In the Islanders third year in the NHL, 1974-75, they made the playoffs for the first time. After two abysmal seasons -- only 31 wins in 156 games -- they finished 33-25-22 in '75 and tied the Rangers for second in the Patrick Division with 88 points. The two teams met in the first round of the playoffs for a best-of-three series that would vault the Islanders into the New York sports consciousness when they knocked out the long-established Rangers. The Islanders took Game One at the Garden, 3-2, and were routed 8-3 two nights later at the Coliseum. That setup a decisive Game Three the next night at the Garden. The Islanders held a 3-0 lead early in the game before the Rangers mounted a furious comeback to force overtime, which is where we'll pick up the story. The following is an excerpt from Dynasty: The Oral History of the New York Islanders, 1972-1984 and is republished with permission from author Greg Prato.

EDDIE WESTFALL: I had been there before in the playoffs and overtimes. So my thought was, ““What did we do when I was a Boston Bruin when we got to the playoffs and overtime?”” One thing we always said in the Bruin dressing room was, ““When you’’re going to go to overtime, you’’ve got to win as quickly as possible. You’’ve got to be aggressive, you’’ve got to take a little bit of a chance. You don’’t want to sit back.”” So that’’s what we had drummed up in the dressing room. They put out the oldest line on the team - JP Parisé, Jude Drouin, and Ed Westfall. And that’’s all we talked about - ““Win the face-off, get the puck in, put pressure on them, and we’’ll take our chances down in their end of the ice. They can’’t score if the puck’’s in their backyard.””

JP PARISÉ: I think it was Dave Lewis who dumped the puck into the Rangers corner. And at that time, Jude and I had a play, where he would go to the puck, and just kind of bang it behind the net. I would automatically go to the far corner and receive that pass. We bought time so I could make a play - give him a chance to get back in front of the net or follow behind the net. We had different options. And for some reason, I decided to go to the net, instead. And Jude got to the point, first. One of the Rangers didn’’t pick up the puck, so Jude was right on top. He’’s the guy that made the whole play - he spotted me going towards the net. All of a sudden, it was right on my stick, and I had a whole open net. I scored, and that’’s the last I remembered, because after I scored, I got hit from behind. Brad Park hit me, and I fell down on the ice. But we all went nuts, and the game was over. It was just a great, great feeling.

STAN FISCHLER: The overtime happened so fast, it was a blink of an eye. The whole sequence was surreal - so fast and very little replay availability in those days. I watched it on television. I still can’’t believe it.

EDDIE WESTFALL: That was a playoff record at the time [the goal was scored eleven seconds into overtime]. We were surprised. You don’’t know you’’re going to score. You can’’t set it up to say, ““This is how you’’re going to score it.”” You set it up so you give you and your teammates the best opportunity to win the hockey game. And that’’s really what that whole thing was about - to give yourself a chance to win it.

JEAN POTVIN: I remember sitting on the bench, and watching a lot of the fans still trying to make their way back from the hot dog stand to their seats, when JP scored eleven seconds into overtime. I will never forget with all the cheering we were doing, you couldn’’t help but when you were skating off the ice, to notice all the fans that were still in their seats - many of them were just there with a blank stare. They could not believe that this had taken place. And you had people who were still coming back from the hot dog stand, rushing to see what the roar was, and they couldn’’t believe it! People were telling them, ““It’’s over. They scored.”” It was unbelievable.

GLENN ““CHICO”” RESCH: To get the early goal in the overtime really helped. I wouldn’’t have wanted that to go too much further than that.

AL ARBOUR: It really sticks out. Beating the Rangers is really something. We were just starting at the time, and that made our team go. It was a very big win for us.

