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The Slumping New York Islanders Fall To The Philadelphia Flyers

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

That the Islanders have continued to lose is putting all of those negatives in a pressure cooker, and if there isn’t a release soon, it’s liable to blow. And then it would get really ugly.

The Islanders are not there quite yet, but the 3-2 shootout loss to the Flyers on Thursday night on the soggy surface at Barclays Center was difficult on the eyes. It mercifully was put to rest after Claude Giroux scored in the second round of the skills competition, and his captain counterpart, John Tavares, had his attempt poked away by Philadelphia goalie by Michal Neuvirth.

It dropped the Islanders to 4-6-1 on the season, 1-3-1 in their past five to give them a better record than only the Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference. The Flyers (6-5-1) were playing on the second leg of a back-to-back, and somehow outworked the Isles not only in the first period, but for the vast majority of the game.

That fact was what drew the ire of coach Jack Capuano, more than the 2-1 lead that disappeared with a Matt Read goal with 57.1 seconds remaining in regulation and the Flyers on a six-on-four man-advantage, the result of a Casey Cizikas high-sticking penalty and the Philadelphia net empty for the extra attacker.

“I think some guys obviously need to play better,” Capuano said. “You saw some of the puck battles out there. I don’t have to tell you who they are.”

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The New York Islanders Go Down 6-1 At Home Against The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

There were scattered chants of “Fire Cappy!” throughout the first two periods as well while the Islanders looked lost on the ice, outshot 30-12 after 40 minutes.

“Not the first time it’s happened, right?” Capuano said. “I know what we’ve accomplished the last three years. I know our record. That has no effect on me or the team.”...

...Asked for a word or two to sum it up, Travis Hamonic offered, “Frustrating. With an expletive in front.”

With grumblings recently about the three goaltenders on the roster and the major struggle of big-name free agent signee Andrew Ladd, who still has no goals and one assist to start his Isles career, it seems general manager Garth Snow may need to jolt his team to life as the season gets moving and teams start to separate themselves.


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The Goalie Situation For The New York Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

It was just another day at Islanders practice Monday, with three goaltenders working in the two nets during team drills.

Thomas Greiss, who was the star of Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Maple Leafs, had one net all to himself, usually a sign of who’s starting the next game — in this case, Tuesday night at Barclays Center against the Lightning.

Jaroslav Halak and J-F Berube shared the opposite goal, primarily working with goaltending coach Marc Champagne. Berube got the final bit of practice to himself while Halak chatted with coach Jack Capuano.

Halak and Berube are clients of agent Allan Walsh, and it was Walsh’s tweets Saturday night that threw the Islanders’ unwieldy three-goaltender situation back into the spotlight.

It’s happened before, notably a few times last season, when Halak sounded off about his unhappiness over having three goaltenders, and earlier this season, when Berube spoke candidly about his lack of work.


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A Different Type Of Crowd At The Barclays Center Watching The New York Islanders

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

You can’t be a fan of a New York sports team without a sense of humour, and fans of the Islanders — new and old — are no different.

The team is in year two of a transition from its long-time home in suburban Nassau County to the more hip, urban Brooklyn, playing second fiddle in the basketball-first Barclays Center.

“It sucks,” says Paul Tuszynski, who drove in from Nassau, where he lives 15 minutes from the Memorial Coliseum. “At the upper levels, you have to hunch over to see. There’s hardly any room in between the rows. They say this place is built for basketball. It isn’t built for anything.

“There’s nothing like the old barn. And they don’t have a lot of diehard Islander fans here. It’s not the same. They’re learning about the team, I guess. You see more yuppies here. They don’t wear any shirts or anything.”

Different fans, to be sure. Although some diehards were spotted Sunday wearing Rick DiPietro and Alexei Yashin jerseys, an ironic take on the team’s up-and-down history.

The Barclays Center is a perfectly fine arena, just not one built with hockey in mind. The scoreboard is over the blue line, not centre ice. There are plenty of obstructed-view seats.


