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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
It's hard to identify the point this season when the Islanders shed their fragile reputation. There were fits and starts throughout the season, but a three-game losing streak at home last month, all games in which the Islanders led in the second or third periods, seemed to reinforce the feeling that this team was not quite ready to make the leap to respectability.
But since those three losses -- to sure-fire playoff teams in the Penguins and Canadiens, and another to the Senators, who are tied with the Islanders with 44 points -- they have shored up their play late in games, turning from a team fearful of blowing it to a team that can up its play as the minutes wind down.
"I think we've built up a foundation here," Matt Carkner said after the Islanders' latest win, 4-1, over the Flyers on Tuesday. "You do the right things over and over, you're going to build confidence. Consistency was our biggest problem before, and now we have something to go back to when we're struggling, or when we need to keep a lead."
Devils coach DeBoer said after the game he believes Kostopoulos will be OK.
Kunitz received 5 for checking from behind, a 10 and game misconduct.
Bailey has not returned to the game and thanks to Sportsnet for the video.
UNIONDALE, NY (March 29, 2013) – The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension.
Visnovsky, 36, has nine points (three goals and six assists) in 22 games with the Islanders this season. Through his first 22 games this season, Visnovsky has been on the ice for 34 of the 59 goals (58%) scored by the Islanders. He was acquired on June 22, 2012 from the Anaheim Ducks, in exchange for the Islanders second round selection in the upcoming 2013 NHL Draft.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
The lockout-shortened season, with its compressed schedule and unique challenges, was bound to offer up a few surprises.
Here’s one to consider: the New York Islanders sneaking into the playoffs.
With roughly one month remaining and one week until the April 3 trade deadline, the Islanders find themselves in sole possession of ninth place and only two points behind the eight-place Rangers.
Sure, there have still been the phantom, cap-cushioning trades, the laughably low payroll and the maddening third-period meltdowns -- all things that have earned the organization derision across the league -- but there’s also been a resilience from a team that simply refuses to bow out.
"I feel great. 31 is the new 21 I think. I feel like I'm a lot more mature, I know my body better, I know the game better. At the end of the day, if I didn't feel like I could get back to being where I was or better, I'm not the kind of person that wants to going to just continue to hold on."
-Rick Dipietro of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. More, including video from DiPietro by John Pierson of WTNH.
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
There are nine games and 17 days until the NHL's trade deadline, so plenty can change for the Islanders between now and then.
But it doesn't appear the Islanders' plans for Mark Streit, Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov, three veterans who are on expiring contracts, will change between now and April 3.
The Islanders and Streit began preliminary extension talks last month. Talks will begin shortly with Visnovsky and Nabokov, according to sources.
TORONTO (March 8, 2013) -- New York Islanders assistant coach Brent Thompson has been suspended for two games as a result of being assessed a Game Misconduct under Rule 39.5 for inappropriate and abusive comments he directed at the on-ice officials following NHL Game #341 against the New York Rangers on March 7, the National Hockey League announced today.
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