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Taub: Isles bubble has popped, but the memories were endless

The Islanders’ season is over. A magical, unprecedented ride came to an end last night in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. This one stings and it will for a while. The Isles came within an earshot of playing ...

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Taub: The Islanders are still alive thanks to dynamite performances from Semyon Varalmov and Anders Lee

The Islanders live to see another day. After being outplayed most of the night in yesterday’s game five, Barry Trotz and Co. found a way to extend the series, winning 2-1 in double-overtime and setting up a pivotal game six Thursday. Jordan Eberle, who had gained a new label for ...

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Taub: Islanders need to leave everything all out there tomorrow night if season is going to continue

Do or die. That’s the task facing the Islanders tomorrow night. Now down 3-1 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals after falling 4-1 yesterday in game four, the Isles are on the brink of seeing their fantastic run in the postseason bubble come to an end. ...

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Taub: Isles bent but didn’t break and get themselves into the series with game three win

They could have broken. When Tampa’s Tyler Johnson tipped home a seeing-eye shot past Semyon Varlamov — whether you believe it was above or below the bar — to tie the game at three with 7:56 to go in regulation, you got that sick feeling in your stomach. That could ...

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Taub: The power play dooms the Islanders again at the worst possible time

Tell me where you’ve heard this one before. The Islanders are handed a power play late in the game with a chance to either win or go ahead. What happens? They completely shit the bed and end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Well that scenario, which reared ...

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Taub: Maybe last night was exactly what the Islanders needed

Last night wasn’t exactly how the Islanders or their favs envisioned their first foray back in the Conference Finals in 27 years. They got embarrassed. The score —in which the final read 8-2 Lightning by the way — doesn’t take away from how brutal the team was from the moment ...

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Islanders finally creating new memories for this generation of fans after sensational game seven win

For so long, a generation of New York Islanders fans had been subjected to hearing stories about the glory days. 1975. The dynasty. The Easter Epic. The upset of the Penguins in 1993. Those stories are always great and they never get old. But after awhile, you begin to question: ...

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Josh Bailey is finally getting the credit he deserves

Josh Bailey has had a lot of haters over the years. We’re not going to name them by name, even though you probably know who they are. As of right now, they are all probably eating their words. And why not? Bailey, who is the longest-tenured member of the organization ...

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Thomas Greiss has lived for the big moments ever since he became an Islander

Jaroslav Halak went down. Five years ago, the Islanders were playing a pivotal game in early March against the Pittsburgh Penguins. At the time, the Isles were positioning themselves for the stretch run on their way to a second consecutive postseason. Late in the third — after Anders Lee gave ...

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The third and fourth line come through again for the Islanders in their game three victory

If you’ve watched the Islanders this postseason, all the talk has been about how they’ve excelled at running all four lines and it amounts to success. But there have been times — not often but some — where all four of Barry Trotz’s units aren’t going at the same speed. ...

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