Hockey from the Blind Side, Still Playing Hockey in May … Somehow

Hockey from the Blind Side, Still Playing Hockey in May … Somehow

So the 23 year “curse” or whatever you want to call it ended last Sunday with the New York Islanders defeating the Florida Panthers in game 6 of their opening round playoff series. Words could not describe how good that made me feel. I would even say that when JT scored the overtime game winner, it was a rather emotional experience for me personally, as my mind looked back on the years since David Volek’s overtime winner against the Penguins and all that has happened to the Isles since then….

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The Curious Case of Josh Bailey

The Curious Case of Josh Bailey

Throughout my three decades of following this team, fans have always seem to find guys to hate, no matter what their performance was: Mikko Makela Jeff Norton Alan Kerr Derek King Sean Bates (minus penalty shot goal) Oleg Kvasha Andrew MacDonald Brian Strait The list can go on and on. The one for the last couple of seasons that really comes to the top of the list, is on Josh Bailey. Now – for this piece, I will say that I have zero ill will for this player; I am…

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Blog: Isles Take Game One In Tampa

Blog: Isles Take Game One In Tampa

The New York Islanders managed to keep their momentum going by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 last night in Tampa to take a 1-0 series lead. Shane Prince added two goals and John Tavares came up with the game winning goal again. Travis Hamonic scored his first career playoff goal while Ryan Strome returned to the lineup and assisted on both of Prince’s goals. Tampa Bay pressed in the third period and managed to cut the deficit down to make the score 4-3. Nikita Kucherov and Valtteri Filppula but…

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Key to Game 1 – Stop the Triplets

Key to Game 1 – Stop the Triplets

Tonight is the start of the second round (doesn’t that have a great ring to it?) The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a great deal of time to relax and wait for the winner of the Isles/Panthers series.  They had a good 5 game victory against the Wings, with their top forward and top defensemen on the shelf. And with Steven Stamkos and Anton Stralman still out of the lineup, the Bolts made easy work of the Wings with the “Triplets” lineup of Nikita Krucherov, Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn….

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Ryan Strome – Will he be Possessed?

Ryan Strome – Will he be Possessed?

When I was a kid, I was a pitcher.  Our town had a “Little League” as well as another baseball organization for which I belonged to.  One year, they had a ‘exhibition’ matchup of our two leagues.  I was the starting pitcher that night (even then in the mid 1970s, having a lefty pitcher was a good thing), and I was at the mound.  There was going to be a picture taken before the first pitch.  They wanted the umpire, the first batter and the pitcher to take a picture;…

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For the Isles – What to do About Tampa?

For the Isles – What to do About Tampa?

It is so nice to get to talk about ROUND 2. When I last could talk about it – I wasn’t even 30 years old…. (Guess my age!?) Now – the Tampa Bay Lightning are on the horizon.  Games 1 and 2 will be in Tampa probably on Thursday and Saturday.  With Justin Bieber in concert at the Barclay’s, it would look like Monday and Thursday in Brooklyn.  For this series, the Isles will have time to heal and rest, which will be of a big help. Starting 1 and…

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Are we Tired from Celebrating, Islander Nation? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Are we Tired from Celebrating, Islander Nation? Yes! Yes! Yes!

You and me both… It took 2.3 decades to say this… Playoff Series win! Before I talk about anything else, let’s give extreme kudos to the Florida Panthers.  They played a fantastic series, one that was as statistically even as you can possibly get.  Shots, Hits, Faceoffs, just about everything you can imagine.  They left they hearts out on the ice, and that is exactly what I want in a playoff series; two teams battling it out. I know that my friends in the Florida Panther Booster Club are not…

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Blog: Time To Exorcise The Demons

Blog: Time To Exorcise The Demons

The New York Islanders have been performing feats that resemble the franchise of old. Two back to back 100 point seasons for the first time in over 30 years. Overtime victories by a defenseman not accomplished in decades. Overtime winners in general not seen for many years. The Islanders are holding a 3-2 series lead for the first time since 1993. The Isles also vanquished the dreadful stat of losing game 5 in every series 11 straight times. However, there are three things that the Islanders will be able to…

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Islanders Resilience Retakes Momentum

Islanders Resilience Retakes Momentum

The New York Islanders and many fans from Long Island introduced Brooklyn to hockey playoffs last night with Thomas Hickey scoring the game winning goal in overtime to win the game 4-3 and the Isles lead the series 2-1. I’m not going to go into the game because all you have to do is go on any Islanders Facebook fan page or Twitter or any of the other Islanders media to catch up on the game. Before the playoffs started I had stated that this series would be all about…

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