CLAIRE ARBOUR: I certainly do remember that! Oh my gosh - I was there. I went to very few Rangers games. It wasn’’t an easy thing for me to do. Our neighbors down in the courtyard, they knew nothing about hockey, but they said, ““Claire, if you want to go to the game, we’’ll take you.”” So off we go to the game. We’’re sitting, and we’’re very politely applauding every time the Islanders scored. So people around us kind of knew we were Islanders fans. They didn’’t say anything. Then, when they tied it up and we were going into overtime, they tapped us on the shoulder, and said, ““Oh, you guys had a great season.”” They were kissing us goodbye. ““We go to the Coliseum, we have season tickets there too, and it’’s really nice. You can be proud of your team.”” And of course, the overtime lasted so little - I still don’’t know how I got the courage to turn around and say, ““Well……see you at the Coliseum!”” I was so excited; it was such an unexpected thing. Poor Al - he was in tremendous pain with his back. And they all got up at the same time. The bench went flying on his feet, and he’’s trying to cheer that he’’s happy, but he’’s trying to get the bench off his feet. [Laughs]

BILLY HARRIS: We get down the back freight elevator to the bus, and there’’s a mob scene out in the street. They’’ve got beer bottles; they’’re throwing shit at us. We had to get a police escort to the Midtown Tunnel.

CLAIRE ARBOUR: We came back home, and sat there in total disbelief, that we had won the series. But that was always what he aimed at - to win the playoffs.

AL ARBOUR: It was really great to beat the Rangers in the first round, the first time we were in the playoffs. I mean, it was unbelievable.

BOB NYSTROM: In just the first round with the Rangers, I think it was as if we had grown up. That series really put us on the map, because we beat ““the big bad Rangers.”” From that standpoint, it was a real feather in our cap. We finally got a little bit of recognition.

GARY ““BABA BOOEY”” DELL’’ABATE: With the Rangers series, my dad was really excited about it - he always loved the underdog. So after they beat the Rangers, it was a huge statement.

STAN FISCHLER: That series was without a doubt the turning point for the team. The enormity of the upset - considering the relative talent on the team - cannot be measured. It was one of these hundred-to-one shots, and the way it was done was even more amazing. It was so tremendous in so many ways. First of all, it established that this was an exciting team. There were individuals now who were becoming personalities, like Potvin and Gillies. And of course, the fact that they were young and were underdogs, there was a romance about these guys. It was the key. It was the kind of thing that’’s missing in teams like the Blue Jackets, for example, or the Thrashers - these guys never won. And the Islanders won. It started with that playoff.

GARY ““BABA BOOEY”” DELL’’ABATE: Everything after the Rangers win was gravy.

GLENN ““CHICO”” RESCH: It was just sort of our year. It was meant to be our ““Cinderella year/coming out year.””

JEAN POTVIN: I’’ll never forget in the paper the next day [after the Islanders eliminated the Rangers], Derek Sanderson was quoted as saying, ““This is a terrible hockey team”” - the Islanders are. ““They were lucky to beat us. I predict they will never win another game this year in the playoffs.”” And we almost didn’’t.

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Greg Prato is a Long Island based journalist who has been featured in Rolling Stone and is the author of several popular books including the one excerpted here, Dynasty: The Oral History of the New York Islanders, 1972-1984. The book is available here as an ebook and paperback. This excerpt has been reprinted with permission.

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver take the podcast to Facebook Live for the very first time! The guys discuss Doug Weight's successful debut as head coach, Thomas Greiss and JF Berube's outstanding play in goal, and John Tavares' resurgence. Later, Brian and Mike take questions from Twitter and Facebook focusing mainly on the search for a new head coach and president, while also answering questions on Anders Lee and Andrew Ladd...

Click below to listen!

 

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) plays a puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) plays a puck against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders picked up five points in the first three games of a season-long six-game homestand. But the real challenge begins Tuesday night, when the Islanders host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Barclays Center.

The visit by the Blue Jackets begins at three-game stretch in which the Islanders host the top three teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens arrive Thursday and the Washington Capitals, who beat the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday to break a tie with the Blue Jackets not only atop the Metropolitan Division but the entire NHL, head to Barclays Center on Jan. 31.

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 (AP)
(AP)

Andrew Ladd will be in the lineup for the Islanders tonight, while Anthony Beauvillier, who is suffering from a sore foot after blocking a shot in Sunday's loss to the Flyers, will be out, Doug Weight told reporters Tuesday morning.

Thomas Greiss will start in goal against the Blue Jackets.

