• 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 …
  • 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 …
  • Islanders demolished in Eastern Conference finals wake-up call

    Islanders demolished in Eastern Conference finals wake-up call

    The Islanders may have left their game in Toronto. In what turned out to be their most lackluster performance since the start of the playoffs, the Islanders had circles skated around them Monday night as the Lightning took a roaring 8-2 victory in Game 1 at Rogers Place in Edmonton. Whether it was the one-day …
  • 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 take commanding series lead over Flyers

    Islanders take commanding series lead over Flyers

    The Islanders are one win away from their first conference finals appearance since 1993. Once again piecing together a lethal finish behind third-period goals from Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson, his second of the day, the Islanders secured a 3-2 win and a 3-1 series lead over the Flyers on Sunday night at Scotiabank Arena …
  • Islanders’ thriving third line sign of Barry Trotz’s mastery

    Islanders’ thriving third line sign of Barry Trotz’s mastery

    Injuries and series trends have prompted head coach Barry Trotz to switch around his lineup throughout this postseason, but the Islanders have maintained their chemistry no matter who is on the ice. Take the third line of Ross Johnston, J-G Pageau and Leo Komarov in Monday night’s series opening win over the Philadelphia Flyers for …
  • Marc-Andre Fleury has agent delete shocking Peter DeBoer backstabbing picture

    Marc-Andre Fleury has agent delete shocking Peter DeBoer backstabbing picture

    Thanks, but no thanks. Marc-Andre Fleury appreciated the support, but he asked his agent to take down his controversial Twitter post anyway. His goal, he told reporters, is to win, even if it means he’s not on the ice, and so his agent, Allan Walsh, deleted the picture he posted of his client with a …