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The Islanders will not be making any coaching changes in the offseason after the team failed to advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season (Newsday, Apr 30).

Head coach Jack Capuano,?assistants coaches Doug Weight, Greg Cronin and Bob Corkum and goalie coach Mike Dunham will all return for the 2015-16 season, which will be the team's first in Brooklyn. Islanders' general manager Garth Snow was satisfied with the job the they did with the team this year.

"Our coaches did a great job, whether it was preparing our players or with the communication between coaches and players, which was outstanding," Snow said. "There were some aspects of our game, whether it was with our penalty-kill that struggled early on and became a strength for us by the end, or our power play, which was a strength at times early on and we didn't have one in the playoffs. That's an area of concern. We'll analyze all different areas of our team and try to get better." (Newsday, Apr 30)

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WASHINGTON -- The sadness was palpable in the Islanders locker room after their season came to an end Monday night. Evgeny Kuznetsov put the dagger in the hearts of the Islanders and their fans, scoring what ended up being the game-winning goal at 12:42 of the third period.

It was a crushing end to a series that produced so many memories for the Islanders and the fan base as they gave the Nassau Coliseum one last hurrah before the move west to Brooklyn. Getting back to the Coliseum to play more hockey was the team's goal and they were disappointed they could not do that.

"We wanted tot get back home," Islanders head coach Jack Capuano said. "The theme that they have at the Coliseum, with the jumbotron and the music and the chants, we actually played that before the game. So [the fans] were definitely in our thoughts. We wanted to get back there."

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The Islanders weren't any less upset Wednesday morning than they were the night before about Tom Wilson's questionable hit on Lubomir Visnovsky.

Much of Wednesday's post-practice media availability was spent discussing and dissecting the hit that occurred in the second period. Wilson laid a crushing hit on Visnovsky along the end boards Tuesday night in Game 4 that sent the Islanders defenseman to the locker room. It was the second game in a row a Capitals player hit Visnovsky and sent him off the ice. Except this time, he didn't return.

The team did not have any update on Visnovsky's status after practice and he is not expected to play Thursday's Game 5 in Washington with the series tied at 2. Several players were very vocal about on the hit.

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Kyle Okposo didn't mince his words when talking about the hit that Washington Capitals' forward Tom Wilson laid on Lubomir Visnovsky in the second period of Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss.

The questionable hit occurred 5:54 into the second period as the Islanders' defenseman was trying to play the puck behind his own net. Visnovsky did not have full control of the puck and Wilson caught him in the face with his shoulder as he came flying in for the hit. Wilson was given a two-minute charging penalty and Visnovsky left the game and did not return.

"He's an idiot," Okposo said, referring to Wilson. "The guy runs around and he just hits reckless. He leaves his feet and there's no place for that."

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Dwelling on a Friday night's loss wasn't something the Islanders were doing when they hit the ice on Saturday for practice at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders skated as staff dressed the arena seats with orange rally towels and several Washington Capital players navigated themselves through the lower bowl as they headed to the visitors dressing room. Back on on Long Island preparing for Game 3 on Sunday, the Isles appeared to have moved on from a tough defeat in Washington on Friday.

"I think we know the situation and we've done a good job all year of moving forward," John Tavares said. "That's what we have to do, especially in a playoff series. We're looking forward to being at home."

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Just like in Game 1, we will have to wait and see what the Islanders lineup will be for Game 2.

Jaroslav Halak will start in net after a strong 24-save performance on Wednesday night. The Islander goaltender had a .960 save percentage in that game.

Outside of the starting goaltender the lineup is still a mystery, but with that being said it would be strange to see many changes from the lineup that appeared in Game 1. The Islanders played one of their most complete games of the season in the 4-1 victory.

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The Islanders are underdogs headed into their opening round series against the Washington Capitals. Head coach Jack Capuano knows that, and he's perfectly fine with it.

"Everybody is picking Washington," he told Newsday. "I like being the underdog . . . They look at the brackets and the people on TV -- the TV's running every morning seeing who they're picking. For us, we might be the underdog, but I'm stressing how good of a team they are. We finished with 101 points for a reason."

The Islanders and Capitals split the season series 2-2, with each team winning in their home building. The Islanders are 2-2-2 in their last six visits to the Verizon Center and are 9-7 in 16 road playoff games against the Capitals.