Anders Lee, dealing with an illness, will be a game time decision.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

Brian Compton and Mike Carver hosted a Facebook Live edition of the Islanders Point Blank Podcast on Monday.

Click below to watch!

 

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New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Los Angeles Kings during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

The New York Islanders are now three games into the head coaching career of interim bench boss Doug Weight, who took over for the terminated Jack Capuano last week. 

Some of the changes we have seen have trended positive for New York, others neutral and some have slipped. The 'newness' of a coaching change has now worn off, and three games remain on a six-game home-stand that will either position the team better for a late playoff run or potentially knock them further behind.

Tags: Brock Nelson, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (18) during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (18) during the first period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Islanders head coach Doug Weight benched Ryan Strome for 8:23 in the third period of Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers for his defensive effort, Newsday's Arthur Staple writes.

Strome missed on a scoring chance early in the period and then did not skate aggressively to get back on defense on Ivan Provorov's game-tying goal, as the Islanders blew a 2-0 lead.

Strome, according to Staple, missed three 5-on-5 shifts before he returned to the ice on a power play...

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New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss (1) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Islanders G Thomas Greiss has been named the NHL's Second Star for the Week ending Jan. 22, it was announced Monday.

Greiss had a .971 save percentage and .098 GAA while going 2-0-1 with two shutouts (which were back-to-back) in three games last week.

He is the first Islander since 2014 to have back-to-back shutouts.

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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss defends his net in front of Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss defends his net in front of Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin/USA Today Sports Images)

The New York Islanders blew a 2-0 lead and lost in overtime to the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-2, Sunday at Barclays Center. >> Read more


First period:

  • 13:25 NYI Nick Leddy

Second period:

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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a save against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube makes a save against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports Images)

While these are joyous times for the New York Islanders, these are frustrating circumstances for the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Islanders attempt to get their season-high fourth straight victory while the Flyers look to stop a nine-game road losing streak Sunday night when the Metropolitan Division rivals meet at Barclays Center.

New York put together three straight wins for the third time this season. Their first two attempts to get a fourth consecutive victory have not gone well as the Islanders were handed a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 4 and a 6-4 drubbing at Minnesota on Dec. 29.

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 (Bruce Fedyck)
(Bruce Fedyck)

Five things we learned from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on the Point Blank Podcast…

  • The Isles are looking to hire a President of Hockey Ops.
  • John Tavares definitely wants to stay in New York.
  • Garth Snow tried to make a big trade early in the season, but couldn't get it done.
  • Elliotte thinks Capuano will land another NHL head coaching job.
  • Elliotte thinks the Isles are "sleeping giants" with Ledecky and Malkin at the helm.

Click below to listen to the Podcast!

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

The Islanders have had at least one team reach out to them about the recently fired Jack Capuano, sources told Newsday's Arthur Staple. 

Although Staple did not hear which team was seeking Capuano's services, the only teams looking for a permanent head coach would be the Florida Panthers (who fired coach Gerard Gallant earlier in the season) and the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights. 

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GEICO SportsNite: Doug Weight 00:00:24
Doug Weight breaks down the Islanders' 4-2 win over the Kings, the team's second victory since he took over as head coach.

Anders Lee scored two power-play goals, the second to break a tie in the third period as the Islanders rebounded to beat the Kings 4-2 Saturday at the Barclays Center.

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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) plays the puck against Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn (24) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) plays the puck against Dallas Stars defenseman Jordie Benn (24) during the second period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders look to make it three straight wins when they take on the Kings at 7 p.m. at Barclays Center. 

According to STATS: 

  • The Kings lost to the Sharks, 3-2, in Los Angeles on Wednesday, as they wrapped up a seven-game homestand, going 3-4-0. L.A. now hits the road for nine of their next 10 games, with the lone home game on February 1 against Colorado.
  • The Islanders beat the Stars, 3-0, in Brooklyn on Thursday, picking up a win in Doug Weight's debut as the team's head coach. It was also their second consecutive shutout, the first time they've posted back-to-back shutouts since November 8 and 11, 2014.
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New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)
New York Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube (30) before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Barclays Center. (Anthony Gruppuso)

Goaltender J-F Berube will start for the Islanders on Saturday against the Kings, while defenseman Johnny Boychuk and forwards Andrew Ladd and Cal Clutterbuck will sit. 

