NHL's first Oklahoman looks to establish career with Sabres

Most NHL players say they dreamed of playing in the NHL for their entire life, but for newly acquired Sabre Matt Donovan, the NHL was more of a fantasy destination than a realistic landing spot since nobody from his home state of Oklahoma had ever played in the NHL. "Being in Oklahoma, no kid really had that dream," Donovan told the Buffalo media. "It’s just one of those things...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Summer Report Card: Matt Donovan

Matt Donovan Season: 12 GP – 0 G – 3 A – 3 PTS – 0 PIM – +4 Career: 67 GP – 2 G – 17 A – 19 PTS – 26 PIM Contract: Unrestricted Free Agent If you mention the name “Matt Donovan” to the casual Islanders fan, you may get a puzzled look in return. The 25-year-old Edmond, Oklahoma native played in just 12 regular season games and 2 playoff games, after being...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 5|22|15- Coaching Edition

All of the team’s coaching staff will be returning next season, which puts pressure on head coach Jack Capuano to perform. The Isles are undoubtedly on the rise, and if the team is not succeeding in the early stages of the 2015-16 season, the current head coach may very well find himself on a very short leash. However, after the season the team just had, it is too early to...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders And Capitals Set For Final Battle – Game Seven Pregame

New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals: Game 7: Pregame Report When: Monday, April 27th, 2015 Where: Verizon Center , Washington, DC Time: 7:30 p.m. ET TV: MSG+, NBCSN Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM The game that most predicted would happen before this series began will be played tonight in the nation’s capital; Game 7 between the New York Islanders...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Top Shelf: Save 15% On Defibrillators Edition: 4/26/15

Are you ready? Ready to experience the first game seven of the NHL playoffs? And the first one to involve the New York Islanders since the epic 2002 series against the Toronto Maple Leafs? Well, if you aren’t, you still have today to head to your local medical supply store and purchase a defibrillator for tomorrow night’s (7:30) game in Washington against the Capitals that will...
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April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Kibbles And Grits: Islanders Outlast Caps 3-1, Force Game 7

Tonight’s Recap The New York Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals this afternoon at the Nassau Coliseum, 3-1 behind third period goals by Nikolay Kulemin and Cal Clutterbuck to even up their best of seven series at three games a piece. In what Colin McDonald described after the game as ‘classic pond hockey’, the referees seemingly had no interest in maintaining control...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Ready For Do Or Die Game 6: Pregame Report

New York Islanders vs Washington Capitals: Game 6: Pregame Report When: Satuday, April 25th, 2015Where: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NYTime: 3:00 p.m. EDTTV: NBC (Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire)Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM This is it. If the Islanders want the Nassau Coliseum to ever see another hockey game, they will bring it all today. The Capitals are...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders down another defenseman: de Haan ruled out vs Caps

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders have lost another defenseman, with Calvin de Haan ruled out of Game 6 against the Washington Capitals. Coach Jack Capuano provided the update before Saturday's game without saying what the injury was. De Haan did not return after being hit by Troy Brouwer in the third period of New York's 5-1 loss Thursday. The Islanders trail the first...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Top Shelf: 4/25/15: Don’t Do Me Like That

The New York Islanders will take to the ice at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum this afternoon (3pm ET) to battle the Washington Capitals in-game six looking to stave off elimination and force a deciding seventh game back in our nation’s capital on Monday. For them to do so, they will have to battle through adversity and injury as Travis Hamonic, Lubomir Visnovsky are almost certainly...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Undermanned But Determined Islanders Look To Even Series

Tomorrow afternoon (3pm ET), the New York Islanders will take on the Washington Capitals in-game six of their first round NHL playoff series. With a 5-1 victory in-game five, it will be the Capitals who will try to eliminate New York and send them to what’s called in hockey circles ‘clean-out day’ much earlier than they would like. The term itself has more meaning that just...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight Top Shelf: Streak Buster: 3/22/15

The sun came out yesterday and the temperature is expected to hit 60 degrees by Thursday of this week. Along with that forecast comes the melting of what should be the last snowfall of the 2014-15 winter season. It also brought with it an end to the New York Islanders four game losing streak last night as they shutout the New Jersey Devils 3-0 behind a fantastic 26 save performance...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Islanders Vs Chicago Blackhawks: Pregame Report

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2015Where: United Center, Chicago, ILTime: 8:30 p.m. ESTTV: MSG+2 (Howie Rose, Butch Goring)Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM The Islanders (43-24-4, 90 points) have had a tough go of it as of late. They have scored just three goals in the last three games, all losses. Even John Tavares, the NHL’s points leader has been held scoreless...
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March 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Look to Get Back on Track Against Canadiens Tonight

