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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Blog: Leddy, Isles Could Take That Next Step

May 2, 2016

So far in this second round playoff series between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning it’s been a battle of 2009 draft picks. John Tavares, the first overall pick in 2009 scored two points in the Islanders game one victory. Victor Hedman, the number two overall pick in 2009, also scored two points in the second game to lead the Lightning to a 4-1 victory. Both teams…

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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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Blog: Isles Take Game One In Tampa

April 28, 2016

The New York Islanders managed to keep their momentum going by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 last night in Tampa to take a 1-0 series lead. Shane Prince added two goals and John Tavares came up with the game winning goal again. Travis Hamonic scored his first career playoff goal while Ryan Strome returned to the lineup and assisted on both of Prince’s goals. Tampa Bay pressed in the…

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For the Isles – What to do About Tampa?

April 25, 2016

It is so nice to get to talk about ROUND 2. When I last could talk about it – I wasn’t even 30 years old…. (Guess my age!?) Now – the Tampa Bay Lightning are on the horizon.  Games 1 and 2 will be in Tampa probably on Thursday and Saturday.  With Justin Bieber in concert at the Barclay’s, it would look like Monday and Thursday in Brooklyn.  For this…

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Are we Tired from Celebrating, Islander Nation? Yes! Yes! Yes!

April 25, 2016

You and me both… It took 2.3 decades to say this… Playoff Series win! Before I talk about anything else, let’s give extreme kudos to the Florida Panthers.  They played a fantastic series, one that was as statistically even as you can possibly get.  Shots, Hits, Faceoffs, just about everything you can imagine.  They left they hearts out on the ice, and that is exactly what I want in a…

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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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Blog: What To Do With The Islanders

February 10, 2016

https://www.nhl.com/video/national-hockey-league-game-recap-video/t-277753022 The Islanders continued their trend of driving fans crazy by winning in grand fashion in some games, while not showing up in others. What’s hockey without a little drama? With last nights win, the Islanders continue to be on pace to finish the season with 98 points. Playing the percentages, the Isles are currently 4th in the Eastern Conference and third in the Metropolitan division. The difference between 3rd…

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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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Blog: Islanders Facing Adversity & Are Better For It

January 18, 2016

Despite the season long laundry list of injuries, the inconsistent powerplay, the “enigma” that is Islanders captain John Tavares, a trade request, and everyone’s favorite whipping boy Brian Strait, the New York Islanders are in second place in the Metro Division and are tied for third in the Eastern Conference with a pace for 98 points. Now a few posts ago I thought the Islanders would eventually surpass the New…

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