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2012 Archives http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/table/2012-articles/january/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:02:59 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Updated: Islanders to Play Preseason Game in Brooklyn http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/islanders-to-play-preseason-game-in-brooklyn.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/islanders-to-play-preseason-game-in-brooklyn.html

It’s official. The Islanders are headed to Brooklyn, well for one game at least.

The team announced earlier today that they will play a preseason game against the New Jersey Devils, on October 2, at the Barclays Center. The game will be the first NHL contest to take place in the New York City Borough. Presumable, it will also be the first sporting event to take place at the state of the art arena.

“We’re extremely excited to play the first NHL game in the new, state-of-the-art Barclays Center,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said in a statement.  “We already have some of the most passionate fans in the league supporting our young team, and we are looking forward to expanding our base into Brooklyn.”

The announcement confirms a WFAN report that came out earlier this month.

“We feel Brooklyn is an untapped hockey market that offers the Islanders with an exciting opportunity to grow its fan base,” Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said in a statement. “Barclays Center will also afford current Islander fans with great accessibility, as the Long Island Rail Road and nine subway lines will come directly to the arena at the Atlantic Terminal transit hub.”

Yormark, who is the brother of Florida Panthers President Michael Yormark, told Newsday’s Arthur Staple, "It will be good for the Islanders to see what playing in a state of the art venue feels like."

Nassau Coliseum has not been a state of the art arena since it opened back in 1972 and has only become more dilapidated as time has progressed.  Continues problems such as leaks and outdoor weather conditions affecting the building have been continuous problems.

Newsday’s Randi marshal quoted Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as saying, “I hope their experience in Brooklyn reaffirms why they should be playing hockey in Nassau County.”

It’s hard to say that the Islanders have felt the love from Nassau County over the past few years. Repeated attempts to get approval for Charles Wang’s Lighthouse Project fell apart due to town politics and Nassau voters rejected a referendum, this past summer, that would have allowed the county to borrow $350 million to build a new arena.

Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn Borough President, is excited to have the Islanders in his borough, even it is for just one night, and hopes to show why Brooklyn would be the perfect place for the Isles to call home.

“I am thrilled that the Islanders and the Devils will be facing off on center ice at the new Barclays Center,” He told Islanders Hockey Blog via email. “I hope it sends a clear message to Islanders owner Charles Wang that Brooklyn is the only place they should consider moving the team—and put everyplace else on ice. As I have said over and over again, the Islanders belong in Brooklyn, we’ve got lots of hockey fans and we can even let them keep their name, since we’re physically part of Long Island. And I stand by my promise that if they come here, I will personally take the first spin in the Zamboni.” 

(Will have more as the story develops, but leave your thoughts on this latest development. Would moving the Islanders to Brooklyn work?)

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) January Tue, 31 Jan 2012 19:33:10 +0000
Islanders Recall Rakhshani & Poulin http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/islanders-recall-rakhshani-a-poulin.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/islanders-recall-rakhshani-a-poulin.html The Islanders have recalled Kevin Poulin and Rhett Rakhshani from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and simultaneously placed Marty Reasoner on injured reserved this afternoon.

Reasoner has been place on IR retroactive to January 6 with a broken hand.

Rakhshani has played in 27 games, scoring nine goals and 16 assists. He also represented Bridgeport in the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic and was named to the AHL All-Rookie First Team. And Kevin Poulin has spent time backing up for Evgeni Nabokov, while Al Montoya had been injured. He appeared in two NHL games this season, losing in both appearances.

Big question coming from this call is, what’s the deal with Al Montoya? He started against the Maple Leafs last Tuesday and seemed to be healthy.  There could be a possibility that he is still suffering some effects of his previous injury.

Will update as story develops.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) January Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:21:52 +0000
Tavares Caps All-Star Weekend with Goal and Assist http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/tavares-caps-all-star-weekend-with-goal-and-assist.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/tavares-caps-all-star-weekend-with-goal-and-assist.html John Tavares made quit the impression during All-Star weekend. Having the chance to showcase his skills during the skills competition on Saturday and the scoring a goal and assist during the All-Star tonight.

