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You can add another play to the highlight reel for Joshua Ho-Sang.

The Islanders' prospect made an impressive spin-o-rama, no-look pass to set up ?a goal in Monday's 6-2 win for the Niagara Ice Dogs. The play occurred in the second period of game three of an OHL playoff series between the Ice Dogs and Ottawa 67's. Ho-Sang did a 360-degree spin and then made the no-look pass to to Dan Maletta, who scored the goal.

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Ryan Strome isn't exactly a guy known for dropping the glove.

However, that's what the Islanders' forward did on Saturday night in the opening period against the Boston Bruins. His combatant, Torey Krug, is not a guy who gets into a fight that often either. In fact it was just his second of the season.

For Strome, it was his first career fight in the NHL.

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Everybody knows Joshua Ho-Sang has skills on the ice. He's shown them off during mini camp in July, training camp in September and over the weekend he did it again during an OHL contest against the Mississauga Steelheads.

During a 3-3 game Ho-Sang went end to end and then did the only thing one should do when they score; the shimmy. See for yourself.

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The Islanders Dynasty won four cups in a row and was one of, if not the best dynasties ever in major professional sports. One of the records the team set during the dynasty run may stand forever and, as resident IPB Historian Steven Steinsaltz writes, today is the 30th anniversary of the occasion:[sny-box]30 years ago today, Mike Bossy scored two goals and Billy Smith stopped 22 of 23 shots as the Islanders beat Montreal 4-1 to take the Prince of Wales Conference Championship series in 6 games. It was their record 19th-straight playoff series win. Only one team in North American major sports history (1959-66 Celtics, 17) has come within 6 of that mark.
On that night, the Islanders' all-time playoff series record in their 12 years of existence stood at 26-5, their game record stood at 104-49, and their all-time overtime record stood at 21-5. Since then, in 29 seasons plus the 1984 Finals, their series record is 4-13, their game record is 32-61, and their overtime record is 8-8.[/sny-box]
The Islanders beat the Canadiens in Game Six in 1984 at the Coliseum, and here's the 8-minute highlight video of the action:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqCwZO9Sdb8
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The Islanders called up Sound Tigers enforcer Brett Galant yesterday and in his first NHL game, Gallant didn't waste any time dropping the gloves. He squared off against Ottawa's Matt Kassian and, well, just watch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCrm-Yz0VZsGalant racked up 7 penalty minutes in the first period and played :57 on the ice. The Islanders and Senators are currently scoreless after one period.
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I can't speak a?word of French and don't know anything about this video from 1981. What?I do know is that's a young Mike Bossy enjoying some KFC and that it's just about the last thing you expected to see this morning. ?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIHMq4cmGAYh/t to stevenics1991
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Islanders play-by-play man Howie Rose has had his fair share of rants on the air over the last few years and, when an opportunity presents itself, he doesn't shy away from telling it like it is. Here's a quick recap of his recent memorable rants:?
  1. Asking if it was time for spring training yet (Rose also does commentary for the Mets and this one only sort of counts because it wasn't intended to be on camera).
