Road Warriors

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Maybe the Isles should adopt this logo?

For those of you that follow baseball, especially in the Tri-State Area, there has been a team in the Atlantic League called the Road Warriors.  Very simply, every game they play, is a road game.  They have no home, spend their entire summer in hotels, and play the game they love.

Anyone considering putting Road Warrior uniforms on our hockey club?

Tavares leads Islanders past Capitals, 3-2

JT with number 20

Despite a lousy two periods, John Tavares (20) got a feed from Matt “The Assist Machine” Moulson, and put it by Braden Holtby, to make the difference in the contest.  Cappy had thought about splitting up the line, but chose not to.  Good choice.  Good players always find a way to get it done.  JT was at the right place at the right time.

The Isles are getting secondary scoring.  Michael Grabner (11) and Josh Bailey (5), got the other two goals.  The second line of Bailey, Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen have nothing short of brilliant lately.  Okie has new magic legs out there, and is making things happen every shift on the ice.  Bailey has found a fountain of youth (at 23), and is playing his best hockey of his career right now.

Colin McDonald was a hitting machine, with six in the first period alone, and a total of eight in the game.

The Islanders play a fantastic road game, keeping the play simple, expose a weakness that the home team leaves out there, and take advantage of it.  That is exactly what the top line did to Mike Green of the Caps.

Evgeni Nabokov was outstanding in the latter stages of the game, making some unbelievable saves, keeping his team in the game.

Unfortunately for me, I was doing my taxes last night, and was basically listening to the game, as opposed to watching.  Howie and Butch seemed quite excited with these guys, and for good reason.

The Isles went from 12th to 9th in the last 48 hours, and are sitting two points behind the so called Mighty Rangers.  With 15 games to go, it is anyones playoffs to take.  In the East, it is everyone, except Florida in the running.  Anyone can be in, and anyone can be out in a matter of days.  With the Isles now at 9-4-1 on the road, and with 10 more of these contests left, it will take a simple road game mentalty for these boys to see playoff action.

And we remember what happened to the team that just made the playoffs in the Western Conference on the last day of the season, don’t we???



Gary Harding

Gary Harding is the Lead Writer of Isles Talk. A former President of the Islanders Booster Club, and a season ticket holder for over 24 years, Gary qualifies as a ‘long suffering’ Islander fan. He, and his wife, Claire, sit in row A of Section 317, and attend just about every game possible, as well as a few road games in the year, too. He has been a member of the“Islanders Blog Box” since 2008; a project that allows bloggers like him, to be able to obtain media credentials to Islander home games, and get the perspective of reporting a game, just as if he is a full blown member of the media. Starting in August of 2013, John Panarese and Gary are talk show hosts on SPORTS TALK 1240 - a Part of the Sports Radio New York group on WGBB AM-1240. John and Gary are on at least once a month - talking about New York Sports (with a little Islander influence). Gary, born and raised in Levittown, on Long Island, and worked for a major car rental company for almost 26 years, and now is a Process Improvement Analyst for Icon Central Laboratories. He has been married to Claire for 7 years. They met on a bus trip to see the Islanders play in Montreal. Gary also is a fan of the New York Mets, Long Island Ducks, New York Jets, Everton of the English Premier League, and is a big fan of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Gary is also an accomplished bowler, having achieved perfection on May 4th, 1994, by bowling a perfect 300 game. His highest league average ever was 219, and highest series was 798. Gary also just had weight loss surgery in May of 2013. In the four months following surgery, he has lost nearly 80 pounds, and feels great. For further information on bariatric surgery options, check out Long Island Obesity Surgery. Favorite Isles Moment – Everyone says the cups. They were great. However, I was not a season ticket holder, or going to the games, so my favorite, was the 1993 march to the semi’s – beating Washington and Pittsburgh – the best was seeing Darius Kasparitis punching Lemieux like a rented Mule! Funny how a few years later, they were teammates. Of course, Montreal had NINE guys on the ice when they scored in Overtime in Game 3 of the Semi-Finals. Favorite All time Isles player – Tie – Bossy and Trottier on Offense, and Glenn Healy at the net. (Remember Pens fans, Trottier TAUGHT Mario how to WIN!) Favorite Current Isles player – Okposo and JT – of course – with a close third to Michael Grabner; and with every day appreciating the play of Andrew MacDonald and Travis Hamonic. This year, I am on the Matt Donovan bandwagon. (If I dont - his mother may hit go after me with a Skeet Gun!! LOL!) Favorite NHL City – Not Long Island – Vancouver with a close second to Ottawa – followed by Montreal (spot a pattern here?) Favorite player – not an Islander I like watching Ovie! – He is animated, funny and makes his mark. Also enjoy watching the Sedin twins play. Also - with his last name being the same as mine - Josh Harding of the Wild. Team I hate the most (what do you think?) Gary currently resides in Halesite, Long Island. His e-mail address is

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  1. Toby Smith March 27, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Wish they’d play like this at the NVMC. Good thing, as you mention, that majority of remaining games are on the road!!!

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