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Anyone recall seeing a save in this fashion?
from Daniel Friedman of CBSNewYork,
Just as the wheels appeared to be falling off, the New York Islanders pulled over to the side, brought out their toolbox and, sure enough, got back on the road.
All you had to do was look up and down that roster to see that, as I said last week, their wounds were self-inflicted. The Isles were beating themselves and were capable of a lot better.
Well, they showed that by taking two of the best teams in the NHL past regulation and then beating them in overtime and a shootout, respectively. Those wins were much needed, considering they were coming off three straight losses, but getting them was a daunting task. To the Isles’ credit, they took care of business.
“We were tired there in the third, but we hung with it, stuck with the game plan and we really just kind of gutted it out and got a gutty win,” winger Kyle Okposo said following the 2-1 shootout win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. “The last two games were huge for us. We got a big win last night, and to come in and play back-to-back in Southern California is not an easy thing to do.”
The Hockey writers at ESPN participated in an online chat today...
How does Jack Capuano still have a job? There is no way he can be considered one of the top 30 coaches in hockey.
scottdburnside To me the Jack Capuano situation is among the most interesting of the NHL coaches. New ownership coming in, moving to a new building and they need to make the playoffs. Yes, Jaroslav Halak looks like an early bust but there's no way this team misses the playoffs without ownership demanding blood. The question is whether that demand comes sooner or later. Isles on a stretch where they play seven of eight on the road.
many more questions and answers...
from Gary Craig and Kevin Oklobzija of the Democrat and Chronicle,
Federal authorities are investigating whether National Hockey League star Thomas Vanek was the target of an extortion attempt by members of an alleged local gambling ring, sources say.
In debt to local bookmakers, Vanek paid $230,000 to partly cover what he owed. That payment, made when Vanek played for the New York Islanders, is central to the allegations of extortion, according to three sources close to the investigation.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Remember those halcyon days of mid-October when the New York Islanders were everyone's darlings? Seems like only yesterday. After a 4-0 start that had everyone raving and talking playoffs the Islanders have landed with a thud, and it's the same old issues that plague the Isles. They were beaten 5-0 Thursday night by the Avalanche, putting them at 2-4 in their last six games having allowed 24 goals in that stretch.
Jaroslav Halak, the big offseason acquisition in goal, hasn't been very good and has lost three in a row, and backup Chad Johnson hasn't been much better. It's not all the goaltending (or team defense), either.
The Islanders are 3-for-27 on the power play in their last six games. And here's where it gets interesting: Thursday's loss in Denver was the first game in a stretch during which they will play seven of eight on the road. Oh, and their next three stops are San Jose, Anaheim and Los Angeles. A trip like that has the potential to make those recent glory days seem like a hundred years ago.
read on for notes on the Blues by Custance, the Avalanche from LeBrun and more...
via tweets of Gary Craig, a reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle,
Thomas Vanek has been linked to gambling with alleged Rochester ring.
Over next few Tweets I'll detail gambling allegations that could point to hockey superstar Thomas Vanek.
Records seized from alleged bookmakers show payments from Vanek, sources have said. He testified before grand jury in Rochester.
Read more from Craig's recent timeline...
Nikolai Kulemin received five for boarding and a game misconduct.
Mark Stuart did return to the game.
The job here is to state an opinion, support it with available facts, and hope it’s right. It’s much easier to do that, and to say “thumbs up”, when indisputable evidence is discovered. Lo and behold, there is indisputable evidence that the New York Islanders are going to host playoff games in their final year at Nassau County Coliseum. Here it is - the Islanders scored seven goals last night against the Dallas Stars, and John Tavares didn’t score any of them.
Furthermore, he didn’t assist on any of them. When the Islanders can score seven times without a point from their leading scorer, the guy who led the league just a couple of days ago, they’re a playoff team. So thumbs up to the Islanders and a proper end to their time at the Nassau Coliseum. Count on it, as you count the points that Tavares will surely get the next time the Isles score seven goals.
-Dave Hodge of TSN who also gives the "thumbs down" to the San Jose Sharks.
Part of the reason the team has been getting a positive amount of attention this year is due to the fact the Islanders now have a good mix in their lineup. When healthy, this year the Islanders have center Mikhail Grabovski as well as his former Toronto Maple Leaf teammate Nikolay Kulemin, along with proven scorers John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Michael Grabner, Frans Nielsen, and Brock Nelson. And, of course, there’s a new goaltender to: Jaroslav Halak.
It helps, too, that the team’s captain, 24 year-old John Tavares is 100% healthy. You probably recall he missed the important stretch run last season after suffering a debilitating knee injury while playing for the Canadian team in the Sochi Winter Olympics when Latvian defenseman Arturs Kulda pinned him against the boards and Travers wound up tearing his left knee’s medial collateral ligament. After several months of recovery, Travers is confident that he can lead his team like the captain he is.
from Eric Wilbur of Boston.com,
As part of one of the worst moves the NHL has seen since Arizona hockey, Johnny Boychuk was traded to the New York Islanders for a pair of draft picks, in addition to a conditional 2015 third-round pick if the Islanders trade the defenseman to an Eastern Conference team this season.
Just throwing this out there: Does that include the Boston Bruins?
Less than three weeks ago, Thursday night’s game against the Islanders was little more than an early-season throwaway game for the Bruins. That was before Peter Chiarelli went and angered the masses by trading popular defenseman Boychuk to an NHL franchise that might as well be in Siberia for all the relevance they should muster this season.
Now, Thursday night is as much about Bruins fans welcoming Boychuk back to his old haunts as it is sticking it to Chiarelli, who created the very salary cap shambles that forced him to surrender a top-four defenseman on the eve of what might be another run at the Stanley Cup.
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