  2. Going off on ESPN's Neil Greenberg for not including John Tavares in a Top 25 list
  3. Going off about Kyle Okposo's snub from Team USA
This video isn't quite on the soapbox/mic drop level that some of the aforementioned events were, but Rose certainly has some #realtalk for the politicians of Nassau County (despite never naming names, that's how it's aimed for the most part).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75jEeNRRcDAHere's a transcript of the important part:[sny-box]"Long Island was major league in every respect. Once the Islanders leave and go to Brooklyn, now the objective is to bring a minor league team here? So, you look at this place and you think of what was and this is all you need to know about what's happened here in Nassau County. Now they aspire to be minor league. And that's just an absolute shame.I can't help it, it gets me worked up. When I look at those Nets banners and those Islanders banners and I remember the noise?and I remember what was and what was for a long time -- a good run by the Nets and a long run by the Islanders -- that's why I wonder about Bill Torrey's innermost thoughts."[/sny-box]
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Here's a little bit of a history lesson as we start to near the summer, which is the usual time of year for these things. Back in 1984, Pat Flatley joined the Islanders for the first time since being taken 21st overall in the 1982 draft. The long time Islanders captain made his debut for the team on February 29, 1984 in Winnipeg against the (old) Jets. Flatley would contribute immediately, scoring on his first NHL shot only 5-plus minutes into the game. ?Want to go into a bit of a time warp? Well, here's the video of that entire game. Thanks to Eric D for passing it along. Flatley's goal comes at the 11:20 mark of the video but if you have the time you might want to watch the whole 11?minutes for the 30-year old commercials and the soothing tones of Jiggs McDonald. He sounds exactly the same, save for the different names on the ice.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgfXGOs9IroAfter the goal McDonald and his co-announcer?Ed Westfall remark about how they, and Flatley, will remember this for a long time. And, well, here we all are.Eric Hornick also writes in to say that this game is the only?leap-day win in the history of the franchise.Here's part of the NY Times' recap of the game:[sny-box]Flatley, who became a professional Monday after returning from the Olympics, scored on his first National Hockey League shot 5 minutes 53 seconds into the opening period.With John Tonelli fighting for the puck in the left corner, the 20-year-old right wing moved into the fray and cleanly checked Lucien DeBlois into the boards and took the puck. He then skated out toward the slot, turned around, and beat Soetaert with a 15- footer that went just inside the left post.''I usually don't look at the net when I'm in that close,'' said Flatley, whose goal gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead. ''If you look, then the goalie might see you looking. I just fired away. The passing is harder, crisper here. And the players are stronger. But I think I'll get used to it.''[/sny-box]In more modern?news, Sebastian Collberg has a separated shoulder and may fly to Long Island to be further evaluated by the Islanders medical staff. In his?post, Arthur Staple also hints at Collberg heading to Bridgeport next year.To build off of the Josh Bailey-centric post from yesterday, Harry shares his thoughts and analyzes the 9th overall picks taken in the years prior to and after the drafting of Bailey. Harry writes that Bailey is in the middle of the pack. The whole thing is worth a read as well.[sny-box]Summary: The draft sucks. That 2008 draft sucked after the 4th pick. So in moving down, we got a few more lottery tickets that eventually allowed us to pick Hamonic. Also, take a look at how many really good teams missed completely in these draft spots, but surprise, surprise, they spent and were able to cover up the mistake.So from 2000 through 2011, Phaneuf, Couture, Granlund, and Hamilton are better choices at the 9 spot, leaving Bailey right in the middle of players drafted in this spot. The argument can be made that he isn't a star and we should cut him loose, but then there is an argument that his floor is 30 points plus good possession, with the clear skill to produce more, and he's an NHL player.[/sny-box]Also: Pro Hockey Talk ranks the worst 5-on-5 teams and the Islanders are where you would expect them to be... Sports Illustrated puts the Islanders at #2 on the "Fan Misery Rankings"...
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- It was a fitting performance for Matt Moulson in his first trip back to Long Island since being traded by the Islanders in October.Moulson scored two goals in the Minnesota Wild's ?6-0 victory over the Islanders on Tuesday night. Five different Wild players scored, with Moulson scoring the game's first as well as final goal. Former Islander Nino Niederreiter also got his name on the score sheet with an assist on Jared Spurgeon's goal."I was pretty nervous before the game," Moulson told reporters from his stall in the visiting locker room at Nassau Coliseum. A place that has been alien to him up until now. "I don't think I slept a minute during pre-game nap today. It was an emotional one coming back here obviously. It was tough at the start for me to really get my mind into it, but getting that first goal kind of calmed me down."That first goal came at 12:23 of the opening period. Moulson was able to sneak a shot by Anders Nilsson from in front of the net to put the Wild up 1-0, and then flashed an all too familiar celebration.Spurgeon scored nearly four minutes later to give the Wild a 2-0 lead over the Isles. Mikael Grunlund made it 3-0 late in the second period and Clayton Stoner pushed the Minnesota lead to four after scoring on a breakaway 4:56 into the third. Justine Fontaine scored moments later and Moulson scored his second of the night on the power play at 16:34.The loss was the fourth time the Islanders have been shutout this season by an opponent."I thought we played a good first period," Islander coach Jack Capuano said. "We were physical. We were doing some things the way we want to play. We played a north-south game and then after that we started playing as individuals. We didn't manage the puck very well."Despite outshooting the Wild 36-22 through three periods, which included a 16-6 shot advantage in the first, the Islanders could not find a way to score. The Islanders had some scoring chances, but failed to really pressure Minnesota for most of the game.However, most of the night was focused on Moulson and how he would handle his first game against his former team.?It's safe to say it was a successful return for the three-time 30 goal scorer.And the Coliseum faithful welcomed him back with cheers during introductions, after each time he scored and with a "We Want Moulson" chant near the end of the game."Coming back you don't know what the receptions is going to be like, but nothing but good things from my time here with the fans and the people. It's a great feeling when something like that happens and I appreciate [Islander fans] just as much as they were showing out there. I have a big place in my heart for this place," said Moulson.
