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Written by Kenny Cari | 10 January 2010

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Written by Christian A. | 31 December 2009

With the decade coming to a close (well kinda) we here at Islanders Hockey Blog complied a list of what we felt were the top 10 most important and memoriable moments of the last ten years. We would love to hear what our readers think so if you disagree with some of our choices then please feel free to write in the Coment box what you would have added and taken off. So with out any further ado hear is our top 12.

10. 2004-2005 NHL LOCK OUT

Yes,this was more of a major moment for the entire league, but it still deserves recognition. Any time an entire NHL season is cancelled that is a major moment for any team. This also allowed the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers the opportunity to play two home games at the Nassau Coliseum due to the absence of NHL hockey.

9. Al Arbour Night 2007

For one night in 2007 Islanders legend Al Arbour stepped behind the Islanders bench once more to coach a new generation of Islanders. With the Coliseum sold out you knew it would be a memorable night. On this night the Islanders fell behind 2-0 in the second period, but in classic Islanders fashion they would storm back. At 8:20 in the second, Trent Hunter would score the first Islanders goal cutting the Pittsburgh in half. Then at 5:30 in the third Miroslav Satan tied it. Finally with 2:41 remaining in the game Miro Satan would fire home the rebound to clinch the win for the Islanders and Al Arbour. Following the game 16,234 fans witnessed a new banner go up for Al reading 1500, for the record amount of games he has coached.

8. Drafting Rick Dipietro

The Islanders made history in 2000, drafting Boston University goaltender Rick Dipietro number one for the first time in NHL history. Earlier the Islanders traded away goalies Kevin weeks and future Olympian Roberto Luango to Tampa and Florida. Thus making the pick even more important to the Organization at the time. “It feels unbelievable,” Dipietro said about being the Islanders future. “It’s a lot of pressure, but it’s something really want to be able to jump into and handle and I think it will be a great fit.” Dipietro ha yet to play a game in the 2009-2010 season because of injury the past two seasons.

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Written by Dave G. | 30 December 2009

Dwayne Roloson came up big last night stealing a win for the Isles in a poorly played game by the home team. In a night that saw an announced attendence of 12,192, a large crowd for a Tuesday night, the Islanders once again put up another lackluster performance. For most of the game, the shot clock showed nearly a 2 to 1 ratio in favor of visiting Blue Jackets, who recorded 42 shots on Roloson, compared to 25 Islanders' SOG.

The Islanders started the 1st playing decently although only getting 5 shots on net. However, 10 minutes into the period, It was the Islanders who drew first blood, Kyle Okposo fired a shot from the high slot that bounced off Mason's glove, and over his head and safely into the net thanks to Josh Bailey (who would be later credited for his 8th goal of the season.)

The rest of the game became the horrible play we saw during sunday nights game against the Flyers. The Islanders tried to make fancy passes and could not do the simple clean passes we had once saw from them. They couldn't control the puck, and didn't finish on their checks. They paid in the 3rd as RJ Umberger was able to spin around and score his 13 goal of the season tying the game at 9:47 into the third.

So with the game heading into OT the Islanders finaly woke. In the 5 minutes the Islanders had two scoring chances, 5 shots on goal, and Josh Bailey almost won it but hit the post in waining seconds of extra time. However the score remained tied, so we proceeded to a Shootout. Scott Gordon sent a recently returned to the roster Jeff Tambellini, Shootout master Frans Nielsen and a surprising pick of Robbie Schremp to face Mason. Columbus sent Kristian Huselius, Rick Nash and Fedor Tyutin to face Rolie the goalie. Tambellini? missed wide, Huselius? stopped by Roloson, Nielsen? His famous backhand-deke stopped by Mason, Nash? Stoned by Rolie. Then it came down to Schremp, He came in got Mason to commit to the left side the went top shelf on his right side. That would prove to be the game winner as Roloson denied Tyutin to let the team hit the showers with 2 points, and a 2-1 victory on home ice.

In other news: Jiggs McDonald,  the long-time voice of the Islanders, filled in for the current voice of the team, Howie Rose on MSG+. He was given a standing ovation at the Coliseum as he was announced on the Jumbotron.