When: Saturday, March 14, 2015Where: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Uniondale, New YorkTime: 7:00 p.m. ESTTV: NBCSNRadio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King), LI News Radio 103.9 FM The New York Islanders (43-23-4) will take on the Montreal Canadiens (42-19-7) for the final time during the regular season at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum tonight. The Islanders are coming off two...
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March 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Farewell to the Nassau Coliseum: Days 47 & 46

I can only ask for your forgiveness. Sunday proved to be quite a busy day as I was in attendance at the Coliseum as the Islanders were dismantled by the Canucks. Due to the scheduling of our never-ending quality content, we were forced to run Day 48 of our countdown, which was due for Saturday, this morning. So we gave you guys a break today and condensed two days in one as today’s...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back Injury Wise

Not that there is ever a good time for injuries, but with 21 games remaining in the 2014-15 regular season in a division that has shown itself to be the most competitive in the entire league, the New York Islanders are going through an extremely tough time that has tested their depth to the maximum. Over the summer, general manager Garth Snow improved his goaltending, ramped up his...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Insight’s Top Shelf: 2|23|15

Never mind the power[less] play that went 0-for-5  in a 4-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Last night, it was the New York Islanders’ other special teams unit handing the opposition two points. At this point, we’re all broken records. The Islanders penalty kill is bad. Even on a night where the Islanders took only three penalties – two on rookie Kael Mouillierat...
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February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

The Locker: Donovan Hash-Tagging

Islanders defenseman Matt Donovan doesn’t get to play all that much this season, serving as the team’s sixth (and sometimes seventh) man in a rotation that only gets listed on head coach Jack Capuano’s official lineup sheet in case of injury or illness. But he has been mastering the art of Twitter and yesterday, while watching the NHL’s annual all-star shinny game played...
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January 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders: Triantaphilisms — 10 Things I Think I Think 1/9/14

The New York Islanders return to the East Coast, and their next four games are to be played against Metropolitan Division rivals. Thirteen straight games will be played against Eastern Conference opponents. With the Islanders only three points ahead of the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals, has their been any stretch as crucial as this one in 2014-15? Anyways, the 10 things...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Top Shelf: 1/7/15

That wasn’t exactly what the Islanders or their fans were hoping for after falling to the Oilers 5-2 on Sunday. The Islanders fell 3-2 in what could be considered the worst game they’ve played through 40 games. It was an overall brutal game for the entire team, with several costly errors leading to all of the Canucks goals on the night. Whether it was the absence of Lubomir Visnovsky...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

New York Islanders vs Vancouver Canucks: Pregame Report

NEW YORK ISLANDERS AT VANCOUVER CANUCKS PREGAME REPORT When: Tuesday, January 6th, 2015Where:  Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British ColumbiaTime: 10:00 p.m. ESTTV: MSG+ (Jiggs McDonald, Butch Goring)Radio: WRHU 88.7 FM (Chris King, Greg Picker), LI News Radio 103.9 FM   Tonight, the Islanders (26-12-1) hope they can bounce back with a performance similar to that of their last...
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January 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Top Shelf: 1/5/15

The New York Islanders have become a part of a pretty exclusive group in the 2014-15 season. Following their 5-2 loss last night, the Islanders join the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks (twice), Montreal Canadiens, Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers as the only teams to have lost to the Oilers since October. Yes, believe it or not...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Donovan Getting This Twitter Thing Down

Why dont we have people that squirt water into our mouths like the NFL? Id have so much more energy if I didn't have to squirt my own water. — Matt Donovan (@SquatchDonovan) January 4, 2015 The post Donovan Getting This Twitter Thing Down appeared first on Islanders Insight.
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Islanders Matt Donovan Preaches Restraint

Professional athletes on social media are always a trip. They seem to have much more fun than the average fan does, that’s for sure. Some are much more active than others, but most have the rules of posting and running down pat. Matt Donovan has not been very active on Twitter since joining but he really scores on this tweet, sent on New Year’s Day after practicing with his...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

GIF: Brad Marchand jumps to hit Matt Donovan

Despite the fact the regular season hasn’t started yet, Brad Marchand is already in regular form and causing mayhem out on the ice. In an exhibition against the Islanders, Marchand jumped to check the taller Matt Donovan. The hit earned two minutes and added to Marchand’s already colorful reputation. (H/T The Score)  
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

GIF: Brad Marchand jumps to hit Matt Donovan

Despite the fact the regular season hasn’t started yet, Brad Marchand is already in regular form and causing mayhem out on the ice. In an exhibition against the Islanders, Marchand jumped to check the taller Matt Donovan. The hit earned two minutes and added to Marchand’s already colorful reputation. (H/T The Score)  
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September 30, 2014  |  Discuss
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