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Tonight was Matt Moulson's first game back at the Coliseum since the Thomas Vanek trade. The Wild won easily, 6-0, and Moulson netted two of the goals. Towards the end of the game, the fans at the Coliseum chanted for Moulson, the ex-Isle who was a fan favorite. After the final buzzer sounded, he also saluted before heading to the dressing room.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH8dHo8GLW0
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from John Tavares who discusses his knee injury and the importance of playing for Team Canada in the Olympics.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31385511
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This is from earlier in the week, but it's still worth a look. It's Jesse Graham, the Isles sixth round pick from 2012, making a huge play for the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL. I'll just let the video do the talking, instead of spoiling it for you beforehand:?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbi1IQpd2kwThe opposing team throws the puck down ice and it looks to be in the empty net, but Graham is able to swoop in at the last second and grab it off the goal line, literally.As play goes back up the other way, Saginaw is able to beat the Greyhounds while they're changing as?Kristoff Kontos puts the puck in the net. Unfortunately for Saginaw, that only cut the lead to 6-5 as they were down two at the time.Over at Yahoo, Neate Seager provides some details on how Graham is fairing this season in Saginaw:[sny-box]Graham has been an intriguing player over his run in the OHL, as a defenceman who's a relatively stripling at a listed 5-foot-11 and 172 pounds. The Toronto native isn't a purely offence-first D-man even though one might be inclined to view him as such because of his modest stature. His 41 points over 53 games between the Niagara IceDogs, where he began the year as captain, and Saginaw, puts him a mere eighth in the OHL defenceman scoring race. The Toronto native also?unsigned by an Islanders organization?that?used its entire '12 draft on defenders?(three of whom played in this season's world junior), which could make it more challenging to earn a contract. Yet he's always been a very guileful player who stepped into the OHL at age 16 and immediately handled a big role with Niagara, where he and current Boston Bruins defenceman Dougie Hamilton were partners for much of their 2? seasons together.[/sny-box]Graham is currently unsigned by the Islanders, and the team will have until June 1st of this year to figure out what to do with him. The Isles have two other defenders from the 2012 who will come due this year as well in Loic Leduc (3rd round) and Adam Pelech (2nd).
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This morning in Sochi, Team Austria kicked off their Olympic play against Finland. The Isles Michael Grabner scored the game's first goal only :36 into the match to put Austria up 1-0. The lead wouldn't last long though, as Finland's Mikael Granlund answered Grabner's goal five minutes later and the Finns would lead 4-2 at the end of the first period.In the third, Grabner scored twice more to get the hatter including this, his third goal, with a little more than five minutes to go:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrAKoSa7ffgBy the way, all three of his goals game against Boston netminder Tukka Rask, who is between the pipes for Finland.Austria would go on to lose the game 8-4. They have an uphill battle in the Olympics, as Grabner, Thomas Vanek and Philly's Michael Raffl are the only NHLers on their roster. Their next game is tomorrow at Noon against Canada.In other action today Team USA blew out Slovakia 7-1, and Russia beat Slovenia 5-2. The final game of the day is Canada against Norway, which starts at noon.
