NHL nails Islanders’ Clutterbuck with fine for repeated diving

Jared Clinton
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The NHL’s anti-embellishment initiative has tagged another player, as New York Islanders winger Cal Clutterbuck has been fined $2,000 for his second infraction of the season.

Clutterbuck’s dive, which happened on Jan. 19, came against the Philadelphia Flyers. In the slot and about to release a shot, Clutterbuck felt the stick of Flyers winger Jakub Voracek and fell to one knee. Voracek was given two minutes for hooking and the Isles scored on the power play. Upon review, the NHL has decided to fine Clutterbuck. Read more

Islanders stun Rangers with beautiful passing play for tap-in goal

Jared Clinton
The New York Islanders celebrate Mikhail Grabovski's goal after a beautiful passing play. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders continue to be one of the most fun teams to watch in the entire NHL, and this exquisite passing play leading to a Mikhail Grabovski goal is the most recent example.

If you can follow the moving puck, it goes from John Tavares, across the ice to Josh Bailey, over to Johnny Boychuk, back to Bailey, and then to the goalmouth where Grabovski is waiting to tap it home. It’s a thing of beauty, and each pass is perfect. The play is made better by Grabovski’s stationary celebration. Read more

Isles’ winger Okposo sidelined 6-8 weeks with upper body injury

Jared Clinton
New York Islanders' Kyle Okposo

It’s been a dream season for the New York Islanders in their final campaign at the Nassau Coliseum, but an injury to Kyle Okposo could turn it into a nightmare rather quickly.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano announced this afternoon that Okposo, 26, will be sidelined anywhere from six to eight weeks with an upper body injury. No further information has been released, and there’s no indication when the injury occurred. All of this is far from good news for the Metropolitan Division leading Islanders. Read more

Legendary Islander Clark Gillies: “The last thing on my hockey bucket list is to drink from the Stanley Cup one more time”

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Scoring 304 goals and 663 points in his 872 games as an Islander – not to mention his 891 penalty minutes, Clark Gillies was a Hall of Fame power forward and core member of the Islanders dynasty teams of the 1980s. He added another 47 goals and 46 assists in the playoffs. His retired Number 9 hangs in the rafters at Nassau Coliseum. A former captain who was the heart and soul of the club, Gillies was honored earlier this season in a pregame ceremony as the club pays tribute to the heroes of the Coliseum. Here, he discusses playing on Long Island as the club prepares to move to Brooklyn next season. Read more

Here are 10 storylines to watch the rest of the way

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COLUMBUS – Well, that was some “showcase of skill” wasn’t it? Unless of course, you consider bodychecking, backchecking, stopping pucks and skating hard for pucks to be valuable skills.

There’s a good chance that you’ve forgotten whether Team Toews or Team Foligno won as you read this. But it was a good weekend and good on the city of Columbus for being so hospitable and welcoming. And good on the players for letting their hair down a little and letting the fans in on the fun.

Now to more important matters, specifically the second half and stretch run leading up to the playoffs. Here are 10 storylines that should provide some compelling moments as we hit the most crucial part of the season: Read more

How I won a cool 360 bucks at the All-Star Game

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COLUMBUS – Your trusty correspondent has a new favorite player and his name is John Tavares. Any player who can make a contribution to the kids’ education funds, or to the post All-Star Game beer fund, is worthy of my admiration.

My keen eye for talent conspired with Tavares’ brilliant scoring skill to win me a cool $360 (in inflated U.S. funds, no less!) in the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association All-Star Game pool. Ryan Johansen may have left with a new car, but yours truly probably has enough money to buy a couple of tires. Read more

John Tavares scores an All-Star Game-best four goals – and only needs five shots to do it

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There were 29 goals scored Sunday at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game. New York Islanders superstar John Tavares had more than 10 percent of them. And he only needed five shots to score his game-best four goals.

The 24-year-old Tavares netted the first three of his four goals on as many shots:
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New York Islanders to don inaugural season threads for final game at Nassau Coliseum

Jared Clinton
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The New York Islanders have already brought back the ‘Fisherman’ jerseys, and, according to the team, the uniforms from the team’s inaugural season will be worn for the Isles final home game at Nassau Coliseum.

On April 11, when the Islanders take on the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets, the threads from 1972 will be worn to commemorate the team’s 40-plus seasons at Nassau Coliseum. Similar to the way the jerseys were worn in the Islanders first season, there will only be numbers on the jerseys, as no nameplates will adorn the back of the sweater. Read more