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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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Written by Christian A. | 03 January 2012



Ever heard of Charlie Moore?

Did you know he had his own T.V show, Charlie Moore: No Offense?

Did you know that Jack Capuano fishes?

If you answered no to all three questions then you’re not alone. But they are all true statements. Charlie Moore is well known in the fishing world and indeed has his own T.V show on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus). And Jack Capuano is indeed a man who likes to fish.

So what does one have to do with the other? Well Jack Capuano will be a guest on Charlie Moore: No Offense season 2 premier this Thursday at 9 PM. The show will feature Capuano and Moore fishing on several of Capuano’s favorite lakes in Maine. The show will also feature the pair dinning in City Cellar and the Capuano household and Moore even jumps on the ice at Nassau Coliseum.

Think of it like 24/7 with a lot more fishing.

In the show’s previous season they featured guests like Boston Red Sox Captain Jason Varitek, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas, former New England Patriots offensive lineman Todd Rucci and NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque. Rickey Medlocke, guitarist for rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd, and DMC, of legendary rap group Run DMC.

The episode premiers this Thursday, January 5, at 9 PM on NBC Sports Network.

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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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