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Evgeni Nabokov, John Tavares, and Jack Capuano after the Islanders fell to the Colorado Avalanche, 5-2,?on Saturday?night.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31350713
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This season, the Islanders have been at the bottom of the NHL's penalty kill ranking for almost the entire season. Back in the fall, they were dead last and barely over 70% on their kills. Today, they're still dead last but have improved slightly to 76.8%.What's wrong with the Islanders PK and how can it be fixed?To answer those questions and much more we asked for the help of hockey systems and strategy expert, Jeremy Weiss. Jeremy runs Weiss Tech Hockey, which provides books, training courses and information on hockey drills, strategies and systems for coaching. On his YouTube channel, he also provides detailed breakdowns of different NHL teams and plays. It's like the detailed analysis that you get snippets of on live NHL broadcasts -- and better analysis, in my opinion -- but in long form. He was kind enough to provide us with a 30-minute (!) video breaking down the woes of the Islanders PK this season.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrvfLEpkLDcIf you enjoyed the video, be sure to check out Weiss Tech Hockey's website.
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GEICO SportsNite has post game reaction after the Rangers defeated the Islanders, 2-1, at Yankee Stadium in the second game of the Stadium Series.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31328459&topic_id=6479520
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GEICO SportsNite takes a look inside the locker rooms of the Rangers and Islanders after their practices before their Stadium Series game at Yankee Stadium. http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31326745
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During the first intermission of tonight's game against Boston, Howie Rose interviewed the NHL's Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Kris King, who works in the "war room" in Toronto, about Thomas Vanek's non-game-winning goal from Saturday night.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvaOh7U25Z8
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A wild game in Bridgeport today, as the Sound Tigers won 6-5 over the Syracuse Crunch. But that wasn't really the wild part of this one; it was top prospects Ryan Strome and Anders Lee getting fighting majors and ejections at the end of the third period.Full clip is below, but here's what happened. Not sure if there's some context we're missing, but everything starts just prior to the 5-to-go mark of the third period when Mike Halmo, winger on Bridgeport's top line with Strome and Lee, leveled Syracuse's Cedric Paquette at the blueline. The hit looks really bad initially, the Paquette's stick goes flying and it looks like he's out cold (but gets back up momentarily and stays in the game). Halmo may have caught him up high. But anyway, Syracuse, as hockey players do, take exception and charged Halmo. Lee gets tied up as well and gets a fighting major and ejection for his trouble. For what it's worth, Halmo got a roughing penalty earlier in the game, so maybe they took exception to something that wasn't a one-off.Here's where it goes overboard.After taking a few minutes sorting everything out, somehow the Sound Tigers ended up with a power play. On said power play, John Persson scores his third of the game to put Bridgeport ahead 6-5 and Strome grabs the puck for Persson. Everyone skates back to the bench, normal stuff... and then they get jumped, specifically Strome by Paquette. Not really sure what the reasoning is, maybe retribution for the Halmo hit? I'd imagine Mike Fornabaio will be able to fill us in later...Here's the video of the whole mess (also Phil Giubileo, Bridgeport's play-by-play man is in excellent form; "That's just the hit of the game, not the replay of the fight. I don't want to see that!"):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynH6afMdUNk
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Jack Capuano and John Tavares after the Islanders fell to the Penguins 6-4on Thursday?night.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31319643
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On NBCSN, NHL Revealed premiered on Wednesday night and it was certainly worth watching. Among the features the show had on the Islanders were the birth of Kyle Okposo's child, John Tavares' mentoring of Ryan Strome, Tavares working the refs -- "I'm not complaining, I just disagree" -- and, in the video below, one of Tavares' interesting pre-game rituals. Here's a clip:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqLKjAISeAoIf you missed the show, you can watch the whole thing here. Episode 2 airs Wednesday at 10:30pm on NBCSN. Click here for the full schedule and Canadian broadcast schedule.
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GEICO SportsNite was at Yankee Stadium to check in on prep for the Stadium Series, the clip includes reaction from?Carl Hagelin, Mats Zuccarello, Jean Potvin, and Grant Marshall.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31305055
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"After a disappointing loss in the playoffs last season, the Islanders are primed and ready to go all the way..."Was that advertising copy from 2013 or 1978??Well, since this is retro video you already know the answer. Enjoy the dry voiceovers and video of Dennis Potvin and start your day off with a throwback; a Cablevision ad for Islanders games from 1978. And yes, those are the Atlanta Flames they're playing next.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQI2NHFCDVUSpeaking of 1978-79, the Smythe Division was horrendous that year... I mean it really got out of hand.?