(This article was written by both Christian A., and Dave G.)

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Written by Christian A. | 27 December 2009

"It definitely weighs on you......but now the pressure is off," Kyle Okposo told Newsday last night after the Islanders 3-2 win at Madison Square Garden. Okposo showed off a little for the Garden crowed with 2 assist including a spectacular play that saw Okposo sneak by Michael Del Zotto balance on one skate then feed the puck to the wide open Blake Comeau. Okposo also scored the game winning goal to break his 18 game goal-less drought that has plagued him and his chances of making the US Olympic squad.

With Team USA selection just five days away many analysts have counted Kyle out. While Okposo has not been a goal scoring machine this year, he has another major quality that would be key to any Olympic squad. Determination, this has been an aspect of Okposo's game that has made of for his lack of scoring. He leads the Islanders in assists(20) and has been one of the top special team players for the Isles.

His hard work and determination was on display last night, where he finished a +3, playing one his best games of the season. In what Howie Rose called "poetic justice" Okposo found the cure to the snake bite that has plaques him all season. "It was definitely a fun way to do it," Okposo said about breaking his goal drought. 

Just five days until Kyle finds out if he's off to vancouver in February or if he has a well deserved break for that time. Either way, last nights showed fans, both Islander and ranger, how valuable Okposo is. His play making skills and determination are two assets team USA should not over look in their selection process.

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Written by Kenny Cari | 26 December 2009

The Islanders played two games shortly before the Holidays, losing 1 and winning 1, but here I bring you the Double Feature, as a late Holiday Present

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Written by Christian A. | 24 December 2009

The Islanders had Christmas come early as santa rewarded their hard effort with a 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs. The win snaped a 3 game losing streak that saw the Islanders losing to the Rangers, Canadiens and Lightning. The Islanders did not play horrible but faced several hot goalies and their penelty was awful.

Last night fans saw the Islander play shut down defense as if they were Darrell Revis and the New York Jets Defense. Andy Sutton would be Revis if we had to compare last night blocking several shots, being everywhere on the ice and getting some big hits including one on Leafs star Phil Kessel. The Islanders managed to hold the leafs to just 13 shots through two periods (5 in the first and 8 in the second). "we just kept it simple," John Tavares told reporters after the game."we didnt try to do too much."

The Isles D held down the fort through the firts allowing only 5 shot to get to Rolie the golie. The second period would have a very scray moment midway into the period. At that time Nate Thompson got cliped by the skate of a Maple Leaf player that barley missed the eye of Thompson.  Later just after a power play ended for the Isles Trent Hunter was able to fire a shot that got by Gustavsson to give the Islanders the 1-0 lead. A few seconds later former Islanders Jason Blake would have a goal disallowed because of a blatant high stick. So 90 seconds after Hunters goal Blake Comeau would force Gustavsson to commit to his left side, allowing Comeau to feed the puck behind the Toronto goalie right to a wide open John Tavares. This would Tavares's first goal in seven games.

The Islanders had a scare in the third period, pulling one of their let their opponents score moves scaring every Islander fan in the building and watching home on TV. They would hold on behind some impressive saves by Dwayne Roloson that Scott Gordon called "important." The Isles would get one more on an empty netter by Blake Comeau.

The Islanders D started to fall apart in the third allowing 14 shots on goal while only getting 7 shots that period. The power play, which has been a major downside for the Islanders stayed that way, "We gotta start getting it going and producing more," Tavares said regarding the Isles lack of power play. The penelty kill, which has hindered the Isles the past several games, came up huge tonight succecsfully killing both Toronto power plays.

The Islanders along with the rest of the league have today and tommorow off before going back to work to take on the Rangers at the Garden. Speaking about the upcoming game it's importance Scott Gordon had this to say, "Two points are always gunna be important. We're in a situation where realisticly we gotta aim for that 8th spot. Theres alot of teams bunched in that area and whether it's the Rangers or anybody else thats in that area those are the ones that are going to be real important."

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