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2011 Archives http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/table/2011-articles/ Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:18:22 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Tavares Spin-O-Rama Pass Possible Play of the Year http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/january/tavares-spin-o-rama-pass-possible-play-of-the-year.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/january/tavares-spin-o-rama-pass-possible-play-of-the-year.html John Tavares may score the goal of the season last game against the Calgary Flames.  Now add play of the season to his resume this year.

(Video comes courtesy of the Islanders Point Blank)

It was also a bit of poetic justice for Matt Moulson, who had an earlier goal waved off due to what the officials perceived as a kicking motion. So this  Tavares kid is good huh?

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) January Sat, 31 Dec 2011 19:29:13 +0000
Updated: Tomas Marcinko Takes skate Blade to the Neck http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/december/tomas-marcinko-takes-skate-blade-to-the-neck.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/december/tomas-marcinko-takes-skate-blade-to-the-neck.html

Updated 12:03: The Sound Tigers released a statement regarding the status of Tomas Marcinko:

"Sound Tigers forward Tomas Marcinko was struck in the neck by a Norfolk player's skate during the second period of last night's game against the Admirals. Marcinko was awake, alert and coherent following his injury. He was taken by paramedics to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where he underwent successful surgery to treat his injury. No major blood vessels or arteries were struck. Marcinko was held overnight for observation, is expected to be released from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital today and is expected to make a full recovery."

Original Post: A frightening situation occurred tonight in Norfolk, Virginia, where the Norfolk Admirals were hosting the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. During the second period of the game Tomas Marcinko took a skate blade to the left side of his neck.

Following the game Brent Thompson gave Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post an updat on Marcinko.

“The latest is he’s coherent,” Thompson told Fornabaio. “They said everything’s going well. He’s in surgery as you and I speak. Our hearts, our thoughts and prayers are definitely with Marcy. He’s definitely a big part of the team. All the guys care a lot about him. We’re thankful to God he’s doing well. We’ll know more later tonight.”

Details are unclear as to how Marcinko was cut by another player’s skate. But the team tweeted that EMS and team trainers made their way onto the ice to aid the injured Sound Tiger. They also tweeted that he was coherent and able to move his extremities, but was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

We will update the story when more information becomes available.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) December Sat, 31 Dec 2011 04:47:01 +0000
Pandolfo Out with Broken foot; Niederreiter Back In http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/pandolfo-out-with-broken-foot-niederreiter-back-in.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/november/pandolfo-out-with-broken-foot-niederreiter-back-in.html It was announced earlier today that Jay Pandolfo would miss the next 4-6 weeks due to a broken foot. The injury was sustained on Saturday afternoon during the Islanders matinee game against the New Jersey Devils He blocked a shot from Devils defensemen Mark Fayne.


Newsday’s Arthur Staple reports that Nino Niederreiter will be back in the Islanders lineup tomorrow night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Niederreiter was apparently told in advance that he’d be out a full week to “work on his conditioning and learn what he needs to do by watching.” A situation that was similar to what the team did with Kyle Okposo.

"I just need to get a little dirtier out there," Niederreiter told Newsday. "Go to the paint, throw pucks on net, get myself into traffic."

Prior to last Wednesday night’s game against the Flyer I spoke with Niederreiter.

(Niederreiter on his first several games in the NHL and the difference from last season)

“It’s been fun. It was definitely way different, I felt way more comfortable, but I came from an injury and it’s always tough to come back. It was my first injury, so I never really had a feeling of how that’s gunna be, but overall it’s good.”

(On the whether playing in the AHL was a nice transition to the NHL)

“No, it was a good step to do the AHL first then come back up here and get a couple games in. It was definitely good.”

(On what it’s like to go through losing streak as a young player)

“It’s definitely different, but I mean I haven’t played a lot yet.  So it’s hard to tell either the right things.”

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) November Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:58:50 +0000
Islanders vs Sharks post game videos http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/october/islanders-vs-sharks-post-game-videos.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/october/islanders-vs-sharks-post-game-videos.html Last night the Islanders were defeated by the San Jose Sharks after the referees incorrectly sent Travis Hamonic to the penalty box for delay of game. Below are post game videos from Islanders TV and You Tube.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) October Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:46:20 +0000
Christian Ehrhoff on why he didn't sign with Isles http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/august/christian-ehrhoff-on-why-he-didnt-sign-with-isles.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/august/christian-ehrhoff-on-why-he-didnt-sign-with-isles.html

Christian Ehrhoff on why he did not sign with the New York Islanders, per Mike Harrington.

"I didn't see that [Cup chance] with the Islanders so I decided not to take their offer, which was a great offer they made [five years for $23 million]," he said. "The next morning I woke up and was with Buffalo and went through the process again of talking to ownership, management and the coach.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) August Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:05:28 +0000
Isles Release Arena Rendering. Thoughts? http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/july/isles-release-arena-rendering-thoughts.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/july/isles-release-arena-rendering-thoughts.html

The Islanders released a rendering of what a new Nassau Coliseum could look like if the referendum passes tomorrow.

The question is what do you think? Obviously it is an upgrade over the Nassau Coliseum, but what do you think of what the new Coliseum looks like and will the rendering help persuade more people to vote yes?

Leave your thoughts in the comment section.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) July Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:18:21 +0000
To the Polls: Legislature Approves Aug 1 Vote http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/may/to-the-polls-legislature-approves-aug-1-vote.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/may/to-the-polls-legislature-approves-aug-1-vote.html In an 11-7 vote the Nassau Legislature approved a bill that allows the public to vote whether or not they want to borrow $400 million for a new arena and minor league baseball stadium.

The public will go to the polls August 1, a date which was the main point of controversy for the 19 member legislature. The legislatures voted along party lines with republicans voting yes and the democrats voting no. The only democrat to vote yes was David Denenberg, a democrat from Merrick.

