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The Islanders are moving on after Mathew Barzal shines in game four win

Man, can a lot change in just two days. On Wednesday, the Isles missed out on an opportunity to sweep their best-of-five qualifying round against the Florida Panthers. They fell by a score of 3-2. Mathew Barzal, the team’s most important forward, played his worst game of the series, generating ...

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Where has Mathew Barzal been this series?

The Islanders were unable to close out their series with the Florida Panthers earlier today falling 3-2. One of the underlying factors — besides the self-inflicted mistakes, missed opportunities and inability to stop the Panthers’ power play — was the missing presence of the first line. In particular, Mathew Barzal. ...

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The second and third lines shine for the Islanders in Game 1 win

The Islanders know that if they are going to advance to the second round, they are going to need contributions from all four forward lines. Yesterday, it was the second and third lines which led the charge in the team’s 2-1 victory over the Panthers in game one of their ...

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Who will be the Islanders’ version of last spring’s Jordan Eberle this postseason?

As the Islanders get set to begin their chase for Stanley Cup this Saturday, a big opportunity is out there for several forwards to step up. It’s been beaten to death how inconsistent the club’s offense was in the regular season following the 17-game point streak. Need I remind you ...

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The NHL is basically screwing the Islanders with Ilya Sorokin

Ilya Sorokin

Why can’t we have nice things? That’s a question New York Islanders fans have always asked themselves. First and foremost, it’s always been having their own arena. Well, it’s no longer an issue. Player decisions and the right people in charge? Yeah, they finally came, but it took years of ...

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Taub: Shawn Bates’ Goal Still Brings Chills 18 Years Later

To this day, April 24, 2002, remains a signature moment in the history of the New York Islanders. On that memorable evening, the Isles played host to the Toronto Maple Leafs in game four of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with a chance to send it back to Toronto tied. ...

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Taub: Five Underrated Times in Isles History That Made the Coliseum Shake

Everybody loves Nassau Coliseum. Everybody loves the big moments that made the Old Barn on Hempstead Turnpike the historic place it is. And there’s been a number of them that still resonate with generations of New York Islanders fans. We all know the ones that specifically come to mind. (John) ...

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Taub: Who Would the Isles Have Faced if the Playoffs began Today?

Tonight was supposed to be start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the National Hockey League. 16 teams all beginning their journey to be the last one standing for hockey’s most coveted prize. Instead, there won’t be any games, big moments, crazy atmospheres, or even the wonderful sounds of Doc ...

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Taub: Barry Trotz Acknowledges Where Isles Season went Wrong

Barry Trotz knew exactly what plagued his Islanders squad this year. In his first public interview since the NHL suspended its season due to the COVID-19 outbreak three weeks ago, the Isles head coach spoke earlier today with Sportsnet’s Hockey Central. “I think we had some of those wrong injuries this year ...

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