What We Learned: A regular season hockey game was played in Brooklyn

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Friday night’s game was not quite the start the Islanders were hoping for in their first game of the season and their first game in Brooklyn. Patrick Kane spoiled the evening by scoring the game-winning goal on the power play in overtime. The Islanders did came away with a point on opening night and they will see Chicago again on Saturday.

Now here are a few things we learned from opening night: To read more of this story, click here


Islanders fall in OT to Blackhawks in season opener

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — It was a unique night in Brooklyn as the Islanders kicked off their tenure at Barclays Center with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The ice was choppy, the fans were restless and their were some minor hiccups throughout the night, but the Islanders managed to come away with a point in their first night in their new barn. A power-play goal by Patrick Kane at 1:49 of the extra period ended the night on a sour note.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at New York Islanders

“It would have been nice to get the win, but I think we played pretty well,” Matt Martin said after the game. “I think it took a little bit to find our legs and get into. But it was our first game as a full group and we played a pretty good hockey team there tonight who already had a game under their belt.”

Chicago had entered Friday night’s matchup off a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers in their season opener on Wednesday and was much happier being on the other side of the pomp and circumstance Friday night.

Despite the ice tilting the Islanders way for the first few minutes of the first, the Blackhawks capitalized on an Islanders’ weakness at the 13:28 mark. With the Islanders on a power play, Artem Anisimov went on a shorthanded breakaway and backhanded the puck past Thomas Greiss, who was starting in net in place of Jaroslav Halak. To read more of this story, click here


Islanders drop season opener in overtime

Patrick Kane scored two goals, including a power-play goal in overtime, as the New York Islanders lost to the Chicago Blackhawks, 3-2, in their season opener Friday at Barclays Center.

In the 3-on-3 overtime, Nick Leddy was called for a slashing penalty with 3:35 remaining to set up a Blackhawks power play. On the man-advantage, Kane’s shot was deflected in front of goalie Thomas Greiss and was tipped into the net for the win.

Marek Zidlicky scored 1:18 into the third period to tie the game at 2 after Kane’s first goal of the season gave Chicago a 2-1 lead midway through the second period.

The Islanders (0-0-1) trailed 1-0 in the first period on Artem Anisimov’s unassisted shorthanded goal.

John Tavares scored 5:22 into the second period to even the score on assists from Johnny Boychuk and Casey Cizikas.

Greiss made 30 saves for the Islanders, while Corey Crawford recorded 31 saves for the Blackhawks (1-1-0).

The Islanders and Blackhawks play Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the United Center.

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Tonight’s Game: Blackhawks at Islanders

The Islanders are 5-0-0-1 in their last six home games against the Blackhawks dating back to the 2003-04 season. Chicago’s last regulation road win over the Isles was on December 10, 2002.

In their final season with Nassau Coliseum as their home venue, the Islanders’ 47 victories were their most since winning the last of four straight Stanley Cups in 1983-84. Their 25 home wins were tied for the third most in the Eastern Conference.

Artemi Panarin scored in his first NHL game in Chicago’s season-opening loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. He is one of six players so far this season to score a goal in his NHL debut.

The Blackhawks and Islanders each had eight players with 14 or more goals last season, tied with the Rangers and Nashville Predators for the most in the NHL. For the Isles, all eight players are back for them this season.

Last season, John Tavares became the third Islanders’ player to finish as an Art Ross Trophy runner-up. Islander legends Brian Trottier (1977-78) and Mike Bossy (1981-82) are the other two. Trottier is the Islanders’ only winner of the Art Ross Trophy with 134 points in 1978-79.


Islanders focused on season ahead of opener in Brooklyn

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

There will be a lot of hoopla over Friday night’s Islanders’ season opener at Barclays Center, but the club’s goal is to remain focused on the task of winning. 

IMG_2951That task will not come easy as they face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks without their starting goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Thomas Greiss will start in net, with Jean-Francios Berube backing up.

“Jaro is not 100 percent right now,” Isles’ head coach Jack Capuano said following the team’s morning skate. “It was an easy decision for us [to start Greiss]. Berube has just been with us a few short days here and Jaro is progressing well. He’s day-to-day and we’ll see how he is moving forward.”

Ryan Pulock and Steve Bernier will be healthy scratches against Chicago, all but indicating that Brian Strait will be in the lineup for the season opener.

The Islanders will be in the same position that the Blackhawks found themselves in on Wednesday against the New York Rangers. Following a lengthy ceremony to honor the Hawks 2015 Stanley Cup victory, Chicago started off the game flat and allowed the Rangers to jump to an early lead. To read more of this story, click here


IPB Podcast: New beginning

This is what the consolidated division and conference championship banners look like…

The Barclays Center have hung two new, consolidated banners which list the Islanders division and conference champions (photo courtesy of the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus).

division conference banners

Barclays Center had originally not intended to hang the Islanders division and conference championship banners.

In September, management reversed course and announced that all of the team’s titles would be acknowledged.

Brian Erni

I know this will probably start a freak out, but I kind of like this approach. And this is coming from someone who sat underneath the sea of orange-white-and-blue banners in the attack zone and adoringly stared up at them more times than I can count.

The Islanders have a rich history. Four Stanley Cups is impressive enough for a team that’s been around since the league’s inception (ahem…I’m looking at you, Rangers). So, for a team that has existed less than half the league’s existence, it’s exceptional. The ultimate goal is to win the Cup, and the two condensed banners underscore that point. Those running tallies will act as a nice notation for a season well done. The Cup banners and the retired numbers will be the exclamation point. I like that mindset.

Plus, the banners are orange-and-blue. Since all of the Nets banners are rendered in black-and-white, that’s a win in its own right.