Islanders 2, Senators 1: Isles Continue Strong Play in Win over Senators

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

Since getting blown out by the Minnesota Wild 6-0 back on March 18, the Islanders have responded by winning five of their last six games.

That includes Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Center in suburban Ottawa. All three goals in the contest came on the man advantage, with the Isles converting on two of their four power play chances. The Isles penalty kill also came up big Wednesday night going four for five.

“It’s always nice. We changed it up a little bit,” Islander Coach Jack Capuano said after the game. “We went into a spread and [Josh Bailey] Had the first one. Obviously the second one same thing, you know getting pucks to the net. I’m pretty happy with the way we’re moving the puck. There’s still opportunities to shoot a little more and we gotta be a little more conscious of that.”

The Islanders first goal of the game came late in the opening period. With the Isles on the man advantage, Ryan Strome fed Josh Bailey near the hashmarks and put the visitors up 1-0 at 17:09.

The score would remain that way until 6:41 of the third period. The Senators found themselves on the man advantage after Johan Sundstrom was sent off for tripping. After a scramble in front of the Milan Michalek put the lose puck past Islander starter Anders Nilsson to tie the game at one. However the Islanders would answer right back moments later.

Once again the Islanders power play unit came through with an unlikely member playing hero.

Casey Cizikas snuck the puck by Craig Anderson to put the Isles back in front, 2-1. The goal was the first for Cizikas in the last 34 games. The previous goal was recorded back on January 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

New York held off the Senators the rest of the way, with Nilsson making 35 saves in the Islander win.

The victory continues a stretch that has seen the Islanders put up strong showings against teams trying to make the postseason.

“It shows that there’s no quit in here,” Bailey said after the win. “I think it’s frustrating when you look at the standings, but I think we still have a job to do. Obviously we wish we were in a different position than we’re in right now, but that’s the way it is and everyone has been working hard… I think it’s showed for us by getting a few wins.”

The Islanders return to Long Island on Saturday to take on the Washington Capitals.

Game Day (76): Islanders at Senators, 7pm

(30-35-10)                (32-29-14)
Canadian Tire Center — Ottawa, ON
TV: TSN, MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Senators… Ottawa is on the outside of the playoff race, sitting five points back of eighth place Columbus… Bobby Ryan is out for the year after sports hernia surgery… Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen and Colin Greening are all questionable for tonight’s game… Ottawa did not play last night, so Craig Anderson is the expected starter… Defender Erik Karlsson actually leads the team in points with 70 in 75 games…

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

After winning at the Coliseum last night, the Islanders have won two in a row and four of their last five. They’ll head up to Canada tonight to face the Senators for the second of a back-to-back set of games.

The young players that have been called up are playing well, which is nice, although it’s hard to get too high about it when the games don’t mean much of anything. The Islanders actually have six players in the lineup that were on the Sound Tigers’ opening night roster and you can add a seventh with an asterisk for Kevin Czuczman, who started the year in college. Hopefully this will translate to October.

Anders Nilsson is the expected starter tonight, as Nabokov played last night. The projected lineup is as follows, with likely no changes after a win:

Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Nelson de Haan-Hamonic Nilsson
Martin-Bailey-Clutterbuck Carkner-Donovan Nabokov
McDonald-Strome-Martin Hickey-Czuczman
Scratches: Martinek, Strait, Okposo, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner

Mega Morning Skate: Brooklyn Islanders, Sale News, Barroway Once Sued Wang

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

There’s been a lot written about the Islanders (potential, possible, maybe) sale and move to Brooklyn over the last few days and it’s about darn time to catch up with all (some) of it. First off, the SBJ and this guy named Chris had an interesting story about how the Barclays Center plans to transition the Islanders from a marketing perspective. They’re hiring Gameplan Creative to help with the transition, or “repositioning” in marketing jargon, of the Islanders brand. And they’ve got a decent track record. SBJ writes that they helped the Blackhawks between 2008 and 2010, which coincided with that team’s resurgence. 

And yes, there’s more third jersey news:

With the move to Brooklyn, the Islanders will create a third jersey that’s likely to feature the Nets’ black-and-white color scheme, though [Brett] Yormark would not confirm any specifics. “The Islanders’ primary colors are staying intact, but there will be a third jersey that speaks to Brooklyn,” he said.

For the Islanders’ final season in Nassau County, the club’s third jersey will be the one it wore at Yankee Stadium in January for a game against the New York Rangers as part of the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. Since the league has some restrictions on how often a team can change its jerseys, it is unclear when the new, Brooklyn-style jersey will debut.

Yormark also confirmed in the article that the logo and name would stay the same. (Botta was also on Marek vs. Wyshynski, if you enjoy Islander talk in audio form)

Speaking of the move to Brooklyn, Puck Daddy used it as a chance to bring up the water cooler debate of “should they be called the Brooklyn Islanders?”