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Islanders Coach Jack Capuano had very little information on Travis Hamonic when practiced ended on Monday.

?We don?t have any update on him at this point,? Capuano responded to the first of several questions about the injured defenseman. ?We?ll just take it day by day.?

Not the response Islander fans were hoping for just two days before the puck drops in Washington D.C. for Game 1 between the Isles and Washington Capitals. Hamonic was injured during the first period of Friday?s win in Pittsburgh and missed the rest of the game. He also missed Saturday?s season finale at Nassau Coliseum.

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The Islanders didn't clinch a playoff spot, but the anticipation is certainly building for the inevitable postseason run.

As the Islanders locked up a 3-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres a chant of "We Want Playoffs" echoed around Nassau Coliseum. It was the first time since the Isles run in 2013 that it has permitted around the building. The Islanders may not have secured a postseason birth, but they did put themselves in good positioning with the win.

The Islanders moved back into sole possession of second place, as the Washington Capitals lost to the Ottawa Senators in overtime, giving them a shot once again at home-ice advantage in the playoffs.

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The lineup that fans saw in Columbus on Thursday will be the one they see tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

Eric Boulton, who scored a goal against the Blue Jackets will remain in the lineup and Jaroslav Halak will be in net. Michael Grabner and Tyler Kennedy will once again be healthy scratches. Isles' Coach Jack Capuano says that Boulton brings extra leadership to the bench.

"When you talk about our team he's a great leader," Capuano said. "He's an experienced guy, he plays the right way and for me the emotion on the bench. Especially this time of year is real important for some of our younger guys."

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The Islanders watched as solid first period effort was squandered by mistakes in the second.

The Montreal Canadiens scored two goals in the second period and defeated the Isles 3-1 in front of a sold out Nassau Coliseum. It was the third straight home game this week that the Islanders have failed to win. Goals by Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty, and stellar goaltending by Carey Price, sealed the home team's fate, despite a late game comeback attempt.

"It was another one of those nights," John Tavares told reporters after the loss. "It was tight, pucks were bouncing it seemed and we were trying to generate some offense. Trying to get to the middle of the ice. Obviously there's a lot being let go and it's tight games. You just have to find a we and right now it's definitely just disappointing.

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Matt Donovan is excited to be back in the Islanders lineup when they host the Montreal Canadiens.

The Islander defenseman has spent a majority of the 2014-15 season watching the games, rather than playing in them. Donovan has only suited up for nine of the Isles 70 games this year. The Isles upgraded defense and depth has not given Donovan too many opportunities to get back in the lineup when injuries on the back end have occurred.

"I think we have a great defensive core," Donovan said. "There's a reason I haven't been playing a lot and that's because we have a lot of great defensemen. They've been playing well."

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Jack Capuano's faith in his squad hasn't wavered, not even a little bit.

The Islanders' Head Coach didn't miss a beat when he was asked if he was concerned about his team after their 2-1 loss to Ottawa. "Not at all," Capuano responded to Stan Fischler's question about his worry for the club.

"You can't score, you can't win," Capuano added after a second of silence.

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The Islanders have finally found a few days to relax now that their stretch of five games in seven days is over.?

After Tuesday's win over the Arizona Coyotes, the Isles have had a rare two days in between games. The month of February has been pretty compacted even before the five games in seven night stretch. The Islanders have played games essentially every other night since returning from the All-Star break.

Head coach Jack Capuano gave the team off on Wednesday, but skated them on Thursday at Nassau Coliseum. The break in between games comes at a crucial time to allow guys to catch their breath before jumping back into action.

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The Islanders have placed Mikhail Grabovski on injured reserve with an expected concussion (Stable, Feb. 21).

Grabovski suffered the injury during Thursday night's?win?against the Predators. "I'm sure he's going to be out a while," Head coach Jack Capuano said of Grabovski.

Kael?Mouillierat has been recalled to fill in during his absence.

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If there were teams in the NHL that did not know about Anders Lee, they're learning very quickly about the talented rookie.

The 24-year-old rookie scored his 17th and 18th goals, respectively, of the season during Thursday's winning over the Toronto Maple Leafs to tie Flip Forsberg for most goals scored by a rookie this season. Lee has recorded those 18 goals over the course of 49 games, and has five goals in the last six contests for the Isles.

