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Capitals Play With More Urgency

The Washington Capitals opened the 2019 NHL Playoffs against the Carolina Hurricanes and looked confident holding serve at home with a 2-0 series lead. Carolina responded by limiting Washington to one goal over the next two games, knotting the series at two apiece, and knocking out superstar T.J. Oshie in one of the most chippy games in recent history. With the Canes playing with emotion in front of their boisterous home fans, was Saturday a must win home game for the Caps in order to advanc...
Tags: Usa, Washington, Sport, Hockey, NHL, Ted Leonsis, Wilson, Islanders, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina, Petr Mrazek, Evgeny Kuznetsov


How Sweep it is! Ranking the Best Sweeps in Islanders’ History

Last Tuesday the New York Islanders completed a four-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Penguins. It was the franchise’s first sweep in over three decades. While this is a new sight for younger fans, the Islanders franchise is no stranger to a best of seven sweeps. Between the years 1977 and 1983, the Isles completed a best of seven sweep on six different occasions. So what’s the best sweep the Islanders have ever pulled off? In order to decide that we need to look at three things: strength of ...
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Islanders’ Storylines Heading Into the Second Round

As the Islanders wait for their second round opponent, either the Washington Capitals or Carolina Hurricanes, there’s still plenty of news and storylines to follow surrounding the team. Boychuk out 3 to 4 Weeks While Cal Clutterbuck, Jordan Eberle, and Scott Mayfield appear to be getting healthy and will be ready for the second round, the same cannot be said about Johnny Boychuk, who will miss three to four weeks with a lower-body injury after blocking a shot in Game 4 against the Pitt...
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NHL News & Notes: Yzerman, Oshie & More

In today’s News & Notes, Steve Yzerman has been hired as the new general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, TJ Oshie is injured and won’t be back for a while and Johnny Boychuk is out for 3-4 weeks. Yzerman Named Red Wings General Manager The Red Wings would announce Friday that Yzerman accepted a job with the team and would be returning to the franchise as their new general manager. Yzerman left the Red Wings for nine seasons when he would take over the role as general manager of the Tam...
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Penguins Face Crucial Offseason After Flameout

PITTSBURGH — Jim Rutherford’s question was rhetorical. The answer — whenever the architect the Pittsburgh Penguins general manager arrives at it — will determine how the franchise emerges from the rubble of a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders. “Are guys too content with where they’re at in their careers because they’ve won a couple of Stanley Cups?” Rutherford wondered aloud Thursday as his team packed up for its longest off-season in 13 years. Penguins at a...
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Penguins' playoff exit was two years in the making

The Pittsburgh Penguins loss to the New York Islanders was no fluke. It was a result they earned and was due to them being outplayed and soundly beaten in pretty much every phase of the game by a Islanders team that looked faster, crisper, and smoother. On the off day between their losses in Games 3 and 4, defender Justin Schultz nailed a big part of the problem when he said this: “Our identity has changed over the years.
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Penguins Playoff History With the Islanders Grows Deeper

No tarot card reader or Ouija board would have predicted the New York Islanders would sweep the Pittsburgh Penguins out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang, Phil Kessel and the rest had too much firepower and playoff experience. The Islanders were too young and lacked leadership and big time goaltending. While millennial Penguins fans lament this most recent beat down, it only adds another chapter to the a history of Penguins stinging losses to the Isles...
Tags: Washington Post, Sport, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Hall of Fame, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, New York New York, Madison Square Garden, Isles, Islanders, Lou Lamoriello, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tonelli


Maple Leafs & Bruins Reflect on ‘Shocking’ Sweep of the Lightning

TORONTO — Bruce Cassidy didn't see it coming. And quite frankly, neither did many others. A day after the Tampa Bay Lightning — the Presidents' Trophy winners, a team that tied the NHL record for wins in a season — were swept out of the playoffs in four straight by the Columbus Blue Jackets, members of the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs reflected on a result that stunned the hockey world. Related: Blue Jackets Advance After Sweep of Mighty Lightning "Stanley Cup playoffs, noth...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Detroit, Columbus, Tampa, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, Islanders, Bruins, Auston Matthews


Islanders Finish off Penguins Playoff Sweep

PITTSBURGH — The New York Islanders’ turnaround season is heading to the second round of the playoffs. New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner celebrates with Valtteri Filppula (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Jordan Eberle scored for the fourth straight game, Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots and the Islanders finished off Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins with a clinical 3-1 win in Game 4 on Tuesday night to pull off a stunning sweep. Josh Bailey set up Brock Nelson’s go-ahead g...
Tags: New York, Washington, Sport, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Nelson, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, Murray, Islanders, Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Sullivan, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang


