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Written by Christian A. | 06 February 2012

The Islander have called up defensemen Aaron Ness this morning, after they lost Travis Hamonic and Milan Jurcina suffered injuries in the previous two games. Hamonic is out for two weeks with a broken nose and Jurcina is out with an elbow laceration.

Ness is expected to make his season debute against the Flyers tomorrow night. This season has two goals and 15 assists for 17 points this season for the Sound Tigers.

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Written by Christian A. | 05 February 2012

Uniondale, NY --
The Islanders lost Travis Hamonic for the next two weeks after he took a puck to the face early in the third period.

5:21 into the Third, Hamonic went down lying on the ice momentarily as a pool of blood formed below him. Team trainers quickly rushed over to him and helped him off the ice. He was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery to repair a broken nose and received stitches.

The loss of the 21 year old, who has been one of the Islanders top defensemen this season, Could not have come at a worse time. The Islanders have games against Philadelphia, who’ve always give them problems, along with games against Montreal, LA, Winnipeg, St. Luis and Carolina.  Not the easiest of matchups.

Hamonic’s absence was noticeable in the third period during last night’s loss to the Sabres and may have contributed to the loss.

“It definitely hurts,” PA Parenteau said about the loss of Hamonic last night. “Travis is one of our best defensemen, there’s no doubt about that, but we have to bear down. We can’t use that as excuses, but he’s one of our best defensemen and it hurt us down the stretch. Especially play back-to-back nights like that.”

“I think when you play back to back and a guy that plays key minutes for us against key opposition and their top lines definitely had a play in [the game’s outcome],” Isles head coach Jack Capuano said about the loss of Hamonic. “

The Islanders will not have Hamonic back until at least February 20 against the Ottawa Senators.

Islanders Still Believe They Can Make the Playoffs

Uniondale, NY -- Even after they had lost to the Sabres last night, the Islanders still believed they could make a run at the postseason.

“Of course,” Al Montoya responded when asked about the topic. “We’re taking it day by day. Today we didn’t get the two, but we got the one. It’s important that we keep going forward and knowing what’s making us successful and doing the right things.

PA Parenteau, while upset over the loss, was optimistic that the team recent performance. He believes they are play with confidence.

“I feel pretty good about it,” He said about his team’s play. “I feel like we’re playing with confidence. Tonight maybe we ran out of gas a little bit, but I feel pretty confident. We played some pretty good hockey lately. The guys are feeling it and we got some good goaltending, so I feel pretty confident of our chances [at the postseason].”

The Islanders have 31 games left to play in the 2011-12 season and at this point in the season they do not have to many losses to give if the want to realistically have a playoff chance.

“We’re in this kind of position where every point is crucial,” said team captain Mark Streit. “Especially the next three to four weeks… This time of the year if you look at the standings one or two points could make the difference at the end of the season.”

The Islanders are 10 points behind the eighth place Toronto Maple Leafs and will need to go 17-10-4 in the remainder of the season to have a chance at the post season. They will also need to Toronto and/or Washington to taper off down the stretch.

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Written by Christian A. | 05 February 2012

Uniondale, NY --
The Islanders lost a crucial game to the Buffalo Sabres, 4-3, last night at Nassau Coliseum. After jumping ahead by two goals early in the game, Buffalo was able to close the gap and win in the shootout.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t come away with two points,” Al Montoya said after the game. “We knew it was going to be a tough weekend. We played well last night, coming in here against a good team, huge points on the line and we didn’t have many chance. And when we did we beard down and made them count. Just there is going to be momentum throughout the game.”

The Islanders did not start the first period the way they wanted to. They looked tired from having just played the night before. The Islanders managed to power through it and get the games opening goal. A bad give away behind the net allowed Michael Grabner to feed Frans Nielsen in front. Nathan Gerbe countered it with a goal for the Sabres four minutes later. Josh Bailey would put the Islanders back on top scoring off his own rebound just as an Islanders penalty was expiring. Frans Nielsen added his second goal of the night to make it a 3-1 Islander lead with 2:42 left if the first period.
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Written by Christian A. | 01 February 2012

John Tavares scored two goals and had two assist as the Islanders defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 at the RBC Center. Kevin Poulin stopped 21 shots for the Islanders and posted a .913 save percentage and moved to eight points out of a playoff spot.

The Islanders jumped on the board early after Jay Harrison was called for delay of game at the 5:14 mark. 35 seconds into the ensuing power play PA Perenteau fired a wrist shot past Cam Ward to make it a 1-0 Islanders lead. The score would remain the same until the second period. A hooking call Riley Nash gave the Islanders another power play opportunity, and at this point they had already had three previous chances.  Mark Streit had his shot deflected, by Jordan Staal, and it went right to Matt Moulson in the slot who fired it past Ward.

The Islanders maintained their 2-0 lead through the second period and were looking to close out the game in the third, the Hurricanes had other plans. 3:15 into the period Brent Sutter fired a backhand shot over Poulin and brought the Canes to within one. Three minutes later they struck again, this time on the power play. A mad scramble in front of the net forced Poulin out of position and Tim Brent was able to wrap around behind the net and put the puck in off an Islander defenseman’s skate to tie the game.

