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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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Written by Christian A. | 28 January 2012

Islanders All-Star John Tavares participated in the breakaway challenge during tonight’s NHL All-Star Skills Competition. While Tavares’s first attempt was less than stellar, he mad up for it in the second and third attempts. During his second attempt Tavares managed to lift the puck up and bat it out of the air, while goaltender Carey Price was “Tebowing.”

In case you missed it, here are Tavares’s two attempts courtesy of Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank.





And if you wanna watch the entire breakaway challenge again here you go!

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Written by Christian A. | 28 January 2012



NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is still optimistic that a new arena will be built in Nassau County. Bettman, who is Ottawa for All-Star Weekend, told Newsday he would “find it hard to believe” a deal will not be worked out to replace or refurbish Nassau Coliseum.

“I find it hard to believe that there won’t be a solution to that building situation,” he said to Newsday following a press conference. “Long Island deserves a new building, not just for hockey, but for concerts and family shows and the like. And I’ve got to believe the people in charge of those things will tend to it in due course.”

During the aforementioned press conference the sharks were circling a struggling NHL franchise, luckily for Islander fans it was the Coyotes they had in their sights. With many French Canadian reporters asking about the league owned franchise and the prospects of Quebec City regaining a franchise.

Bettman’s comments are nothing new and echo similar comments made during previous discussions about the Nassau Coliseum situation.

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Written by Christian A. | 27 January 2012

Today was NHL All-Star media day up in Ottawa and John Tavares made the rounds. Including sitting down to chat with NHL Network.

In all honesty it was not one of the greatest interviews, the female host thought Tavares still had his 12 game point streak intact and mistakenly thought he was on Team Chara. However, John did discuss how he nearly arrived late for the draft and revealed he’ll be doing the break away challenge during tomorrow night’s skills competition.

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