If the referendum passes, the legislature needs to approve the bonding by a “super Majority” of 13.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) May Tue, 31 May 2011 20:44:03 +0000
Michael Grabner Audio feature http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/michael-grabner-audio-feature.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/april/michael-grabner-audio-feature.html

Islanders off season has been underway for a few weeks and there has not been to much Islanders news (minus some Nabokov drama and sillyness about a casino being built by the Coli). So for you're enjoyment here is an audio feature on Michael Grabner I had to create for my Journalism 5 class. Includes sound from Michael Grabner, Matt Moulson and Frans Nielson. The opening is read by friend and fellow blogger, Matt Saur of NY Stars and Pinstripes. Check it out and tell us what you think in the comments section.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) April Thu, 28 Apr 2011 18:42:53 +0000
Nielsen and the Islanders fall 3-2 to New Jersey http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/nielson-and-the-islanders-fall-3-2-to-new-jersey.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/nielson-and-the-islanders-fall-3-2-to-new-jersey.html  John Tavares #91 Of The New York Islanders Is

The New York Islanders found themselves on the losing end of Wednesday night’s matchup with the New Jersey Devils for the fourth straight time this season. After falling behind two goals the Islanders stormed back scoring two goals in the third period, but a late Andy Greene goal sealed the Devils win.

In the first period Ilya Kovalchuck blasted a wrist shot from the hash marks of the right hand side face-off circle to give the Devils an early 1-0 lead. The next goal wouldn’t come until 3:23 of the second period. Jacob Josefson slipped the puck past Rick Dipietro when he lost sight of the rebound from Nick Palmieri’s shot.

At 7:47 of the third period, Mark Katic was called for high stick and received a double minor. Replay later showed that it was the puck, not Katic’s stick, that hit Mark Fraser in the face. 

However, it was the Islanders and not the Devils who would capitalize on the Islander penalty.  With about 2:29 left in the Katic penalty, Frans Nielson intercepted a poor Devils pass in neutral ice. Nielson raced into the Devils zone and used, his now famous, back hand move to beat Martin Brodeur and make it 2-1 game.  It would be Nielson’s seventh shorthanded goal, tying him with Islanders great Bob Bourne.

With 6:16 remaining in the game Frans Nielson came through again for the Islanders. Frans Nielson managed to push the puck past Brodeur as three Islander players crashed the net. The goal was initially reviewed, but later ruled a good goal.

And just as fast as the Islanders tied up the game, New Jersey quickly found a way to respond. A little under two minutes later Andy Greene took a shot from the left hand face-off circle that beat Rick Dipietro and would prove to be the game winning goal.

The Islanders have a quick turnaround; they take on the New York Rangers at the Nassau Coliseum Thursday Night.  


-Trevor Gillie played in his first game since being suspended for his on Cal Clutterbuck. Gillies only saw 5:15 of action against the Devils.

-Michael Grabner missed the game to be with his girlfriend, who went into labor with the couple’s first child.

-The New York Islanders outshot the Devils in the Wednesday night game, 29-20.

-Rick Dipietro stopped 17 of the 20 shots he faced against the Devils. While Martin Brodeur 27 of 29 shots he faced.

-Official attendance at the Prudential Center was 16,252.

-Prior to the game, Islanders beat write Katie Strang reported the Islanders were one of several teams being considered by free agent defensemen Stephane De Costa out of Merrimack College.

-Prior to the game, The Islanders and prospect Matt Donavan agreed to terms on an entry level contract. The entry deal does not kick in until next season and Donavan will finish the season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on an amateur tryout contract.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) March Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:00:26 +0000
New Top Line a Factor in Isles Win http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/december/new-top-line-a-factor-in-isles-win.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/december/new-top-line-a-factor-in-isles-win.html

Uniondale, NY --
The Islanders featured different line combinations in their 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames. The new top line of Matt Moulson, John Tavares and Kyle Okposo, who were the Islanders strongest line all night, highlighted the new line combinations.

The new lines also included Rolston being paired with Nielsen and Parenteu; Bailey with Grabner and Martin and Niederreiter with Wallace and Reasoner. Head coach Jack Capuano decided to change up the line combinations following the teams 3-0 loss the New York Rangers on Monday.

“There’s no magic to what we try to do,” Capuano said about the process used to come up with the new lines. “We just tried to tweek it a little bit and try to balance a little bit of the lines. We went through a really bad stretch where we haven’t scored to many goals. We’ve been shut out at home quite a bite. Not to say that was a determining factor tonight, but when you talk to the guys prior to the game they know there’s a change coming as well. I think all four lines contributed tonight.”

The new lines reinvigorated the Islanders play last night. Indeed, all four lines did contribute, but the top line of Tavares, Okposo and Moulson were the biggest contributors of the night. They were on the ice for the teams’ first two goals.

“We had a lot of chances,” Okposo said following the win. “I’ve played with those guys before and we seem to have good chemistry out there. We could have had a couple more goals, Kiprusoff played really well, and it was a strong night tonight by our group.”

Okposo has played with Moulson and Tavares before. During the 2009-2010 season he was paired up with the two.

“I think a lot of people forget we played quite a bit in our first year together, at least my first year here together,” Tavares said after the game. We had a lot of success that year. Even though it’s only the first game in a long time we played together I know the way he plays. He’s a strong guy and makes real strong plays and really strong on the puck down low and got some nice set of hands too to make some nice plays. We’re able to do that and obviously we know the way Mouly plays, so we’re able to generate some chances and hopefully we can burry a few more than we had tonight.”

The line finished the game with a combined three points on the night.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) December Fri, 30 Dec 2011 19:26:45 +0000