Islanders Character Continues to Shine

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UNIONDALE, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders, who already had two goals in the game, gets the puck behind Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Toronto Maple Leafs but it doesn't go into the net during the second period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 12, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

TONIGHT’S RECAP

The Islanders have grown leaps and bounds from previous years, and their maturity level was on display Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum. They showed that en route to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.

Brock Nelson Should Be Given the Night Off

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The New York Islanders made a roster move today, assigning forward Harry Zolnierczyk to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. #Isles Transaction: Harry Zolnierczyk has been returned to @TheSoundTigers (emergency recall terminated). — New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) February 12, 2015 This move was prompted by the return of Cal Clutterbuck to the lineup, as was reported earlier […]

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Colin McDonald Making His Case To Stay On The Island

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UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 18:  Colin McDonald #13 of the New York Islanders skates during an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 18, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

If Colin McDonald is only up with the Islanders on a temporary basis, someone better tell him that. The 30-year-old, former second-round draft pick has recorded two goals, an assist, and 15 hits since in the two games he has played since his recall from AHL Bridgeport.

Leafs Make Final Visit to Nassau Coliseum

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UNIONDALE, NY - OCTOBER 21:  John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders takes the ice with his team before a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on October 21, 2014 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders: Pregame Report

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 57

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New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils

The last time the Maple Leafs were at the Nassau Coliseum, I was in attendance sitting behind a group of what I thought was Toronto fans. That was, until I struck up a conversation with them.

It turned out they were from Australia, touring the sports venues of the United States and Canada. Coming from Toronto just days before, they visited the NHL store in New York City where they saw Maple Leafs gear. Needless to say, as the Islanders were getting thumped 5-2, I thought I was outnumbered and in for a long evening of berating and embarrassment.

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WINNIPEG, CANADA - MARCH 5: Evander Kane #9 of the Winnipeg Jets battles with Tyler Myers #57 of the Buffalo Sabres for the puck in NHL action at the MTS Centre on March 5, 2012 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

The Evander Kane saga has finally come to its conclusion in Winnipeg, as the Jets and the Buffalo Sabres announced a seven-player blockbuster deal.

Islanders Checking Line Making The Difference

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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 58

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Bates celebrates goal

Who, at the beginning of the season, would have thought Colin McDonald would be leading the Islanders to a pair of victories in February? Certainly not me. But the physical, pesky forward is making a real impressive case for himself staying with the big club for the foreseeable future.

Speaking of pesky forwards, not so physical though, our countdown to the last regular season game at the Nassau Coliseum highlights Shawn Bates, who was not exactly an all-star, but provided one of the most memorable moments in Islanders history almost 13 years ago.

Islanders Expected To Be Silent At Deadline

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UNIONDALE, NY - AUGUST 13: General Manager Garth Snow introduces Scott Gordon as the new head coach of the New York Islanders at a press conference on August 13, 2008 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders are currently 35-18-1 with 28 games remaining in the 2014-15 regular season. They sit in first place in the Metropolitan Division, three points ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins and tied for third place in the Eastern Conference with 71 points. It truly has been a remarkable season for the blue and orange as they close out the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum en route to Barclays Center in September of this year, one that could set franchise records.

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Edmonton Oilers v New York Islanders

It was not pretty, but it does not always have to be. The Islanders found a way to win, and in what is becoming a more familiar fashion. The fourth line got the job done yet again. Colin McDonald, who was recently called up from Bridgeport, and Casey Cizikas scored goals to help the Islanders beat the Oilers 3-2. McDonald opened the scoring for the Islanders 13:20 into the first period, and Cizikas scored the game winner 15:23 into the final period.

Colin McDonald Chemistry on Fourth LIne

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The Isles found a way to win, and that is always a good thing. Luckily the call-up of Colin McDonald fills the hole left by Cal Clutterbuck on the best fourth line in the NHL.

He’s Lovin’ It! McDonald Leads Islanders Past Oilers

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Edmonton Oilers v New York Islanders

TONIGHT’S RECAP

Just because it’s ugly, doesn’t mean it counts any less. The Islanders battled poor officiating and silly mistakes to overtake the Oilers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

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GOOD TEAMS FIND WAYS TO WIN GAMES

This Islander team did just that.  First home game from a road trip – the play was SLOPPY.  There was not a lot of urgency, and players seemed to be lackluster.

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 59

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Nassau Collisium

It’s odd to think that we’re under 60 days left until the final regular season game at the Nassau Coliseum. I keep getting more and more nostalgic. I can’t even begin to think what some of the older fans are feeling.

Well, that’s why we made this countdown I suppose and with 59 days to go, we remember Tom Fitzgerald. Though he was better known for wearing number 14 or even seven, Fitzgerald started his career with the New York Islanders wearing number 59. Actually, it didn’t matter what jersey number he was wearing, Islanders fans never had much of a chance to watch him.

Islanders Look To Strike Oil At Coliseum

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Edmonton Oilers at New York Islanders: Pregame Report

When: Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST
TV: MSG + (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)
Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM

 

The Metro’s Four-Horse Race: Is 1st Place THAT Important?

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New York Islanders v Philadelphia Flyers

The Islanders have under 30 games left in the season. There is no question that this race for the Metropolitan Division crown is going to come down to four teams: The Islanders, The Penguins, The Rangers, & The Capitals. It’s a good bet that all four of those teams are making the playoffs. At this point, it could just be a matter of seeding. But, is finishing in the top position really that important for the Isles?

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BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Ryan Strome #18 of the New York Islanders and Torey Krug #47 of the Boston Bruins exchange punches during the first period at TD Garden on February 7, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Tonight marks the beginning of a four-game home stand for the New York Islanders and with it a chance to convert a tentative hold of the top spot in the Metro division into a considerable lead.

Islanders’ Play is Powering Up

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EDMONTON, AB - MARCH 06: Justin Schultz #19 and Ben Scrivens #30 of the Edmonton Oilers defend the net against Anders Lee #27 of the New York Islanders during an NHL game at Rexall Place on March 06, 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)

By now, Islanders’ fans are well aware the Islanders were victorious in Buffalo last night,3-2. The game holds historic significance as the team held the Sabres to ten shots on goal, tying a franchise record. However, of more immediate importance to the Islanders and their fan base is another small victory gained as the team scored a power play goal going 1 for 2 overall for the night.

The Backup Conundrum

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One of the most important players who’s performance is critical for the New York Islanders to win the division and take home ice is someone other than John Tavares or even Jaroslav Halak, in fact it’s Chad Johnson. Up until now Chad Johnson has played just 15 games as the backup to Halak and woeful […]

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Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Day 60

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Boston Bruins v New York Islanders

It seems like we’re having more Buffalo-like weather today than Long Island weather. I woke up to my truck basically encased in a block of ice. Maybe that’s the Sabres way of gaining revenge on the Island for their home loss last night.

Which leads me to this classic mantra. It doesn’t matter how ugly it is done. A win is a win. Even if two goals were allowed on 10 shots.

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