• 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Mathew Barzal’s OT-winner gives Islanders stranglehold on Capitals

    Mathew Barzal’s OT-winner gives Islanders stranglehold on Capitals

    The Islanders finally found a strong start to match their strong third period. But it took overtime Sunday to put them 60 minutes away from finishing off the series. Mathew Barzal delivered the winner 4:28 into overtime to lift the Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the Capitals, taking a commanding 3-0 lead in the …
  • RZA wrote a new ice cream truck jingle to replace ‘racist’ song ‘Turkey in the Straw’

    RZA wrote a new ice cream truck jingle to replace ‘racist’ song ‘Turkey in the Straw’

    Get ready to scream for ice cream — with a brand-new song. RZA, of the Wu-Tang Clan, has partnered with Good Humor to write a cheerful new ice cream truck jingle in place of “Turkey in the Straw” — an earworm with a troubled history long criticized for being racist. “Remember that ice cream jingle?” …
  • How Raúl Esparza corralled stars for a virtual Stephen Sondheim birthday celebration

    How Raúl Esparza corralled stars for a virtual Stephen Sondheim birthday celebration

    It was hard enough when Broadway shut down, says Raúl Esparza, but letting Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday pass without a celebration? Impossible. And so, while quarantining in his Chelsea apartment, he and friends hit on the answer: a virtual bash, “Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration.” Starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, …
  • Meryl Streep joins all-star virtual Stephen Sondheim 90th birthday concert

    Meryl Streep joins all-star virtual Stephen Sondheim 90th birthday concert

    Meryl Streep, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald are set to join an all-star line-up in a special virtual concert to celebrate Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday. “Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration,” hosted by Raúl Esparza, will take place this Sunday, April 26, the 50th anniversary of the opening night …