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are back for an emergency podcast after the Islanders fired head coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday. The guys talk about what led to the change, and their thoughts on Doug Weight taking over behind the bench. Later, Elliotte Friedman of SportsNet calls in to discuss the Capuano firing, Garth Snow and John Tavares' future with the organization, and the new owners, Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin.

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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight coaches against the Dallas Stars during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings are in pivotal portions of their schedule.

The Islanders are in the midst of playing six straight at home while the Kings are starting a five-game road trip.

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Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) reacts after scoring a short handed goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 19, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) reacts after scoring a short handed goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

As if life being a fan of or covering the New York Islanders could ever be simple. Some adapt to change expertly, with the fluidity of water flowing out of a faucet. Others simply resist it, choosing instead to be the unmovable object - the rock, if you will, that if left in one spot too long, falls behind, growing moss while everything around it moves forward.

I have found that the simplest path is simply being adaptable. Adaptable to a changing environment, a changing world, family structure, work status or financial status. The more adaptable you are, the less prone you are to the stresses of change itself.

It's only been one game, a 3-0 win over the Dallas Stars, but the Islanders resolve will be tested more this weekend as they play their second and third games under new interim head coach Doug Weight. With the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers invading Barclays Center, another test in a challenging 2016-17 season awaits the team. How adaptable will they truly be?

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Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight and captain John Tavares talk about the season following the firing of head coach Jack Capuano.

Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight and captain John Tavares talk about the season following the firing of head coach Jack Capuano.


 (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

It didn't take long for the puns to start via social media regarding Doug Weight and his head coaching debut for the New York Islanders as they prepared to take on the Stars in Brooklyn on Thursday night. 

Admittedly, I joined in leading up to faceoff and at select times throughout the game. After all, why should you have all the fun?

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Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save in front of Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Islanders goalie Thomas Greiss makes a save in front of Dallas defenseman Dan Hamhuis. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Thomas Greiss recorded his second consecutive shutout and the Islanders won their first game under interim coach Doug Weight with a 3-0 victory over Dallas Thursday at the Barclays Center. 

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 (Bruce Fedyck)
(Bruce Fedyck)

In the team's first game since the firing of Jack Capuano, the Islanders (17-17-8) will take on the Dallas Stars (19-19-8) in Brooklyn on Thursday.

According to STATS:

  • The Stars scored a season-high seven goals Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, defeating the Rangers 7-6, and snapping their two-game losing streak. The last time Dallas won a road game in which it allowed six or more markers was December 3, 1995 at Colorado (also won 7-6).
  • New York beat Boston, 4-0, in a matinee at TD Garden on Monday, finishing up its three-game road trip with a mark of 2-1-0 while scoring four or more goals in each tilt. The Isles have potted 4+ goals eight times in their last 11 contests -- tied for second most of any NHL club since December 20.
  • Tonight marks the first of two meetings between the Stars and Isles in 2016-17. Including a 6-5 win at Barclays Center last season, New York is 3-0-0 in its last three home games against Dallas, scoring six or more goals in each victory.
  • Patrick Sharp scored twice Tuesday night, potting as many goals in that game as he did in his first 19 skates of the season. Including a marker and three helpers during his current three-game point streak against New York, Sharp has 11 points (5g, 6a) in his last nine games vs. the Islanders overall.
  • Nikolay Kulemin lit the lamp twice on Monday, recording his first multi-goal game of the season, and earning first-star accolades for the performance. Kulemin has six markers and three assists in 10 career skates against the Stars.
  • New York has not scored with the man-advantage in a season-high five straight games. Opponents have clicked on 44.8 percent (13/29) of their power-play play opportunities in the Stars' last nine contests (since December 31).

© 2017 by STATS.

