Is It Time To Panic?

January 4, 2016

With news that New York Islanders defenceman Johnny Boychuk will be out for the next 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury, fans are wondering if it’s time to hit the panic button? Not at all. The Islanders are literally half way through their season and are now third in the Eastern Conference. Should they be concerned? Absolutely! Losing Johnny Boychuk is similar to losing Travis Hamonic in last years playoffs,…

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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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Isles Win Against Arizona; Lose Grabovski

November 17, 2015

Thoughts: This was a very good game that was played by the Isles. The only real concerning sign from last nights game was that the Isles have to stop giving teams a powerplay goal. They’ve allowed it to happen six out of the last seven times. The Isles are 6-2-2 when they don’t allow a powerplay goal. (NYISkinny) Grabovski did not return to the game with what is being called…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Winning 2 Out of 3 Out West and Turning the Ship Around

The New York Islanders come back home after winning 2 out of 3 on the road. A lot of fans had their concerns about this road trip, and I won’t deny I was one of them. However, with a 4-2 win in San Jose and a 4-1 victory over the Ducks sandwiched around a 2-1 loss in Los Angeles, they have been playing much better. Realistically, they surely played well…

November 15, 2015
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Isles Continue To Slide, Recall Pelech

November 9, 2015

Just a few quick thoughts about the game: I didn’t think the Islanders played bad, but it felt like I going back to 1995 when the neutral zone trap was in style. This game had some real boring moments and it was happening quite often. The goaltending was solid, but Halak really wasn’t tested all that often. When your team is top five on the powerplay and your opponent is…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Back on the Grid for Another Season

It has been a long time, I know. Unfortunately, the summer brought a lot of business related distractions and some travel as well. I have not had much time to write anything, and barely enough time to keep track of what has been going on in the sport’s world. Nevertheless, with the preseason under way and being back from a vacation, I have had time to catch up and get…

September 27, 2015
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The Bridge Report: Reviewing The Grabner Trade

September 18, 2015

Since I went to work an hour or less after Michael Grabner was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs, I did not do any research on the players the Islanders had received in the trade. So after reading up and talking to a few Toronto Marlies fans, many were saying the same thing: They just needed a place to play more minutes. So Bridgeport is the perfect place for this…

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Talk From the 300 Section – An Almost Complete Effort

April 16, 2015

CLICK BELOW TO HEAR GARY’S PODCAST… As Mike Bossy so eloquently put it last night. One down, 15 to go….  A great effort by the Isles last night.  They accomplished what the needed already – get to even when they are home on Sunday. Now – a little practice and to be ready to face a DESPERATE Washington team on Friday, with the chance to go 2-0 for Sunday.  If…

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Hockey from the Blind Side, Four Game Losing Streak is Snapped in New Jersey

In New Jersey last night, the New York Islanders snapped their four game losing streak with a solid 3-0 win. Jaroslav Halak faced 26 shots and was tested a bit in the second period with the goal post coming up as his best friend at one point. The Isles took a 1-0 lead about 8 minutes into the opening period when Ryan Strome, who also had an assist in the…

March 22, 2015
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