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2011 Archives http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/table/2011-articles/march/ Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:51:07 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 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.  

Notes

-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.

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) March Thu, 31 Mar 2011 14:00:26 +0000
Islanders make correct move in resigning Montoya http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/islanders-make-correct-move-in-resigning-montoya.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/islanders-make-correct-move-in-resigning-montoya.html Al Montoya, Getty Images

The Islanders made a smart decision in extending goal tender Al Montoya’s contract yesterday. The 26 year old Chicago native spent the previous the San Antonio Rampage, the minor league affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes, and prior to that spent three years in the New York Rangers organization.

Since joining the Islanders he has really found his own and become a solid 1A goaltender in the organization.  As it stands he is 8-4-4 in 17 games with a goals against average of 2.35 and a save percentage of .923.  Not to mention Montoya’s play in crucial situation, at tmes making miraculous saves.

The one year extension is a win-win for both the organization and the player. The Islanders have been known to have an unstable goaltending situation this season. During one game the Isles had to rush Joel Martin to Long Island from Bridgeport in the middle of a game.  Also the team has seen injuries decimate their stock of goaltenders, which includes Nathan Lawson Kevin Poulin and, of course, Rick Dipietro.

With the signing the Islanders have ensured themselves that they have a solid 1A type goaltender heading into next season. A netminder who has proven he can step up to the challenge should Rick Dipietro go down with another injury next season. Also giving the Islanders the ability to allow rookie goaltenders, such as Kevin Poulin, the time needed to mature and grow in the AHL. With Montoya locked up for next season the Isles do not have to worry about finding a back up or 1A goalie during free agency and prevents them from having to start the season with Kevin Poulin riding the bench with team instead of getting playing time with the Sound Tigers.

For Montoya he has another year to prove himself in the NHL. He did sign a one way contract virtually guaranteeing he will start the season on the Islanders roster, if his play on the ice this season didn’t already warrant it. He will have the stability he desired and the opportunity to help make the Islanders into a playoff.

Bringing Al Montoya back was one of the best decisions the Islanders have made so far and the team has a very capable player locked up for at least another season.

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) March Wed, 30 Mar 2011 04:45:17 +0000
Isles vs Thrashers pre-game quick hits http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/isles-vs-thrashers-pre-game-quick-hits.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/isles-vs-thrashers-pre-game-quick-hits.html

The New York Islanders return home tonight to take on the Atlanta Thrashers at the Nassau Coliseum. The Isles downed former teammate, Dwayne Roloson, and the Tampa Lightning 5-2 as they won back to back games in the sunshine state since 2001.

The Thrashers come into the game off an 8-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres at the HSBC Arena Saturday night. The Thrashers are 5-4-1 in their last 10 games and slowly seeing their chances of making the playoff slip away.

The last matchup between these two teams was back on February 1 when they defeated Atlanta 4-1. The previous two matchups were Thrasher wins, an overtime winner in Atlanta back on November 21 and a memorable night back on December 11 when thousands of Quebec Nordiques fans came down in protest for a team. The Thrashes wound up coming back and winning 5-4 at the Nassau Coliseum.

Starting Goalies

For the Islanders it will be Al Montoya in net against Atlanta tonight. The 26 year old net minder is 8-3-4 since joining the Islanders on February 11. He is tied with Rick Dipietro for the team lead in wins with 8 and has a .922 save percentage.

Montoya has been huge for the Islanders since arriving on Long Island, including making a huge save against the Tampa Bay Lightning. “It’s big when you have a guy that gives you a chance to win,” PA Parenteau said of Al Montoya. “We have a lot of confidence in him right now. He’s playing solid hockey, he’s in the zone. It’s big for the team and big for the last stretch of the year. “

For the Thrashers Chris mason will get the nod in net for tonight’s game. Last game Ondrej Pavelec started, but was pulled after one period and replaced by Chris Mason. Pavelec. Chris Mason is 10-10-3 with an .892 save percentage.

Morning Skate video

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Seeing Old Friends

The Islanders players enter a unique situation facing former teammates in back to games; Dwayne Roloson in Tampa and now Rob Schremp with Atlanta Thrasher.