"I think that when you have the determination to get to the front of the net you're going to score a lot of goals," Jack Capuano said about Lee. "We talk about it all the time, you go there good things are going to happen. Guys should take a look at that and their point production will pick up."

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Islanders head coach Jack Capuano has had his doubters this season, but John Tavares thinks he has been the right man to guide them.

Capuano has helped lead the Isles to a 34-18-1 record through 53 games. The Islanders had 34 wins total last season.

Team captain John Tavares was asked about Capuano during an interview with Sportsnet's Hockey Central on Monday:

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders begin the second half of the season the way they ended the first half.

The Islanders defeated the New York Rangers 4-1 Tuesday night at a sold-out Nassau Coliseum. It was the Islanders' third win in as many games against the Blueshirts this year. It was also the third consecutive time that Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist allowed three or more goals against the Islanders.

The victory pushes the Isles further in front of the Rangers. They are seven points ahead of their Manhattan rival in the Metropolitan Division and moved back into first place in the Eastern Conference.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders may have a tough decision on their hands when they return from the All-Star break.

Head Coach Jack Capuano said that Mikhail Grabovski could be ready once the team returns from the break. He has been out with a lower-body injury since leaving the game early on January 9 against New Jersey. Grabovski, along with injured defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, both skated before Monday's matinee against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"Grabbo is getting real close and could be ready when we return," Capuano said. "Visnovsky again skated this morning. Felt really good, but don't know if he'd be ready right after the break. They're still day-to-day, but it's good to see both of them on the ice going through the drills. Now we will just get them in some contact."

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It would have been very easy for the Islanders to get very excited after Tuesday's win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

A big, shutout win over your biggest rival, in their home building for the second time this season with the eyes of the New York sports media watching (that was until the Jets hired a new coach and general manager that day). Yeah, it would have been easy to get a bit high and mighty about oneself.

But the Islanders did just the opposite of that.

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The hype was there for the Islanders and New York Rangers second meeting of the 2014-15 season, but aside from a tussle after the final buzzer there was no big game feel during the 60 minute affair at Madison Square Garden.

The sold-out crowd did see a good game, and the pocket of Islander fans that made the trip to Manhattan left happy, but the true flair of Islanders versus Rangers wasn?t all there. Maybe the fisticuffs at the end were a primer for what is to come when the two teams do battle again on Long Island in two weeks.

The Nassau Coliseum is usually the livelier of the two venues and brings out the spirit of the Islanders, Rangers rivalry.

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NEW YORK -- It's not too often that audible "Let's Go Islanders" chants break out at the end of an Islanders-Rangers game at Madison Square Garden. But on Tuesday, they did for the second time this season as the final buzzer sounded on a 3-0 Isles win.

The Islanders scored three goals in the second period and Jaroslav Halak made 27 saves to shut out the Rangers at the Garden for the first time since Billy Smith did it on Dec. 17, 1975. The win, in a game Rangers coach Alain Vigneault preemptively labeled a "New York Classic," moved the Islanders into first place in the Eastern Conference, seven points ahead of the Rangers.

"It's a good win," Frans Nielsen said. "We knew they were going to come at us the first 10 minutes. We were lucky a couple times there. They couldn't go like that all game, we knew that, we got more time and we worked our way in the game. We played perfect the last 40 minutes."

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Meetings ?between the Islanders and New York Rangers have not meant much in seasons past, but when the two teams take the ice at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, two very valuable points will be on the line.

It really hasn't been since the 90s that a meeting between New York's two hockey clubs was something of a must-see event, but with every other New York sports team seemingly out of the picture, the Rangers and Islanders will take center stage. The Isles sit atop the Metropolitan Division and have been one of the best teams in the league through much of the first half of the season.

The Rangers have gotten hot, winning 13 of their last 14 games. It is the first time since 1973 that the Blueshirts have accomplished such a feat. Equally as impressive is the fact that the Rangers are the first team since the 1997-98 Montreal Canadiens to defeat the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers all on the road.

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The Islanders took part in a spirited practice at Islanders IceWorks Thursday morning in preparation for Friday's game against the Devils in New Jersey.

"I thought it was a good practice," Islanders' Head Coach Jack Capuano said. "Our guys work hard. We've talked about it since day one about making sure that we come out with a purpose everyday and it was a good skate today, with a real good pace. We've done that, so we just have to clean up a few areas of our game there."

