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Thoughts on Kyle Okposo, Olympic hockey and Isles' win streak

Kyle Okposo skates during the first period of

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A few thoughts from the past couple days, including the Islanders’ third straight win:

-- It certainly made for a tidy storyline Thursday night that Kyle Okposo fired home the OT winner.

-- The Isles’ first overtime victory in nearly a full calendar year and first home OT win in nearly two calendar years -- and, since I was home and not racing around the locker room as Mark Herrmann...

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Kyle Okposo's Olympic chances and a historic rally

Kyle Okposo celebrates his second goal of the

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A few notes on the wacky 5-4 win here Sunday night:

-- As I briefly mentioned in the story off the game and on Twitter, Kyle Okposo’s case for a U.S. Olympic roster spot is quite strong, and many of his teammates, his coaches and his general manager have said the same to me the past few days.

To me, it’s not just the points -- Okposo has 37, tied for second among U.S.-born...

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Too many points-less Isles right now

Islanders' Frans Nielsen controls the puck against the

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Jack Capuano admitted he’s not a “stat guy” after the Islanders’ latest debacle on Tuesday -- don’t get excited, advanced-stats gang, he wasn’t even talking about those -- but even he had to mention the most ridiculous of all the ridiculous numbers coming out of this 8-15-5 team.

The Islanders are now 0-13-3 when scoring two goals or fewer. In a defense-first league, in a division where teams...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Kyle Okposo

Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo celebrates after he

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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....

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16 Islanders on verge of first NHL playoff experience

Travis Hamonic (3) is checked into the boards

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Islanders can clinch a playoff spot Tuesday night, and we’ve discussed over and over how it would be the first appearance for the long list of homegrown players on this roster.

Of the 27 Isles currently on the roster, 16 would be in an NHL postseason for the first time. That includes John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic and the other obvious ones.

But...

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Jack Capuano getting the most out of Isles players

Head coach Jack Capuano of the Islanders speaks

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BOSTON -- After the Islanders’ 2-1 win here on Thursday night, the loudest thing in the visitors’ dressing room was a bit of music -- and sarcastic booing from the stall of the reigning Good Guy Award winner when the media parade walked in, causing the music volume to be lowered.

But that’s all. No whooping, no hollering; maybe the Isles were done with that, but their post-game comments were...

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One day left = two new Islanders videos

Nino Niederreiter celebrates his goal in the first

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Embedded above is the Islanders video we shot Friday at Nassau Coliseum on the eve of the start of the lockout-shortened NHL season.

It includes interviews with John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Kyle Okposo.

Embedded below is highlights of our sitdown with Arthur Staple to discuss the start of the season for the Islanders.

Those reading this on Newsday's apps can watch the...

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Islanders grow 'staches for prostate cancer awareness

Matt Moulson of the New York Islanders celebrates

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The New York Islanders rocked their mustaches for prostate cancer awareness. Mark Streit, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and others give their thoughts on how to maintain a mustache and which Islander wears it best.

Enjoy the embedded video above....

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