The former Islander waiver claim was, ironically, claimed by the Thrashers after the Islanders placed the struggling forward on waivers. Since joining the Thrashers Schremp has one goal in nine games with the Thrashers and will start at the center position against the Islanders tonight.

While Schremp has no grudge against the team that waived him, he is excited to get to prove to them what he can do.

“It should be fun,” Schremp told the Atlanta Journal Constitution Wednesday. “I was just there a month ago. There will be a lot of energy going into the game. They had my rights and they put me on waivers. It’s a chance to go back and play against them and prove what I can do at the NHL level.

For the Islanders they too were looking forward to this matchup and had nothing but good things to say about their former teammate.

“It’s a little bit weird seeing him on the other side of the hallway, but it’s going to be fun tonight,” Kyle Okposo said after the morning skate. “We know how his game is; he’s obviously a very skilled player.  So we’re excited to get the opportunity to play against him.”

“It’s always a little tougher, you have friends on the other side,” PA Parenteau added this morning. “But when the puck drops there are no friends anymore and you want to do your best. I’m sure he’ll do well tonight.  He’s a good hockey player, he has a lot of skills and I wish him the best.”

Islanders head coach jack Capuano also acknowledged Schremp’s skill and usefulness in game situations.

“Robbie is a tremendously skilled player,” Capuano started off saying. He’s going to give you that power play strength when you need him. The only thing in my discussions with Robbie here was just continue to get to the paint and get to those gritty areas and try not to stay on the perimeter so much. Robbie is a great teammate, he’s a good friend and we wish him the best and he’s defiantly got some good offensive instincts for sure.”

Mark Streit Shut Down for the Rest of the Season

The islanders announced today that they were officially shutting down injured defensemen Mark Streit for the season. Streit has made strides to making a comeback, but doctors could not clear the Swedish defenseman to return to play.

He had also mentioned that he wanted to make an attempt at playing in the Worlds, but that also looks to be in serious jeopardy.


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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) March Thu, 24 Mar 2011 20:34:34 +0000
Fake Jack Capauano Twitter Making Isles Fans LOL http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/fake-jack-capauano-twitter-making-isles-fans-lol.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/fake-jack-capauano-twitter-making-isles-fans-lol.html

Fake twitter accounts are nothing new to the New York Islanders.  Fans have set up accounts in the names of several players including Zenon Konopka and Kyle Okposo. Now you can add Isles interm head coach to that list of fake accounts.

@Capuanos_Hair was set up after one lifelong Islanders fan saw the season turn from bad to Bizarre. “I created it the day we all learned how Evgeni Nabokov hung up on Garth Snow,” Not Jack Capuano, the name which is in his byline, said in an email response. “That was the moment the season officially went from bad to bizarre. Suddenly everything was funny, even the coach’s hair.”

Since then “Not Jack Capuano” has documented Islander excursions ranging from a nightmarish trip up the New Jersey Turnpike to more recently documenting a day in Walt Disney world. All tweets using the scope that the Islanders players are a group of kids and Capuano is a father like figure.

“I started imaging the players as little kids and Jack Capuano as a kind of coach/foster parent. I tweeted: ‘Cleaned out my car this morning in case I have to pick up Nabby. Mostly Matt Martin's crayons and juice boxes. Glad it's a rental.”

So where does @Capuanos_Hair come up with all of his crazy scenarios?

“A lot come from just imaging the players as little kids, and running with that,” the fake Capuano tweeter responded with. “Some come out of team news. And a few tweets get prompted by readers. One day @

And it’s not only a one person affair; his wife even helps out with the account.

“My wife started getting into the spirit of the thing and came up with a couple of those tweets and she was all over the Disney adventure, Not Jack Capuano said in the email. “ She hates hockey. But she loves @Capuanos_Hair.”

With the Islanders season winding down and the real Jack Capuano’s future as head coach still uncertain @Capuanos_Hair has no intention of slowing down with the tweets and hopes that the interim head coach returns for next season.

“I have no plans to stop, although the summer could be a challenge for material. I hope as a fan and as @Capuanos_Hair that he’ll be back behind the bench next year. He’s earned it.