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GEICO SportsNite hears from Thomas Vanek and Jack Capuano as they look back at the team?s struggles in close games like the recent loss to Carolina.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31291067
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from Islanders head coach Jack Capuano following the team's 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31290273
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10:00pm: John Tavares with just about the most colorful quote you'll ever hear from him: "I don't know if [Okposo] thought David Poile's head was in the net and he was aiming for it..."Poile is the Nashville Predators GM and in charge of assembling Team USA.Lost in the shuffle tonight was the Islanders blowing a two-goal lead at home -- we've heard that one before -- but instead they pushed forward through the third period and into overtime and didn't relent. I'm not sure whether it was a change in strategy or a change in attitude but they certainly played to win down the stretch, especially once Chicago had tied up the game. If you take a look at the fenwick chart, it sort of shows that with the Isles plateauing early in the third then outpacing Chicago throughout the final minutes and overtime.Ryan Strome had his best game yet as an Islander even though he didn't find the scoresheet. He had six shots on goal and linemate Brock Nelson had another three.Evgeni Nabokov is en fuego since returning with injury and helped win the game for the Islanders tonight. Nabokov stopped 37 of 38 even strength shots. With basically the same defense as Poulin/Nilsson had in front of them, with the exception of Brian Strait, it's also some evidence against the Islanders younger netminders.The Islanders are now on a three game win streak and have won five of seven. What a difference from where they were a month ago. Unfortunately for them, the Flyers have won four in a row and the Islanders have made up no ground in the Metro Division. They're still nine points back.Original post: You cannot write a script like this. What a finish.The Islanders played probably their best game of the year tonight, taking the Blackhawks to overtime. In the extra session it was who else but Kyle Okposo scoring the game winner. The Coliseum crowd that braved the snowstorm erupted into chants of "USA, USA!" Okposo then caught up with Peter Ruttgaizer for the post-game interview, saying he had chills.Enough words, just watch:Do we need a full recap for this? We may not need a full recap for this.
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Kyle Okposo got left off of the USA Olympic Ice Hockey team. Have you heard? But before we let this horse lie, we'll let Islanders play-by-play man Howie Rose get a word in. At the top of the broadcast of ?tonight's game at the Coliseum against the Blackhawks, Rose self-admittedly got on a soapbox and ranted about Okposo's snub.?"When you've been where the Islanders have been for the last two decades, it stands to reason ?that you are going to find yourselves disrespected. More so than most other teams in the National Hockey league," Rose said just before puck drop."It's not only a grave injustice but another and unfortunate example of a New York Islander or the New York Islanders being disrespected."Here's the full video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7VU8CAaTT4
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HBO is once again following the teams headed to the Winter Classic in their annual NHL 24/7 series. This year it's the Maple Leafs and Red Wings and if you're watching tonight's episode it features the Islanders and Red Wings at the Coliseum from last month. And HBO's cameras caught Matt Martin and Drew Miller chirping on the bench about a play Martin made that Miller thought was minor league. It's a pretty funny exchange and also take this as your warning there's about as much cursing as you can possibly fit in a five second clip.http://instagram.com/p/ifa7PGRm44/
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Clark Gillies stops by the SNY Studios and joins Daily News Live to discuss his days playing for the New York Islanders and the keys to being successful on the ice.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31231197
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It's Friday, so here's some frivolous video. This is from the 2003 Brick Youth Hockey Tournament that is held every year in Edmonton. Over the years, the tourney has featured some future NHL stars at a very young age. ?This video from 2003 is of 10-year old Ryan Strome. Strome is ?#16 in blue with yellow lettering, sort of a Nashville Predators theme going on there, and had a five-goal game in this particular instance. There's also another future NHLer in the video; Strome's defenseman #34 is Boston's Dougie Hamiltion. (h/t to Dan Friedman for the find).http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZdQHxa5btU
