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BUFFALO -- Mark Streit may be at the tail end of his Islanders career, and a two-year run as captain. He’s still unsigned beyond this season and it will take some compromise for the 35-year-old to remain an Islander.
Still, Streit -- who is sixth all-time in franchise scoring by a defenseman -- has been through the tough times. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” playoff thoughts:
“It’s really...Read more »
BUFFALO -- Kyle Okposo turned 25 last week, but his maturation process has unfolded before Islanders fans’ eyes for nearly five seasons. He has perhaps had the most high-and-low existence of any of the Isles’ core players, and his occasional dominance this year has vindicated both himself and his playoff-bound team. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” about his first postseason:
“It means a lot....Read more »
BUFFALO -- Matt Moulson is 29 and a bona fide scorer in the NHL after four seasons on John Tavares’ wing. But Moulson’s first postseason will take his late-blooming career to a new height. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” about the playoffs:
“Ever since I’ve gotten here that’s been a huge goal of ours, getting to the playoffs. All the guys who have been here since I’ve been here, that’s what...Read more »
BUFFALO -- Travis Hamonic is only 22, but he has a lot of wisdom about hockey life. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” about getting to his first postseason:
“I don’t know how many times growing up you play for the Stanley Cup in your backyard, or winning it -- you’ve got to get to the dance first to have the opportunity and it’s here now.
“You don’t know how often you’re going to get this...Read more »
BUFFALO -- Islanders fans on Twitter let out a collective groan when I posted Jack Capuano’s lineup for Friday night: Eric Boulton remains in the lineup in place of Jesse Joensuu and Lubomir Visnovsky comes out for Thomas Hickey.
Capuano said Visnovsky, who has played 35 of the Isles’ 47 games so far (he missed the first 10 games of the season before he reported, then two more to return to...Read more »
BUFFALO - The latest playoff picture snapshot is not a pretty one for the Islanders.
Amazing what one game without any points can do at this late stage, but the Isles definitely felt the sting of Thursday night’s 2-1 regulation loss to the Flyers (watch highlights here).
Even an OT or shootout point would have made this a bit easier to take. The Isles dropped from sixth and controlling...Read more »
Watch highlights from Thursday night's Islanders-Flyers game embedded below. (Newsday's app users can watch it at newsday.com/nhlvideo)addCustomPlayer('3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq', '891cec8dca9044e3bc366526539c43bc', 'qxv62ic1obhw1msap6hoiob5g', 475, 468, 'perf3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq-qxv62ic1obhw1msap6hoiob5g', 'eplayer14');...Read more »
PHILADELPHIA -- Next up in our series about what the playoffs mean to these Islanders is Keith Aucoin, the ultimate journeyman.
The 34-year-old center will play his 40th game of the season Thursday night, a personal high. This will also be the first time in Aucoin’s 12-year pro career he’ll spend an entire season in the NHL.
“It means a lot, especially being on a team that hasn’t been...Read more »
PHILADELPHIA -- Here's the first in a series that will last as long as we have time for: Islanders players talking about what this playoff berth means to them.
First up is Colin McDonald, the 28-year-old Connecticut native who had just seven NHL games before he made the Islanders out of training camp. He’s missed only three games (two to suspension and one to the flu) and has seven goals,...Read more »
PHILADELPHIA -- The workload is not getting to Evgeni Nabokov, who is backing up Kevin Poulin on Thursday night against the Flyers.
“Half of this game is the mental part,” Nabokov said after the morning skate. “You get in a groove, you just need to take care of yourself mentally. Physical part is not that hard, really.”
So Nabokov, who has started 15 of the last 16 games for the Isles...Read more »