Make sure to follow him: @Capuanos_Hair

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) March Wed, 23 Mar 2011 18:58:34 +0000
Islanders defeat Lightning 5-2 http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/islanders-defeat-lightning-5-2.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/islanders-defeat-lightning-5-2.html New York Islanders Right Wing Michael Grabner (40) Gets


The New York Islanders defeated Dwyane Roloson and the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 tonight. The win marks the first time the Islanders have won consecutive games in Tampa Bay and Sunrise, Florida since October of 2001. It also moves the team to 29-33-12 on the season.

Tampa Bay jumped out early, Nate Thompson scored just 1:01 into the game for the Lightning. The Lightning lead lasted until the 10:22 mark, where Josh Bailey buried the puck in a virtual empty net during an Islanders power play chance.

The Islanders continued the scoring in the second period as both Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin would score and put the Isles ahead 3-1 by the end of the second period. Okposo scored after he redirected a shot from the point by Milan Jurcina past Dwayne Roloson. Matt Martin scored on a nice move getting in front of Dwayne Roloson’s net and putting the back hander past the former Islander.

The third began with the Isles continuing the scoring even when they were on the penalty kill. With Blake Comeau in the penalty box for high sticking, Frans Nielson had a shorthanded breakaway. Nielson lost control of the puck, picked it back up and then fired a shot past Dwayne Roloson to make it 4-1 Islanders. Tampa would get It back quickly Dominic Moore would score on 5 on 3 opportunity to make it a 4-2 game. Michael Grabner sealed the deal for the Islanders when he hit an empty net goal with the game winding down to the final seconds.

The Good

Tonight the Islanders did a lot of things right against a very good Tampa team. Their penalty kill unit stepped up big time tonight scoring two shorthanded goals and raising the total to 16 shorthanded goals on the season. As well Frans Nielson moved his total to six shorthanded goals on the season bringing him one goal shy of tying Bob Bourne’s Islanders record.

Al Montoya was also huge in net for the Islanders when they needed it the most. Montoya stopped 36 of 38 shots he faced against the Lightning. Also making a big save stopping the puck with his stick before it could cross the goal line.

The Bad

While there was not too much “bad” tonight, there was one thing that the Islanders did that could have hurt them badly; The Islanders took to many penalties in the third period. To be specific, the Isles took seven penalties in the third, although two of which were coincidental minors, it still gave the Lightning plenty of chances to make a comeback. Especially after Dominic Moore score to make it a two goal game.

Tampa Bay Post Game Video



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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) March Wed, 23 Mar 2011 04:56:26 +0000
WCWP giving away Islanders tickets http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/wcwp-giving-away-islanders-tickets.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/wcwp-giving-away-islanders-tickets.html


Just a heads up to everyone, 88.1 fm WCWP will be giving away tickets to this Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers on the SportsWire from 6 pm to 7pm. Tickets come courtesy of The Heather Pendergast Fund of Massapequa.

The Heather Pendergast Fund is in honor of Heather Pendergast, who at a young age was diagnosed with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS). She was then diagnosed with cancer. Her long battle against the disease was lost on October 30, 2008. The fund is set out to assist volunteer firemen’s children who suffer from life threatening illnesses. (Heather's Fund.org)

Before the game Heather's Fund will have a booth set up on the concourse of the Coliseum where they will be taking donations and selling t-shirts. Proceeds will go to the fund and donations can also be made to this address.

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ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) March Mon, 21 Mar 2011 20:26:18 +0000
Islanders Prevail In Shootout http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/islanders-prevail-in-shootout.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/islanders-prevail-in-shootout.html The New York Islanders picked up a shootout win over the cellar dwelling Florida Panthers on Saturday night. It was their second consecutive game that went into overtime on the second consecutive night.

After a scoreless first period and with Jesse Joensuu in the penalty box, Michael Grabner scored a shorthanded goal, his 30th of the season, and gave the Islanders the lead. But Evgeny Dadonov of the Panthers would score two goals, his fifth and sixth on the year, before the period was over and the Panthers would lead 2-1 after 40 minutes of play.

The Islanders came out in the third and scored two goals in the first ten minutes. PA Parenteau scored his 18th at 7:09 to tie the game at 2-2 and Micheal Haley scored only his second of the season at 9:50 to put New York back on top. But with a little over six and a half minutes remaining, Stephen Weiss scored his 21st of the year, tying the game 3-3 and ultimately sending it into overtime.