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New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates with center Casey Cizikas (53) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) after scoring a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre (31) during the third period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)
New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) celebrates with center Casey Cizikas (53) and defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) after scoring a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Zane McIntyre (31) during the third period at TD Garden. (Winslow Townson)

NEW YORK -- The New York Islanders hope Thursday night represents not just the start of a six-game homestand, but also the start of a new era.

The Islanders will play their first game under interim head coach Doug Weight on Thursday night, when they host the Dallas Stars at Barclays Center. New York won its final game under Jack Capuano on Monday, when it blanked the Boston Bruins 4-0, while Dallas is coming off a wild 7-6 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Capuano was fired Tuesday, and while the timing of the dismissal might have been a bit of a surprise following one of the Islanders' most thorough wins of the season, the dropping of the ax has felt inevitable for months as New York (17-17-8) fell to the bottom of the Eastern Conference in frustrating fashion.

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 (Winslow Townson)
(Winslow Townson)

Thomas Greiss will be in net Thursday night when the Islanders face the Stars, interim head coach Doug Weight said.

Johnny Boychuk is day-to-day due to an upper body injury and will be replaced by Scott Mayfield.

The rest of the lineup will be unchanged from Monday.

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New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders center Ryan Strome (Bruce Fedyck/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

Chaos can create opportunity, and that's exactly what a few New York Islanders players are hoping for in the wake of Jack Capuano's firing. 

Doug Weight's reign behind the bench started with his first practice on Wednesday, as he preached passion, identity and, wisely, less time spent in the Islanders' own zone. That all sounds great, but better than that, his new role stands to offer a reset of sorts for some players who had struggled in the waning days of the Capuano era.

Who could take this fresh start and run with it? Here are some candidates.

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General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
General view of the ice during the third period between the New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

The Worcester Railers, who will begin play in the ECHL for the 2017-18 season, appear to have a tentative agreement in place to be the Islanders' ECHL affiliate, Bill Ballou of the Telegram & Gazette reports.

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(James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports)

Islanders interim head coach Doug Weight ran his first practice Wednesday, and he said he hopes that with accountability and some changes, the team can get back into the playoff picture. 

Weight took over Tuesday as the Islanders fired head coach Jack Capuano, who had been the team's head coach since Nov. 2010. Weight, who played for the Islanders for two-plus seasons at the end of his career, has been an assistant with the club for little more than five years. 

With the first half of the season all but over, Weight said there's plenty of urgency to get the ship turned around. 

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John Tavares, Doug Weight and Travis Hamonic discuss the firing of Islanders head coach Jack Capuano.

Interim head coach Doug Weight, John Tavares, and Travis Hamonic react to the firing of head coach Jack Capuano...

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New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)
New York Islanders head coach Jack Capuano coaches against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Barclays Center. (Brad Penner)

Jack Capuano is out, and Doug Weight is in for the interim. But who will be the next permanent man behind the bench in Brooklyn? SNY's Brian Erni and Andy Graziano discuss…

Brian Erni, SNY.tv

Alright, Andy. After 483 regular season games and three trips to the playoffs, the Jack Capuano era is over. It begs the question: Who will be the next permanent head coach of the New York Islanders? Is it safe to assume that it won't be Doug Weight.

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New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)
New York Islanders forward Andrew Ladd (16) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. (Brace Hemmelgarn)

Andrew Ladd (upper) and Cal Clutterbuck (lower) are both day-to-day, while Travis Hamonic (knee) is week-to-week, Interim Head Coach Doug Weight told reporters on Wednesday.

Ladd missed Monday's game against the Bruins, but could be available for tomorrow's game against the Stars. Clutterbuck also missed Monday's game with what is being described as a minor injury.

Hamonic injured his knee on Jan. 7 against the Coyotes in a knee-on-knee collision, and was placed on IR last Thursday.

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New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports Images)

Brian Erni, SNY.TV:

And then there was one.

With the dismissal of Jack Capuano on Tuesday, the spotlight has officially shifted to the team's general manager. And while the seat under Garth Snow may have seemed hot before, the temperature is bound to be cranked up a few notches now that he has survived the third coaching change of his tenure.

