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FRIEDMAN: The “Just Happy to Be Here” Era is Over. I Want It.

Deflating. Gut-wrenching. Tragic. Demoralizing. Heartbreaking. There are a plethora of adjectives that could be used to appropriately describe the Islanders’ Game 7 loss to Tampa Bay. It was a difficult end to what was, in many respects, a storybook season. For all my gripes about the regular season format, the ...

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Repetto: A Monumental Run For Islanders Ends In Heartbreak

The New York Islanders pushed themselves through three difficult rounds against some of the NHL’s top teams in their postseason run. They knocked out the Pittsburgh Penguins who led the East Division during the regular season and then they took out the big bad Boston Bruins. When it came to ...

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Bentivenga: Five takeaways from the Islanders semifinal loss to The Lightning

For the second straight postseason, the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning battled it out for a chance to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. Unfortunately, this postseason ended exactly like last year’s… in heartbreak for the Isles.  Congratulations to the Lightning, again. They have an amazing team that ...

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Simpson: Islanders Take It To the Limit One More Time: A Retrospective

The New York Islanders will travel to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning this Friday in what is the franchise’s 14th playoff series that has gone the limit. Series-deciding games are unusual: in Islanders history, they are rare if nevertheless memorable.  So, as the Islanders and their fans look forward ...

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A Matter of Perspective: On Game 7 and Taking in the View

The Islanders are one win away from the Stanley Cup Final. Eleven words I never, ever thought I’d write, type, or express in any form whatsoever. It’s exhilarating, perplexing, and, above all, nerve-wracking. For those of us who did not experience the dynastic era, this is the closest we’ve ever ...

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Mandell: Game 6 was a defining moment for Mathew Barzal

Heading into Wednesday night, the New York Islanders had a lot of questions, but none of them loomed as large as the ones surrounding Mathew Barzal. The Islanders star was coming off an ejection in Game 5 for a poor decision cross-checking Jan Rutta’s in the face. For Barzal, the ...

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Bentivenga: Varlamov’s bounce back in goal helps Isles force Game 7

The New York Islanders officially live to fight another day, following a chaotic 3-2 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. In an incredible comeback victory, the offense for New York was on full display… but we can’t forget about the man ...

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Taub: The Ghosts of Coliseum Past was with the Islanders last night

If you think about it, what unfolded last night inside Nassau Coliseum had the feel of something spiritual. There felt like somebody or multiple forces watching over the Islanders as they put on a tremendous comeback to force a Game 7 in Tampa Bay tomorrow night. It could have been ...

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Repetto: Barzal Ejected From Game 5 with a Game Misconduct

The Tampa Bay Lightning had already run the score up to 6-0 by the time Mathew Barzal received a major penalty as well as a game misconduct for cross-checking. Barzal and Jan Rutta exchanged words at the close of the second period when the two got into an altercation leading ...

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