Hockey from the Blind Side, Isles Keep Winning, Beat the Leafs 5-3

The New York Islanders picked up 2 more important points in Toronto last night. At this point, every game is important, but they are simply becoming more critical as the Rangers and Jets both won last night to keep pace. Although the Maple Leafs got the two first goals of the game in the first period, the Isles came back with 3 goals of their own from Brad Boyes, Matt…

April 19, 2013

Hockey from the Blind Side, Don’t Let Up on the Gas Peddle

Five more to go. Unfortunately, the last five for the New York Islanders are on the road, yet, at the same time, the Isles have done quite well away from home. The bottom line, though, is Keep Winning! It is a feeling that I cannot quite describe to be on the inside looking out for a change. The Islanders really do have their destiny in their own hands. Win tonight…

April 18, 2013

Jiggs at the Booster Club Last Night – Thoughts on Tonight

*** NOTE – If you are a Cablevision subscriber, check out a piece that will be on News 12 about John Panarese, my fellow writer.  They are doing a story on how a ‘blind’ man can write so articulately about the Islanders.  Check it out! *** The New York Islanders Booster Club had a meeting last night, and an old friend stopped by. As you may or may not know,…

April 16, 2013

Isles Staring at Playoffs Door

I hear you knocking… but you can’t come in. That is a lyric from a Dave Edmonds song from 1970.  It has been the message to the folks playing in Uniondale for the past five years. In this author’s opinion, NOT THIS YEAR! Right now – the Isles are sitting in the 7th position, one point behind 6th, and one point ahead of 8th.  Four teams sit within four points…

April 15, 2013

Big Game for Isles and Big Man for Boston Probably Out

Normally, you do not like to see guys get injured the way that Brad Marchand did last night in Newark. Anton Volchenkov nailed him in the head with his elbow, and subsequently received a 5 and a game misconduct for the hit.  He (Volchenkov) will also have a phone call into the NHL office today for possible supplemental discipline for the hit. Brad Marchand is definitely the kind of player that if…

April 11, 2013

Hockey From the Blind Side, Isles Beat Flyers, Win Another Big Game!

Amazing …. that is one of a few words that come to mind. Not three weeks ago, it seemed that the New York Islanders were going to sputter out and fall short of the playoffs again. Yes, it really did look like we, the fans, were going to be in for yet another disappointing playoff picture without our Islanders. However, here we are with 8 games to go and a…

April 10, 2013

Hockey From the Blind Side, Keeping Pace and Earning Points

From the long time fan’s perspective, it is a very nice and exciting feeling to know that the New York Islanders are, at the beginning of April, IN the playoff race. Shortened season aside, with 10 games left to play on the schedule, the Isles are knocking at the door and keeping pace with the 8 spot in the Eastern Conference. Of course, the question remains IF the boys can…

April 6, 2013

Beginning of the End for Captain Mark?

Just saw this on the TSN wire.  Looks like our Captain will not be getting a new contract from the Islanders. New York Islanders defenceman Mark Streit is unlikely to agree to extension with the club. The Islanders may decide to keep him for playoff race, but unless there’s change, Streit will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. With the Streit negotiation stalled, teams are likely to make a…

April 2, 2013