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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).?
Tags: Islanders, michael grabner, suspensions, Videos, youtube, Kevin Schultz

With a minute to go in tonight's game at the Nassau Coliseum between the Islanders and Flyers, Casey Cizikas secured the win with an empty net goal. That put the Isles up 4-1 and afterwards the crowd erupted into chants of "we want playoffs" and, mockingly, "last place Flyers." The former came up loud and clear on the MSG+ broadcast of the game, even though the announced attendance was 13,888, which was far short of the Coliseum's capacity of 16,170.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROimyJwoVYw

Tags: Islanders, nassau coliseum, Videos, videos, youtube
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Refereeing in tonight's game at the Coliseum was an issue on both sides of the puck. The Islanders' John Tavares loudly slammed the bench door early in the second period, after there was no call when Tavares was taken down hard by P.K. Subban. On the other side, Montreal coach Michel Therrien had some choice words for the refs in his post game presser:

[sny-box]"What, who? What indiscipline? Indiscipline? Do you really expect me to ?blame my guys for playing hard? I cant call out my players when?the refs made up a few calls here and there. We worked hard to get back in ?the game and we probably deserved better than that."[/sny-box]

Another moment was picked up by MSG's microphone as the Islanders left the ice at the end of the third, victorious 6-3 against the Canadiens. Goalie Evgeni Nabokov had some words for the referrees, who were standing near the Isles tunnel.?

Tags: evgeni nabokov, Islanders, michel therrien, News, Editorial Aside, video, Videos, youtube
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SGI is sort of the Saskatchewan version of the Department of Motor Vehicles, as they process motor vehicle registrations and sell public car insurance. Back in the 80s, they enlisted the help of Clark Gillies and Bryan Trottier, both Saskatchewan natives, to make a series of safe driving commercials. And because everything makes it onto the internet eventually, well, here we are.

Two of the commercials feature the pair of Islanders checking a giant ice skating bear, which I guess is or was SGI's mascot. Somewhat inexplicably, the third ad takes place on a baseball field, so if you've ever wanted to see Clark Gillies play second base, here you go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLqjqNEkj9g

Tags: bryan trottier, clark gillies, Islanders, News, Videos, videos, youtube

During the first period of tonight's game in Winnipeg, the Islanders continued to get scoring from their third line. David Ullstrom stole the puck from a Jets defender at the blueline and beat Al Montoya on the breakaway to make it 1-0.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgp4fb8QYO4

Tags: david ullstrom, Islanders, Videos, videos, youtube

Evgeni Nabokov tried out to be an umpire last night. (Screencap via NHL.com)The Islanders had a scoring frenzy last night, with seven goals in front of a stunned Air Canada Centre. Although I'm not sure how stunned, as they've seen things like this before. These are the Leafs who are what Forbes calls the most valuable franchise and have the highest operating income. Money doesn't always buy a better team and last night, against the less than rich Islanders, it didn't. Kind of amazing and it's almost hard to watch, if you're convinced your team could make much better use of the extra $50 million (or however much).

In Toronto, they've seen this all before. So much so that they're chanting for the hometown baseball team only three games into the season:

https://twitter.com/Zeisberger/status/294631984825778177

Tags: evgeni nabokov, Islanders, News, Editorial Aside, videos, youtube
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We're not sure exactly why this happened -- the Isles and Lightning aren't hardened rivals -- but today's game at the Coliseum opened with a pair of fights off the opening face off. Matt Martin fought B.J. Crombeen and Joe Finley fought Pierre-Cedric Labrie. For your viewing pleasure, per Keith Quinn:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN0oyNqV6IM

Tags: fights, Islanders, joe finley, matt martin, News, Videos, videos, youtube

This is the fun in a pre-season scrimmage; the Sound Tigers won 5-3 in regulation but by the time the shootout was all over, the Islanders had clawed their way back to win 6-5. It's all fun and wacky arithmetic when the game doesn't mean anything in the standings.