The Hurricanes seemed to have gained the momentum, but less than a minute later it was John Tavares to the rescue, giving his team the lead once again. Ward played the puck poorly, allowing Matt Moulson to grab the puck and quickly get a pass over to Tavares who buried the shot. The Islanders added two empty net goals by Kyle Okposo and Tavares to seal the win.

Below are links to some of the morning links.

Isles get much-needed win behind Tavares - Newsday

Islanders defeat Hurricanes; four points for Tavares - Associated Press

Tavares Picks Up Where He Left Off - NYIFYI

Tavares continues his dominance in Isles win over ‘Canes - Eye on Isles

Tavares with 4 Points, Poulin 21 Saves - Lighthouse Hockey

ISLANDERS 5 (2 EN), HURRICANES 2 - Islanders Point Blank

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Written by Christian A. | 31 January 2012

It’s official. The Islanders are headed to Brooklyn, well for one game at least.

The team announced earlier today that they will play a preseason game against the New Jersey Devils, on October 2, at the Barclays Center. The game will be the first NHL contest to take place in the New York City Borough. Presumable, it will also be the first sporting event to take place at the state of the art arena.

“We’re extremely excited to play the first NHL game in the new, state-of-the-art Barclays Center,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said in a statement.  “We already have some of the most passionate fans in the league supporting our young team, and we are looking forward to expanding our base into Brooklyn.”

The announcement confirms a WFAN report that came out earlier this month.

“We feel Brooklyn is an untapped hockey market that offers the Islanders with an exciting opportunity to grow its fan base,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said in a statement. “Barclays Center will also afford current Islander fans with great accessibility, as the Long Island Rail Road and nine subway lines will come directly to the arena at the Atlantic Terminal transit hub.”

Yormark, who is the brother of Florida Panthers President Michael Yormark, told Newsday’s Arthur Staple, "It will be good for the Islanders to see what playing in a state of the art venue feels like."

Nassau Coliseum has not been a state of the art arena since it opened back in 1972 and has only become more dilapidated as time has progressed.  Continues problems such as leaks and outdoor weather conditions affecting the building have been continuous problems.

Newsday’s Randi marshal quoted Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as saying, “I hope their experience in Brooklyn reaffirms why they should be playing hockey in Nassau County.”

It’s hard to say that the Islanders have felt the love from Nassau County over the past few years. Repeated attempts to get approval for Charles Wang’s Lighthouse Project fell apart due to town politics and Nassau voters rejected a referendum, this past summer, that would have allowed the county to borrow $350 million to build a new arena.

Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn Borough President, is excited to have the Islanders in his borough, even it is for just one night, and hopes to show why Brooklyn would be the perfect place for the Isles to call home.

“I am thrilled that the Islanders and the Devils will be facing off on center ice at the new Barclays Center,” He told Islanders Hockey Blog via email. “I hope it sends a clear message to Islanders owner Charles Wang that Brooklyn is the only place they should consider moving the team—and put everyplace else on ice. As I have said over and over again, the Islanders belong in Brooklyn, we’ve got lots of hockey fans and we can even let them keep their name, since we’re physically part of Long Island. And I stand by my promise that if they come here, I will personally take the first spin in the Zamboni.” 

(Will have more as the story develops, but leave your thoughts on this latest development. Would moving the Islanders to Brooklyn work?)

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Written by Christian A. | 30 January 2012

The Islanders have recalled Kevin Poulin and Rhett Rakhshani from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and simultaneously placed Marty Reasoner on injured reserved this afternoon.

Reasoner has been place on IR retroactive to January 6 with a broken hand.

Rakhshani has played in 27 games, scoring nine goals and 16 assists. He also represented Bridgeport in the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic and was named to the AHL All-Rookie First Team. And Kevin Poulin has spent time backing up for Evgeni Nabokov, while Al Montoya had been injured. He appeared in two NHL games this season, losing in both appearances.

Big question coming from this call is, what’s the deal with Al Montoya? He started against the Maple Leafs last Tuesday and seemed to be healthy.  There could be a possibility that he is still suffering some effects of his previous injury.

Will update as story develops.

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Written by Christian A. | 29 January 2012

John Tavares made quit the impression during All-Star weekend. Having the chance to showcase his skills during the skills competition on Saturday and the scoring a goal and assist during the All-Star tonight.

Tavares, partaking in his first career All-Star weekend, scored 13:49 into the first period to tie the game at three. Tavares was able to get a rebound, as the puck just sat nearly parallel to the net, and put it into a virtual empty net.

“I had a few great opportunities early and I got a flukey one,” Tavares, who is the first Islander to score a goal at an All-Star game since Adrian Aucoin, told the Islanders website. “I passed it out from behind the net to Weber and he shot it. It hit one of the defensemen on Chara’s team in front and then it lay right beside the goal. It was probably one of the easiest I’ve ever put in. I’ll take it, that’s for sure.”

In the third period Tavares assisted on Milan Michalek’s goal. He made a quick move behind the net to switch directions and get the pass over to Michalek.

“It was nice to get the hometown boys on the score sheet,” he said. “I saw the goalie cheating, standing on the short-side post, so I just went back to him (Michalek) and was happy to set him up for one.”

The Islanders forward will return to his team and try and fight to keep them in the playoff hunt, but Tavares can head back to Long Island knowing he definitely made his mark on the All-Star weekend.

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