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By Christian Arnold (@CA_NYHockey)
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 especially in Canada playoffs are massive, and you watch them. You see all the commercials and you see all the overtimes and stuff like that. To finally be in this position where I’m actually a part of it, it’s exciting. It’s been something I’ve been working for my whole life.”
To add to the experience, Cizikas scored his first postseason goal on Sunday in game three. Michael Grabner, from behind the Penguins net, setup Cizikas for a one timer from inside the slot.
“It was all Grabs who set it up,” Cizkias said of the goal. “Great forechecking knocked the puck out of the air and he found me in that sweet spot. I just t
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When he's not beating up folks and scoring game winners, New York Islander Kyle Okposo is scoring dazzling short handed goals against the #1 seeded Pittsburgh Penguins.
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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...
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Brian Strait took two penalties against Sidney Crosby in Game 3. The first, a hooking call early in the third, was the sort of call a player of Crosby's stature will get -- it wasn't much of a hook, but all eyes are on No. 87.
In overtime, though, Crosby earned the call, getting good position on Strait, driving to the net and forcing...
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'...
By Christian Arnold (@CA_NYhockey)
UNIONDALE, N.Y – Two games, two comebacks, and one common denominator; the play of Kyle Okposo.
The 25-year-old winger has made quite the mark over the last two games against the Pittsburgh Penguins. On Friday his fight helped sparked the Islanders and his goal in the third period won the game for them. And despite loss Sunday, Okposo...
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...
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.
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...
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...
One of the great things about the playoffs is the sense that anything can happen. It's an overstated narrative, but it's somewhat true when you think about it. Crazy things happen in a seven-game sample size (goalies standing on their heads, certain players going through a hot streak, etc.) and the heavily favored team doesn't always win. In this Pens/Isles series, the...
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...
The Isles may be ârelentlessâ but the Penguins have too much skill to let them gain the main advantage. Jack Capuano spent yesterdayâs 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 didnât mean giving up on the physical play....
New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins face off in Game 3 of
their NHL playoff series.
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...