The funny thing about this particular game is you could tell a little bit about who was in game shape and who had extra motivation. The Sound Tigers for the most part had both of those things, as they're in the middle of the season and if you were on that roster, you didn't get a camp invite (save for the two junior invitees). One particular player who skated like a bat out of hell was Nino Niederreiter. Newsday found Nino after the game:

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]"Of course I was disappointed, but I've learned that there are things you cannot control and you can't worry about those," Niederreiter said after scoring a nifty goal for the Sound Tigers in the scrimmage with the Isles . "I promised myself I wouldn't get frustrated about those things this year. All I can control is what I do on the ice."[/sny-box]

Tags: howie rose, Islanders, john tavares, News, nino niederreiter, Editorial Aside, Prospects, videos, youtube
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The Islanders picked up the Hulk Joe Finley off waivers from Buffalo today, seriously increasing the size of the defense. Finley sounds like a stay at home, rough 'em up kind of d-man something that is new and rarley seen in Islander Country (hey, we haven't seen Carkner in a game yet). So that's the good news. The bad news is he's a former first rounder who has kicked around in the AHL and ECHL for around five years. He's something of a 6th or 7th defender on this team right now.

Finley will be on this team for the right now, too. The hometown paper of the Rochester Americans, where Finley was playing, seems to think that he'll have to be on the Islanders roster for at least 30 days.

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]Assuming this particular clause of the waiver rule did not change in the new CBA, I believe the Sabres still would have the first right to claim Finley back if the Islanders try to send him to Bridgeport of the AHL in the next 30 days. Finley?s arrival gives the Islanders nine defensemen in training camp.[/sny-box]

Tags: Islanders, jack capuano, joe finley, john tavares, lubomir visnovsky, News, Editorial Aside, ty wishart, videos, youtube
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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hNBTsA6rCM&w=560&h=315]
Tags: Islanders, john tavares, Videos, videos, youtube

Earlier today at the World Juniors, Ville Pokka's Team Finland lit up Germany for eight unanswered goals. Pokka was a large part of it, notching two goals and a +5 rating in the game. You can skip ahead through the first couple minutes of the video below to find Pokka's goals. He's #12 with the visor.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGBL9dfpTXo&w=560&h=315]

We missed it earlier in the week, but Ryan Strome picked up another goal for Canada against the US on Sunday. Next up for Canada is another game against the US tomorrow morning at 4 AM ET. Finland takes on Slovakia Friday at 8 AM in their next game. For full schedules and standings, check out TSN.

Tags: News, Prospects, ryan strome, videos, ville pokka, wjc, youtube

This morning at the World Junior Championship, the Canadians had a minor scare after they found themselves in a 2-0 hole early against Slovakia. With two goals from Ryan Strome (hockey news cover, right) the Canadians roared back to score four times in the second and twice in the third for a 6-3 win.

Also of note were the Canadians getting two game misconducts for hits on Slovakia players. The second, when Anthony Camara lit up Patrik Luza, looked like an especially painful shoulder-to-head hit.

In other Isles news, Griffin Reinhart picked up an assist as did Ville Pokka, although Pokka's Finns lost 3-1 to the Czechs.

Tags: griffin reinhart, News, Editorial Aside, Prospects, ryan strome, video, ville pokka, wjc, youtube
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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEvf3n1HUCY&w=560&h=315]

And it's a nice give and go. Strome follows the puck after nearly cycling out of the offensive zone and gets rewarded for going to the net. Canada's next game is Friday morning at 4:30 EST. While we're at it, here's Ville Pokka's assist.

Tags: News, Prospects, ryan strome, video, youtube

In April 1984, the Islanders were in the middle of the Drive for Five looking for their fifth Stanley Cup in a row. One of the rookies on the team, along with Pat Flatley, was Pat LaFontaine. Here, LaFontaine is interviewed by Al Trautwig during an intermission of one of the games in their series against Montreal. The Islanders would beat Montreal in the conference finals before moving on to face Gretzky and the Oilers in the SCF for the second year in a row.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBXvqkkbDM4&w=420&h=315]

Tags: al trautwig, History, Islanders, pat lafontaine, retro video, Videos, videos, youtube

As you well know by now, John Tavares is over in Europe playing for SC Bern alongside Islanders captain Mark Streit. Tavares has been playing very well with (for the most part) non-NHL level teammates. He's got 12 goals and 31 points in 21 games with a +8 rating to go with it. That's a 1.47 point per game pace, which is a quite a bit more than what he put up last year in the NHL (about .99ppg). Of course, that's mostly due to the weaker competition in Swiss A.

