Locker: Beginnings: John Tavares Airing On MSG

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New York, NY (January 12, 2015) – MSG Network continues season four of “Beginnings” with a glimpse into the childhood of Islanders star John Tavares. The half-hour episode goes home to Oakville, Canada with the Islanders captain who grew up with one thing on his mind: hockey. At 14, he was the youngest player ever drafted into the Ontario Hockey League and by the time his junior career was done, he had broken the OHL career scoring record. Last year he was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team, winning a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Gary’s Audio Blog – January 12, 2015

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Greetings from Big D.

I have been here for a family function this weekend.  Unfortunately, I am stuck here a few extra hours, because my flight home was cancelled.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 88

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It’s odd administering this countdown. Sure, 88 days seems like it’s far away. Technically it is. Three months is not exactly a sprint. But watch how quick this goes as we count down to the regular season finale at Nassau Coliseum.

Today we take a look back at battlin’ Billy Smith and a fantastic streak that he was a part of during his time as an Islander. Out of 18 years he was in the NHL, Smith was in the playoffs 13 times. It was a streak that started in his fourth season in the league. At 24-years old, he made his postseason debut as a part of the magical 1975 playoff run. One that almost shocked the world.

Islanders Top Shelf: 1/12/15

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Things are about to pick up around here.

The New York Islanders and the New York Rangers are one day away from renewing their rivalry, preparing for their second game, of five, against each other this season; however, this is no ordinary matchup between the two.

Only five points apart in the middle of January, both New York teams will be clawing away at each other to better position themselves in the standings. For the first time in a long, long, long time, a game between these crosstown rivals this late into the season has real implications – more than just the pride of victory.


This is one battle of, what is shaping up to be, an absolute war down the stretch. Expect the atmosphere on-and-off the ice, at work, at school, or wherever else in New York to be like none other than anything experienced in the last two decades.

Buckle up.

-CT (@christriants)

Red’s Rewind: A Look Back At The Week That Was

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Welcome to Red’s Rewind: a weekly look at the New York Islanders through the eyes of a redhead…

Looking Back

After coming off a rough loss to the Edmonton Oilers, this past week begins slightly grim when the Islanders extended their losing-streak to two games on Tuesday in Vancouver. Thankfully though, the week ended on a higher note with wins against New Jersey on Friday and Columbus on Saturday.

With exception of a Matt Martin fight, Friday’s game displayed a fairly monotone performance by the Isles, so the result of the win was a pleasant surprise.

Islanders Ryan Strome Proving He Belongs

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Last season the status  of Ryan Strome‘s development was still unknown. He showed flashes of great potential yet still seemed to be undersized and a step behind. This season however, Strome has put the Islanders, the fans, and the NHL on notice that he is here and he is not planning on going away anytime soon.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 89

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Sure, at times he might be known as the guy married to Hillary Duff, but on day 89 of our countdown to the final regular season game at Nassau Coliseum, Mike Comrie has our full, undivided attention.

Comrie was an Islander 117 games, just about a year and a half and was one of the more skilled players of a time when the team was wearing those…unique ‘waterwing’ jerseys.

Saturday Night’s All Right For Prospects

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The New York Islander prospect report for Saturday night was a pretty good one with a couple of strong performances. The twin goalies out of the 2013 draft share top billing as they both led their respective teams to wins.

McAdam Shines First

Goalie Eamon McAdam (2013 third rd.) got the start in-goal for his Penn State Nittnay Lions as they took on Ohio State in the second game of their weekend series after losing the opening game on Friday night. McAdam earned his fourth win of the season after stopping 35 out of 36 shots that he faced as Penn State earned a 4-1 win. McAdam gave up a second period two-man advantage power play goal, but nothing else got by him.

Locker: John Tavares: 2015 All-Star

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The all-star rosters were announced yesterday by the National Hockey League for the club’s showcase in Columbus, Ohio on January 24-25, 2015, presented by Honda.

Two captains, announced next week, will select their teammates in a fantasy style draft, which will finalize the opposing rosters.

The jerseys leave tons to be desired, but who knows with today’s fickle consumer whether they will sell or not. My bet is they will sell in droves.

