Found May 07, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
from Katie Strang of ESPN, Following a Game 1 rout in which the Isles were easily dispatched 5-0, they have rebounded well with a win in Game 2 and a strong performance in Game 3, despite falling in overtime. But it's not just about their ability to compete with the top-seeded Penguins. The Islanders believe they can pull off the upset. "We know we can beat them," said second-line center Frans Nielsen. "We want this to go as far as possible. This series, we've felt they have a lot of guys on their team that can't skate with us. So we want this one to go to seven, because we want to get [it] as tough as possible." Nielsen said speed has been the Islanders' biggest advantage. "I think when we're moving our feet, they've got guys up front, on the [defense] that we can see are struggling a little bit," he said. "We've gotta skate with 'em. If we stop skating, we don't have a chance.” more and ...

Game By Game The Islanders Gain Confidence

from Katie Strang of ESPN, Even without top-pair defenseman Andrew MacDonald, who was forced from the game with an upper-body injury in the second period, the Islanders seem encouraged by their chances from here on out. They’ll take momentum into Game 5 and the knowledge that these Penguins are a beatable team. Although an inexperienced squad, the Islanders have matured...

Islanders handing out “No Diving” signs at Game Four

The New York Islanders fans are apparently upset with Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby and his diving, calling him Princess Crosby and handing out “No Diving” signs at Game Four.  Crosby has not been called for diving yet in this playoff series, but his reputation has been and will continue to be, that he dives to draw penalties.  It’s a creative sign but it could...

Isles win, knot series at 2-2

John Tavares scored his second goal of the game with 9:49 left, and the New York Islanders tied their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night with a wild 6-4 victory. Only the final lead was safe in Game 4. Tavares slammed in his own rebound in front after Brad Boyes fed him following a turnover by Penguins star Evgeni Malkin. It was the Islanders'...

Young New York Islanders Enjoying First NHL Playoff Experience

By Christian Arnold (@CA_NYHockey) Getty Images UNIONDALE, N.Y. – For a good number of players on the New York Islanders roster, the teams first round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins is their first taste of what the playoffs are like. “It’s been unbelievable,” Casey Cizikas said of the first playoff experience of his NHL career. “You grow up your whole life, and...

Isles' optimistic outlook takes hit with OT loss

The New York Islanders' rallying cry in their return to the postseason for the first time in six years is ''Believe.'' Even the most ardent of supporters might find that optimism difficult following a deflating home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Buoyed by a split of the first two games of the first-round series in Pittsburgh, the Islanders came home to Nassau...

Video- The Scrum At The End Of The Pens/Islanders Game

Some talk late last night and this morning about this scrum  at the end of the game.  It's playoff hockey, nothing out of the ordinary about this. Evgeni Malkin and Travis Hamonic did receive 5 for fighting, but I don't see anything that would deserve further discipline, but that is just my opinion.  

Video: John Tavares wrists one to send the Islanders and Penguins into OT

Pittsburgh Penguins Chris Kunitz fired home a goal 8:44 into overtime Sunday, sending them to a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders and a 2-1 lead in their quarterfinals playoff series. The match was a cliffhanger as New York almost pulled off a late comeback, forcing overtime with a pair of third-period goals from Kyle Okposo and John Tavares. Watch Tavares send the game into...

Tracking the Playoffs: Islanders vs. Penguins Game 4

"Goaltending Gongshow" would be an appropriate headline for what went down at the Nassau Coliseum last night as the Islanders were able to tie the series. The goaltending on both sides has been bad, but last night's game may have been the ultimate display of goaltending ineptitude where Evgeni Nabokov was bad and Marc-Andre Fleury was ten times worse. The "quality...

Isles even series at 2-2

The New York Islanders will head to Pittsburgh with an even series, tied at two games a piece. While two of the last three games of this best of seven will be on the road, the eight seed from Long Island looks poised to make a move on the Eastern Conference favorite, Penguins.John Tavares scored the game winning goal 10:11 into the third period and Casey Cizikas added another late...

Dee Karl: Game 4: Outside the (penalty) Box

The Isles may be ‘relentless’ but the Penguins have too much skill to let them gain the main advantage. Jack Capuano spent yesterday’s practice time working on better penalty kill situations. But he also worked on instilling the idea of NOT ending up in the situation in the first place. Travis Hamonic said that didn’t mean giving up on the physical play....

Playoff Gameday: Pittsburgh Penguins & New York Islanders - Round One, Game Four

Pittsburgh Penguins @ New York Islanders Penguins Lead 2-1 ROOT, NBCSN, MSG Plus, TSN, RDS - 7:00 pm/et Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, NY Game four is a big game. At the end of the night the series could be 3-1 and the Penguins could have a commanding lead or it could be 2-2 and the Penguins fanbase could become unglued. The Islanders have...
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