NHL Short Notes

Blue Jackets become first team to sweep Presidents' Trophy winners in the opening round; Islanders also advance after winning four straight; Connor lifts Jets in first-ever postseason overtime victory. Continue reading "NHL Short Notes"
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The New York Islanders Complete The Sweep Of The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post, As the Islanders head home with soft smirks on their collective faces, they can look in the rearview mirror and see the rest of the NHL left slack-jawed. That’s just the way they like it, and Islanders completed their sweep of the Penguins with a 3-1 win in Game 4 of their first-round series Tuesday night, wrapping things up with one more tidy performance. Under the stewardship of first-year head coach Barry Trotz, they played a defensive ...
Tags: New York Post, Sport, Steelers, Penguins, NHL, Islanders, Evgeni Malkin, Barry Trotz, Anders Lee, Brett Cyrgalis, Mike Sullivan Penguins, Dick LeBeau


Islanders finish off Penguins 3-1 for stunning playoff sweep

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The New York Islanders’ turnaround season is heading to the second round of the playoffs. Jordan Eberle scored for the fourth straight game, Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots and the Islanders finished off Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins with a clinical 3-1 win in Game 4 on Tuesday night to pull […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Penguins, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Robin Lehner, Sidney Crosby, Jordan Eberle


Islanders Aren’t Looking Beyond Game 4

Early in the season, it took some time for the New York Islanders to buy into coach Barry Trotz’s systems and for the team to find its groove. But what’s come out on the other side is a disciplined team on the cusp of something only one other Islanders squad has done in the last quarter century – win a playoff series. What they’ve proved, beyond the fact that they’re simply a good team, is that they’re focused and hungry. The Islanders aren’t looking beyond this series and know there’s work ...
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Sabres Goalie Rocky Farr Recalls Memories From Early Buffalo Teams

The Buffalo Sabres made it to the Stanley Cup Final in only their fifth year of existence. When it came to Buffalo’s goaltending in those early years of the franchise, much of the duties fell upon the shoulders of the great Roger Crozier. Enough so that Sabres fans often forget the other goaltenders who helped backstop the team during that time. Within those first five seasons of play there were a total of six different goaltenders to go between the pipes for Buffalo. One of them was Norm “Rocky...
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NHL Rumors: Babcock, Canadiens, Flyers, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there are more conversations about the future for Nazem Kadri and, in some respects, that carries over to questions about the future of head coach Mike Babcock. There are also rumors that the Montreal Canadiens have made a shopping list of players for the offseason and the Philadelphia Flyers will look to improve their defense with a veteran either by free agency or trade. Questions About Mike Babcock? Kevin McGran of the Toronto Sun wrote in his mailbag s...
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NHL Short Notes

The Blue Jackets and Islanders each opened up commanding 3-0 leads in their respective series, while the Jets and Golden Knights each benefited from six-goal outings to collect crucial Game 3 victories. Continue reading "NHL Short Notes"
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Islanders Are Scoring, The Penguins Are Not

from Kevin Gorman of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Crosby was magnificent in Game 3, despite no points and a minus-3 on the score sheet. The Penguins captain controlled the puck, setting up winger Jake Guentzel with great scoring chances in each period.... “You’ve got to find ways to score goals at this time of year,” said Crosby, a 100-point scorer this season. “It’s not easy, but you’ve got to find a way to do it. … We had some good looks around the net. It’s a tight game. It’s a g...
Tags: Sport, Penguins, NHL, Islanders, Crosby, Trotz, Sid, Pittsburgh Tribune, Kevin Gorman, Jake Guentzel


Islanders continue to have all the answers, take 3-0 series lead vs. Penguins

The New York Islanders took a commanding 3-0 series lead over the Pittsburgh Penguins with a 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena Once again, the Penguins had no answers for the Islanders, who displayed yet another strong defensive effort, controlled possession, and kept the high-danger chances low. New York also kept Pittsburgh's stars quiet as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel, and Jake Guentzel combined for zero points. The last time Crosby went pointless in three str...
Tags: New York, News, Penguins, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, Islanders, Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby Evgeni Malkin Phil Kessel, Jake Guentzel, PPG Paints Arena Once


5 Most Electrifying Islanders in Franchise History

With the New York Islanders first 3-0 series playoff lead in 36 years, it’s worth a look back at the top five most electrifying players in franchise history. These are stars that changed the momentum of games with goals, hits, saves and overall explosiveness. For context, legends such as Bobby Orr, Pavel Bure, Paul Kariya and Dominik Hasek would be defined as “Electric!” #5 Darius Kasparaitis The Coliseum scoreboard would read “Darius Kasparaitis EXCITE US!” The undersized defenseman w...
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The New York Islanders Are One Win Away From Sweeping The Pittsburgh Penguins

from the CP at TSN, The New York Islanders are on the cusp of just their second playoff series win in more than a quarter-century. Jordan Eberle  scored for the third straight game,  Robin Lehner  stopped 25 shots and the Islanders rolled to a 4-1 victory over the stunned Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday to take a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal. Brock Nelson  added his second goal of the playoffs and  Leo Komarov  scored the first post-season goal o...
Tags: Sport, Penguins, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Robin Lehner, Lehner, Brock Nelson, Garrett Wilson, Leo Komarov, Jordan Eberle, TSN the New York Islanders


