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Written by Christian A. | 10 December 2011

I ask everyone to head over to NHL Hot Stove and check out my latest piece on the Islanders recent resurgence. The story includes quotes from Isles head coach Jack Capuano, PA Parenteau and Steve Staios. To read the story click here


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Written by Christian A. | 06 December 2011



It was a memorable night for Tim Wallace and David Ullstrom as they both contributed in the Islanders 5-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Wallace was credited with his first point as an Islander and Ullstrom scored his first career NHL goal at the 3:39 mark of the third period.

The Islanders came into the game without Jay Pandolfo and Michael Grabner, who are both sidelined with respective injuries. The injuries did not prevent them from rolling over the Lightning in a game that saw five different Islander players score.

It was the Lightning who opened up the scoring with a goal from Martin St Louis at the 6:55 mark of the first period. It would take the Islanders seven minutes after the Tampa goal to answer back. John Tavares scored from in front of the net to tie the game at one. Four minutes later, Matt martin made it a 2-1 lead scoring on a feed from Tim Wallace behind the net. The point would be Wallace’s first since January 1, 2009 and his first as a New York Islander.

The Isles added one more goal on the power play in the waning seconds of the period. Milan Jurcina finished an impressive tic-tac-toe play to score his first goal of the season and make it a 3-1 lead. Josh Bailey and Steve Staios were credited for the assists on the play.

The second period was a strong period for the Islanders, but they did not score during the period. The Isles and Lightning tied in shots (11) and had three power play opportunities during the period.

The third period saw the Islanders add two more goals to increase their lead. Ullstrom scored early in the third period off a drop pass from Josh Bailey. Matt Moulson scored his team leading 14th goal of the season on the power play to make it a 5-1 lead.

Al Montoya put on another solid performance stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced for a .958 save percentage.

The Islanders went three for three on the penalty kill against the Lightning and went two for five on the power play.
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Written by Christian A. | 06 December 2011

In case you missed today’s episode of the Power Play you can check out the podcasted version. On today’s episode we talked about the NHL realignment, the New York Rangers and the John Steigerwald’s accusation of Steroid use by Alexander Ovechkin.

Kevin DeLury of the New York Rangers Blog joined us at 5:15 and Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy joined us around 5:35.

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Written by Christian A. | 06 December 2011

In case you haven’t been tuning in tuning in, every Tuesday I host a hockey talk show, the Power Play, on WCWP Sports.org at 5 PM. The hour-long program consists of talk, between my co-host Jack Torrey and myself, regarding the New York Islanders, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, and the top stories in the NHL

Today we’ll be talking NHL realignment, discuss the New York Rangers loss to the Maple Leafs and preview tonight’s game between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Our special guest will be Kevin DeLury of the New York Rangers Blog. He will call in at 5:15 pm to discuss all things New York Rangers. We are also expecting Greg Wyshynski to call in around 5:30 to discuss NHL realignment.

The Show starts at 5 PM and goes to 6 PM. Click here to listen in or visit www.wcwpsports.org and click the listen live button.

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Written by Christian A. | 05 December 2011

The Islanders announced the emergency recall of Kevin Poulin and Tim Wallace. The two have been called up from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in response to injures to Andrew MacDonald and Jay pandolfo. Both have been placed on injured reserve retroactively from Nov. 29 and Nov. 26 respectively.

Poulin has appeared in 13 games for the Sound Tigers with a 3.37 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. He also went 4-2-0 last season with the Islanders in 10 games with the club.  It’s hard to see Poulin getting too much action while he is here. Montoya has been on fire during his last starts and Poulin is still young, where you don’t want to rush him or throw him right into things.

Wallace comes to the NHL as one of the Sound Tigers top offensive threats. He leads the team with 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 24 games. Wallace has played 24 games in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins and joined the Isles as a free agent this past off-season. Wallace will surely make his Islanders debut tomorrow night when they host the Tampa Bay at the Coliseum.

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Written by Christian A. | 03 December 2011

Nino Niederreiter was the victim of an illegal hit midway through Saturday night’s game against the Dallas Stars. As Niederreiter moved the puck up the ice by near side boards Dallas’s Mark Fistric laid out Niederreiter with a hit to the head that injured the 19-year-old Swiss forward.

The hit was a clear and apparent hit to the head, Fistric can be clearly seen leaving his feet to make the hit. Although the hit can cleary be identified as an illegal one the reffs only handed a roughing minor to Fistric for a scrum that ensued after. Matt Martin was erroneously give a double minor for roughing.

The NHL should, and most likely will, review the hit and should hand down a suspension to Fistric for his reckless hit on one of the Islanders young stars.

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Written by Christian A. | 03 December 2011



The Islanders went up against one the NHL’s elite teams and came away with a point in the standings. The 5-4 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks was a testament of how offensively gifted the Islanders can be, but in the end it was the shootout goal of Jonathan Toews that sunk the Isles chances of a victory.

The islanders opened the scoring at the 4:07 mark of the first period when Kyle Okposo scored on a rebound off a Travis Hamonic Shot. Carl Crawford made the initial save, but was caught out of position and Okposo put the rebound into the net. The goal was Okposo third goal of the year. The Blackhawks responded six minutes later and tied the game at one.  Andrew Brunette finished, what was an impressivem tic-tac-toe play with Dan Carillo and Sean O’Donnell. The Islanders regained the lead off a Matt Moulson goal from the top of the left hand faceoff circle.

The two teams would continue the back and forth effort in the second period. Ben Smith scored six minutes in for the Blackhawks to tie the game back up. Jonathan Toews would give the Blackhawks their first lead with under five minutes left in the second period. The Islanders were on the power play when Milan Jurcina coughed up the puck in the Islanders zone. Toews went to the net and beat Al Montoya, who was seemingly caught off guard by the turn of events.

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