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Thomas Hickey didn’t get his name on the Stanley Cup, but he was on hand when the Kings won it last June. Hickey was the No. 4 overall pick by the Kings in 2007, but never played a game for L.A.
After joining the Isles on waivers in January, he’s had a big hand as one of the top four defensemen in what the Isles achieved this season -- his only goal was the OT winner in Montreal in February...Read more »
Three things we like about the Islanders heading into their first-round NHL playoff series against No. 1 Pittsburgh:
The Hart Trophy candidate had 10 goals in the final 17 games of the regular season and has the fire to succeed in his first playoff trip.
The 37-year-old goaltender has loads of playoff experience and has played his best hockey of...Read more »
A snapshot of the Islanders' playoff history:
Stanley Cup Finals: 5
1975: Defeated Rangers, 2-1, preliminary round; defeated Pittsburgh, 4-3, quarterfinals; lost to Philadelphia, 4-3, semifinals
1976: Defeated Vancouver, 2-0, preliminary round; defeated Buffalo, 4-2, quarterfinals; lost to Montreal, 4-1, semifinals
1977:...Read more »
Eric Boulton may not make it into any of the Isles’ playoff games, but the 36-year-old enforcer was on the roster during the Devils’ run to the Stanley Cup final last spring and knows what it takes to get there.
He also knows what it’s like to be part of a team that could surprise some people:
“Yeah -- I think a lot of teams worry about playing us. We don’t have a lot of experience,...Read more »
Brian Strait was a bit sour that the Penguins let him go on waivers in January; now, he’s looking to remind Pittsburgh that it made an error in letting the 25-year-old defenseman go.
Strait will be on the blue line with the Isles for this series and here’s what he thinks of the wild ride he’s had this season:
“Just thinking about it, it’s kind of fitting we’re playing the Penguins. When...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 »
Some quotes from around the Islanders' locker room in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday night after they clinched their first playoff berth since 2007.
John Tavares: “We had to win a lot more games late because we put ourselves behind the eight-ball with the start to the season we had. We knew we needed to start winning some games that we’d been losing the first half of the season, and we needed to...Read more »
Below you'll find the video evidence that proves the Islanders qualified for the NHL playoffs on Tuesday night for the first time since 2007.
First up are highlights from the Islanders' 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, followed by the Winnipeg Jets' loss to the Washington Capitals. addCustomPlayer('3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq', '891cec8dca9044e3bc366526539c43bc', '1fl5i61ymkgps138o11fxa61kf',...Read more »
It's obvious that the Isles' homegrown core never has experienced a playoff series — 16 of the 27 players on the roster never played in an NHL playoff game.
But even their veterans are fairly inexperienced. Evgeni Nabokov leads the way with 80 playoff games, all with the Sharks; next is Marty Reasoner with 23 games, his last coming in 2003.
The Islander with the most recent playoff run:...Read more »