Hockey from the Blind Side, Big Win in DC

I have often made the point after bad home losses that the New York Islanders squandered valuable points. In this case, they came away from Washington stealing 2 big points, and keeping their playoff hopes alive. The Isles came out of the opening period with a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Michael Grabner and Josh Bailey, and, to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. The Caps had been playing…

March 27, 2013

Tough to Watch, but Two Points

My colleague and I in the press box were making a great deal of comparisons for this game, but many of them would be unprintable. *** For a Florida take of this game – check out *** I’ll take the two points however. A-Mac blasts a power play goal early in the first, and that holds up until the 59 minute mark. Many fans were waiting for the third…

March 25, 2013

Approaching Boiling Point

I am usually an optimistic person, or at least I try to find some good in things. Right now – there is NOTHING! This team right now is disgusting me to no end.  10 Third Period Goals in the last three games.  They had a chance, ONCE AGAIN, to make their mark.  A chance to give them some realistic shot to make a name for themselves.   You would think that…

March 22, 2013

4 Big Games This Week

A critical week in Islander Country is upon us. Four home games in six days; three in four, against three clubs that are currently in playoff position.  This will test the mettle of this young club, and will let the rest of the league know that they mean business. Tonight – is the first of two straight against Canadian clubs, when Ottawa comes a calling.  This team, decimated by the…

March 19, 2013

Great Expectations: Islanders Find Themselves in Familiar Situation

It has happened a couple times so far this season. The Islanders won some games that some folks expected them not to. They strung some wins together and found themselves in position to take the proverbial ‘next step’ forward. Up until now, all those instances have resulted in maddeningly familiar results, usually with message boards, fan sites, your text message inbox, and Twitter ablaze with rage, fury, and frustration.

February 23, 2013

Idle Thoughts

Sunday morning (very early), I was a happy camper.  The Isles came off their best effort of the season against the Devils.  Despite the fact that they played the night before, the Devils were the top team in the Eastern Conference.  They were strong in all aspects of their game, and in many instances, were not the 1-3-1 trapping team that most opponents know and hate. The effort that the…

February 19, 2013