Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders celebrates with teammates Frans Nielsen and Matt Moulson after the Islanders scored to take the lead 4-3 over the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Fluke Win? Lively Boards Helped Islanders Even Series

The Islanders evened their first-round series with the Penguins with a little help from the boards behind the net of Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.

05/04/2013

The Islanders celebrate after scoring during the second period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center on May 3, 2013. (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Islanders Grow Up In A Hurry, Smack Penguins Upside Helmet And Even Series

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.

05/03/2013

Sidney Crosby (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Penguins’ Sidney Crosby To Return To Action Against Islanders In Game 2

The Islanders, already down 1-0 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the mighty Penguins, got some troubling news on Friday morning. After defeating New York, 5-0, on Wednesday, Pittsburgh will get Sidney Crosby back for Game 2.

05/03/2013

Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins makes a save on Josh Bailey Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Tavares, Islanders Look To Solve Penguins’ Pesky ‘D’ In Game 2

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.

05/03/2013

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