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Islanders Hockey Blog | Page 87

Written by Christian A. | 25 November 2009

Coming off a tough 4-3 win in Toronto, The Isles come back home to the coliseum tonight to face Ray Emry and the Flyers. Here is tonight's Islanders line:

Moulson - Tavares - Hunter

Bergenheim - Nielsen - Okposo

Sim - Bailey - Tambellini

Thompson - Park - Jackman


Sutton - Hillen

Streit - Gervais

Witt - Meyer

Along with Martin Biron who will get the start tonight against his former team. “This is not a regular game,” Biron told Islanders Point Blank. “It’s special.”

Franchise goalie Rick Dipietro participated in his first full practice yesterday, here is what he had to say afterwords:

Finally, sorry to all the readers for not updating the site this week. My laptop crashed sunday and I have not been able to get it fixed. So now that i have acces to another computer I hope to have more pieces up.

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Written by Eric Ritter | 23 November 2009

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Written by Christian A. | 21 November 2009

I'm too pissed to write a real review of this so here is the abbreviated one, Islanders take 1-0 lead early and then blow it. They lose embarrassingly to the Blues 4-1. Now off to face self righteous Toronto Media and the Toronto Maple Laughs Leafs. no comments

Written by Kenny Cari | 21 November 2009

The Islanders played a final home game on November 7th, 2009 before going on a long road trip to play many different teams. I have waited until the tail end of the road trip to provide you this video. no comments

Written by Christian A. | 21 November 2009

While the obvious key to last nights surprising defeat to the Wild was Owen Nolan, The Wild had an ace in the whole last night, someone who speaks so fluently and inspiring, he even inspired the 1980 miracle on ice team. If your think Herb Brooks your half right, Lil Herb Brooks(aka Josh Sacco)was in the house and gave his hilariously inspiring Miracle speech. no comments

Written by Christian A. | 20 November 2009

Last night I wrote a piece about several articles I saw pertaining to coverage of the Islanders. Well I missed the point on one of them, Dee Karl explains;

"you are missing the point of my tirade. Mine was not at the lack of coverage, but the inequality of the reporting by the owners of the Islanders cross town rivals. As the only news outlet on Long Island to cover Long Island, the written word the casual fan or non-fan reads regarding the team is what they perceive as truth... when many times it is not."

"There is more to the hockey business than what happens on the ice."

I guess when I wrote the piece i knew what it said I just failed to say what it said. Dee is right, the casual and non-fans read the poorly written article and go "who cares about the Islanders. They're a mess." without ever getting the whole story.

This is where Botta's quote comes in, It is our jobs as bloggers and die hard fans to write to the editors and producers and tell them what a lousy job they are doing getting the whole story. It's our job to turn up the heat by not just writing on our site but writing to the people who will have to take notice if we make enough noise.

If there is ever proof that we have a voice it would be how as fans, we collectively helped garner support and attention for the Lighhouse Project. The proof is in the puding, we have to have our voices heard to make real change in both the amount of coverage the team gets and the the quality of the coverage.

And lastly my bad Dee, I will never miss the point of one of your tirades again. Laughing

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Written by Christian A. | 19 November 2009

If you ever seen sports soup, a show that puts a humorous spin on events in the world of sports, then you know the segment “Covering the Coverage”. Well it seems this week that fans and blogger are “covering the coverage” and not in the funny, whimsical way it’s done on Sports soup.

Since the start of the 09-10 season fans and bloggers have loudly expressed their displeasure with the fact that a significant amount of games this season have not and will not be in HD due to overflow on some nights. Drawing the short straw, New York’s other hockey team has to be watched standard definition even though IO advertises that all nine teams can be seen in high deff.

Then there is the Newsday coverage, things fired up today when Isles Blog, Dee Karl, and Chris Botta all addressed the issue either last night or today on their sites.

“This lack of coverage comes on the heels of Newsday charging for access to their website, (free for Cablevision and Newsday subscribers) but it just doesn’t seem right to completely omit the Islanders. There have been numerous occasions where an article did not make the print edition, but was available online – shunning non-subs from reaching content beyond blogs.” (Michael Schuerlein)

Dee Karl of Hockeybuzz went on a full out tirade over an article in today’s Newsday:
“I am not quite sure if James Bernstein ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) wrote the article on the LI Business page, as his is the only by-line on the page, but there are three features on pg A44. All I know is that while it may be accurate in its regurgitation of the recent Forbes "Business of Hockey" report, it failed dismally to explore the reasons for the financial downturn. It also ignored the recent on-ice GOOD fortune.”

Chris Botta had this to say to his readers:
“Want the Islanders covered? Write the sports editor.”

Newsday is coming under firing on blog sites, but I doubt they’re really feeling it in the corporate offices. Do I believe Cablevision who owns Newsday, the Knicks, the Rangers, and the MSG Networks is purposely giving the Islanders the shaft in coverage? I do, but I’m not a person who is gunna jump up and down because I can’t watch my team in HD. I’ll live. It’s not the end of the world if I have to suffer through 2 hours of crappy reception as long as my team wins. As for Newsday coverage, I barley have time to skim through Newsday and if I go looking for Islanders coverage Newsday’s my last stop. I more inclined check the blogosphere than look at a paper who’s coverage of my team is so minimal that I learn more from NHL Fanhouse, Islanders Point Blank, Puck Daddy, and other hockey/Islanders sites.

Here on my site though this is the only time I’ll ever moan about the coverage or lack thereof for the Islanders. I’d rather spend my time covering the team and not the coverage.



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