• Major top-line mismatch has been Islanders’ undoing

    Major top-line mismatch has been Islanders’ undoing

    You don’t have to have invented the game to be able to distill this 3-1 Eastern Conference finals lead the Lightning have taken over the Islanders with Sunday’s 4-1 Game 4 victory to its most elemental point(s). And those are the ones recorded by the unleashed Tampa Bay top line of Brayden Point between Nikita …
  • 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 …
  • Thom Brennaman’s slur was wrong but so is selective justice

    Thom Brennaman’s slur was wrong but so is selective justice

    Who’d a thunk it? In our exchanges, he’d never even cussed. Can’t say the same for myself. I know Fox and Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman long enough to be shocked that he’d speak a slur for homosexuals — the F-word — even when he thought he was off the air, let alone while attached to …