• 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, …
  • 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. …
  • 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 …
  • Islanders on brink of elimination after Game 4 loss to Lightning

    Islanders on brink of elimination after Game 4 loss to Lightning

    It was a chance to reset the series, make up for a stiff start and change the dynamic of the competition. But instead the Islanders are now staring at a daunting uphill battle to have any chance of advancing to the Stanley Cup finals after the Lightning took a 4-1 win in Game 4 and …
  • Islanders fight back into series with resilient win over Lightning

    Islanders fight back into series with resilient win over Lightning

    They were on the verge of saying goodbye to America before they could properly introduce themselves. But on this Friday night under the Edmonton bubble and in front of the national audience that obviously had not been especially impressed by the team’s close-up in Games 1 or 2 of the Eastern finals, the Islanders said …
  • This Islanders’ loss much more painful than a blowout

    This Islanders’ loss much more painful than a blowout

    So the first one was a fiasco for darn near the full 60 minutes whereas the second one devolved into slapstick only after 59:40 of play and for only about a sum of 12 seconds, at that. But that was enough. That was enough to undermine a dedicated, workmanlike effort in Game 2 of the …
  • Islanders stunned by Lightning in heartbreaking Game 2 loss

    Islanders stunned by Lightning in heartbreaking Game 2 loss

    The Islanders have managed to stay in control of nearly every series this postseason by responding to every loss with an emphatic win. But it’s the Tampa Bay Lightning who have taken control. Falling 2-1 at the last seconds to the Lightning on Wednesday night at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, the Islanders now trail …
  • Islanders don’t have many excuses for Game 1 disaster

    Islanders don’t have many excuses for Game 1 disaster

    This most assuredly was not what Barry Trotz had in mind on Monday morning when he said, “Time is going to go quicker the deeper you go into this,” but the Islanders coach might as well have been talking about the pace the Lightning would bring to the rink in this conference finals series in …