One of his latest goals came last week against GE Servett, which was in a 4-3 win for Bern. Tavares scored Bern's second of the game -- and assisted on the first -- with this nice spin move in the low slot:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trE6y49DkTc&w=560&h=315]

Tags: Islanders, john tavares, News, video, youtube
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Since we had mentioned Dennis Potvin the other day, this seems like as good a time as any to follow up with this video. On January 28, 1986, Potvin scored in the Islanders 9-2 rout of the Maple Leafs at the Coliseum, breaking Orr's record for goals scored by a defenseman.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAWerN4QDBw&w=420&h=315]

Nearly a month earlier, on December 25, 1985, Potvin broke Orr's record for points by a defender. He currently sits in 5th on the all-time goals list and 7th in points, behind many of the great defenders of the 80s and 90s such as Ray Bourque, the all-time leader in both categories, Paul Coffey and Al MacInnis. However, Orr and Potvin are still impressively first and seond on the list of goals per game, scoring their goals at an impressive pace.

Tags: bobby orr, dennis potvin, History, Islanders, News, retro video, video, youtube
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On Sunday afternoon, the Sound Tigers had a fight-filled game in Providence against the Bruins that included 10 fighting majors (even one from Ty Wishart) and 98 total penalty minutes between the two teams. The best fight in my opinion was Bridgeport's Brett Gallant against Lane McDermid in the second period.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1R3-MI9j_i8?list=UUgIBna2kU-S3y248uwm2Siw&hl=en_US&w=640&h=360]

You can check out all the fights from the weekend here.

Tags: brett gallant, fights, News, Sound Tigers, sound tigers, Videos, videos, youtube

As a tune up for the World Junior Championships, the Subway Super Series pits junior players from the CHL against their Russian counterparts. The Russians do a six-game tour of Canada, playing two games each against top players from the QMJHL, OHL and WHL.

Isles top prospect Ryan Strome is among the Canadian junior players named to the OHL squad, and he scored the first goal in last night's matchup in Sarnia, Ontario. Strome also assisted on the OHL's second goal, which is all they would need winning the game 2-1. Kids, this is why your coach tells you to follow the play.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWsnDIb439I&w=640&h=360]

Tags: News, ohl, Prospects, prospects, ryan strome, Videos, videos, youtube

(picture via GreatestHockeyLegends.com)
"One of the things that people didn't understand; they always thought there was this hatred of the Oilers and the Islanders," explains Wayne Gretzky in the video below, from the documentary Ultimate Gretzky. "That really wasn't the case. As a team and as players, we idolized the Islanders."

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UFbWlByZdo]

As you well know, the Islanders swept the Oilers in four games in 1983. The next year the Oilers would turn the tables and win the series in five games, ending one dynasty and starting one of their own.

Tags: 1983 finals, 1984 finals, billy smith, dynasty, Islanders, mike bossy, News, video, Videos, wayne gretzky, youtube

On Saturday night in Massachusetts, David Ullstrom finished off a seven round shootout with what can only be described as the Swedish Backhand of Judgement (with all due respect to LHH and Frans Nielsen). This came after a sprawling, awkward, falling backwards save from Kevin Poulin in the sixth round.

Poulin and his opponent on the other side of the ice, Paul Dainton, put on quite a show tonight stopping most everything that came their way. For the Sound Tigers netminder, it was his second game in a row and he played very well, stopping 37 of 39 shots plus a few more in the skills competition. Dainton made 32 saves and was named first star of the game for his effort.

Video of the full shootout competition is below. You can forward along to the 7:45 mark of the video to check out Poulin's save, followed by Ullstrom's goal. I didn't cut the video down more, figuring you could use a good hockey fix during the lockout.

Tags: News, Editorial Aside, recaps, Sound Tigers, sound tigers, video, Videos, youtube
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If you're a fan of enforcers or early-90s Islanders, then you'll surely know the name Mick Vukota. Vukota was the Islanders' enforcer of the era, spending a decade in the system and playing 60+ games on Long Island for five seasons between 1989 and 1994. In his career, Vukota racked up more than 2,000 penalty minutes and more than 150 fights; and that's only from what HockeyFights.com has on record.

One of the most memorable moments of his career didn't come via his fists, though. On October 20th, 1989, he scored a natural hat trick -- three consecutive goals -- against Don Beaurpe and the Washington Capitals. Up to that point, he had notched only three goals in his NHL career.

