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Islanders Hockey Blog | Page 16

Written by Christian A. | 09 January 2012

After a poor finish to a three game road trip, the Islanders may be getting some good news.

Goaltender Al Montoya and forward David Ullstrom are scheduled to practice with the team today according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple. Both have been out since December 21 with concussions suffered during a game against the Winnipeg Jets.

According to the report, Montoya will not be ready in time for Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings at Nassau Coliseum and the team may call up Bridgeport goaltender Kevin Poulin. Poulin has been a roll as of late, posting three consecutive shutouts for the Islanders farm team and set an organizational record.

Anders Nilsson has played back up to Evgeni Nabokov for the past two weeks due to injuries to Montoya and Rick Dipietro. Nilsson’s only start of the season was against the Pittsburg Penguins back on November 21. He allowed 5 goals against in game remembered for the return of injured Penguins start Sidney Crosby.

Nabokov has started eight consecutive games and could use a night or two off. If Poulin is called expect him to get a start or two.

Ullstrom played 14 games before he was sidelined with a concussion. During that span Ullstrom scored two goals and had two assists for four points.

After a tough weekend for the Islanders this should be welcomed news for the team and the fanbase.

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Written by Christian A. | 07 January 2012

If you’ve ever been flipping through the channels, then you may have come across the prank show Scare Tactics. A show that puts prank victims in the middle of their worst nightmares only to have the actors reveal the prank by asking them, “are you scared?” Then going on to say, “well you shouldn’t be, cause you’re on Scare Tactics!”

It was seven years ago that hockey fans were in the middle of their worst nightmare when the league locked out its’ players and eventually cancelled the 2004-05 season. Now, with the CBA set to expire on September 15 and the league ready to begin negations with the NHLPA soon, an interesting turn of events has taken place that could impact negotiations between the league and the players association.

That turn of events, the NHLPA’s decision to reject plans for conference realignment.

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr cited several concerns about the realignment plan and the lack of transparency. Through a press release, Fehr stated that the concerns centered around whether the new conference realignment would increase and create more onerous travel. He also raised concern regarding the disparity of playoff chances between the small and larger divisions.

According to Fehr, the league was not too accommodating when the players association requested more information.

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Written by Christian A. | 05 January 2012

Jack Capuano made his prime time T.V debut tonight when he appeared on NBC Sports Network’s Charlie Moore: No Offense. It definitely gave fans a look at a different side of Jack Capuano and we even learned a few things about the Islanders head coach

Here is a list of a few things I learned about Capuano after watching him on No Offense.

  • Jack Capuano is a fan of Pizza Hut. Yes, Pizza Hut, the chain pizza restaurant that can barley be found on Long Island. We’ll let it slide since he was still in Maine in the segment. Having coached on Long Island for nearly two seasons I’m sure he knows good pizza by now.
  • Jack Capuano and his family have two small dogs. Not too sure of the breed, but they weren’t up to the manly standards of Charlie Moore.
  • Jack Capuano Hunts! That’s right, he had several deer heads mounted on his basemant wall. Better watch out NHL officials. Better not stiff the Islanders on any more calls or Jack might add your head to his collection.
  • The Islanders head coach enjoys his cigars.
  • Did you know Jack Capuano is Italian and he has great hair? If you didn’t, well now you know.
  • Jack Capuano said if he could add anything to the NHL he would add challenges. Not a bad idea if you ask me.

Not Capuano related, but still quite funny, Charlie Moore, a Massachusetts native, decided to wear Boston Bruins colored socks and a Boston Bruins jersey during when he participated in scrimmage game with the Islanders coaching staff and GM on the Nassau Coliseum Ice.

Moore didn’t quite make it on the ice with the Bruins jersey on, but did keep the socks on. Garth Snow, jokingly, took exception and was making Moore pay for it on the ice. At one point Snow laid out Moore near the end boards.

If you missed the show, then you missed out and I hope it will re-air on NBC Sports Network at some point.

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Written by Christian A. | 04 January 2012

The story of Jack Jablonski, a prep hockey star from Minnesota, has shocked and saddened the hockey community.

