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Written by Christian A. | 12 December 2011

The Islanders returned Kevin Poulin to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers yesterday. Poulin did not see any game action in the week he spent as Al Montoya’s back up.

The move appears to be a precursor to the return of Evgeni Nabokov, who has been on injured reserve retroactively since November 17 with a groin injury. Prior to the injury he was 1-5-0 with a .910 save percentage in eight appearances.

The goaltending trio the Islanders had will, for the time being, return to a more conventional goaltending duo of Al Montoya and Evgeni Nabokov.

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Written by Christian A. | 11 December 2011

Uniondale, NY --
The Islanders six game point streak came to an end last night with a sobering 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins James Neal tied the game twice before his team wrestled control of the game away from the Islanders. They were also assisted by a controversial penalty called against Travis Hamonic; a five-minute major elbowing and a game misconduct.

The play in question occurred at the 7:35 mark of the second period with the Islanders already on the penalty kill. Orpik passes the puck off to a teammate and Travis Hamonic gives Orpik a shove. Incidentally from the shove by Hamonic, Orpik hits himself in the face with his own stick. 

The refs called Hamonic for elbowing gave him a five-minute major, a game misconduct and sent him to the dressing room.

“It was a joke, that’s how I saw it,” Marke Streit said about the call after the game. “I mean it’s ridiculous, but referees make mistakes too and we just gotta keep working.”

Hamonic was visible frustrated with the call after the game as well. He told reporters that that was a play he wouldn’t have even been credited with a hit.

“You watch the play and I skate by him and I make minimal contact with the opposing player,” he said still upset over the call. “He hits himself in the forehead with his own stick and he goes down and he’s bleeding. Next thing you know five minute major and I’m kicked out of the game. Tough call to make in those circumstances I guess.”

Hamonic, Streit and Islanders head coach all said they were not given an explanation regarding the penalty.

“I was just told to leave the rink because I had a five-minute major,” Hamonic explained. “You watch that replay and in my opinion that was a terrible call. I didn’t hit him, that wasn’t a head check, that’s not my style of play…and I didn’t in any sort of way. I kept my elbows down, hit him right in the stomach and he follows through with himself with his own stick and hits himself in the forehead.”

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Written by Christian A. | 10 December 2011

I ask everyone to head over to NHL Hot Stove and check out my latest piece on the Islanders recent resurgence. The story includes quotes from Isles head coach Jack Capuano, PA Parenteau and Steve Staios. To read the story click here

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Written by Christian A. | 06 December 2011

It was a memorable night for Tim Wallace and David Ullstrom as they both contributed in the Islanders 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Wallace was credited with his first point as an Islander and Ullstrom scored his first career NHL goal at the 3:39 mark of the third period.

The Islanders came into the game without Jay Pandolfo and Michael Grabner, who are both sidelined with respective injuries. The injuries did not prevent them from rolling over the Lightning in a game that saw five different Islander players score.

It was the Lightning who opened up the scoring with a goal from Martin St Louis at the 6:55 mark of the first period. It would take the Islanders seven minutes after the Tampa goal to answer back. John Tavares scored from in front of the net to tie the game at one. Four minutes later, Matt martin made it a 2-1 lead scoring on a feed from Tim Wallace behind the net. The point would be Wallace’s first since January 1, 2009 and his first as a New York Islander.

The Isles added one more goal on the power play in the waning seconds of the period. Milan Jurcina finished an impressive tic-tac-toe play to score his first goal of the season and make it a 3-1 lead. Josh Bailey and Steve Staios were credited for the assists on the play.

The second period was a strong period for the Islanders, but they did not score during the period. The Isles and Lightning tied in shots (11) and had three power play opportunities during the period.

The third period saw the Islanders add two more goals to increase their lead. Ullstrom scored early in the third period off a drop pass from Josh Bailey. Matt Moulson scored his team leading 14th goal of the season on the power play to make it a 5-1 lead.

Al Montoya put on another solid performance stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced for a .958 save percentage.

The Islanders went three for three on the penalty kill against the Lightning and went two for five on the power play.
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Written by Christian A. | 06 December 2011

In case you missed today’s episode of the Power Play you can check out the podcasted version. On today’s episode we talked about the NHL realignment, the New York Rangers and the John Steigerwald’s accusation of Steroid use by Alexander Ovechkin.

Kevin DeLury of the New York Rangers Blog joined us at 5:15 and Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy joined us around 5:35.

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Written by Christian A. | 06 December 2011

In case you haven’t been tuning in tuning in, every Tuesday I host a hockey talk show, the Power Play, on WCWP Sports.org at 5 PM. The hour-long program consists of talk, between my co-host Jack Torrey and myself, regarding the New York Islanders, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, and the top stories in the NHL

Today we’ll be talking NHL realignment, discuss the New York Rangers loss to the Maple Leafs and preview tonight’s game between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Our special guest will be Kevin DeLury of the New York Rangers Blog. He will call in at 5:15 pm to discuss all things New York Rangers. We are also expecting Greg Wyshynski to call in around 5:30 to discuss NHL realignment.

The Show starts at 5 PM and goes to 6 PM. Click here to listen in or visit www.wcwpsports.org and click the listen live button.

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Written by Christian A. | 05 December 2011

The Islanders announced the emergency recall of Kevin Poulin and Tim Wallace. The two have been called up from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in response to injures to Andrew MacDonald and Jay pandolfo. Both have been placed on injured reserve retroactively from Nov. 29 and Nov. 26 respectively.

Poulin has appeared in 13 games for the Sound Tigers with a 3.37 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. He also went 4-2-0 last season with the Islanders in 10 games with the club.  It’s hard to see Poulin getting too much action while he is here. Montoya has been on fire during his last starts and Poulin is still young, where you don’t want to rush him or throw him right into things.

Wallace comes to the NHL as one of the Sound Tigers top offensive threats. He leads the team with 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 24 games. Wallace has played 24 games in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins and joined the Isles as a free agent this past off-season. Wallace will surely make his Islanders debut tomorrow night when they host the Tampa Bay at the Coliseum.

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