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Written by Christian A. | 17 January 2012

John Tavares extended his point streak to 10 games and PA Parenteau had his first career multi-goal game in the Islanders 3-0 shutout of the Washington Capitals. The shutout was the teams first one against the Capitals since Tommy Salo did it on March 2, 1997.

The Islanders kept the Capitals to just 17 shots on goal in the game, while they managed to get 28 shots, three of which found their way into the net.

Karl Alzner was called for holding at the 11:17 mark of the first period, which allowed the Islanders their first power play of the game. Tavares scored less than a minute into the power play. Mark Streit directed a shot towards the stick of Tavares and Tavares directed the puck passed Tomas Vokoun. Parenteau put the Islanders ahead 2-0 6:05 into the second period. A bad Capitals turnover in the defensive zone created the Islander scoring opportunity. Parenteau scored his second goal of the game 12:38 into the third period and put the Isles up by three.

Islanders’ goaltender Evgeni Nabokov held his own stopping all 17.


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Written by Christian A. | 16 January 2012

The Islanders avoided the shutout, but were defeated by the Nashville Predators, 3-1, at the Nassau Coliseum. Three goals in the first period sunk the Islanders ship, though Islanders all-star John Tavares was able to extend his point streak to nine games.

The first period was one the Islanders did not look prepared to play. For the ninth time this season they let in a goal on the first shot of the game.  Sergei Kostitsyn ripped a shot past the glove of goaltender Kevin Poulin, who was playing in his first game in over a week, to give the Predators an early 1-0 lead. Matt Halischuk scored three minutes later on his teams second shot of the game. A miscommunication between the Islanders allowed Nashville’s third goal of the game at the 11:37 mark. Martin Erat drew Poulin the right side of the net, to compensate for missed defensive coverage, and Erat feed David Legwand who easily put the puck in the net.

The Islanders were outshot in the first period, 12-6, and eventually got better chances later in the period.

Midway through the second period the Islanders had a five on three power play opportunity. They were able to put the pressure on, but Pekka Rinne was able to stand tall and, with the help of his penalty killers, keep the Islanders off the board.

The Islanders would remain without a goal until the 16:02 mark of the period. John Tavares redirect a shot past Rinne to break the shutout, but it would be too little, too late.

In the end it was a sloppy first half to open the game that hurt the Islanders. The team did not look ready to come out and play until after the Predators scored the third goal. Kevin Poulin was clearly still working off some of the rust he had from not playing in over a week. The first goal was one that he’d want to have back. After the first he looked more comfortable and the team overall played well after that first period. They finished the game outshooting Nashville 37-32, but could not find a way to beat one of the top goaltenders in the league.

One of the few good things to come out of the game was that Tavares was able to continue his points streak. He will look to make it a 10 game streak tomorrow night when the Islanders take on the Washington Capitals.

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Written by Christian A. | 15 January 2012

Uniondale, NY --
Evgeni Nabokov secured his 300th career win on an already special night when the Islanders organization inducted Pat Flatley into the team’s hall of fame. Michael Grabner scored the go ahead goal at the 16:57 of the third period and then secured the win scoring on an empty net.

“I guess it’s nice to have it in the pocket,” Nabokov said after the game about win 300. “But it’s not the biggest thing. I’m glad that it’s kind of behind us… hopefully many more [wins] in front of me.”

Win was nearly derailed when the officials called Mark Streit on a questionable delay of game penalty and awarded Thomas Vanek a penalty shot. Vanek’s shot beat Nabokov, but was stopped by the goal post.

“Well I didn’t really stop it,” Nabokov said about the penalty shot. “The post that stopped it, but I’d like to say that the only area was open was my post.” 

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Written by Christian A. | 13 January 2012

Updated 10:07 AM: The Islanders released a statement confirming reports that Dipietro will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia. It is abdominal surgery and will sideling him for 10 weeks, according to the team.

Dipietro has also been suffering from Knee swelling.

Original Post: Newsday’s Arthur Staple is reporting that Rick Dipietro will under surgery Tuesday to repair a sports hernia.

The news is the latest setback for the Islanders former number one overall pick. Staple suggests that this will likely sideline Dipietro for the remainder of the season, but notes the best-case scenario would be an April return. The surgery will be his sixth surgery since 2008.  Dipietro has only appeared in 47 games since the beginning of the 2008-09 season.

