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The Prospect Park:
Brenden Kichton (Spokane Chiefs)
Just 3 games on the Thursday playoff schedule and all involving New York Islander prospects which resulted in 2 losses and 1 escape. Depending on your point of view then the 2 losses mean that the Islanders are this much closer to adding 2 talented prospects to their system.
One who nobody is really sure what is going to happen when Brenden Kichton's (NYI 2011 5th) season with the Spokane Chiefs ends but his season looks like it will last a bit longer. Kichton's Chiefs escaped game 4 of their series with the Tri-City Americans with a 4-3 overtime win.
I call it an escape because the Chiefs blew a 3-1 3rd period lead and one has to wonder what the outcome might have been if Tri-City's starting goalie Luke Lee-Knight doesn't have to leave the game in the overtime period with an injured arm. Lee-Knight was injured in a collision with a Chief player in front of the American's net.
Imagine being the American's backup goalie Troy Trombley having to come in ice cold and giving up the game winning goal on the 3rd shot you faced? Sorry I am not going to feel bad for the Chiefs listening to complaints about not getting a single power play during the game.
Not having a power play doesn't explain why the Chiefs let the Americans get back into the game after Kichton scored his 1st goal of the playoffs at 6:35 of the 3rd which gave the Chiefs their 3-1 lead. It was also Kichton's 1st points since game 1 so like I said the Chiefs escaped with the win.
Game 5 will be in Tri-City on Saturday evening because Spokane's arena isn't available because of NCAA women's basketball.
Ryan Strome (NYI 2011 1st) and his Niagara IceDogs find themselves down in their OHL Eastern Conference playoff series 3-1 after the Oshawa Generals earned a 4-1 win in game 4. Strome was held scoreless and was a -2 for the game as the Generals have made him a non-factor for the most part.
Niagara was 0 for 7 on their power plays (2 for 28 overall) so they can't complain about not having chances especially considering how the only team in the OHL playoffs with a worse power play are the Oshawa Generals (0 for 20). When your leading scorer and his linemates aren't producing then it is going to be hard to win games.
Jesse Graham (NYI 2012 6th) was also scoreless with a -1 and a minor for goaltender interference. Game 5 will be Friday night in Oshawa so wonder how fast the Islanders will want Strome in Bridgeport when the IceDogs are eliminated?
Then there is Andrey Pedan (NYI 2011 3rd) who's Guelph Storm are now on the brink of elimination after losing their game 4 to the Kitchener Rangers 2-1. Compared to the first 3 games this game was almost "choir boy quiet" as the 2 teams only had a combined 8 power plays.
Honestly Guelph didn't play badly, it was more that Kitchener goalie John Gibson was so very good stopping 40 out of 41 shots. Pedan played a solid game even if he was scoreless but unless he gets some support offensively then he too might be on his way to Bridgeport.
The Storm have only managed 6 goals in the 4 games with Pedan scoring 3 of them.
Game 5 is Friday in Kitchener.
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UNIONDALE, NY (March 29, 2013) – The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension.
Visnovsky, 36, has nine points (three goals and six assists) in 22 games with the Islanders this season. Through his first 22 games this season, Visnovsky has been on the ice for 34 of the 59 goals (58%) scored by the...
In the next stage that has been a truly bizarre and turbulent tale, Lubomir Visnovsky, who a few months ago refused to report to the Isles and was threatening legal action against the teams involved in a trade where he would not report to, has been extended by the Islanders for two years/9.5M....while dedicated soldier and team captain Mark Streit remains a pending UFA.
Colin McDonald scored two goals, Josh Bailey tallied the clinching score in the shootout and the New York Islanders won again on the road, coming up with a 4-3 shootout victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night.
John Tavares also scored for New York, which won its fourth straight on the road while improving to 10-4-1 away from home this season to pull into a tie with...
Mitchell Theoret (OHL Images)
Wednesday was a day of sweeps for the New York Ranger and New York Islander prospects as we had some solid performances but sadly an embarrassing one too. Still seeing a young man rise to the occasion with a 4 point performance is a "feel good" moment to enjoy.
How many ways to like first star of the game Mitchell Theoret's (NYI 2011...
St. Croix and Reinhart (Edmonton Oil Kings)
Don't blink because if you do then you might miss seeing the end of the season for a New York Ranger or New York Islander prospect. On Friday 4 Islander and 1 Ranger prospect saw their season come to an end while 2 prospects (1 from each franchise) moved on to the next round.
Not going to breakdown anyone's season here as there...
The slumping Flyers face-off with the New York Islanders in the second game of five straight at the Wells Fargo Center at 7PM on Thursday night. After dropping game one of the home-stand 5-2 to the New York Rangers Tuesday night, the Flyers look to repeat their previous performance against the Islanders, a 7-0 drubbing [...]
Just a quick hit today as Art Staple has tweeted out the contact discussions for Lubomir Visnovky remaining with the Islanders are under way and are "very positive."
I find it increasingly amusing that with the exception of Ryan Miller, the players who were most resistant to joining the Islanders are the ones that end up very happy to remain.
Look at the case of Evgeni...
Lubomir Visnovsky will be with the New York Islanders for the next two seasons after signing an extension worth $9.5M over two campaigns. Visnovsky has played in 791 career NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks. He has collected 120 career Goals and 339 Assists for 459 total Points. He [...]
The New York Islanders haven't been at their best at home, but their play on the road has them eying what could be their first playoff berth in six years.
The Philadelphia Flyers continue to spiral out of contention, and are in danger of missing out on the postseason for the first time in six years.
New York looks to win a fourth straight road game and send the Flyers to a...