Tavares, partaking in his first career All-Star weekend, scored 13:49 into the first period to tie the game at three. Tavares was able to get a rebound, as the puck just sat nearly parallel to the net, and put it into a virtual empty net.

“I had a few great opportunities early and I got a flukey one,” Tavares, who is the first Islander to score a goal at an All-Star game since Adrian Aucoin, told the Islanders website. “I passed it out from behind the net to Weber and he shot it. It hit one of the defensemen on Chara’s team in front and then it lay right beside the goal. It was probably one of the easiest I’ve ever put in. I’ll take it, that’s for sure.”

In the third period Tavares assisted on Milan Michalek’s goal. He made a quick move behind the net to switch directions and get the pass over to Michalek.

“It was nice to get the hometown boys on the score sheet,” he said. “I saw the goalie cheating, standing on the short-side post, so I just went back to him (Michalek) and was happy to set him up for one.”

The Islanders forward will return to his team and try and fight to keep them in the playoff hunt, but Tavares can head back to Long Island knowing he definitely made his mark on the All-Star weekend.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) January Mon, 30 Jan 2012 03:07:33 +0000
Video: John Tavares in the Breakaway Challenge http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/john-tavares-in-the-breakaway-challenge.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/john-tavares-in-the-breakaway-challenge.html Islanders All-Star John Tavares participated in the breakaway challenge during tonight’s NHL All-Star Skills Competition. While Tavares’s first attempt was less than stellar, he mad up for it in the second and third attempts. During his second attempt Tavares managed to lift the puck up and bat it out of the air, while goaltender Carey Price was “Tebowing.”

In case you missed it, here are Tavares’s two attempts courtesy of Kevin Schultz of Islanders Point Blank.

And if you wanna watch the entire breakaway challenge again here you go!

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) January Sun, 29 Jan 2012 01:30:36 +0000
Commissioner Bettman Still Optimistic About Isles Arena Situation http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/commissioner-bettman-still-optimistic-about-isles-arena-situation.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/commissioner-bettman-still-optimistic-about-isles-arena-situation.html

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is still optimistic that a new arena will be built in Nassau County. Bettman, who is Ottawa for All-Star Weekend, told Newsday he would “find it hard to believe” a deal will not be worked out to replace or refurbish Nassau Coliseum.

“I find it hard to believe that there won’t be a solution to that building situation,” he said to Newsday following a press conference. “Long Island deserves a new building, not just for hockey, but for concerts and family shows and the like. And I’ve got to believe the people in charge of those things will tend to it in due course.”

During the aforementioned press conference the sharks were circling a struggling NHL franchise, luckily for Islander fans it was the Coyotes they had in their sights. With many French Canadian reporters asking about the league owned franchise and the prospects of Quebec City regaining a franchise.

Bettman’s comments are nothing new and echo similar comments made during previous discussions about the Nassau Coliseum situation.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) January Sat, 28 Jan 2012 20:12:41 +0000
Video: John Tavares at All-Star Game Media Day http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/video-john-tavares-at-all-star-game-media-day.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/video-john-tavares-at-all-star-game-media-day.html Today was NHL All-Star media day up in Ottawa and John Tavares made the rounds. Including sitting down to chat with NHL Network.

In all honesty it was not one of the greatest interviews, the female host thought Tavares still had his 12 game point streak intact and mistakenly thought he was on Team Chara. However, John did discuss how he nearly arrived late for the draft and revealed he’ll be doing the break away challenge during tomorrow night’s skills competition.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) January Sat, 28 Jan 2012 00:43:01 +0000
Video: John Tavares Speaks After All-Star Draft http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/video-john-tavares-speaks-after-all-star-draft.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/video-john-tavares-speaks-after-all-star-draft.html Following last night’s NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft E.J. Hradek spoke with Islanders all-star John Tavares. They chatted about Tavares’s thoughts on the draft and how worried he was about being the last pick in the draft.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) January Fri, 27 Jan 2012 19:10:38 +0000
Tavares Selected By Team Alfredsson in All-Star Draft http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/tavares-selected-by-team-alfredsson-in-all-star-draft.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/tavares-selected-by-team-alfredsson-in-all-star-draft.html Team Alfredsson selected John Tavares in the 16th round during tonight’s NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.