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Video- Islanders Not Happy With Crosby Goal

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Longtime nemesis Sidney Crosby scored the winner with 2:25 to play in the Islanders’ 4-2 loss to the Penguins on Thursday night. The Pittsburgh captain got room to beat Jaroslav Halak from in close by standing up Johnny Boychuk behind the net with what the entire Islanders room felt was an elbow to Boychuk’s head. Boychuk was stunned, lost his stick and went to retrieve it while Crosby nestled in the slot.

“It’s frustrating when you get elbowed in the head and that guy scores the goal,” a heated Boychuk said after the Islanders fell to 3-5-0. “I’m sure if it was reversed, I’d be getting a phone call from the league and a suspension.”...

“It was a high hit, no question,” Jack Capuano said. “The disappointing thing is the official is right next to [Boychuk]. He didn’t even have the puck.”

Boychuk said the referee closest to him, Jean Hebert, asked him if he was OK. “And their players were asking me,” an incredulous Boychuk said. “I’m fine, so I guess that’s good. But if it was anyone else, they’d be getting a call from the league.”

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The New York Islanders Searching For A New Home

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The commute might be a pain. The obstructed views and imperfect sightlines may be inconveniences.

But the Barclays Center ice … the ice that continues to be sub-standard despite everything progressive ownership can do … it is the ice that will ultimately render this Brooklyn arena ill-suited to be the home of the Islanders for the long term.

That is why majority owner Jon Ledecky and his group have the obligation to seek an arena of their own for this NHL stepchild, as they have over the last few months in conducting due diligence on alternate sites, and most prominently, we’re told, the Citi Field parking lot.

Indeed, Slap Shots has learned Islanders ownership has held meetings with folks representing Wilpon-owned Sterling Equities to discuss constructing an arena on what would be the third base/left field area of the parking lot.

continued plus Trouba talk and how it relates to the Rangers..

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Finally, I see where the Oilers played a short video welcoming first-overall bust Nail Yakupov back to Edmonton when he returned with St. Louis on Thursday.

Nice human touch and all, but what’s next, a banner being raised at the Garden in honor of Pavel Brendl?

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Ice Issues At Barclays Center

via Chris Botta tweets,

NHL source: Floor piping system at Barclays Center in Brooklyn does not meet NHL standard requirements for ice-making.

Barclays has PVC piping. All other NHL rinks have steel pipes. PVC cannot maintain ideal temp of 21 degrees for NHL play.

Only solution is to tear up Barclays Center floor and install proper piping. Not easy, but should have been done in offseason.

Arena mgt knows this and hasn't fixed it yet, which is inexcusable, brings down caliber of play and is potentially dangerous.

Barclays ice will be fine when weather is freezing. But (heaven forbid) there's a long Cup run someday...disastah.

New Islanders owners want to fix the ice problem. Likely another big reason they are looking at other arena deals.

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John Tavares The Actor

from Neil Best of Newsday,

The director had a question for John Tavares: “How do you feel about pineapples?”

The director had an instruction for John Tavares: “Be super-evocative!”

The director had a request for John Tavares: “Do you know any good Canadian jokes?”

Tavares responded to all of it with an assortment of quizzical looks while good-naturedly going with the flow on Wednesday at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow.

It was an Islanders off day, part of which their captain spent doing a photo and video shoot for his new endorsement deal with Vita Coco coconut water, doing his best to conform outside his comfort zone.


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Video- Should This John Tavares Goal Been Waived Off?

via Eric Stephens of the OC Register,

Islanders captain John Tavares made it a 2-0 game but not without a bit of controversy. Cal Clutterbuck set it up by kicking the puck back to the charging Tavares but Carlyle and Getzlaf felt Clutterbuck illegally played the puck while holding a broken stick.

It isn’t a reviewable play and their protesting fell on deaf ears.

“I thought that the rule stated that if a player breaks his stick, he’s automatically expected to drop it immediately and not make a play on the puck,” Carlyle said. “And from our standpoint, it looked like he tried to make a play on the puck and then realized that his stick was broken.

“With a stick in his hand, he kicked the puck. From our perspective, it should have been blown dead.

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