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It's weird how these things line up sometimes; a star player on the opposing team returning for a game against the Islanders. Seems like it happens with some regularity.The Islanders headed to Pittsburgh for Sidney Crosby's big return a couple seasons ago. Earlier this year, Kris Letang and Carl Hagelin both made their first appearances of the year against the Isles after injuries and tonight it looks like Alex Ovechkin will do the same (although he's only missed two games). Maybe it's weird coincidence, or maybe just a statement on how often hockey players get banged up and miss time.?Another return of sorts is Jon Sim signing a 25-game PTO with the Sound Tigers.?Yes, it's that Jon Sim who was on the Islanders for a few seasons from 2007-2011.Sim bounced back and forth between Bridgeport and Long Island a bit and was eventually placed on waivers to head to Bridgeport in January 2011. He refused to report, instead opting to head to Europe, saying it was the best option for his family (translation: $). The Islanders placed him on unconditional waivers, clearing him from the franchise completely.?He's bounced around since he's left, playing in the Swiss-A, German league and the Czech league. He spent last year between Adirondack and San Antonio in the AHL but failed to catch on with a team this year. The Sound Tigers have injuries to Chris Bruton, Joe Finley and Johan Sundstrom is day-to-day, so Sim is just another warm body to have around. And a familiar one at that.While he left on a bit of a sour note last time around, he's saying the right things now, so that's good: [sny-box]?I?m going to go in and I?m going to play my game. I?m going to help the young guys, be a professional and a leader hopefully and try to get this team some wins and help the young guys along the way the best I can.[/sny-box]Placing Brian Strait on injured reserve yesterday opened up a roster spot for the Islanders. That gives them the option for a call up from Bridgeport. If they so choose, of course.With Bridgeport not playing until the weekend and the Islanders not traveling further west than Columbus, Ohio, on the four-game road trip, it's probably pretty easy to get a Sound Tiger to join the Big Club at a moment's notice. There's also a day in between the first few road games. ?No stress, no rush.Between Nino Niederreiter, Rick DiPietro and Matt Moulson, is there more fretting over former players here than in any other fanbase? The Moulson thing is recent and he's a fan favorite, so totally understandable. But every time Niederreiter or DiPietro does, well, anything the news of it seems to pop up and catch the front burner in Islander land. DiPietro I guess makes sense too, he's so tied to this organization having spent so many years here.But is this a thing that happens with other fanbases as well? I have no idea. Legitimately asking the question. Maybe it's because of Twitter, blogs like this one and other media that are so hyper-focused on one small segment of the hockey world (the Islanders) that even the smallest stories seem pertinent (see: next paragraph).What I was getting to was this story about DiPietro in Charlotte with Carolina's AHL affiliate, trying to work his way back to some sort of goaltending job. He's on a tryout contract so nothing's guaranteed and has surrendered nine goals in two games for an .875 SVP. The guy has the best pension plan in the NHL, getting $1.5 million per year for the next however many years but genuinely seems like he won't be completely settled until he can find out if he's cut out to be an NHL netminder again or not.He's not with the team anymore, he technically doesn't matter to the team the blog covers, but I still feel compelled to mention the story (as many others did on Twitter yesterday). It's the Ex-Isle Phenomenon.The video below is Mike Francesa being Mike Francesa. And yes, if you record your call-in asking Mike about the Islanders I will absolutely post it.https://vine.co/v/hjx0XVEaxmQAlso: How they make the ice pink for Pink the Rink night... The League is considering 10-game suspensions for goalie fights, obviously thanks to Ray Emery's antics... And here are the Flyers and their color commentator doing the mental gymnastics to conclude that a line brawl in a 7-0 game was totally necessary?and good for the team...And here's the full 80-minute YouTube of Big Shot. Get a look at it before ESPN files a copyright claim...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZU7srdgw8c
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The Sabres hosted the Dallas Stars tonight in Buffalo, which was not only Matt Moulson's debut but also Lindy Ruff's return to upstate New York. For Moulson, it the debut went as well as it possibly could with two goals. His first came on only his second shift less than four minutes into the game:And his second came late in the middle frame and brought the Sabres to within one. The Sabres would lose to Dallas, 4-3.