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Batten Down The Hatches: Islanders Top Shelf: 1/11/15

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The New York Islanders executed their first sixty minute complete effort in weeks last night in Columbus, defeating the Blue Jackets by a score of 5-2. It was the second straight win for New York and on the tail end of a back to back, making the significance that much greater. It also came with backup goaltender Chad Johnson in goal, hopefully giving the struggling netminder some confidence heading into the season’s second half, where he will be counted on to give starter Jaroslav Halak a breather every now and then.

High Five: Isles Get First Ever Regulation Win in Columbus

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Good news, Islanders fans: a three-goal third period lead was held.

And it was done so quite impressively as the Isles win their second straight, defeating the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Nationwide Center by a score of 5-2.

Columbus has not been a friendly place for the Islanders. Entering Saturday night, they were 1-7-2 all-time against the Blue Jackets in their house.

Records, shmecords. Thirty-one seconds into the game the Islanders were up a goal after Nikolay Kulemin deflected home a Nick Leddy slap-shot from the left point for his seventh of the year.

John Tavares is Isles Only Representative at the All Star Game

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The NHL released it’s list of All-Stars for the 2o14-15 season today and the Islanders will be represented in Columbus by captain John Tavares. Tavares is a very deserving selection, leading the Isles in both goals and points this season with 19 and 39, respectively. The first overall pick in the 2009 draft has become one […]

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New York Islanders At Columbus Blue Jackets: Pregame Report

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When: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, OH
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG+ (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King, Greg Picker), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 90

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The mid-to-late 90’s were a disaster period for the Islanders. With Al Arbour gone, a change in ownership and in the general manager, the Islanders were a floundering organization with little positivity to offer to the NHL.

There was a bright spot however, and he quickly became a fan favorite. With 90 days to go, we’ll take a look at Zigmund Palffy‘s career year in 1996-97 when he recorded 90 points.

Hockey from the Blind Side, Isles Snap 2 Game Losing Streak In New Jersey

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The New York Islanders came back twice last night in New Jersey to defeat the New Jersey Devils in overtime. It was, without a doubt, 2 big points earned by the Isles. Make no mistakes about that.

New York Islanders’ Second Quarter Grade

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John Tavares‘ overtime winner last night against the New Jersey Devils marked the end of the New York Islanders’ 41st game of the season, meaning that the team has reached the half way point of the campaign. At the half-way mark of the season the Isles are sitting atop the Metropolitan Division with a 27-13-1 […]

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Islanders Friday Prospect Report

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The first real weekend of the second half of the 2014-2015 New York Islander prospect season was a busy one with ten seeing action. Now the push for the playoffs in both the NCAAs and the Canadian juniors gets serious not to mention that several prospects are looking to impress the Islanders enough to earn a contract.


Josh Ho-Sang (2014 first rd.) and his Niagara IceDogs are trying to overcome a terrible start that has them towards the bottom of the OHL’s Eastern Conference standings. Friday night saw them in Sudbury to face the Sudbury Wolves in a game that almost got away from the IceDogs. Josh Ho-Sang had three assists as his team spotted the Wolves a goal before scoring five unanswered and holding on for a 5-4 win.

Islanders Tavares’ Shines: Top Shelf 1/10/15

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The New York Islanders, if you are truly judging objectively, did not break out of their recent malaise last night in Newark, New Jersey as much as they were rescued by a true superstar performance from their captain, John Tavares.

After a first period that could only be explained one way: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz – which is quite predictable when these two teams get together – the second period New York allowed New Jersey to assume control and take a one goal lead heading into what could have been described as the season’s most important 20 minute stretch.

Captain Clutch Comes Through; Islanders Slay Devils

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We may have to nickname this team the cardiac kids. It took nearly 64 minutes, but “Overtime is Isles time.” The Isles do it again in extra time, beating the Devils 3-2 in OT.

After the first period and a half you kind of had that “oh boy, here we go again” feeling. They weren’t skating, they looked tired, and it could have easily led to led to a loss. As much as everyone knew the Islanders had it in them to turn the switch back on, the way they stuck together to win, and the manner in which they did it, was pretty special.

Josh Bailey and Brian Strait to play vs. Devils

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Fans of the New York Islanders will be flocking to Newark, New Jersey tonight to watch their favorite team take on the Metropolitan division rival Devils this evening at 7pm. As an added draw the lineup will include the fan base’s two favorite players! That’s right, none other than the heroes of Hempstead Turnpike themselves, […]

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