Dipietro also shot down rumors that he has been considering retirement. He told Newsday, "Nothing like that has even crossed my mind... I know I can play."

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Written by Christian A. | 12 January 2012

Uniondale, NY --
The Islanders will look to end their streak of bad luck against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight when the two division rivals meet at Nassau Coliseum.

The Flyers have been known to have the upper hand over the Islanders whenever the two clubs meet. It’s a bit of ironic timing, since the Islanders last game was against an opponent, the Detroit Red Wings, that the Islanders had the upper hand.

Last time the Flyers and Islanders met, the Islanders lost 4-3 in overtime on Thanksgiving eve. That game saw the Islanders take 3-1 lead after the first period off two goals from Kyle Okposo, his first two goals of the season, as well as a goal from Michael Grabner. However, the Flyers tied the game with a power play goal in the second period and a go in the third period. Danny Briere won the game for Philadelphia 2:34 into the overtime period.

Coming into tonight’s game Islanders head coach Jack Capuano knows the Islanders need approach the game the same way they approached the game against Detroit.

“Well we have to approach this game the same way we approached the last one and the way we approached all our games,” Capuano said at the team’s morning skate. “Making sure that our guys are prepared to play. We know the tendencies of what Philly is gunna do, but it’s going to come down to the desire and hard work.”

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Written by Christian A. | 12 January 2012

Uniondale, NY --
John Tavares has officially been named the Islanders lone NHL All-Star game representative.

Speculation prior to the announcement that he would indeed be named to the all-star team, especially after the way he has been play of late. Tavares currently leads the team in scoring with 39 (14 goals, 25 assists) and has been major force on the ice creating scoring chances for his teammates.

Tavares was not too hung up on whether he would be named to the all-star team, but understands the honor that is playing in the NHL All-Star game.

“Well no question it’s a big honor,” Tavares said when asked about what it would mean to be an all-star. “I used to watch the game all the time growing up and always dreamed of being in the game. It’d be pretty cool to be an all-star at this level and represent the Islanders as well.”

Someone who is no stranger to the all-star festivities is 2009 Islanders All-Star and current captain Mark Streit.

“For me it was a huge honor,” Streit said when asked about his experience at the game. “The biggest honor you can imagine. It’s a great weekend. You see all the other great players from the league and obviously John played really well and outstanding.”

The NHL All-Star game will take place Sunday, January 29, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Written by Christian A. | 11 January 2012

Uniondale, NY -- Evgeni Nabokov moved one step closer to reaching his 300th career NHL victory Tuesday night, when he backstopped his team to a 5-1 win over the Red Wings. In fact the win was his 299th.

Nabokov stopped 23 shots in the win over Detriot and posted a .958 save percentage.  At times Nabokov was forced to make some tough saves against the Red Wings. Saves that included a diving save to block a shot from Valtteri Filppula during an early power play opportunity for the Red Wings.

“[Nabokov] was there for us tonight when we needed him,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said after the game. “He gave us a chance to win that game. Especially there in the first with a couple key saves.”

Islanders forward Kyle Okposo added, “he stood on his head. He made some great saves and that one goal that got by him was a high tip, tough play to stop, and other than that he was perfect.”

In his inaugural season as an Islander Nabokov has had an up and down year. Having to fight for ice time in the beginning of the year, due to a three-man goaltending rotation, and then struggling to get wins when he did start didn’t help. Though he did post solid numbers through his first ten starts, receiving neither a win nor loss in two appearances, and has been getting the results recently.

Through it all he’s posted a 6-10-0 record in 18 appearances for a 2.66 goals against average and .910 save percentage. Which are good for the second best goaltending stats on the Islanders roster.

Due to injuries to Al Montoya and Rick Dipietro, Nabokov has started the past 10 games for the Islanders. Nabokov said he liked playing a lot when asked about it after the game.

The increased playing time has allowed Nabokov to inch closer to win number 300. Nabokov could potentially reach that milestone at the Nassau Coliseum Thursday night should he start against the Philadelphia Flyers.  However the Islanders recently called up Kevin Poulin and he’s expected to get some playing time in order to give Nabokov a rest. And after the game there was some indication that Nabokov’s rest may just come next game.

“He’s played a lot of hockey,” Capuano said when asked if Nabokov will go against the Flyers. “That’s something that we’ll talk to our goalie coach and our coaches and reevaluate that tonight after the game and go from there.”

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