New York's previous two games have been clunkers against Western Conference opponents, but six of the Islanders next eight games will be against divisional opponents. They can ill-afford to allow points to slip away against teams in the Metro.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- A game is never until it's over and the Islanders proved that Saturday night.

New York Islanders center Anders Lee (27) celebrates his go-ahead goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning with center Ryan Strome (18) and center Brock Nelson (29) and defenseman Travis Hamonic (3) during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Islanders defeated the Lightning 3-1. ?Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Down 1-0 in the waning minutes of the third period the Islanders rallied to score two goals in 12 seconds to come from behind to beat the Tampa Bay Lighting 3-1 at Nassau Coliseum. An empty net goal at 18:49 rounded out the score for the Isles.

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Special teams has come up big for the Islanders in key situations in the last two games.

On Saturday, a timely power play goal by Kyle Okposo evened the score at two between the Chicago Blackhawks and Islanders. On Monday, with the Islanders and New Jersey Devils tied at two, the penalty kill unit killed off a retaliatory slashing penalty called on John Tavares at 18:11 in the third period.

It allowed the Islanders to get to overtime and eventually beat the Devils 3-2 in the shootout.

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Travis Hamonic and Johnny Boychuk did not practice with the Islanders on Friday and it could be a while before either are back with the team, according to head coach Jack Capuano.

?They?re not going to be playing here anytime soon,? Capuano said after practice at IceWorks. ?We?ll just wait to see what the prognosis is hopefully after the weekend.?

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The Islanders have suffered injuries to the defensive corps in the past and this season is no different.

The difference has been that the Isles have been able to still find ways to win in spite of them. Tuesday night was another example of that as the Islanders defeated the Ottawa senators 3-2 in overtime, in a game that saw New York lose a third defenseman to injury.

Travis Hamonic suffered, what Islander Coach Jack Capuano called, an upper body injury after taking a hard hit into the boards in the second period. The Islanders have already been without both Johnny Boychuk and Lubomir Visnovsky due to ailments.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- In past years the final five minutes of Saturday night's game between the Islanders and New Jersey Devils would have resulted in a loss for the home team.

However, as the Islander players and coaches continuously say, ?this is a different team. Despite being down two men with 2:04 left in the game, and ahead 2-1, the Isles held on to defeat the Devils. The victory was their 17th of the season and 11th of the month.

The Islanders didn't make it easy on themselves in the third period. After outshooting the Devils 26-19 through the first forty minutes and playing competitive hockey game, the Isles allowed New Jersey to swarm them in the final period. New Jersey peppered Jaroslav Halak with 16 shots in the third, while they only recorded two.

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Islanders' Head Coach Jack Capuano mixed up his lines in the middle of the game Tuesday night and did so again on Wednesday at practice.

Brock Nelson and Nikolay Kulemin moved to the Islanders top line for practice. Kyle Okposo practiced alongside Frans Nielsen and Mikhail Grabovski. Michael Grabner skated with the Islanders fourth line and scratched forward Cory Conacher skated on the third line Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Josh Bailey.

"We're just trying to get the best chemistry lines going and make sure top to bottom we're balanced," Lee said about the line jumbling. "Sometimes a little change up is good and...it's going to make things better for us."

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Second straight start, second straight shutout for Jaroslav Halak.

The Islander net minder keep his opponent scoreless for the second game in a row on Tuesday night. A feat that has not been done since Rick DiPietro was patrolling the net back in December of 2006. It was also Halak's 32nd career shutout.

?I always say it?s a team effort,? Halak said about the win Tuesday night. ?They kept the shots low again tonight, the same as last game. They blocked a lot of shots again like the last game. It?s always easier when you have these types of games, when everyone plays well.?

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The Islanders certainly know their history in November in years past, but they are not letting that creep into their minds this year.

Coach Jack Capuano didn't even want to address the matter when asked by a reporter about it Tuesday night.

"I don't want to talk about it," he said.

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No one would blame Matt Donovan for being mad about not having played an NHL game yet in 2014-15.

But Donovan isn't mopping around speaking out to the press about his lack of playing time. Rather the 24-year-old Oklahoma native is taking things in stride and remaining prepared for when his name is called to jump into the Islanders lineup.

"Anything can happen and injuries happen," Donovan told Islanders Point Blank. "So you just have to stay ready and work hard everyday. When I get my chance I'll play the way I know I can."