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GEICO SportsNite has coverage of the Islanders' 5-2 loss to the struggling Flyers on Saturday night, including post game sound from John Tavares, Andrew MacDonald, and Jack Capuano. http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31185795
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The Islanders scored three times late in the third last night to beat the Penguins 4-3. The third goal came from Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who had all the time in the world to bury a breakaway goal past netminder Jeff Zatkoff.Except it wasn't a breakaway.Rather inexplicably, Bouchard was left all alone in front of the Pittsburgh net on an absolute gift of a defensive lapse from the Penguins. I mean seriously how did the Islanders get a 2-on-0 (see right) with the puck never leaving the zone?The play begins with a Radek Martinek slapper from the point that Zatkoff steered to the corner boards. The puck comes out of the corner and Pens right winger Chuck Kobasew attempts to clear the puck up the boards (green arrow in the picture below). Also of note is defender Olli Maatta, in the red circle, who is starting to float way out of position. His defensive partner #2 Matt Niskanen is below him in the defensive zone. There's an arrow on the direction of Evgeni Malkin, as he anticipates a breakout. So we've already got the left wing and left defender completely failing on the defensive coverage of the left side of the Pens' net, a spot which happens to have two Islanders over there.The problem with Malkin's breakout idea is that Martinek is able to hold the zone. Martinek knocks it down and doesn't get great control of the puck, but he keeps it from heading off to center ice where Malkin or Jussi Jokinen can attempt to make a rush. Bouchard and Regin are still hanging out in front of the net, seemingly in anticipating of Martinek holding the zone, which is OK since Brock Nelson is in a position to backcheck.?Oh and that guy attacking Martinek? That's Maatta, who again is a defender and is way the hell out of position. Pressuring the puck is great and all, but not if it's at the expense of being insanely out of position and leaving the front of your net undefended. Maatta is way the hell out of position and Niskanen is just kind of watching. Not helping things are Malkin and Jokinen heading up ice, but to be fair if their defender is where he should be, they could get away with it (my assumption is that they usually do).So now Bouchard has no one within 10 feet of him except the goalie. Malkin and Jokinen have drifted up ice and with Maatta way the hell out of position, there is one Penguin below the circles. Martinek is fumbling the puck a bit and barely holding the zone, but he is holding it. That's one of two impressive things Martinek does on the play. He kicked the puck, looked like he couldn't find it for a second, had a defender right on him, and didn't really have any right to keep the puck in, but he did.OK, so I said Martinek did two impressive things on the play.Well the second thing was the no-look pass he threw to Bouchard that no one on the Penguins expected at all. With his back turned -- his back completely turned, I mean look at this ridiculous picture below -- he tosses the puck to center. Is it a sort of dump in to hold the zone? Is it a conscious pass to Bouchard? I don't know. But he puts it right to Bouchard in the middle of the ice. Malkin and Jokinen are off at the blueline straight chillin and so is Maatta who, to reiterate, is a defenseman (Malkin is circled because lol his back is turned to the play). Only two out of five Penguins are actually defending someone and defending the correct player.By the time Bouchard gets the puck there's no one within a country mile and he's got all the time in the world to figure out how to beat Zatkoff who has been left out to dry by his teammates like wet laundry. The rest is up to Bouchard to finish, and he does. We talked about him being a good possession player the other day, but this had nothing to do with that. This was a hilarious defensive breakdown from the Penguins and a crazy, awesome no-look pass from Radek Martinek. Although, of course, credit to Bouchard for the nice finish.The Penguins annoucers called Bouchard "sneaky" and "crafty, one of those guys who will sneak in behind things." But none of those things were actually true on this play. You can actually hear one of the announcers start to blame Niskanen and Maatta and then cut himself off (homer?). It was more of a case of Bouchard being left all alone with the keys to the Camaro than him being elusive.
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Josh Bailey broke his stick, got a new one from the bench, then started a break out that was stopped by an impressive save from Pittsburgh's Jeff Zatkoff. But after Frans Nielsen passed up a shot, Bailey laid out on the ice for the game winning goal. It was a wild sequence:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZVpPrPqQNU
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GEICO SportsNite has reaction from John Tavares who discusses the Islanders' need to get on track after?losing five of their last six.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31173581
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The NHL announced tonight that Michael Grabner will have a phone hearing?tomorrow to discuss a hit he put on Carolina's Nathan Gerbe on Saturday night. This, of course, is a precursor for a possible suspension for Grabner. Phone hearings come with a maximum suspension of five games but do not guarantee any suspension at all.?During the first period of Saturday's game, Grabner came across the defensive zone and caught Gerbe as the Carolina forward took a shot on goal. Gerbe went down clutching his head but got up almost immediately and stayed in the game. Here's the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNI_LhKsP0wGrabner isn't a repeat offender and Gerbe wasn't injured on the play so there is likely little, if any, punishment coming. My guess is a one-gamer for the first time offender. That's because the principal point of contact does appear to be Grabner's elbow on Gerbe's head. Gerbe did lean down into a shot, so the positioning does seem to have something to do with creating the point of contact (I'm not saying that makes it ok).?