After five minutes of scoreless play these two teams lined up for a shootout. The Panthers elected to shoot first, sending out Mike Santorelli who was stopped by Rick DiPietro, who returned from injury after a fight with Penguins goalie Brad Johnson. Frans Nielsen was first up for the Islanders and he scored. Down 1-0, Sergei Samsonov came out for the Panthers but was also stopped. PA Parenteau then came out and put one by Scott Clemmensen to end the shootout in only two rounds and give the Islanders a 4-3 win.

The Panthers out shot New York 32-21, but still lost.

The Islanders are now off until Tuesday when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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redwing91@cfl.rr.com (Eric Ritter) March Sun, 20 Mar 2011 12:11:52 +0000
New York Loses In OT, Face Panthers Tonight http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/new-york-loses-in-ot-face-panthers-tonight.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/new-york-loses-in-ot-face-panthers-tonight.html The Islanders struggles against Carolina this season continued last night with a 3-2 loss in overtime.

New York came in having lost the first two meetings against the Hurricanes this season and were looking to end that streak.

Carolina got on the board first at 16:33 of the first period when the young Jeff Skinner scored his 25th goal of the season. But a little over a minute later and the Islanders' Frans Nielsen scored his tenth of the year to tie it up at one after 20 minutes of play.

Michael Grabner scored his 29th goal of the year at 3:10 of the second period to give the Islanders their first lead of the game. That would be the only tally in the middle period and New York held a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.

Carolina, desperate for points to get back into the top eight, fought hard in the third period and were finally rewarded with a goal with under five minutes left when Erik Cole scored his 20th goal and sent the game to overtime.

Then in the extra frame, Carolina had an unlikely hero in Joni Pitkanen when he scored only his third goal of the year and gave the Hurricanes that all important second point.

The Islanders out shot Carolina 37-35.

New York continues their five game road trip tonight when they travel further south to take on the fledgling Florida Panthers. Florida has 67 points in 71 games compared to that of the Islanders who have 66 points in 72 games.

This is the fourth and final meeting between these two clubs this season. The Panthers posted victories of 4-3 and 4-1 in the first two match ups before the Islanders won the most recent game 5-1.

Both of these teams are likely headed for the draft lottery and tonight's game will play a role as they jostle for positioning in the bottom of the Conference and the NHL.

Tonight's game is at 7pm.

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redwing91@cfl.rr.com (Eric Ritter) March Sat, 19 Mar 2011 15:39:36 +0000
Isles-Canes Preview http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/isles-canes-preview.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/isles-canes-preview.html The New York Islanders continue their road trip tonight when they are in Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes.

This is the third of four meetings between these two teams and Carolina has won both meetings this year.

The Islanders lost the most recent meeting between these two teams 4-2 on Long Island and Carolina blasted the Isles in the first meeting of these two teams, winning 7-2 in Raleigh. Eric Staal recorded the game winning goal in both games.

Carolina hopes the success against New York continues tonight as they chase down the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders, who have nine fewer points than the Hurricanes, hope to continue their late season success and hand Carolina a hard loss late in the season.

Puck drops at 7pm.

Montreal takes on the aforementioned Rangers tonight in a game directly affecting the Hurricanes.

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redwing91@cfl.rr.com (Eric Ritter) March Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:56:58 +0000
Isles-Canes Preview http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/isles-canes-preview.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2011-articles/march/isles-canes-preview.html The New York Islanders continue their road trip tonight when they are in Raleigh to take on the Carolina Hurricanes.

This is the third of four meetings between these two teams and Carolina has won both meetings this year.

The Islanders lost the most recent meeting between these two teams 4-2 on Long Island and Carolina blasted the Isles in the first meeting of these two teams, winning 7-2 in Raleigh. Eric Staal recorded the game winning goal in both games.

Carolina hopes the success against New York continues tonight as they chase down the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Islanders, who have nine fewer points than the Hurricanes, hope to continue their late season success and hand Carolina a hard loss late in the season.

Puck drops at 7pm.

Montreal takes on the aforementioned Rangers tonight in a game directly affecting the Hurricanes.

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redwing91@cfl.rr.com (Eric Ritter) March Fri, 18 Mar 2011 15:56:58 +0000