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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WhatI did not realize after watching this video was who shot it, if you read the video title it says Opie's Eye. If you don't pick up on it, don't worry neither did I untillI followed the links. It was none other than Opie, from the Opie and Anthony show on XM satellite radio.
Opie, who attended the game, was embarrassed by the "minor league" Chuck-A-Puck promotion the Islanders had during the intermission. You can hear in thevideoOpie and his friendgiving their input on it, "Stupid" and"This isminor League Shit." Opiealso tweeted, "I'm so embarrassed by what they did between periods at the Islander game last night."If you think about it,it sort of is in a way, most NHL teams to my knowldegedo not have anything like this, but can be seen in many AHL and other junior league arenas. It was seen back at the coliseum when ths Sound Tigers played the Penguins in the AHL playoffs and seemed to be a big hit. So i assume the Islanders brass thought they'd try it out with the Isles.
What irks me about these comments is, whats the big deal? Is ourhockey team judged on their in game promotions or their play on the ice. I look as these comments and see someone who is way too nit picky about every single detail and needs to just lighten up.Going to a game is suppose to be a fun, family friendly experience and whileit may get out ofhand (especially atan Isles/Ragsgame) the promotions and in game entertainment is geared toward that. If that is "minor league" than so be it, if it's stupid so be it,this is one areai have to say, just let itgo forgod's sake. IS IT THAT BIG OF A DEAL.
For the record though this was not aimed at Opie in particular, he just had the remarks that inspired this post. Also their is one thing i would suggest doing, maybe give the arena hostes a pair flat shoes and a pairof jeans (or atleast a longer skirt). Come on how is she really suppose to walk the ice and bend over to pick up a puck without having to try (really hard)not to show more than she wants to.
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.)]]>
New York Islanders Vs New York Rangers
Probably one of the most vicious, heated, and long running rivalries in New York has to be the Islanders Vs Rangers. Originating back in 1972, when the NHL awarded New York with a second NHL team, the Islanders and Rangers have been involved in the most intense and bizarre moments in New York sports history.
In 1975, the Islanders made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history against their rival, the Rangers. The grueling three game series ended when Islanders forward J.P Parise scored eleven seconds into overtime in game three. The two would meet seven more times, in 1979 when the Rangers defeated the Islanders in six games. From 1981-1984 the Isles would defeat the Rangers each year in the playoffs, and twice in 1990 and 1994, where the Rangers defeated the Islanders both times, including on their way to their first Stanley Cup since 1940. ]]>
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.]]>