Islanders Are For Real

#459536536 / gettyimages.com At the beginning of November, there were dreadful thoughts of the New York Islanders heading into their usual and reoccurring slump of seasons past. Instead the Islanders gave fans one of the most memorable months is decades. In fact, their play put them in the NHL map as serious contenders for the regular season. After going 11-3 for the month of November, the Islanders sit in 4th…

December 2, 2014
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Hockey from the Blind Side, A November to Remember … Isles Keep on Rolling

So here we are at the end of November and the New York Islanders have not taken their nose dive in the standings as we had seen for too many seasons of late. In fact, they tied a franchise record with 11 wins and simply Dominated during this month on the calendar. I have been able to catch a lot of the most recent games, and as I have said…

November 30, 2014
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Would Any Isles Fan Have Expected This?

November 25, 2014

15-6… Best start in franchise history… Stellar offense… Best goaltending in the Pre-Groin pull Rico era… 2nd and 3rd year players making monster strides… With those types of statements you would normally be thinking Bruins, Hawks, Kings, Penguins… New York Islanders??? Yes!  Yes!  Yes! You are reading that right.  I guarantee, there are  a great number of people that drink the cool-aid, and would say they thought this would happen……

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Rebounding Out West

The New York Islanders completed their west coast swing on a positive note last night. A goal by Frans Nielsen with 2 minutes left in the game last night gave them a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Coyotes and gave them a 3-2 recored for the trip. To me, this was an important swing and despite the rough start in Colorado, the Isles bounced back and got the six remaining…

November 9, 2014
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Sharks Bite Isles 3-1; Sinking But Not Sunk

November 2, 2014

Click here for the recap. Click here for the box score. Quotes: Kyle Okposo: “I thought we played a pretty solid game, but they got a lucky bounce to go up 2-1,” Okposo said. “It happens sometimes, but we need to do more to win.” Travis Hamonic: “I felt like we were throwing lots of pucks at the net, but these Western teams don’t give up much.” Travis Hamonic said….

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Hockey from the Blind Side, 3-0, but still 79 games to play

As an New York Islander fan, beating the New York Rangers is always something that brings a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment to me. It’s a rivalry I enjoy quit ea bit, and one that has brought me both pleasure and torture ever since I’ve been a kid. The Isles defeating the Rangers at MSG is only icing on the cake and doing so in explosive fashion with a 4…

October 15, 2014
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Johnny Boychuk for President!!!

October 11, 2014

I know that he is from Edmonton, but I would vote for him… If there ever was a storybook beginning, this was IT! A PP marker on his first shot as an Islanders, and assisting on two others.  It usually takes our defensemen at least 3 or 4 games to get 3 points.  He did that in less than half a game. Not only was he contributing offensively, but on…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Random Observations and Other Ramblings

Yeah, it’s been a bit since my last post. I find myself apologizing to my colleagues and our readers quite a bit of late, but it has honestly been tough to write with my schedule. This week, I’m away for most of it, so I will not be writing until my return later in the week, at the very least. It’s nice to be really busy and to be making…

May 25, 2014
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Year in Review. Thoughts from behind the Stove

Well it really didn’t go as planned.  I expected to write at least one entry a week.  I mean its only writing. Well life got in the way and that didn’t happen.  I also expected to have a much more positive spin on things in Isles land. Well, that didn’t happen either.  Nor did a playoff appearance happen for the Isles.  So this will be my year end grades for…

May 24, 2014
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Brock Nelson Continues To Shine & Other News

There’s no question as we watched the World Championships that Brock Nelson is growing and evolving in front of our eyes. Nelson is one of the top goal scorers for Team USA and you can see the talent oozing out of him. The best part? He’s only going to get better. That is what Islanders fans wanted to see from him this spring. In my eyes, he’s the biggest trade asset…

May 22, 2014
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