Below are the rosters for both Team Alfredsson and Team Chara. 


Team Alfredsson

Team Chara


Daniel Alfredsson (Senators)

Zdeno Chara (Bruins)


Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers)

Joffrey Lupul (Maple Leafs)


Erik Karlsson (Senators)

Pavel Datsyuk (Red Wings)


Jason Spezza (Senators)

Tim Thomas (Bruins)


Jonathan Quick (Kings)

Evgeni Malkin (Penguins)


Claude Giroux (Flyers)

Marian Hossa (Blackhawks)


Kris Letang (Penguins)

Kimmo Timonen (Flyers)


Steven Stamkos (Lightning)

Corey Perry (Ducks)


Brian Elliott (Blues)

Carey Price (Canadiens)


Shea Weber (Predators)

Phil Kessel (Maple Leafs)


Daniel Sedin (Canucks)

Ryan Suter (Predators)


Dan Girardi (Rangers)

Jimmy Howard (Red Wings)


Keith Yandle (Coyotes)

Brian Campbell (Panthers)


Milan Michalek (Senators)

Patrick Kane (Blackhawks)


Henrik Sedin (Canucks)

Dion Phaneuf (Maple Leafs)


James Neal (Penguins)

Jarome Iginla (Flames)


Alex Edler (Canucks)

Dennis Wideman (Capitals)


John Tavares (Islanders)

Marian Gaborik (Rangers)


Scott Hartnell (Flyers)

Jordan Eberle (Oilers)


Jason Pominville (Sabres)

Tyler Seguin (Bruins)


Logan Couture (Sharks)

Jamie Benn (Stars)

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) January Fri, 27 Jan 2012 02:38:37 +0000
Tavares leads Islanders over Carolina http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/tavares-leads-islanders-over-carolina.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/tavares-leads-islanders-over-carolina.html

Uniondale, NY --
An overtime goal by John Tavares gave the Islanders a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum. Tavares had already scored a goal in the second period to tie the game at one and extend his point streak to a league leading 12 games.

“Johnny is a power force out there,” said Evgeni Nabokov, who made 32 saves in the Islander win. “But I think all five of them are playing as a unit in the offensive zone. That’s what makes them successful. And obviously Johnny’s skill and his talent it shows up.”

The game-winning goal came with nearly two minutes left to play in the overtime period. PA Parenteau sent a no look pass to Tavares, who had made his way through the defense to get to the net. His initial shot was stopped, but he batted the rebound of the air and it found its’ way into the back of the net.

“I knew I had a great chance there once I got ahead of stall,” Tavares said when describing the game winner. “PA made a great play there and [Cam Ward] made a good save, good read on my first shot and lucky enough the rebound didn’t go to far.  I just stuck with it and it just squeaked over the line.”

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) January Sun, 22 Jan 2012 20:12:33 +0000
Islanders vs Flyers Pre-game Report 1/19/12 http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/islanders-vs-flyers-pre-game-report-11912.html http://www.islandershockeyblog.com/2012-articles/january/islanders-vs-flyers-pre-game-report-11912.html The Islanders will look to do something they haven’t done since 2007; win in Philadelphia. The Islanders last victory over the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center came back on April 7, 2007 during their late season run into the playoffs.

The Flyers have won 23 of the last 24 matchups against the Islanders, so it’s safe to assume the Islanders are a welcomed sight. Though both teams have identical records in their last 10 games, 6-4-0, as well as an identical 3-2-0 record in their last five games. Both teams are also coming off victories on Tuesday night. The Islanders shutout the Capitals 3-0 and the Flyers downed the Minnesota Wild 5-1.

Players on both sides will look to continue streaks coming into this game, Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier has scored a goal in the Flyers last five games and John Tavares will look to extend his 10 game point streak. Matt Moulson will also look to extend a five game point streak. He has three goals and six assists over the five game span.

The Islanders will start Evgeni Nabokov, who shutout the Capitals on Tuesday, becoming the first Islander goaltender since Tommy Salo did it in 1997. Sergei Bobrovsky will start in net for the Flyers.

ChristianArn312@aol.com (Christian A. ) January Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:01:41 +0000