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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

Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders reacts after giving up his fourth goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Isles Coach Jack Capuano: ‘We Need All 20 Guys Going, And We Didn’t Have All 20’

“I thought some guys worked hard and played a good game,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “Again, with our club we need all 20 guys going, and we didn’t have all 20.”

05/02/2013

Sidney Crosby (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Islanders Catch Break, Won’t Face Penguins’ Crosby In Game 1

Pittsburgh will begin its quest for a Stanley Cup without Sidney Crosby. And that’s good news for the Islanders.

05/01/2013

John Tavares shoots and scores a power play goal against Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 29, 2013. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Tavares Vs. Goliath: Gallof’s Islanders-Penguins Playoff Preview

Putting aside the panic among Islanders fans, there are a few items that make this opening-round series interesting.

05/01/2013

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tavares, Underdog Islanders Ready To Bring The Goods To Pittsburgh

While the Penguins are fixtures this time of year, New York is making its first playoff appearance since 2007.

05/01/2013

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals shoots the puck through Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist's legs on March 24, 2013. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Fearless Predictions For The 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Who’s ready to lift the Stanley Cup? Sean Hartnett gives you a full breakdown of the 2013 NHL Playoffs.

04/30/2013

John Tavares (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images), Sidney Crosby (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Capellini: Islanders Will Need A Lot More Than Belief To Beat The CCCP Of NHL

So how do the Islanders pull this miracle off? They can start by watching “Miracle,” of course.

04/30/2013

Sidney Crosby (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Sidney Crosby’s Status Remains Uncertain For Opener Of Isles-Penguins Series

Penguins star Sidney Crosby practiced Monday but his status remains uncertain for Wednesday’s playoff opener against the New York Islanders.

04/29/2013

John Tavares

Capellini: Making A Case For Islanders’ Tavares And The Hart Trophy

Whether or not the Islanders’ John Tavares should win the Hart Trophy goes back to the age-old argument of “most valuable” versus “best” player. So, let’s ask the questions that should be asked.

04/24/2013

Sidney Crosby (Photo by Vincent Pugliese/ Getty Images)

Penguins Charge Past Islanders, Crosby Leaves Game With Bloody Injury

An injured Sidney Crosby left the game, but the Penguins won their 15th straight game by shutting out the Islanders.

03/30/2013

J.T. Miller and New York Rangers GM Glen Sather. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hartnett: I’m Ready To Crown Penguins; Rangers Must Hold On To Best Assets At Deadline

It’s imperative that Rangers GM Glen Sather doesn’t make a reactionary trade after the Penguins acquire Jarome Iginla.

03/28/2013

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Islanders Routed By Pittsburgh Penguins 6-1

It was a rough night for the New York Islanders, as the Pittsburgh Penguins routed them 6-1 Sunday night, and the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby tied a career high with five assists.

03/10/2013

Ilya Kovalchuk (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Kovalchuk, Devils Setting The Pace In The Atlantic

Ilya Kovalchuk and the determined Devils have the fortitude needed to win the Atlantic and perhaps make another visit to the Stanley Cup finals.

02/22/2013

Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, left, makes a second-period save on the Islanders’ Michael Grabner at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 5, 2013. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Power Play Abandons Islanders Again — 0-For-14 In Back-To-Back Losses

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.

02/05/2013

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Hartnett: Rangers Must Find Their Pulse Minus Captain Callahan

The Rangers must prove an identity exists without injured captain Ryan Callahan available.

02/01/2013

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