Friedman: Thomas Vanek Era Begins, Islanders Can't Stand PatIf you want to be the kind of team that Thomas Vanek will want to continue playing for, then you need to plug up the holes. That means trading for a top-four shutdown defenseman.
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.
Gallof: Islanders Made Noticeable Improvements Over Their First 2 GamesAfter just two games, if you think you know what the New York Islanders are, think again. As bad as Saturday night made you feel, this team looked a lot better Monday.
Capellini: Islanders Make Smart Decisions In Early Stages Of Free AgencyAfter just one day of the NHL's annual spending spree, the natural impulse for Islanders fans is to roll their eyes and mutter to their friends that, as usual, there's nothing to see here. Well, they'd be wrong.
Islanders Sign Veterans Boyes And CarknerThe Islanders signed two free agents on Sunday, forward Brad Boyes and defenseman Matt Carkner.
Hartnett: Neil Finished The Job On BoyleWhile Chris Neil isn't deserving of a 25-game ban for his head-shot on Brian Boyle, it's clear that he and his Senators teammates have targeted Boyle all series.
Keefe To The City: Yankees, Rangers Trying To Find Their WayNeil Keefe has the second installment of "Thursday Thoughts" with the Yankees playing .500 baseball and the Rangers needing to win the biggest game of the season on Saturday night.
Hartnett: NHL Authorities Must Save Hockey's Damaged SoulGone are the days when NHL players could adequately police themselves. The game I love has now given way to ugly, vigilante justice.
Kallas: Understanding Hagelin Suspension And Dubinsky Game MisconductAn analysis of Brendan Shanahan's suspension of New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin and the game misconduct penalty given to Brandon Dubinsky.
Hartnett: Brian Boyle, Outlaw To Senators Fans, Rangers' IconOnly the strong survive in the NHL playoffs. Boyle has become the villain in the eyes of Senators fans while lifting himself to iconic status among Rangers backers.
Keefe To The City: Brendan Shanahan Is Ruining The NHLNeil Keefe was ecstatic when Brendan Shanahan took over for Colin Campbell, but he didn't know Shanahan was going to become Campbell with his inconsistent decisions.
Hartnett: Shanahan Must Re-Define The 'Shanaban'Sean Hartnett examines Brendan Shanahan's latest rulings with a fine-tooth comb and believes Matt Carkner and Shea Weber got off lightly in comparison to Carl Hagelin's three-game ban.
Monzo Minor: Trying To Make Sense Of NHL's Ruling Against RangersPlayoff hockey is great. But the NHL is close to -- if not already -- losing control of its players.
Hagelin Suspended 3 Games, Carkner Banned 1 GameRangers' winger Carl Hagelin was handed a three game suspension by NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan. Meanwhile, Ottawa's Matt Carkner was banned for one game.
Monzo: Rangers Lose The Battle - The War Will ContinueI have been to a lot of hockey games. I have been to a lot of playoff hockey games. And I have never been to a game as physical and as mean as there was last night at Madison Square Garden.