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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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Written by Christian A. | 27 December 2011



The United States, Canada and Sweden opened the IIHF World Junior Championships yesterday with large victories in their respective matches. The U.S. clobbered Denmark 11-3, The Canadians rolled over Finland 8-1 and Sweden downed Latvia 9-4.

From an Islander stand point it was a successful opening night for their prospects. Ryan Strome tallied a goal in the third period of the 8-1 win. He also added assists on Canada’s first goal and fourth goal. Johan Sundstrom, the Islanders second round draft pick in 2011, had an assist in Sweden’s victory and finished the game a plus-2.

The United States does not have any Islanders prospects on its’ roster, but as an American We’re pulling for the boys in red, white and blue.

WJC Headlines:

-Canada wins, but loses Smith-Pelly to broken bone. (Buzzing the Net)

-Five-point day boosts Huberdeau’s confidence — and his Q rating. (Buzzing the Net)

-Swedes sloppy in rout of Latvia. (Postmedia News)

-Hats off to Team Canada, goalie Mark Visentin. (Globe & Mail)

-Canada Finishes off Finland in Opening Game. (The Hockey Writers)

-Scrutiny Surrounds US Defenceman Jon Merrill. (The Hockey Writers)

-USA, Canada win big in world junior openers. (Associated Press)

-WJC Day One: Russia Blanks Switzerland; US, Canada Win Big. (Tonight’s Healthy Scratches)

-2012 WJC: USA vs. Denmark Reviewed. (The United States of Hockey)

-US wins by 8 despite intentionally mediocre effort. (The Sleeping Giant)

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Written by Christian A. | 27 December 2011



The Islanders fell to the New York Rangers, 3-0, at Madison Square Garden Monday night. The Rangers and Islanders were scoreless through one period of play before the Rangers went on the offensive. At 5:14 of the second period Carl Hagelin opened the scoring for the Rangers. The game would remain a one-goal game until 6:32 of the third when Carl Hagelin notched his second goal of the game. Marian Gaborik scored an empty net goal at 17:32 to secure the win.

The Islanders next game is against the Calgary Flames at the Nassau Coliseum.

-Kevin DeLury wraps things up from a Rangers perspective. (The New York Rangers Blog)

-Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov makes 28 saves in solid effort, but Isles can't rally for a win. (New York Islanders)

-Rangers top Isles, 3-0, and lead conference. (Newsday)

-Rangers shut out Islanders, move into first in East. (New York Post)

-Henrik Lundqvist and Blueshirts blank NY Islanders. (NY Daily News)

-NY Islanders go down fighting to NY Rangers, but team is sliding as season wears on. (NY Daily News)

-Rangers' Hagelin scores 2, Lundqvist blanks Islanders. (Associated Press)

-Rangers 3 EN, Islanders 0. (Islanders Point Blank)

-Nobody score, nobody get wins. (Lighthouse Hockey)

-Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Islanders 0. (ESPN New York)

-Two goals for Hagelin, 38th career shutout for Lundqvist. (ESPN New York)

-How Lundqvist Stole The Islanders Christmas. (NY Sports Day)

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Written by Christian A. | 26 December 2011



The Islanders will face the New York Rangers for the second time in four days. The Islanders, who’ve dropped their last two games, will look to turn their misfortunes around and stay in the hunt for the playoffs.

The Rangers won last Thursday’s contest against the Islanders, 4-2, at Madison Square Garden. Brandon Dubinsky scored the games opening goal to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead at 14:53 of the first period. PA Parenteau tied the game 18 seconds into the second period on the power play. The Rangers were able to regain the lead when Marian Gaborik and Michael Del Zotto each scored to make it 3-1 Rangers. Matt Moulson capitalized on the power play at 8:29 of the third period to cut the lead to one goal. The Rangers secured the win when John Mitchell scored an empty net goal with less than two minutes left in the game.

The Rangers are in the midst of a four game winning enter tonight’s match with wins over the Coyotes, Devils, Islanders and Flyers.

The Rangers will likely send Henrik Lundqvist to guard the net tonight. Lundqvist is 22-11-5 in 39 games against the Islanders and has a 2.22 goals against average. He also has three shutouts against the Islanders.

The Islanders enter tonight’s game off a 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Evgeni Nabokov will likely start in net tonight against the Rangers.  In 11 game Nabokov is 2-7-0 this season. He has 2.85 goals against average and .907 save percentage. Nabokov is five wins away from reaching his 300th career win.

The Rangers lead the season series 2-1. Following tonight’s game these two teams will face each other two more times; at the Nassau Coliseum on February 24 and again on March 11.

Pre-Game Reading:

-Want to know what’s up with the New York Rangers? Make sure to check the New York Rangers Blog for all the latest info (The New York Rangers Blog)

-The Rangers blue line could be getting several players back in the coming week. (NY Post)

-More on the Rangers blue line (The Sporting News)

-The Rangers organizational depth has played a big part in their success. (WFAN)

-The trip to Winnipeg will be one Travis Hamonic and his family won’t soon forget. (Newsday)

-The Islanders have a tough road ahead of them. (Newsday)

-Has PA Parenteau been the Isles unsung hero this season? Rob McGowan thinks so. (The Checking Line)

-More praise for PA Parenteau. (WFAN)

-World Junior Championships start today. (Sports Illustrated)

-We’re still talking about Randy Cunneyworth not speaking French. (NY Times)

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Written by Christian A. | 24 December 2011



Last night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs was the latest blow to the Islanders hopes of gaining ground in the Eastern Conference standings. The Islanders sit 14th in conference and 11 points out a playoff spot with 49 games left to play. Though they’re not out of it by any means that could change quickly if they don’t turn things around when the NHL starts back up following the winter recess.

The 5-3 loss was a microcosm of the Islanders struggles all season; bad defensive play and an inability to find the back of the net. Throw in poor call by the officials and you may have found a theme for Islander games this season.

It’s safe to say that everyone watching the game was flabbergasted by the diving penalty assessed to John Tavares in a crucial juncture in the game. The penalty took the Islanders best player off the ice and killed the momentum the Islanders had at that point.

Of course this hasn’t been the only time the Islanders have been given the short end of the stick when it comes to penalties.

While poor officiating has played a factor in the past, it is in no way an excuse for why the Islanders have struggled.

33 games into the season the Islanders have been one of the worst teams when it comes to goal scoring. They’ve scored 75 goals as a team up to this point and are only averaging 2.27 goals for per game. The only team worse than them in that department is the Los Angeles Kings. To exacerbate the problem, Islander goal scoring has been limited to a select few players with others contributing on an inconsistent basis.

The Islanders top line of John Tavares, PA Parenteau and Matt Moulson have accounted for a majority of the teams goals this season. Moulson leads the team with 16 goals with Tavares second on the team with 11. The only other player to hit double digits for the Islanders is Michael Grabner with 10 goals so far.

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