Tags: dale hunter, dino ciccarelli, gilles thibaudeau, History, Islanders, jack capuano, mick vukota, natural hat trick, News, Editorial Aside, retro video, sports, video, youtube
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It's nothing spectacular, but it's more hockey than we currently have... This is the winning shootout goal from Bern's 4-3 victory over the SCL Tigers last Saturday.

Tags: Islanders, john tavares, Video, Videos, youtube

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8t3N_TnOM0&w=480&h=360]

The Sound Tigers lead the CT Whale tonight 5-2 after two periods of play. All five BST goals came in the second. Nelson, John Persson, Nino Niederreiter and Casey Cikias (2) had the goals (don't turn up your speakers, there's no audio -- sorry). The video above is Nelson's goal, the Sound Tigers' 4th, and his first as a professional.

Tags: brock nelson, Exclusive, News, Video, Sound Tigers, sound tigers, video, Videos, youtube

One of the players who would have been an interesting invitee had this year's training camp actually happened is Spokane's Brenden Kichton. The defender is now in his 5th year in the WHL and was drafted by the Islanders in 2011. The Islanders have to sign Kichton in the coming year and if they don't the 20-year old can re-enter the draft.

In the following video he talks about that very subject at the 1:40 mark:

"In the back of my mind, I'm always wondering what's gonna happen next; if the Islanders are going to sign me, if I'm going to go back in the draft or what the deal is."
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6Va7tkIYsQ&w=640&h=360]

Tags: Brenden Kichton, Islanders, Editorial Aside, Prospects, video, Videos, youtube
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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbfFIu0EeUg&w=480&h=360]
Tags: clark gillies, fights, Video, retro video, Videos, youtube

Via Lighthouse Hockey

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqr17fSd8hw&w=480&h=360]

An interesting find from the gang over at LHH is this video the CBC produced that goes inside the NHL in 1997. The video starts with then GM Mike Milbury trying to deal on the phone and then takes us to the the '97 draft where the Islanders have the 4th (Kenny Jonsson trade) and 5th overall picks. The video follows Milbury around -- always looking to make a trade -- as he tries to coax other teams into trading for #5 after taking Roberto Luongo at #4. Despite the video reminding us of some bad times and a bad GM, it's still a very interesting behind the scenes look at how the league operates. It's also 45 minutes long, so there's also a lot more to it than just the Islanders.

Tags: cbc, Islanders, kenny jonsson, mike milbury, new york islanders, NHL, Video, roberto luongo, video, Videos, youtube

Last week, WTNH Channel 8 in Connecticut did a follow-up segment on me and MetsBlog.com, during which we talk blogging, new media, doing on-air work with SNY, and being a full-time, professional blogger.

To watch the two-minute segment, click play below:

Tags: Video, YouTube, Matthew Cerrone
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Tommy Marcus at Bleacher Report takes a look back at Joe McEwing.

Marcus writes:

"He may have finished his career hitting .251, but he was much more valuable than that."

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To watch the following clip of the late George Carlin appearing on Kiner's Korner, click play below:

...carlin was an absolute comedic genius...r.i.p., mr. carlin...

Tags: MetsBlog, Mike Nichols, Ralph Kiner, YouTube
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According to the Associated Press, a video of Pedro Martinez and Hall of Famer Juan Marichal taking part in a cockfight in the Dominican Republic was posted and then quickly taken off of YouTube last night.

The report writes, “Cockfighting is both legal and popular in the Dominican Republic.”

but, that doesn’t make it right, said Little Jerry Seinfeld…

Tags: Pedro Martinez, YouTube

The following is a parody of Lisa Loeb’s Stay, about John Maine, by Kuff and the Buttheads…

…excellent, job…that first line alone keeps making me laugh - let alone the rest of the song, which is hilarious

Tags: YouTube
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…this is priceless…so, so odd to watch

The following is a video clip from WABC-TV in New York reporting on the firing of Joe Torre as manager of the Mets, complete with on-air responses from then-GM Frank Cashen, OF Lee Mazzilli, and several man-on-the-street reactions…

…by the way, hat’s off to mazz for rocking that stylish mustache…he looks like my dad at that age…outstanding…

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The following bit appeared on Saturday Night Live?

?the Willie Randolph facial expressions are pretty funny, but i don?t get what is going here?is it that they?re speechless?like the rest of us, frankly?

Tags: MetsBlog, Omar Minaya, Willie Randolph, YouTube
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