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Anders Lee was happy to be back on Long Island prior to the start of Saturday night's contest prior to the Islanders 7-5 win over Dallas. He was even happier following the contest in which he scored his first goal of the season.

"It's nice," Lee said with a smile talking about the goal. "Anytime you get the first one out of the way it gets the season rolling a little bit, It makes you stop thinking about it, but it was a good play by the boys and I was able to capitalize."

Lee certainly showed why he should have been on the Islanders roster to begin with on Saturday night. The 24-year-old scored the game's opening goal by redirecting a shot from Thomas Hickey. Moments earlier, Lee nearly scored on a similar play. Lee's presence in front of the net was also enough to agitate the Stars on several occasions during the first period.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Injured Forward Mikhail Grabovski might be back sooner than people expected. Grabovski skated prior to the Islanders optional morning skate on Tuesday and Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano said he was day-to-day.

"I don't know if it's going to be long term," he said referring to the injury. "He's day-to-day. He's here every morning getting his rehab and actually went on the ice there a little bit. We'll know a little bit more as each day goes by."

Capuano characterized Grabovski's skate on Tuesday morning as a "light skate, but it's a good sign that he's progressing." Grabovski left last Thursday's game against the San Jose Sharks after being hit hard by John Scott. He originally passed a concussion test, but woke up on Friday with concussion like symptoms.

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There was some news from practice in Uniondale. Some of it was good and some of it was not so good.

To start with the good news, it sounds like Lubomir Visnovsky is very close to returning to the Islanders line up. He has been sidelined with back problems since the preseason and was placed on injured reserve on October 7. On Monday Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano told both Arthur Staple of Newsday and Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post that there was a "good chance" that Visnovsky plays on Tuesday.

If Visnovsky plays on Tuesday it will be the first time he sees game action in the 2014-15 season.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The Islanders got one of their two injured defenseman back on Thursday, and are close to getting the other one back soon as well.

Calvin de Haan made his season debut against the San Jose Sharks after missing the first three games of the season with an upper body injury. Now, it appears that Lubomir Visnovsky could be close to returning as well. The Islander defenseman has been dealing with back spasms and the team put him on injured reserve on October 7.

Visnovsky skated Thursday during the morning skate.

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There was a new star on Broadway Tuesday night and he was putting on a show for one night only at Madison Square Garden.

It would be fair to say that Jaroslav Halak's 40-save night at MSG could rival even the best Broadway shows playing just a few blocks away. And after make the big stops the Islanders so desperately needed after two periods, he was rewarded by his teammates with a four-goal third period.

Halak made 19 fewer?saves in his first start as an Islander on Friday in the team's 5-3 opening night win, but Tuesday's performance was a true test of how well he can do when he is under pressure.

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The Islanders are off to their best start since 2001-02 when they went 4-0-0 to start the year. Three games into the season and they successfully made it over their first big hurdle; beating the Eastern Conference Champion New York Rangers. A rough forty minutes gave way to a strong twenty in the third to overcome being outplayed in the first two periods.

For the game recap click here?and for the game?story click here.?

Below are some quick thoughts and notes from the Garden:

  • Jaroslav Halak is earning his money early on. The Islander net minder made 40 saves for the Islander, with 32 of them coming in the first two periods. Halak kept the Islanders in the game when he needed to, which allowed the Islanders have the third period that they did. If not for several of Halak's saves -- especially on the power play and in the second period -- the Rangers easily could have been the team that ended the game with a 6-3 victory. Instead, Halak gave a strong performance, except for a soft goal in the first period, and led the Islanders to a win
  • Johnny Boychuk continues to come up big for the Islanders. The defenseman scored the team's first goal in the opening period off his, now, signature slap shot from the point. The Islanders have been waiting quite some time for a defender who can quarterback the power play and has a scary shot to boot. Safe to say it seems they have their man.
  • Power play did not get its usual bulk of the Islanders scoring -- something that Jack Capuano was happy about in the sense that five-on-five the Islanders played well and scored a majority of the points -- but they did contribute going 1-for-4 on the man advantage. The Power play has been a strong point for the Isles early in the year.
  • The penalty kill did not allow a single for the first time this season. They went 3-for-3 a man down, in large part because of the play of Halak between the pipes. The PK was not great on Tuesday night, but it held it's own and got stronger as the game progressed. The Isles best kill came in the second period right after Tavares tied the game. They kept the Rangers from establishing any quality chances and, more importantly, kept the home team from regaining momentum.
  • The first and second period efforts were not there last night. As I said earlier, the game easily could have been out of reach by the end of the first two periods. The Isles will need to play stronger out of the gate going forward.
  • That third period is how the Isles should have played all game. The Islanders had everything going for them in the period. They played with high energy, forced the Rangers to make mistakes and got the bounces they need. The positive to take away from this is that this team found a way to win after a bad two periods, and that's what good teams do. Obviously not something you want to see every game, but it has to be comforting to know that they can pull it off when they need to.
  • Kyle Okposo recorded his 100th career goal on Tuesday against the Rangers 48 seconds into the third period.
  • Nick Leddy recorded his first goal as a New York Islander.
  • Islanders are off to their best start since 2001-02, when they went 4-0-0 in their first four games.
  • Brock Nelson, Johnny Boychuk, John Tavares, and Kyle Okposo have all recorded points in each of the first three games of the year.
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NEW YORK -- The Islanders are off to a perfect start this season, but their 6-3 win over the New York Rangers was far from it on Tuesday night.

And while the players and coaching staff were happy about the win, there was no back patting in the Islanders dressing room. The visitors from Long Island played a strong third period from start to finish. The dominating four goal period helped push them passed the city dwelling Blue Shirts, but their first two periods put them in a serious bind.

"I thought we weren't playing a very good hockey game. We were turning pucks over a lot and we gave up over 40 shots tonight, so I think we feel fortunate to have a goaltender that really kept us in the game," John Tavares said. "I just like the way everyone came out hungry, played aggressive in the third there and we got rewarded. We knew we had to be a lot better after the first forty."

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The Islanders are used to not getting a lot of respect from the pundits who cover hockey.

In fact they're used to being the butt of many jokes -- however fair or unfair they may have been -- but things are starting to change on Long Island. Starting with the additions of quality goaltenders and scorers, wrapped up with the additions of two top-4 defenseman over the weekend. The Isles went from a playoff bubble team to a playoff contender overnight in the eyes of many.

It's the start of a new begging for the team that was once referred to by TSN as the doormats of the league. Now they're being given respect after a summer of changes.

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One thing a lot of Islander fans have been watching has been the line combinations that Jack Capuano has been using during practices in the preseason.

Capuano has done a lot of mixing and matching throughout training camp, but has finally come to a decision on the lines for opening night. On Tuesday Arthur Staple broke the news to the Islanders faithful:

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Uniondale, N.Y. -- The Islanders may want to take a look at special teams after Wednesday's 4-2 preseason loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at Nassau Coliseum.

New York surrendered three power play goals to the Hurricanes in the Islanders only preseason game in Uniondale. The Isles also went 0-for-5 on the power play in the exhibition contest.

"Obviously we didn't play very well," Islander Captain John Tavares said after the game. "We were slow out of the gate. Special teams wasn't great for us tonight."

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There is no question Josh Bailey struggled in the 2013-14 season, but the Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano has not lost faith

in the 24-year-old forward. The Islander coach was asked during an interview with Islanders Insight.com about Bailey's struggles last year and how the team was planning to help him take the next step in his development.

"As a coach I believe in these players and everybody is going to go through it," Capuano said to Andy Graziano about Bailey's struggles. "No matter what sport it is. You're going to go through a tough stretch... When Josh is given the confidence and playing the way that he can play he can help our hockey club. I think it's the past. I think Josh knows the second half of the year was good for him. Obviously he didn't get off to the start that he wanted to and be consistent in the play that he wanted to. The potential is there, so as a coaching staff it's our our goal and our job to make sure that we maximize each player's potential.

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Griffin Reinhart isn't looking to start the 2014-15 season in scenic Connecticut. The 20-year-old defenseman wants to be in the NHL on October 10th when the Islanders open their season in Carolina against the Hurricanes.

The fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft spent last season in the WHL with the Edmonton Oil Kings, where he?won the memorial cup and was named MVP of the WHL Championships. Now Reinhart's goal is to make it in the professional ranks.

It is widely believed that Reinhart will make the Islanders roster on opening night and a trip to Bridgeport would not be how he wants to begin the year.

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