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New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders left wing Josh Bailey (12) skates during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

Andy Graziano, SNY.tv

My SNY colleague, Brian Erni, and I once breached this topic in our Wednesday 'Shooting from Point Blank range' column about wanting your team to lose in a lost season. Wanting them to lose to get a better draft pick. Wanting them to lose to force a coaching change. For whatever reason, I had said then and still believe now that to be a crazy overreaction and even though one is obviously entitled to have it, I will never agree with it nor understand it. Well, same can be said of a player on such a team with a diverse and divided fanbase.

Of course, we're talking about none other than Josh Bailey, who has been the whipping boy of Islanders social media for almost as long as he has been a member of this organization, stretching way back to 2008-09, when Josh was a first round draft selection, 9th overall, and rushed into the NHL at 19 years of age for a team desperate for….well, anything.

Bailey has been the victim of severe over-expectations of what he brings to the rink from the fanbase and a victim of sub-par development after being thrust into the spotlight way too soon by the organization. But that hasn't deterred the Islanders winger from going out and just continuing to play his game, silencing what's being screamed from the stands or being 'written' on Twitter. 

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 (Ed Mulholland)
(Ed Mulholland)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

The Islanders, coming off a 4-0 win over the Bruins, fired head coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday.

While the timing seems strange, it's a move that had been widely discussed in hockey circles and clamored for by an upset and disappointed fanbase, compounded by the team's 17-17-8 record after 42 games.

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 (James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)
(James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders have fired head coach Jack Capuano, the team announced Tuesday.

Doug Weight will serve as interim head coach.

"The New York Islanders would like to thank Jack for his tireless work throughout his seven seasons with the organization as Head Coach," GM Garth Snow said. "His leadership guided the team to the playoffs in three of the past four years, which included two straight 100-point seasons. He is a great coach and an even better person. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward."

Capuano, who was named interim head coach on Nov. 15, 2010 and had the interim tag removed on April 12, 2011, had a record of 227-191-64 with the Isles.

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Brian Compton and Mike Carver are a little more optimistic this week after a dominant performance in Boston. The guys discuss the impressive play of goaltender Thomas Greiss and captain John Tavares, and react to Larry Brooks' article on a trade proposal between Colorado and the Isles. Later, Islanders Point Blank senior columnist Andy Graziano calls in to talk about Anthony Beauvillier and Josh Bailey...

*This podcast was recorded prior to the firing of head coach Jack Capuano*

Tags: John Tavares, Josh Bailey, Thomas Greiss
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(Bob DeChiara)

Nikolay Kulemin is apparently a big fan of Martin Luther King day games.

The veteran winger notched a two-goal game in Boston on Monday afternoon. It was the second two-goal game of Kulemin's Islanders career. The other came on MLK Day in 2015.

Kulemin also shined in the possession game, with a team-high Individual 5-on-5 Corsi Percentage of 69 percent, and a +6 Corsi rating. (h/t on these tidbits to Eric Hornick).

Tags: Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Nikolay Kulemin
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Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)
Sep 27, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders right wing Josh Ho-Sang (66) carries the puck past Philadelphia Flyers center Chris VandeVelde (76) during the second period during a preseason hockey game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports (Eric Hartline)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV:

Ah, the adventure that is Joshua Ho-Sang continues in Bridgeport. After his much publicized incident in Islanders training camp when he overslept, leading to an unscheduled training session on the steps of Nassau Coliseum and a ticket home, it seemed Ho-Sang had gotten his act together and came in this year with renewed vigor and a willingness to prove his detractors wrong.

It doesn't appear to be working, as all Ho-Sang has done is give those who spoke out against his character more ammunition. A season that has seen him shoot too little (37 in 30 games) and defend with the enthusiasm of a Star Trek fan having to watch all the Star Wars films, his latest episode deals with that pesky detail of showing up on time for a game.

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New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)
New York Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy (2) against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game five of the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. (Kim Klement)

With the Islanders struggling to get out of the bottom of the Metropolitan Division standings, Larry Brooks of the New York Post writes the Islanders and GM Garth Snow should look toward acquiring Avalanche forwards Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene to play alongside John Tavares.

