Islanders Season Review And Looking Ahead

Islanders Season Review And Looking Ahead

My sincere apologies for not getting this out earlier as I’ve missed this party of discussions by a week at least, but I wanted to briefly go over the Islanders season and do this in one blog and not analyze each player on the team as I feel there is just no need to do so anymore. As I wrote back in 2014 after the drafting of Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang, the Islanders had completed their rebuild of the franchise. It was then time to improve on the…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, The Sting hasn’t Quite Left Me

Hockey from the Blind Side, The Sting hasn’t Quite Left Me

Yes, the sting of having witnessed the New York Islanders eliminated from the 2016 playoffs a week ago still has not completely subsided in me as of yet. I don’t know exactly why, but I think this time was even sharper a hit to me than the game 7 lackluster effort that ended the Isles playoff run in the first round last season. I have been asked by a few people what my thoughts on the season happen to be. Do I consider the season a “success” or “failure”, or…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, “You’re Never Out of a Fight”

Hockey from the Blind Side, “You’re Never Out of a Fight”

If there is a simple reason why the New York Islanders are facing elimination Sunday afternoon when they travel to Tampa for the 5th game of this series, they need only look collectively in the mirror to find that reason. This series has become one of lost opportunities and one team cashing in on theirs like a playoff ready, battle tested team does in such situations. I really don’t like to jump on the negative train. Those who have read my posts in the past know that I always try…

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The “Hit” Was a Factor – but not the Reason They Lost

The “Hit” Was a Factor – but not the Reason They Lost

I did not notice it when it happened. Being in my office was one reason, and was not seriously looking at the monitor as much as I could.  Also the play happened so fast and was literally out of ‘camera shot’. However, the hit on Thomas Hickey by Brian Boyle was a brutal hit to the head, keeping a defenseman out of the play, as the puck was shot in by the forward that took him out. It has all of the ingredients of a huge downer to the home…

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Blog: Leddy, Isles Could Take That Next Step

Blog: Leddy, Isles Could Take That Next Step

So far in this second round playoff series between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning it’s been a battle of 2009 draft picks. John Tavares, the first overall pick in 2009 scored two points in the Islanders game one victory. Victor Hedman, the number two overall pick in 2009, also scored two points in the second game to lead the Lightning to a 4-1 victory. Both teams will be making adjustments for the next two games in Brooklyn and both players from the 2009 draft class will…

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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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