Isles Lose Season Opener To The Rangers

October 14, 2016

From the New York Islanders: On a night full of new faces and new line combinations, it was a pair of old running mates that accounted for the New York Islanders’ offense.  Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas and Nikolay Kulemin mounted a comeback effort for the Islanders, but the effort of the energetic trio was not enough, as the Isles fell to the New York Rangers 5-3 at Madison Square Garden…

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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…

May 15, 2016
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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…

May 7, 2016
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The “Hit” Was a Factor – but not the Reason They Lost

May 4, 2016

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…

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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…

April 30, 2016
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The Curious Case of Josh Bailey

April 29, 2016

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…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Good Teams Find Ways to Win

The New York Islanders managed to steal 2 points in Winnipeg on Thursday night to make them 5 and 1 on their 7 game road trip. They have one more game today against their crosstown rivals, the New York Rangers, at Madison Square Garden this evening at 5. The Isles currently have 77 points, and are 5 points behind the Rangers for 2nd place in the Metro Division. There has…

March 6, 2016
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Hockey from the Blind Side, Nothing is Set in Stone

At the moment with the All Star Break upon us, the New York Islanders are still in the playoff picture, though a look at the standings indicates that their position is a bit precarious. In fact, I think that pretty much 2nd to 8th may be a revolving door situation as it seems only the Washington Capitals have a comfortable spot atop the East. Let me first say that I…

January 31, 2016
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Hockey from the Blind Side, Righting the Ship or Just More Inconsistency?

The New York Islanders had a pretty good week after the egg they dropped in Philadelphia last Saturday. Now having two of their best defensemen out of the lineup because of injury in Johnny Boychuk and Travis Hamonic, they definitely are facing even more adversity on top of the lackluster play of the Flyer game. However, 5-2 and 3-1 victories Tuesday against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Thursday against the…

January 17, 2016
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Hockey from the Blind Side, on the Edge of Concern

How many Islander fans had to be shaken back to consciousness after the completely lackluster effort against the Philadelphia Flyers in their 4-0 loss yesterday? For the halfway point in the season, I don’t want to go as far as using the word, “disgrace” to describe yesterday’s 60 minutes of hockey demonstrated by the New York Islanders, but my personal feelings are that it was pretty darn close. How does…

January 10, 2016
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