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Sunday is minor league day here at IPB and while the team's ECHL affiliate is of minimal interest, a slow news day is enough write a quick post on the subject.The Islanders picked up a new affiliate in the ECHL over the off season, the Stockton Thunder out in California. There are only a handful of Isles prospects on the team; Mike Dalhuisen and Parker Milner both of whom you may remember from training camp, plus a few other players that have ties to the Sound Tigers and, randomly, ex-Islander draft pick Corey Trivino. Also in Stockton is Kirill Kabanov, which seems to be?a disciplinary measure?and not necessarily a reflection of his skill.Stockton started off their season strong with a 5-0 win on opening night last night over Colorado. Kabanov had a interesting night, putting together a Gordie Howe hat trick. He scored the second goal of the night off a misplay from the Colorado netminder, got in a fight and later added an assist on a Dalhuisen goal. Dalhuisen also had a Gordie of his own.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e_mkEvKiGk 
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Jack Capuano talks about the Islanders prep for the Chicago Blackhawks. http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31118537
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UFz_vr4Ib4During the second period tonight, Matt Donovan fired a point shot that trickled past Coyotes netminder Mike Smith to give the Islanders a 3-1 lead. It was a power play goal and was the first of Donovan's NHL career in his sixth NHL game. After spending last the last two years in Bridgeport, Donovan made the big club out of training camp this season. Donovan is from Edmond, Oklahoma and is the first player born and raised in the state of Oklahoma to score an NHL goal. Former Avalanche forward Tyler Arnason was born in Oklahoma City, but raised in Winnipeg.The Isles currently lead 5-1 late in the second period.
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GEICO SportsNite has coverage from Islanders' practice as the team has high expectations before the first game of the season.http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=31077083
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In split squad action at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, the Islanders 'B' squad is facing off against the Senators. During the first period, prospect Kirill Kabanov streaked down the wing, made an impressive deke and wrapped around a pass to Riley Wetmore. You really just need to see it so watch the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwsD93vPZBUIt's moves like that where you can see why Kabanov was supposed to be a first round talent. Off-ice attitudes and distractions caused him to drop to the Isles in third round back in 2010. He hasn't gotten much playing time in the preseason thus far, but that was a hell of a goal. The Islanders lead this game 2-0, as Ryan Strome would pot a one-timer later on in the period.
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In Tuesday night's pre-season action there were of course some scraps. The tough guys have to get their, uh, practice punches in. The better fight of the night was in Regina, as Brian McGrattan squared off with the Isles' Brett Gallant with two minutes to go in the first period: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IT6us6oseEAnd in Calgary it was Chris (trophy droppin') Bruton against Chris McKelvie early in the second:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcxdrWOqej8
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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy7omTCLOTY&w=480&h=360]Video shot by Christian Arnold
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Last week, Ziggy Palffy retired from hockey -- we presume for good this time -- and even though it's a bit late, we'd be remiss for not at least giving him the retro video treatment.

Palffy played for the Islanders from 1993 through 1999 and that era in Islanders hockey is sort of left behind the curtain many times; the noteworthy items from that era are almost all negative. That's partially evidenced in our own Retro Video segments?(they've all been from 1993 or earlier and post-2000).

The following video is from the 1996-97 season, the Islanders 25th anniversary season and the year Mike Milbury relieved himself of coaching duties. The Islanders would finish with 70 points that year and 71 the next, the only times during Palffy's tenure the team would crack the 60 point barrier. 70 points wouldn't get them out of the Atlantic Division cellar -- the division was seven teams in that era -- although 71 was good for fourth the next year. But even that was still 12 points removed from the eighth playoff berth. That's as good as it got during that era.

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GEICO SportsNite?has coverage of the Islanders' prospect camp, where head coach Jack Capuano spoke about his message to the team.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=28768339

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