Moulson Eventually Nets Overtime Winner to Helps the Islanders Win, 3-2

New York, NY - It may have taken video-review but Matt Moulson scored the overtime winner to help lead the New York Islanders (4-1-2) to the 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning (4-1-1) on Thursday night. And even though it is early in this 2010-11 season the Islanders now hold first place in a very tough Atlantic Division. Moulson who was originally credited with a goal at 1:56 in the overtime period with the review of the goal taking 10 minutes before the officials gave the Islanders both the goal and the victory. Also scoring for New York was Michael Grabner and P.A. Parenteau. Rick DiPietro had a solid performance in the victory tonight making 28 saves. Two of the more impressiv...
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Jurcina Scores Twice to Lead the Islanders to a victory over Colorado, 5-2

New York, NY - The New York Islanders (2-1-2) defeated the Colorado Avalanche (3-2-0) by the score of 5-2 on Saturday night. Milan Jurcina scored twice and Dwayne Roloson made 28 saves to help the Islanders in the victory. Also powering the Islanders offensively was Josh Bailey, Michael Grabner and John Tavares, who returned to the team after suffering from a concussion. The Avalanche who have been a very hot hockey team as of late, the Islanders were able to convert on opportunities that were handed to them. New York struck by taking a 1-0 lead when Bailey won a face-off in the Colorado zone and fed the puck to Jurcina. The defenseman then connected with a wicked slap shot got past...

Isles Force OT But Can't Get The W

The New York Islanders (1-1-2) lost 3-2 in OT tonight to give the Pittsburgh Penguins their first win at the Consol Energy Center. Alex Goligoski fired a shot passed a sprawled out DiPietro after Malkin's initial shot got re-directed in front, putting Rick in a difficult spot to get across the crease. DiPietro played well, making some impressive saves and kicking away 26 of 29 shots. The Islanders also allowed the Penguins to have seven power plays in regulation and were able to keep them off of the scoreboard. But the eighth power play would prove to be one to many as it was the difference maker for the Penguins in overtime. Speaking of one to many, the Islanders now have taken four...

Islanders Can’t Hold back the Capitals in the 2-1 loss

New York, NY - Rookie winger Nino Niederriter tallied the Islanders first goal of the game at 3:14 of the first period, but the New York Islanders (1-1-1) couldn’t hold back the Washington Capitals (3-1-0) as Alex Ovechkin and company roared back for a 2-1 victory over New York on Wednesday. The ‘Great Eight’ could not be contained scoring the game tying goal at the 18:19 mark of the second period as he connected on an assist by Nicklas Backstrom. The two would hook up again in the third as Backstrom cashed in on a pass from Ovechkin and helped to lead Washington to its third straight victory. For New York they could not only cash in on their power play opportunities but also too...

It's Game Time! Isles Open vs. Dallas

After months of summer filled with exciting playoff hockey and off-season moves, acquisitions, the draft and personnel changes, Islanders fans can rejoice with the drop of the puck tonight on Coliseum ice when they face-off against the Dallas Stars. The schedule is already working in favor for the Isles, as the Stars are coming off a 4-3 OT win against the New Jersey Devils that went down last night. Don't expect Gordon's crew to come out taking this game for granted; this is the home opener, and Rick DiPietro will be back in net for his first opening night in two seasons. Jack Hillen and Bruno Gervais are the two healthy scratches on defense, putting to rest all the questions on who...

Garth Snow Makes One Final Move Before Opening Night

Michael Grabner may not be the addition that most fans were expecting when injuries hit the New York Islanders line-up before opening night like a Dion Phaneuf hip-check, but he may turn out to be another successful move by the savvy GM. Grabner is a former first round pick by the Vancouver Canucks, having been taken by them with the 14th selection in the 2006 entry draft. The speedy right winger recently turned 23 as of yesterday and has the potential to flourish in Scott Gordon's system. Last year Grabner made his NHL debut with the Canucks and managed to play in 20 games, scoring 5 goals, 6 assists and 11 points. The organization decided to part ways with him after last season and ...

Misery Loves Company: Okposo Out Indefinitely

Just a few days after Islanders country learned that Mark Streit would be out for six months, likely missing all of if not close to the entire season, fans would also learn that Kyle Okposo will be out indefinitely with a torn labrum in his shoulder that will also require surgery. According to a tweet via Katie Strang of Newsday: "Okposo requires surgery to repair torn labrum in right shoulder, expected to miss 2-3 months." Streit may have a buddy with him up until at least December. In other news, the Islanders have signed former New Jersey Devil defenseman Mike Mottau to a two-year one-way contract worth $1.6 million. In 79 games played last season, the 32 year old d-man tall...

Streit Out Of Luck, D-Man To Miss Six Months Of Action

Just as fans were getting a taste of what the regular season might look like with James Wisniewski and Mark Streit paired together on the blue-line, the Isles number one defenseman would suffer an injury that would prevent him from finishing the Orange vs. Blue Scrimmage that was held yesterday at the Nassau Coliseum. In a game that featured most of the Islanders regular skaters in addition to a few prospects, Matt Moulson and Streit would come together along the boards with Streit receiving the worst of the exchange. He was forced to depart the ice and was later seen leaving the rink sporting a sling. Although the official announcement hasn't been made by the Islanders just yet, Katie S...

Sending A Message To Kabanov

(Special thanks to Cory Twibell for providing the photo in the rotator) Kirill Petrov is a forward that the Islanders have had the rights to now for as long as they have had Josh Bailey. When Petrov was selected in the third round of the 2008 draft, it was understood that the Islanders might not see the potential power forward crack their NHL line-up for some time. He was just beginning a four-year contract with AK Bars in Russia, and their is no secret about how difficult it is to leave that country when you have already made a commitment to play for them. However, Petrov has stated consistently over and over again that he wants to play for the New York Islanders; that he would start...

Atlantic Division Preview

(Photo in rotator by valorfaerie via Flickr) When Neil Smith took over the GM reigns of the New York Islanders and Ted Nolan was preparing himself to set foot behind the bench, it seemed that the Atlantic Division would be one of the toughest ones in the league with the direction that all five teams were heading. A month later, Smith was out, Garth Snow was in, Pat Lafontaine quit and the Islanders were quickly becoming the laughing stock of the league. But even now a days, my prediction still stands. The division is gradually tightening up and still will be one of the toughest ones to compete against, more so in the very near future. Let's say a good two years. Typically I do...