Part of this trade, Brooks writes, should include defenseman Nick Leddy. Leddy fits the criteria of a top-four defenseman that Colorado is seeking and does not have a large cap hit that would slow down trade talks.

Tags: Nick Leddy
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(Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

Carolina scored three unanswered goals to close out the second period and three more in the third in a 7-4 win over the Islanders Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.  

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(James Guillory/USA Today Sports Images)

The Islanders visit Carolina Saturday a night after scoring five goals in a win at Florida.

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Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 11, 2017; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Alan Quine (10) and Florida Panthers right wing Paul Thompson (15) come together at the boards during the first period at Barclays Center. (Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Islanders laid an egg on Wednesday in Brooklyn, losing to the Florida Panthers, 2-1, in a totally uninspired effort. Last night, they took the rematch in Sunrise, 5-2, led by John Tavares' hat trick. 

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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders' 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers in Sunrise on Friday night was their best game of the season, a reprieve in a campaign that has been full of let downs.

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(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

Islanders captain John Tavares pushed his career point total over 500 with his sixth career hat trick in New York's win over the Panthers on Friday night. 

Coming into the game with 498 career points, Tavares tallied one goal in the first period and two in the third to finish the day at 501 points, good for 10th on the Islanders' all-time list. 

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(Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports)

First Period

  • 2:22 NYI Jason Chimera; Assist: Anthony Beauvillier
  • 3:48 NYI John Tavares; Assists: Nick Leddy, Josh Bailey
  • 9:55 FLA Vincent Trocheck; Assists: Jaromir Jagr, Keith Yandle
Tags: Florida Panthers
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Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Jan 6, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55). (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)

The Islanders take on the Panthers in the back end of their home-and-home series on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. 

According to STATS...

  • The Islanders lost, 2-1, to the Panthers on Wednesday night at Barclays Center, dropping their third straight tilt while scoring exactly one goal in each setback. The last time New York scored one goal or fewer in four consecutive games was in 2014-15 (March 10-17).
  • Florida has won two straight and three of its last four tilts, allowing one goal or fewer in each of the victories. The Panthers have six wins when lighting the lamp two or fewer times in 2016-17 -- tied for third most in the Eastern Conference.
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(Brad Penner - USA Today)

Thomas Greiss will be in net Friday night against the Panthers, head coach Jack Capuano said.

Anthony Beauvillier will be in for Shane Prince and the Islanders will also roll out two new lines.

Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, and Ryan Strome will skate on one of the new lines, with Alan Quine, Beauvillier, and Jason Chimera on the other.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Brock Nelson, Jason Chimera, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss
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(Brad Penner)

Andy Graziano, SNY.TV

Snap your fingers…go ahead, just do it.

Just like that, the Islanders went from a team that won four of five and looked to be righting their wobbly, patchwork ship to set sail toward at least getting back in the playoff conversation, to a team that has now lost four of their last five, including back-to-back loser point 'efforts' in Colorado and Arizona -- the two easiest buildings of 2016-17 to win in.

Tags: Andrew Ladd, Cal Clutterbuck, Casey Cizikas, Jason Chimera, John Tavares, Johnny Boychuk, Nick Leddy, Ryan Strome, Shane Prince, Stephen Gionta, Thomas Greiss, Travis Hamonic, Andy Graziano
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 (Anthony Gruppuso)
(Anthony Gruppuso)

The Islanders have placed D Travis Hamonic on IR (retroactive to Jan. 7) due to a lower-body injury.

Scott Mayfield has been recalled from Bridgeport of the AHL to take Hamonic's place on the roster.

Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said Wednesday that Hamonic was expected to miss "a couple of games."

Tags: Travis Hamonic
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(Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports Images)

Jiggs McDonald, former lead play-by-play man for the Islanders, called Wednesday night's game against the Panthers on MSG Plus and was honored by the team in a pregame ceremony for his 50 years of NHL broadcasts.  

McDonald started with the Islanders in 1980 and was the team's primary TV voice for 15 seasons. 

On Wednesday before the start of the first period, McDonald was honored a bronze microphone, a customized jersey and he dropped the ceremonial first puck. 

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