• Islanders’ next step is to go from contender to champion

    Islanders’ next step is to go from contender to champion

    And so it ends, six wins shy of the Stanley Cup for this Islanders team that went farther than their ancestors had over the last 27 years. It ends in disappointment, if not despair, with this 2-1 overtime defeat in Game 6 to the Lightning, who will face the Stars in the Cup final that …
  • Islanders’ Stanley Cup dream ends in crushing Game 6 OT loss

    Islanders’ Stanley Cup dream ends in crushing Game 6 OT loss

    Lightning forward Anthony Cirelli wristed one off the post and Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov could barely move. The puck had deflected in behind him. And with it the Islanders’ longest playoff run since 1993 came to a screeching halt as the Lightning took a 2-1 win in overtime in Game 6 on Thursday in Edmonton, …
  • NFL, networks keep glorifying and justifying showboating

    NFL, networks keep glorifying and justifying showboating

    How much space is left behind us before we fall off and forever disappear? Can’t be much. Even before the current rush to alienate the fair-minded and logical, let us never lose sight of what TV has always done to remove the sport from our sports. While front-and-center folks such as Cris Collinsworth and Kirk …
  • Islanders showing Lightning closing out series won’t be easy

    Islanders showing Lightning closing out series won’t be easy

    The Islanders would have played all night and all morning if that’s what it took, but they were not going to go away. They were not going to take the skate of shame out of the Edmonton bubble. Not after this night. Not after this game. Not yet. So yes, there will be a Game …
  • Islanders force Game 6 with thrilling double-OT win over Lightning

    Islanders force Game 6 with thrilling double-OT win over Lightning

    The Islanders aren’t packing up their things in Edmonton just yet. Barely hanging on to a 1-1 tie from the first period on, the Isles kept their season alive behind a goal from Jordan Eberle in double overtime to defeat the Lightning 2-1 Tuesday night at Rogers Place and force a Game 6 on Thursday. …
  • Twenty-seven years later, the Islanders have arrived again

    Twenty-seven years later, the Islanders have arrived again

    The 1992-93 NHL contained 24 teams. In the years between then and now, 23 of those clubs — including four franchises that moved locations — had advanced to the conference finals at least once. The one that had not, the one that could not make it to a Stanley Cup finals over all that time, …
  • Islanders blank Flyers in Game 7 to reach Eastern Conference Finals

    Islanders blank Flyers in Game 7 to reach Eastern Conference Finals

    The Islanders are headed to Edmonton for the Eastern Conference finals. Skating the top-seeded Flyers off the ice and ultimately out of the Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday night in Toronto, the Islanders took Game 7 in convincing fashion with a 4-0 victory, securing a spot in their first conference finals since 1993. They will take …
  • History says this is no time for Islanders panic

    History says this is no time for Islanders panic

    The line was dominant and dazzling, the Anders Lee-Mat Barzal-Jordan Eberle combination owning staggering peripherals. At five-on-five, the unit built a 32-11 advantage in attempts, a 22-5 edge in unblocked attempts, a 15-5 edge in shots, a 91.49 xGF and a 17-3 advantage in scoring chances, per Naturalstattrick.com. Lee scored on the power play with …
  • Islanders storm past Flyers to capture crucial Game 3 win

    Islanders storm past Flyers to capture crucial Game 3 win

    Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said Game 3 was going to be a “swing game,” and his team effectively swung the Eastern Conference semifinals series in their favor. With a 3-1 victory over the Flyers on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, the Islanders took a 2-1 series lead over the Flyers in the …
  • Islanders answer Alex Ovechkin challenge to take 2-0 series lead

    Islanders answer Alex Ovechkin challenge to take 2-0 series lead

    Alex Ovechkin welcomed himself to the postseason Friday night, but the Islanders took a 2-0 series lead anyways. Barry Trotz’s crew withstood a two-goal game from the dangerous Ovechkin, finding a quick response to his second strike and imposing their will late to come away with a 5-2 win at Scotiabank Arena. Brock Nelson provided …