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Islanders on the Brink after Losing the Keys in Game 5

As expected, Pittsburgh’s Marc Andre Fleury was sent to the pine, replaced by journeyman Tomas Vokoun. Hot goalies can kill a team, and Fleury was anything but that. So in a way, this was not especially good news for the Islanders as they clearly had found a way to match the offensive firepower of the Penguins thanks in no small ... Read More »

Islanders Even Up Series In Wild Coliseum Shootout

Championship teams – and emerging ones – respond to adversities and challenges by playing like champions. Much to the dismay of diehard Islander fans everywhere, it is more likely the next NY Islanders Stanley Cup Champion banner will be raised in Brooklyn rather than on Long Island. That is not to say, however, that this group of up and comers ... Read More »

Islanders Steal One in Pittsburgh to Even Up Series

Calling the second game of a best of seven series a “must win” might be considered a bit dramatic. The Islanders certainly thought so. Skating loose and relaxed in pre-game practice, the team collectively acknowledged that having fun and playing pressure free hockey is when they are at their best. Entering Game 2 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, ... Read More »

Islanders Need to Keep the Firsts Coming

Game 2 saw a night of many firsts for the NY Islanders as they fought their way to a 4-3 victory over the mighty Penguins on the road in Pittsburgh, knotting this best of seven series at one game apiece. Matt Moulson, Colin McDonald, Matt Martin, and Kyle Okposo all scored their first career playoff goals. And when Okposo dropped ... Read More »

Goaltending Is the Key the Rest of the Way

Now that the exhilaration and delirium of last night’s dramatic Game 4 win has somewhat subsided, it is time to consider what will be the key for both Pittsburgh and New York going into Game 5 and beyond. Goaltending. It has often been said that goalies win championships and that could not be more true – or obvious - as ... Read More »

Rangers win shootout over Leafs

With so much on the line every night and so little time left on the season the New York Rangers reached down deep and pulled out a crucial victory in a shootout over the Toronto Maple Leafs. It took sixty minutes of regular time, a five minute overtime and the shootout to give New York an important two points and ... Read More »

Pivotal Ranger – Islander Game Preview

There are few more intense rivalries than the NHL's battle of New York between the Rangers and Islanders. The upcoming battle between these adversaries is even more dramatic as both are teetering on the fine line of making or missing the playoffs in this strike shortened season. In early April, prior to the first of a home and home series ... Read More »

Rangers oust Caps in Game 7 slaughter

After six tense, nail-biting contests between the Rangers and Capitals forced a game seven, New York blasted Washington in a surprise 5-0 blowout on the road delivering them to round two of the NHL playoffs. With a rare offensive outburst and stellar goaltending by all-star Henrik Lundqvist the Rangers move on to their next opponent in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. ... Read More »