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Written by Christian A. | 11 January 2012

Uniondale, NY -- During Tuesday night’s 5-1 drubbing of the Detroit Red Wings Islander head coach Jack Capuano took an oddly timed timeout with 20 seconds left on the game clock.

Though Red Wings coach Mike Babcock did not address the late time out call, he was not too happy with Capuano’s decision in the heat of the moment.

(Video courtesy of Islanders Point Blank)

After the game Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank asked Capuano why he called a timeout so late in the game. ‘

“Our top guys were tired,” Capuano responded. No disrespect to their team or their coach, but the bottom line is Kyle and [Moulson] and Johnny played a real good game tonight. They were tired, they iced the puck and when you’re fatigued injures takes place. That’s the exact reason I called that timeout and I’d do it again if I had the chance. Give those guys a little bit of a breather to get back out in the last 20 seconds of that game.”

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Written by Christian A. | 11 January 2012

Uniondale, NY --
The Islanders dominance over the Detroit Red Wings continued Tuesday night. They defeated Detroit 5-1 with two goals from Matt Moulson as well as goals from John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and Michael Grabner.

“Well I think with and without the puck it was a good game for us,” Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said after the game. “We tracked the puck hard and we had good sticks. I thought defensively we were sound. They’re a good team that gets extended zonetime, we knew they would get their chances, but I really liked our battle level tonight. I thought we elevated our battle level defensively and it was a good group effort tonight.”

The Islander defense maintained the Red Wings to the outside, even though Detroit managed to garner several chances, the Islanders managed to clear the shoot and passing lanes and clear away any rebounds in front of the net.

“I thought our D did a good job containing on the outside and letting [Nabokov] see the pucks from the outside,” Capuano added. “Tonight if you look at the game plan we executed in a lot of areas and that was the key for us tonight, our execution.”

The Islanders started off the scoring late in the first period on a power play opportunity.  Brad Stuart took was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and roughing penalty at the 17:59 mark. Matt Moulson attempted to pass to John Tavares, who was streaking towards the net, and instead caught the skate blade of a Red Wings defender and ended up in the net.
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Written by Christian A. | 09 January 2012

After a poor finish to a three game road trip, the Islanders may be getting some good news.

Goaltender Al Montoya and forward David Ullstrom are scheduled to practice with the team today according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple. Both have been out since December 21 with concussions suffered during a game against the Winnipeg Jets.

According to the report, Montoya will not be ready in time for Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Red Wings at Nassau Coliseum and the team may call up Bridgeport goaltender Kevin Poulin. Poulin has been a roll as of late, posting three consecutive shutouts for the Islanders farm team and set an organizational record.

Anders Nilsson has played back up to Evgeni Nabokov for the past two weeks due to injuries to Montoya and Rick Dipietro. Nilsson’s only start of the season was against the Pittsburg Penguins back on November 21. He allowed 5 goals against in game remembered for the return of injured Penguins start Sidney Crosby.

Nabokov has started eight consecutive games and could use a night or two off. If Poulin is called expect him to get a start or two.

Ullstrom played 14 games before he was sidelined with a concussion. During that span Ullstrom scored two goals and had two assists for four points.

After a tough weekend for the Islanders this should be welcomed news for the team and the fanbase.

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Written by Christian A. | 07 January 2012

If you’ve ever been flipping through the channels, then you may have come across the prank show Scare Tactics. A show that puts prank victims in the middle of their worst nightmares only to have the actors reveal the prank by asking them, “are you scared?” Then going on to say, “well you shouldn’t be, cause you’re on Scare Tactics!”

It was seven years ago that hockey fans were in the middle of their worst nightmare when the league locked out its’ players and eventually cancelled the 2004-05 season. Now, with the CBA set to expire on September 15 and the league ready to begin negations with the NHLPA soon, an interesting turn of events has taken place that could impact negotiations between the league and the players association.

That turn of events, the NHLPA’s decision to reject plans for conference realignment.

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr cited several concerns about the realignment plan and the lack of transparency. Through a press release, Fehr stated that the concerns centered around whether the new conference realignment would increase and create more onerous travel. He also raised concern regarding the disparity of playoff chances between the small and larger divisions.

According to Fehr, the league was not too accommodating when the players association requested more information.

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Written by Christian A. | 05 January 2012

Jack Capuano made his prime time T.V debut tonight when he appeared on NBC Sports Network’s Charlie Moore: No Offense. It definitely gave fans a look at a different side of Jack Capuano and we even learned a few things about the Islanders head coach

Here is a list of a few things I learned about Capuano after watching him on No Offense.

  • Jack Capuano is a fan of Pizza Hut. Yes, Pizza Hut, the chain pizza restaurant that can barley be found on Long Island. We’ll let it slide since he was still in Maine in the segment. Having coached on Long Island for nearly two seasons I’m sure he knows good pizza by now.
  • Jack Capuano and his family have two small dogs. Not too sure of the breed, but they weren’t up to the manly standards of Charlie Moore.
  • Jack Capuano Hunts! That’s right, he had several deer heads mounted on his basemant wall. Better watch out NHL officials. Better not stiff the Islanders on any more calls or Jack might add your head to his collection.
  • The Islanders head coach enjoys his cigars.
  • Did you know Jack Capuano is Italian and he has great hair? If you didn’t, well now you know.
  • Jack Capuano said if he could add anything to the NHL he would add challenges. Not a bad idea if you ask me.

Not Capuano related, but still quite funny, Charlie Moore, a Massachusetts native, decided to wear Boston Bruins colored socks and a Boston Bruins jersey during when he participated in scrimmage game with the Islanders coaching staff and GM on the Nassau Coliseum Ice.

Moore didn’t quite make it on the ice with the Bruins jersey on, but did keep the socks on. Garth Snow, jokingly, took exception and was making Moore pay for it on the ice. At one point Snow laid out Moore near the end boards.

If you missed the show, then you missed out and I hope it will re-air on NBC Sports Network at some point.

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Written by Christian A. | 04 January 2012

The story of Jack Jablonski, a prep hockey star from Minnesota, has shocked and saddened the hockey community.

Jablonski was paralyzed after he was accidentally checked from behind during a Holiday Hockey Classic Tournament on Friday night against Wayzata (Minn.) High. The 16-year-old hockey star was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center and under went surgery this morning to fuse the damaged vertebrae he sustained during Friday’s game.

Since the news of Jablonski’s injury spread and outpouring of support has come from the hockey community. Current and former NHL players, coaches and owners have reached out the Jablonski family through the Caring Bridge page they set up in his name. Among those who’ve reached out is Islanders forward and Minnesota native Kyle Okposo.

Okposo wasn’t the only player with an Islander connection to reach out in support. Former Islander defensemen Jack Hillen and Zdeno Chara also left messages of support.


If you’d like to show your support for Jack Jablonski you can leave a message of support on his Caring Bridge page or make a donation to the Caring Bridge in his honor.

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Written by Christian A. | 04 January 2012

Defensemen Calvin de Haan will represent the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic.

Through 29 games with the Sound Tigers this season, de Haan has two goals and seven assists for nine points. He also made his NHL on December 15 at the Nassau Coliseum against the Dallas Stars. In the game de Haan found his comfort level, playing 16 shifts for a total of 13:01 of ice time.  He finished the game a plus-1.

Below is a video of Calvin de Haan talking about being named to the all-star team.

The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic will take place on January 29-30 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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