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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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, 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, Isles get Shut Out in Arizona to Drop Their 3rd in a Row

The New York Islanders lost to the Arizona Coyotes by the score of 1-0 last night in Glendale. In the game, rookie goaltender, Louis Domingue, stopped all 25 Islander shots he faced, while Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored the only goal in the game in the 1st period. Over the last 3 games, the Isles have managed only 2 goals. The 1-0 loss to the Coyotes followed a 2-1 defeat in Colorado…

December 20, 2015
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Hockey from the Blind Side, Another 2 Points in the Standings, but the Isles Need to Play Better

It took overtime, but the New York Islanders beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3 to 2 on a Kyle Okposo goal. It was his 2nd goal of the game and 3rd point, as he also assisted on Frans Nielsen’s power play goal in the 2nd period. The 2 points collected by New York puts them at 39 points in the standings, which is good for 4th place in the Eastern…

December 13, 2015
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Hockey from the Blind Side, Blind Observations at Thanksgiving on the Isles

The New York Islanders came back from a 2-0 deficit last night in Tampa to defeat the Lightning 3-2 on a power play goal by John Tavares with 3:36 left in the game. Josh Bailey also scored on the power play, and Cal Clutterbuck tied the game up in the 2nd period for the Isles. Unlike the previous evening against the Panthers in which the Islanders came back, but lost…

November 29, 2015
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Haunting Flashbacks & Lessons From Montreal

November 23, 2015

The New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens concluded their season series with the Canadiens taking the final third game by a score of 4-2 and sweeping the regular season 3-0. For the Islanders, it was good to get these games over in November than have to play the Canadiens in March or April while still in the playoffs race. For Montreal, it’s more separation from other teams in their division…

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

The New York Islanders managed to pull out a win last night against the Saint Louis Blues, despite not playing well most of the night and probably deserving to lose the game. If it wasn’t for the impressive goaltending of Thomas Greiss, in fact, they Isles most likely would have been beaten badly. It was, to me, not the way I had hoped they would come out after losing at…

October 25, 2015
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