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
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
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
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
The New York Islanders are done being a punching bag for the Pittsburgh Penguins. After a decade of futility languishing mostly near the bottom of the Metro/Atlantic Division standings, the Islanders can finally meet the Penguins on even footing – and that’s a good thing for hockey.
The Islanders erased one- and two-goal deficits on Friday in their fifth contest of the season against the Penguins – one the Isles won 6-3 on the strength of a four-goal night from Kyle Okposo.
The Isles never went away in the game and weathered a two-goal, three-point night from Sidney Crosby to keep their lead over Pittsburgh for top spot in the Metropolitan Division.
That’s a sentence you wouldn’t expect to read last year.
Denis Potvin, we can only presume, still sucks. But that’s about the only thing that has remained constant in the rivalry between the New York Rangers and New York Islanders over the past couple of decades.
Until tonight, that is. When the Islanders visit the Rangers for the second time this season, it will represent the first time in, well, forever that the two franchises have been relevant and contending teams. The Rangers are only the hottest team in the NHL right now, coming off their first-ever California sweep and having won 13 of their past 14 games. The Islanders, by contrast, have been consistently strong this season and sit on top of the Metropolitan Division standings – albeit with the Rangers being five points behind and having three games in hand. Read more
To watch Matt Martin play hockey is to watch a human bumper car.
Now in his fifth season with the New York Islanders, Martin, 25, has earned a reputation as an intense, blue-collar left winger who throws as many punches (447 penalty minutes in 280 games prior to this season) as he does bodychecks (he’s led the NHL in hits three times). But when he’s not playing, he is anything but high-strung. You’re more likely to find him reading or working on a crossword puzzle than trying to knock someone into next week. Read more