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Alan Quine finds NHL foothold at most precious Isles moment

TAMPA, Fla. — Alan Quine was sitting there, shaking his head, smiling. “No,” he kept saying. “I couldn’t have expected it.” The 23-year-old Islanders forward is in a rare place as the team gets into its second-round series against the Lightning. He is in the realm of folk hero, a minor-league call-up who turns into...
Via New York Post
4 hours ago

Islanders coach Jack Capuano takes puck to face, watches team win (VIDEO)

New York Islanders' Jack Capuano may want to ask his equipment manager to bring an extra helmet for Game 2 of his team's second round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning after the head coach was nailed in the face with a puck during the opening matchup. Capuano was forced to leave the bench after a puck deflected from the ice and hit him directly in the face. But what might have...
Via The Other Paper
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Shane Prince, John Tavares power the Islanders to Game 1 win

TAMPA, Fla. -- Shane Prince scored twice during a three-goal first period and John Tavares had a goal and an assist in the New York Islanders' 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.Taking up where he left off in helping the Islanders advance beyond the first round for the first time in 23 years, Tavares assisted...
Via Associated Press
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Islanders coach Jack Capuano takes puck to face

It’s not that rare to see hockey players leave a game with an injury, but it’s rarer to see that happen to the head coach. That’s what happened to New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano in the third period of their second-round series opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night, though. A puck traveling through the neutral zone took a deflection and went into...
Via The Comeback
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Islanders get ready for Lightning

The New York Islanders returned to practice ahead of their series opener with the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Via SNY
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Islanders-Lightning matchups: The deciding factor in Game 7

TAMPA, Fla. — The Islanders have won a playoff series for the first time in 23 years, beating the Atlantic Division-winning Panthers in six heart-pounding games. Now they’re faced with the unfamiliar task of trying to make it two series victories in a row, a task that also last happened in 1993, when they made...
Via New York Post
1 day ago

Islanders have been Tavares' team from day he was drafted

The New York Islanders have been John Tavares' team from the moment he was the No. 1 overall pick seven years ago. After enduring four losing seasons in his first five, the captain has led the team to consecutive playoff appearances and gave the rabid fans the signature playoff victory they've been craving for 23 years. Tavares says the Islanders aren't done yet. ''We want to keep...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

NHL postseason Round 2 quick hits: Lightning vs. Islanders

VitalsNew York: 45-27-10 regular season, 4-2-0 in six games played in Round 1Tampa Bay: 46-31-5 regular season, 4-1-0 in five games played in Round 1Season SeriesNew York took the three-game series 2-1, with Thomas Greiss getting both wins for the Isles.Playoff HistoryThe only time these teams met in the playoffs, Tampa Bay beat New York in five games in the first round in 2004....
Via Yardbarker
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Islanders: Stats Behind The Victory

The Islanders are going to the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 23 years. We have compiled some statistics to help you relive the excitement that was the six game series with the Panthers. (H/t to Isles’ statistician Eric Hornick for compiling many of the statistics repeated on the broadcast and therefore here). The Islanders played back-to-back...
Via Islanders Insight
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Five Greatest Playoff Moments For These Islanders

The first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs is complete and the New York Islanders are advancing. The Stanley Cup remains the ultimate goal and the ultimate prize, but after twenty-three years of futility the New York Islanders and their fan base deserve at least one day to pause and celebrate. In fact, they should probably celebrate for awhile. For years, if you were an Islanders’...
Via Islanders Insight
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: John Tavares leads Islanders past Panthers

John Tavares, Frans Nielsen, and Jack Capuano meet the media after the New York Islanders beat the Florida Panthers to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1993.
Via SNY
3 days ago  |  Discuss

NY Islanders win first playoff series since 1993

Captain John Tavares’ game-winning goal in double-overtime of Game 6 propelled the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers Sunday night that clinched their first playoff series victory since beating the Penguins in the 1993 Patrick Division(!) Finals. The end of ridiculously long droughts allows for one of our favorite parlor games at Rumors and Rants (or, for...
Via Rumors and Rants
3 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Islanders’ Three Keys To Victory

The Islanders are 60 minutes away from breaking the longest playoff series win drought in the NHL. Here is what will give the Islanders a date with the Lightning next week. 1. SPECIAL TEAMS The Islanders have been winning the special teams battle, and it hasn’t been close. The Islanders are 5-18 (27.77%) on the power play. The Panthers on the other hand are 2-18 (11.11%). The Isles...
Via Islanders Insight
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Islanders on brink of ending 23-year playoff drought

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano knows he doesn't need to say a lot to motivate his players. Coming off a grueling double-overtime win in the last game, the Islanders have a chance to accomplish something the franchise hasn't done in 23 years: Win a playoff series. ''I think the guys know exactly how they have to play,'' Capuano said. ''It's a situation where we're not going...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL opening round quick hits: Panthers vs. Islanders

VitalsFlorida: (47-26-9) 1st in Atlantic DivisionNew York: (45-27-10) 4th in Metropolitan DivisionSeason SeriesThe Panthers won two of the three meetings between the two teams this season.Looking at the MatchupThe Isles enter these playoffs with a bevy of injuries. They will have to start the first round without starting netminder Jaroslav Halak, and it has not yet been determined...
Via Yardbarker
14 days ago  |  Discuss
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