Jablonski was paralyzed after he was accidentally checked from behind during a Holiday Hockey Classic Tournament on Friday night against Wayzata (Minn.) High. The 16-year-old hockey star was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center and under went surgery this morning to fuse the damaged vertebrae he sustained during Friday’s game.

Since the news of Jablonski’s injury spread and outpouring of support has come from the hockey community. Current and former NHL players, coaches and owners have reached out the Jablonski family through the Caring Bridge page they set up in his name. Among those who’ve reached out is Islanders forward and Minnesota native Kyle Okposo.

Okposo wasn’t the only player with an Islander connection to reach out in support. Former Islander defensemen Jack Hillen and Zdeno Chara also left messages of support.


If you’d like to show your support for Jack Jablonski you can leave a message of support on his Caring Bridge page or make a donation to the Caring Bridge in his honor.

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Written by Christian A. | 04 January 2012

Defensemen Calvin de Haan will represent the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic.

Through 29 games with the Sound Tigers this season, de Haan has two goals and seven assists for nine points. He also made his NHL on December 15 at the Nassau Coliseum against the Dallas Stars. In the game de Haan found his comfort level, playing 16 shifts for a total of 13:01 of ice time.  He finished the game a plus-1.

Below is a video of Calvin de Haan talking about being named to the all-star team.

The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic will take place on January 29-30 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Written by Christian A. | 04 January 2012

Prior to tonight’s Islanders victory over the Carolina Hurricanes the team announced that Rick Dipietro and Mike Mottau returned to Long Island to be reevaluated by team doctors.

The official statement was that the players returned due to a lower body injury (Dipietro) and an upper body injury (Mottau).

Dipietro is still on injured reserve and the Islanders have Anders Nilsson to back up Evgeni Nabokov until Al Montoya returns from a concussion. They will however need to call up a replacement for Mike Mottau. Newsday’s Arthur Staple is suggesting that the most likely Bridgeport call up would be Dylan Reese.

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Written by Christian A. | 04 January 2012

John Tavares and the Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes in the shootout 4-3. Tavares finished the game with three points and had a hand in all three-regulation goals for the Islanders. Frans Nielsen and PA Parenteau lifted the Islanders to victory with each player scoring in the shootout.

The Islander started the game on a high note, scoring the games opening goal nearly four minutes into the game. Matt Martin coaxed Bryan Allan of the Hurricanes into taking a holding penalty and Matt Moulson scored on the power play off a pass from John Tavares behind the net. The Hurricanes would respond with a goal of their own 31 seconds later. Anthony Stewart scored off a face-off win in the Islanders zone.

The second period would see Carolina take the lead off a gaffe by Evgeni Nabokov behind the net. The Islanders goaltender had some miscommunication with Andrew MacDonald, which allowed Brandon Sutter to gain control of the puck and score on an empty net.

Early in the third period Tuomo Ruutu took a high sticking penalty putting the Islanders back on the power play.  On the ensuing power play Mark Streit fired a shot that went wide of the net and ricochet off the boards right to Frans Nielsen, who buried the shot in the net, and tied the game at two.

Chad LaRose would untie game later in the period. He was able to dig the puck out from the boards, navigate to the front of the net and put one past Nabokov. However the Hurricane lead would only last three minutes. John Tavares was able to set up Kyle Okposo for a goal at the 18:30 mark to tie the game up at three.

The game headed to overtime, which solved nothing, and eventually went to the shootout. PA Parenteau was the first shooter for the Islanders and buried his attempt. Jussi Jokinen scored on his shot for the Hurricanes to knot things up again. Frans Nielsen would use his patent forehand, backhand shot to give the Islanders the 2-1 advantage in the shoot out. Evgenin Nabokov stonewalled Eric Staal on his attempt and Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward stopped Kyle Okposo’s attempt.

Chad LaRose had the opportunity to continue the shoot out with his attempt. LaRose skated down the ice and put a backhand shot on net. Nabokov was able to get a blocker on it and turn the shot away.

The Islanders came away with a crucial two points in the standings and good way to start their three game road trip.

Game Highlights 

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