It Takes Four Games To Win A Series, Just Ask Barry Trotz

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post, It was a year ago that Barry Trotz was in this exact position, only the other side. So he knows first-hand how quickly things can change. That is why the Islanders coach was trying to keep his club even-keeled as they headed to Western Pennsylvania for Game 3 of this first-round series with the Penguins on Sunday afternoon, having held serve with two dramatic victories at the Coliseum over the past week. A 2-0 lead in a best-of-seven serie...
Tags: New York Post, Washington, Sport, Penguins, Islanders, Barry Trotz, Trotz, Western Pennsylvania, Coliseum, Brett Cyrgalis


The Worst 1st Overall Draft Pick…Ever

The 2019 Draft Lottery is in the books and the New Jersey Devils are now looking forward to picking a generational talent in either Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko in June. Hopes are high for these two teenagers, as they have the potential to change their new franchises for the better. But will they? In 1993, the Ottawa Senators were accused of tanking in order to draft “the Next Gretzky”, but Alexandre Daigle failed to score over 51 points in his ten-year career. When the New York Islanders p...
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The New York islander Up 2-0 Over The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com, Jordan Eberle scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period for the New York Islanders in a 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Nassau Coliseum on Friday. Eberle, who also had an assist, gave the Islanders a 2-1 lead at 7:54 when he took a pass from Mathew Barzal in the right circle and scored on a backhand over a diving Justin Schultz. New York leads the best-of-7 series 2-0. Game 3 is in P...
Tags: New York, Sport, Penguins, NHL, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, Edmonton Oilers, Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Robin Lehner, Mathew Barzal, Erik Gudbranson, Barzal, Matt Murray, Justin Schultz, Nassau Coliseum


Islanders Look to Build on Successes in Game Two

New York Islanders fans will turn on tonight’s game with a little more confidence after a poised victory in Game 1 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s nothing to hang their hat on, as there’s plenty of work left to be done, but it makes that hill look a bit smaller. The team had their ups and downs and hope to dial in their play and reproduce their successes to put a strangle hold on this series. Here’s what went right in Game 1. Energy in the Stands and on the Ice In a post-game inte...
Tags: Sport, Penguins, Hockey, New York Islanders, Martin, Adam Pelech, Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Phil Kessel, Robin Lehner, Lehner, Evgeni Malkin, Brock Nelson, Matt Murray, Cal Clutterbuck, Josh Bailey


Eberle, Bailey help Islanders beat Penguins 3-1 in Game 2

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey scored in the third period and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 Friday night for a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. Anthony Beauvillier also scored and Robin Lehner stopped 32 shots to help New York open a postseason series with two […]
Tags: New York, News, Sports, Ap, Penguins, New York Islanders, Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Robin Lehner, Josh Bailey, Jordan Eberle, Anthony Beauvillier, Uniondale, Eberle Bailey


Lightning, Penguins, Jets & Golden Knights Look to Bounce Back Tonight

The Tampa Bay Lightning faced little adversity in the regular season on the way to a record-tying 62 wins and the most points in a season in 23 years. That all changed as fast as the Lightning squandered a three-goal lead before losing 4-3 to the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of their first-round series Wednesday night. Now a team that lost consecutive games just twice all season, must rebound in Game 2 at home on Friday night (7 p.m. EDT, CNBC) or be in danger of a quick playoff stay follo...
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Unlucky Ducks Must Improve Draft Position

Wednesday’s draft lottery did not go as the Anaheim Ducks and their fans wanted. It did go largely as expected, with the Ducks having the eighth-best odds to secure the No. 1 pick or at least a top-three pick. However, instead of obtaining the No. 8 pick, they fell one spot to No. 9. That’s not even the highest pick the Ducks have had in a decade. In 2012, they drafted Hampus Lindholm No. 6 overall in a season where they finished with the same amount of points that they did this season. Now ...
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Penguins Take Islanders to OT, Lose on Bailey Winner in Game 1

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Josh Bailey scored on a rebound at 4:39 of overtime and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 on Wednesday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist, and Brock Nelson and Nick Leddy also scored for New York, which was opening a post-season series at home for the first time in 31 years. Robin Lehner stopped 41 shots. Phil Kessel and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and an assist, and Ju...
Tags: New York, Washington, Sport, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Nelson, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh, Murray, Adam Pelech, Islanders, Leddy, Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Sullivan, Phil Kessel


Quenneville Hiring Just the First Step for Panthers: GM Dale Tallon

Sitting in the lobby of a luxury hotel in downtown Toronto, Dale Tallon concedes his feet have barely touched the ground in recent days.  The general manager of Florida Panthers secured the hottest coaching commodity on the market when he introduced Joel Quenneville on Monday. Florida Panthers NHL General Manager Dale Tallon and Head Coach Joel Quenneville (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Lynne Sladky) And Tallon is convinced that’s just the first step on the road to getting a talented ros...
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Bailey lifts Islanders past Penguins 4-3 in OT in Game 1

Josh Bailey scored on a rebound at 4:39 of overtime and the New York Islanders beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 Wednesday night in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series            [Author: AP]
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