To read more of this story, click here

Howie Rose: Nassau County ‘Aspires to Be Minor League’

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

Islanders play-by-play man Howie Rose has had his fair share of rants on the air over the last few years and, when an opportunity presents itself, he doesn’t shy away from telling it like it is. Here’s a quick recap of his recent memorable rants: 
  1. Asking if it was time for spring training yet (Rose also does commentary for the Mets and this one only sort of counts because it wasn’t intended to be on camera).
  2. Going off on ESPN’s Neil Greenberg for not including John Tavares in a Top 25 list
  3. Going off about Kyle Okposo’s snub from Team USA

This video isn’t quite on the soapbox/mic drop level that some of the aforementioned events were, but Rose certainly has some #realtalk for the politicians of Nassau County (despite never naming names, that’s how it’s aimed for the most part).

Here’s a transcript of the important part:

“Long Island was major league in every respect. Once the Islanders leave and go to Brooklyn, now the objective is to bring a minor league team here? So, you look at this place and you think of what was and this is all you need to know about what’s happened here in Nassau County. Now they aspire to be minor league. And that’s just an absolute shame.

I can’t help it, it gets me worked up. When I look at those Nets banners and those Islanders banners and I remember the noise and I remember what was and what was for a long time — a good run by the Nets and a long run by the Islanders — that’s why I wonder about Bill Torrey’s innermost thoughts.”

Vanek Trade Officially Complete as Habs Clinch

Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:

Tuesday night in Washington the Capitals got blown out 5-0 by the Dallas Stars, which doesn’t usually mean much around here. However, that Capitals loss secured a playoff berth for the Montreal Canadiens (who also lost to Tampa tonight, for what that’s worth).

With the clinch of the playoffs for Montreal, it will seal the Thomas Vanek deadline day trade once and for all. Because of extra stipulations in the trade, the Islanders will get Montreal’s second round pick in the upcoming draft in exchange for the Islanders fifth round pick. The exchange was contingent on the Habs making the post-season.

Final Score: Islanders 4 Panthers 2

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The Islanders (30-35-10) defeated the Florida Panthers (27-42-8) by a score of 4-2 Tuesday evening at the Nassau Coliseum.

Less than a minute after Florida took an early 1-0 lead, Travis Hamonic tied up the game with a power-play goal.

Josh Bailey tipped in a rebound to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead 11:18 into the second. Bailey now has 2 goals and 10 assists in his last 17 games.

Matt Martin scored his eighth goal of the season – the most Martin has ever scored in a season.

Mike Halmo scored his first career goal as he batted his own rebound out of the air to give New York a 4-1 lead at the 4:21 mark.

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The Islanders will return to action Wednesday when they take on the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre at 7:00 p.m.

Matt Martin earns Bob Nystrom Award

Left wing Matt Martin was named the winner of the 2013-14 Bob Nystrom Award before Tuesday night’s game against the Florida Panthers (Islanders, April 1).

This is the third straight season that Martin has won the award, which got its start in 1991. The honor is given to one Islander that best exemplifies the leadership, hustle and dedication of “Mr. Islander,” Bob Nystrom.

The 24-year-old Martin is in his fifth season with the Islanders and has scored seven goals and registered six assists in 71 games this season.

Game Day (75): Panthers at Islanders, 7pm

(27-41-8)                (29-35-10)
Nassau Coliseum — Uniondale, NY
TV: MSG+ Radio: 88.7, 103.9 FM

The Least You Should Know About the Panthers… Tuesday’s trip to Nassau Coliseum will be the Panthers final road game of the season. They will play their final five games at the BB&T Center. … With Ed Jovanovski out of Tuesday’s game, rookie defenseman Jonathan Racine will make his NHL debut. … Former Islander Brad Boyes scored his team leading 20th goal of the season on Monday against the New Jersey Devils… 

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

The Islanders face-off against the Florida Panthers for the final time this season on Tuesday at Nassau Coliseum.

The Isles have had a bit of trouble with Florida this year losing both previous match ups. On January 14, the Isles lost 4-2 to Florida in Fort Lauderdale and then dropped another two points to the Panthers on March 2, this time at Nassau Coliseum.

Islander Head Coach Jack Capuano will have Evgeni Nabokov start between the pipes and will have the lineup on the ice that appeared in Saturday’s 2-1 win over the Devils. The Panthers did not announce a starter, but it likely will be Roberto Luongo.

Unlike Saturday night’s contest, there will be no playoff implications on the line. The Panthers are in the bottom of the Atlantic Division, sitting in seventh place, and the Islanders are last in the Metropolitan Division.

Projected Lineup:
Lee-Nielsen-Okposo de Haan-Hamonic Nabokov
Bailey-Nelson-Clutterbuck Carkner-Donovan Nilsson
McDonald-Strome-Martin Hickey-Czuczman
Scratches: Martinek, Strait, Visnovsky, Boulton IR: Tavares, Grabner

Isles Future Taking Shape Now

Christian Arnold, Islanders Point Blank:

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — If anyone looks at the Islanders roster as it currently is, one could say it may be a glimpse into the future of sorts.

The Islanders have 10 rookies in their lineup, and that includes highly touted prospects Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Brock Nelson. The final eight games will be an opportunity for them to make an impact and impress the team’s brass in hopes of starting in the NHL next season.

“I think it shows that there’s great opportunity in this organization,” Strome said on Saturday. “Obviously injuries are tough to come by, but guys are getting an opportunity. I mean those guys played a full year in Bridgeport last year, so obviously very exciting for them and for me it’s just trying to show them I’m here to stay.” To read more of this story, click here

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