Some thoughts on the Islanders 4-3 shootout win


Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders remain undefeated after four games — the first time they have done that since 2001-02. Thursday night’s win was another sign of the changing times as they defeated one of the best teams in the Western Conference and out played them for much of the game. It was the biggest test the Islanders have faced in the young season.

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Islander Notebook: Visnovsky nearing return for Islanders

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

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.

“Yeah, it’s going really well for him,” Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano said about Visnovsky’s recovery. “I think the game plan is — just talking to Garth [Snow] and the medical people — that he’ll travel to Pittsburgh with us and continue to skate. Hopefully, he’ll enjoy his day off on Sunday. And maybe have a full team practice on Monday.

“If things work out there he’ll be real close. Things are progressing real good for him,” Capuano said.

When Visnovsky returns it will be the first time in the young season that Capuano has had all his defenseman healthy. It will also force the coaching staff to make another tough decision about the roster. The Islanders have already sent Griffin Reinhart back to AHL Bridgeport after de Haan was taken off IR.

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Mature Islanders pass test in 4-3 shootout win over Sharks

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Ask anyone covering or watching the Islanders if they thought they would be undefeated to start the year and they probably would have shook their heads no. Emphatically.

USATSI_8145840_110579513_lowresYes, everyone thought the Islanders would be good this year, but to start the season 4-0-0? It just wasn’t in the cards, so we thought. But here they are, four games in and four games won. A feat that the Islanders have only done twice before, back in 2001-02 and 1976-77.

Even more impressive was the quality of the opponent they beat Thursday night in front of a raucous Nassau Coliseum crowd. The San Jose Sharks are a perennial contender in the western conference and were the biggest test the Isles were facing in the young season.

It is safe to say the Islanders passed the test.

Thursday’s 4-3 shootout win may go down as the most exciting October game of the 2014-15 season and was another highlight of how far this Islander team has come. They outshot the Sharks 45-23 through the sixty-five minute affair and were the better team for much of the contest, despite trailing until the third period.

“I think that we’ve excelled this year,” Kyle Okposo said after the game. “We’ve played some pretty good games. We’ve had some mental lapses, especially against the Rangers, but you look at a game like tonight and thats one of the premier teams in the west. I thought we outplayed them pretty bad.”

The Islanders certainly did.

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Game Recap: Isles 4, Sharks 3 (Shootout)

Recap: The Islanders (4-0-0) outlasted the Sharks in a shootout on Thursday night on Long Island

Need to Know: After a scoreless first period, the Sharks jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Brent Burns found the back of the net early in the second period. A few minutes after Burns’ goal, the Isles knotted things at 1 on the strength of a Nick Leddy goal (assisted by John Tavares and Kyle Okposo).

The Sharks took a 2-1 lead at the 9:14 mark of the second when Patrick Marleau tallied a power play goal.

Kyle Okposo‘s power play goal (assisted by Frans Nielsen and John Tavares) evened things at 2 at the 5:57 mark of the third period. Less than three minutes later, Josh Bailey‘s unassisted goal gave the Isles a 3-2 lead. However, Tomas Hertl scored for San Jose midway through the third to tie the game, 3-3.

John Tavares tallied the eventual game-winner in the fifth round of the shootout.

Mikhail Grabovski left the game late in the first period due to an upper body injury.

Links: AP recap | Box Score

What’s Next: The Islanders travel to Pittsburgh to face the Penguins on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Grabovski leaves game with upper body injury

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The injury bug struck the Islanders in the first period of Thursday’s game against the San Jose Shark.

Mikhail Grabovski left the game late in the opening period after taking a big hit up high by John Scott. Grabovski was down on the ice for several moments while an Islander trainer came on the ice to check on him. Grabovski did skate off on his own power, but did not return to the game due to an upper body injury.

Fans in the arena wanted a penalty, but none was given to Scott. By the looks of the hit it was clean and required no discipline.

Isles activate de Haan from IR, send Reinhart to Bridgeport

The Islanders have activated Calvin de Haan from injured reserve.

To make room on the roster, the team loaned Griffin Reinhart to Bridgeport.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

It is hard to say that this move should come as a surprise to anyone. Reinhart has not looked NHL ready after three games. Being partnered with Brian Strait did not help him, but he has looked outworked during his shifts. Especially when during Tuesday’s win over the Rangers at MSG. Reinhart will get time to develop some more in Bridgeport and get the playing time he will need.

The Islanders will get back a defenseman they have missed in Calvin de Haan. He took great strides last season and will be a strong presence on the ice this season once again.

Game Day (4): Sharks at Islanders, 7 pm

Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG Plus Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM, WRCN 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Sharks… The Sharks are one of three teams that have gone 3-0-0 through their first three games… San Jose Head Coach Todd McLellan was drafted in the fifth round of the 1986 NHL Draft by the Islanders and played five games for the team… The Sharks are 12-3-1-2 in their last 18 games against the Islanders.

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — It is a battle of two undefeated teams at Nassau Coliseum.

The San Jose Sharks and the Islanders have both started the year 3-0-0, something the Islanders have not done since 2001-02. The sharks hot start is nothing new for them as they began last season winning six games in a row and the year before that they won seven straight to start the year.

The Islanders will try have a better start than they did on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, where they beat the Rangers 6-3. Hot hand Jaroslav Halak will start in net for the Islanders against the Sharks and the forward lines that have been seen through the first three games will be out there again.

What is up in the air is the defense. Both injured defenseman Calvin de Haan and Lubomir Visnovsky were on the ice Thursday for morning skate. Visnovsky is still not ready to come back, but de Haan might be.

“I feel fine,” de Haan told Islanders Point Blank following the skate at Nassau Coliseum. “It’s up to the coaching staff and the management at this point. I feel like I can play, but at this point it’s up to them.”

Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano will make a decision on defense depending on the health of de Haan.

The Sharks will likely use the same lines as their previous game, but it sounds like defenseman Scott Hannan may not play. Below are the Islanders’ lines for tonight:

Corey Conacher – John Tavares – Kyle Okposo
Mikhail Grabovski – Brock Nelson – Ryan Strome
Josh Bailey – Frans Nielsen – Nikolay Kulemin
Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Cal Clutterbuck