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Written by Christian A. | 03 January 2012




Today was a special Winter Classic edition of the Power Play. We welcomed in Kevin DeLury of the New York Rangers blog to discuss the big game, his thoughts on the officiating, Mike Rupp scoring goals, and when the Winter Classic will come to New York. Steve Lepore of Puck the Media also came onto the program to discuss his experience at the Classic, the T.V ratings for the game, could a double header Winter Classic be held in NY, and his thoughts on the new NBC Sports Network.

The Power Play is a weekly hockey talk show hosted by Jack Torrey and myself that airs every Tuesday from 5 to 6 PM on WCWP Sports.org. Every week we discuss the latest news in New York/metro hockey as well as the biggest stories in the NHL. We also welcome in some of the best bloggers and reporters from the NHL media world.

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Written by Christian A. | 31 December 2011

John Tavares may score the goal of the season last game against the Calgary Flames.  Now add play of the season to his resume this year.


(Video comes courtesy of the Islanders Point Blank)

It was also a bit of poetic justice for Matt Moulson, who had an earlier goal waved off due to what the officials perceived as a kicking motion. So this  Tavares kid is good huh?

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Written by Christian A. | 30 December 2011



Updated 12:03: The Sound Tigers released a statement regarding the status of Tomas Marcinko:

"Sound Tigers forward Tomas Marcinko was struck in the neck by a Norfolk player's skate during the second period of last night's game against the Admirals. Marcinko was awake, alert and coherent following his injury. He was taken by paramedics to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he underwent successful surgery to treat his injury. No major blood vessels or arteries were struck. Marcinko was held overnight for observation, is expected to be released from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital today and is expected to make a full recovery."

Original Post: A frightening situation occurred tonight in Norfolk, Virginia, where the Norfolk Admirals were hosting the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. During the second period of the game Tomas Marcinko took a skate blade to the left side of his neck.

Following the game Brent Thompson gave Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post an updat on Marcinko.

“The latest is he’s coherent,” Thompson told Fornabaio. “They said everything’s going well. He’s in surgery as you and I speak. Our hearts, our thoughts and prayers are definitely with Marcy. He’s definitely a big part of the team. All the guys care a lot about him. We’re thankful to God he’s doing well. We’ll know more later tonight.”

Details are unclear as to how Marcinko was cut by another player’s skate. But the team tweeted that EMS and team trainers made their way onto the ice to aid the injured Sound Tiger. They also tweeted that he was coherent and able to move his extremities, but was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

We will update the story when more information becomes available.

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Written by Christian A. | 30 December 2011



Uniondale, NY --
The Islanders featured different line combinations in their 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. The new top line of Matt Moulson, John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, who were the Islanders strongest line all night, highlighted the new line combinations.

The new lines also included Rolston being paired with Nielsen and Parenteu; Bailey with Grabner and Martin and Niederreiter with Wallace and Reasoner. Head coach Jack Capuano decided to change up the line combinations following the teams 3-0 loss the New York Rangers on Monday.

“There’s no magic to what we try to do,” Capuano said about the process used to come up with the new lines. “We just tried to tweek it a little bit and try to balance a little bit of the lines. We went through a really bad stretch where we haven’t scored to many goals. We’ve been shut out at home quite a bite. Not to say that was a determining factor tonight, but when you talk to the guys prior to the game they know there’s a change coming as well. I think all four lines contributed tonight.”

The new lines reinvigorated the Islanders play last night. Indeed, all four lines did contribute, but the top line of Tavares, Okposo and Moulson were the biggest contributors of the night. They were on the ice for the teams’ first two goals.

“We had a lot of chances,” Okposo said following the win. “I’ve played with those guys before and we seem to have good chemistry out there. We could have had a couple more goals, Kiprusoff played really well, and it was a strong night tonight by our group.”

Okposo has played with Moulson and Tavares before. During the 2009-2010 season he was paired up with the two.

“I think a lot of people forget we played quite a bit in our first year together, at least my first year here together,” Tavares said after the game. We had a lot of success that year. Even though it’s only the first game in a long time we played together I know the way he plays. He’s a strong guy and makes real strong plays and really strong on the puck down low and got some nice set of hands too to make some nice plays. We’re able to do that and obviously we know the way Mouly plays, so we’re able to generate some chances and hopefully we can burry a few more than we had tonight.”

The line finished the game with a combined three points on the night.

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Written by Christian A. | 30 December 2011



Uniondale, NY --
The Islanders snapped a three game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. Andrew MacDonald, John Tavares and Brian each scored for the Islanders and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 29 shots in the Islander win.

The Islanders have played well against the flames since the NHL lockout and last night’s game was no different. As a team, the Islanders blocked 19 shots, with Andrew MacDonald leading the team with five, and played a physical game laying 28 hits on the Calgary Flames.

“I thought tonight that it was a total team effort,” Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said after the game. “Guys should be proud of their work ethic that they put fourth tonight.”

Though Calgary scored the games first goal, a fluke goal by Tim Jackman that bounced off Andrew MacDonald and found its’ way into the net, the Islanders did not lose their strong style of play.

“We had a real good first shift,” Capuano started off saying when asked about the Jackman goal. “We had a lot of zonetime and it was just a fluke goal. Jackman went to the net, they threw it on and the puck finds its’ way in. But we been through a lot, obviously, over the last three or four weeks so I don’t think anything could really faze us too much right now.”

The Islanders would create several scoring chances, but Kiprusoff would keep the Islanders off the board. Eventually their perseverance would pay off three minutes into the second period. Andrew MacDonald scored the equalizer from the slot.

“I just noticed their forwards weren’t paying attention,” MacDonald said after the game of his goal. “There was a lot of play area open down the middle. PA did a great job putting it on my stick and I just got some good wood on it.”

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Written by Christian A. | 27 December 2011

Tonight the Bloguin network took over the Power Play. Jack Torrey and Myself welcomed in Kevin DeLury of the New York Rangers Blog to discuss the Rangers win over the Islanders, the team’s strong play, 24/7 and the impending Winter classic game. We also welcomed in Mike Salerno of Tonight’s Healthy Scratches to discuss the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships.

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Written by Christian A. | 27 December 2011

The Islanders held practice this afternoon at the Nassau Coliseum. According to Arthur Staple Brian Rolston, Jay Pandolfo, and Rick Dipietro skated prior to the team practice. Steve Staios was also on the ice.

The Islanders are reporting that Rolston has been cleared to play and that Pandolfo is close to returning. As far as Al Montoya and David Ullstrom are concerned they are following the concussion protocol.

Michael Haley missed today’s practice due to a contusion in his hand he suffered following a fight with Stu Bickel in last night’s game against the Rangers.

Jack Capuano switched up the lines for this afternoons practice. Here are the lines according to Arthur Staple:

Moulson-Tavares-Okposo
Rolston-Nielsen-Parenteau
Grabner-Bailey-Niederreiter
Martin-Reasoner-Wallace.

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