Live Blog From Nassau Coliseum 4/6/2010

Live Blog: Habs @ Isles - Nassau Coliseum - Click here for George Prax's preview. Tonight the New York Islanders will be hosting the Montreal Canadiens in their second-to-last home game of the season. Martin Biron will get another start between the pipes to continue his personal record of 6-0-2 over the past eight games. The Islanders were recently eliminated from the playoff race; even if the Isles continue to win their remaining four games and the Flyers lose all of the games left in their season, both teams would be tied in points. However, the Islanders would have less wins. Thus, the Isles are officially out of contention. So let the debate begin...are these wins meaning...
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The Reason Hockey Players Are Great Athletes

Hockey players are some of the most athletic, flexible and well-built athletes in professional sports. Not only are they trained in strength and endurance, but they also have to have the ability to skate; a skill that is not easy to acquire. Think about it: hockey players add the skills they develop with their hands to the use of a hockey stick, and then combine speed, agility and accuracy with the element of skating as opposed to running, which is an unnatural act. But this is not why hockey players are some of the best athletes in the world. The Isles had plenty of visitors in attendance this past Saturday for their matinee game against the Ottawa Senators. Yes, I did attempt to do...

Live Blog From Nassau Coliseum 4/3/2010

Hello everyone! I will be returning to the blog box for this afternoon Islander's match-up against the Ottawa Senators. Although I have been going to many games over the past month, this will be my first one back in section 201 after a brief hiatus of remembering what it was like to sit in the stands as a fan. But today I return to the keyboard to give you up close details of the Isles Saturday matinee. Welcome back, Andy. The Isles will be greeting former blue liner Andy Sutton, the 6'6 defenseman that was traded to Ottawa for San Jose's second round pick in this summer's upcoming draft. He became an Islander fan-favorite but was dealt in order to help the Isles future. It will be in...

Lack Of Experience Leads To Isles Loss

Last night the Islanders faced off against the New York Rangers for the last time this season at Nassau Coliseum, losing 4-3 in regulation. After a strong start where the Islanders scored a power play goal early and then added to it with another tally before the end of the first twenty minutes, the Isles would come out flat in the second and fail to connect on a 5-on-3 opportunity. The second period belonged to the Rangers and it became too difficult for Head Coach Scott Gordon's squad to regain control. "There were things there for us in the second period to build on. We didn't take advantage of it," said Gordon. The power play was also negated by a few broken sticks, but a few errant p...

Will Garth Snow Open The Wallet?

The 'we'll be better next year' mantra has already started on Long Island. The season has 8 games remaining on 2009-2010, and the Islanders have almost solidified themselves with either a top-3 or top-5 pick in this year's upcoming draft. Throw in to the mix that Rick DiPietro has yet to play another game, allowing many to assume that his come back year may be shut down prematurely, forcing his resurgence to take on another season. This team should be better next year. I believe they will be. I will go as far as saying that this Islanders team should make the playoffs next year, probably at the 7th or 8th seed. But that talk will have to wait until the summer. Many critics who did not...

Frustrating Theme Leads To Frustrating Loss

Frustrating. That about sums up how the Isles and head coach Scott Gordon felt after last night's collapse to the Anaheim Ducks. Gordon was so frustrated that when MSG Network's Rob Carlin questioned him about the team's third period let downs throughout the year, he walked away without giving an answer during the live post-game show. That can be seen as a sign of a coach that was just ticked off and did not want to answer any more questions, or it could have been a coach that simply did not have an answer. The rule that the Isles are 'a young team that will make mistakes' is starting to wear thin. These are the closing games of the second year of a rebuild - that excuse won't cut it any...

Isles Send Gold Medalist Goalie To The Bench, Silence Vancouver Media

Put that as your headline, Vancouver. Last night the Islanders visited the Canucks and defeated them 5-2, ending their seven game home winning streak. John Tavares exploded with a five point effort, a new career high that paved the way for the win. The Islanders started the game with a very strong first period, coming away with a 2-0 lead on eight shots. The goals came from defenseman Dylan Reese with his first of his career and John Tavares, his second goal in the past four games. The Islanders were led by Tavares' work ethic throughout the first twenty minutes, having drawn a power play, setting up Reese's shot, and scoring a goal of his own. It was clear that John wanted to do ever...

Comeau Coming Along Nicely

There was a point in the season when #57 would not be seen on the ice, but over a recent stretch that extends beyond the Olympic break, Blake Comeau has been finding a way to make each of his shifts count. He currently has 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points, a new career high in all three categories. Those may not be top-six forward numbers, but Comeau has emerged as an effective depth player on the Islanders roster. Many have wondered if Comeau is exactly the type of player that Gordon could utilize on the ice as there were many games he was a healthy scratch. He even started last season in Bridgeport, allowing many to question his attitude. However the only attitude that Isles f...

Doug Weight Out For Remainder Of The Year

As the Isles playoff hopes became more and more of a dream rather than a reality, the team decided to do what's best for one of the most respected leaders in the game. Team Captain Doug Weight will miss the remainder of the season with surgery in his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum and torn rotator cuff. He had been battling the injuries since November. "If Thursday was my last game I have no regrets," Weight said, as tweeted by Newsday reporter Katie Strang this morning. Doug did miss some time this season due to these injuries, having only played 36 games to muster up 1 goal and 16 assists on the year. "I couldn't finish a check, take a check, handle the puck," Weight told Str...

Two Points Fly By As Isles Still Have Growing Pains

If the Islanders were looking to make a statement, tonight was the night. If the Isles were looking to prove that they were due for a win on the road as they have lost their last seven road games in a row, tonight was the night. If the Isles really wanted to end a 14-game losing streak against the Philadelphia Flyers, tonight was the night. If the Isles wanted to win in an arena other than Madison Square Garden that belonged to their Atlantic Division rivals, tonight was the night. I guess they didn't want any of these things as much as say, I wanted them too. At the start of this game the Islanders were 9 points out of the playoffs. To their dismay, the Bruins managed to pick up a p...