The New York Islanders continued their recent strong play at the Nassau Coliseum Tuesday night as they doubled-up the Florida Panthers 4-2. The win was the Islanders third straight on home ice and improved their overall record to 30-35-10 on the year. The win also helped the Islanders stave off elimination officially for one more night as it continues play tomorrow night in Ottawa against the Senators.
As another Islander season draws closer to an ending, it’s never too early to start thinking about the future (it’s what we do best on Long Island). Free agency will come and go and big-ticket names will be shuffled around in trades. And the one name hanging out there that appears ripe for the taking, Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban, just so happens to make a heck of a lot of sense for the team in Nassau.
After a week in western Canada and 3 days off, the Islanders returned home on Friday night to begin a 4 game home stand welcoming the San Jose Sharks to Nassau Coliseum. They defeated the Sharks in December in San Jose but couldn’t complete the season series sweep on home ice.
Plagued by injuries, and shorthanded by recent trades, the Isles will field a lineup consisting of many who started the season in Connecticut. This is even truer in light of Michael Grabner’s concussion. There is no time table for Grabner’s return, and in truth, it’s not likely he will play again this season. Therefore on Thursday, the Islanders recalled Johan Sundstrom from Bridgeport.
The New York Islanders played host to the Florida Panthers this afternoon, looking to redeem themselves after a very embarrassing 6-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils yesterday afternoon. To the Isles' dismay, that would not be the case as they squandered a two-goal lead in the third period to lose to the Panthers by a score of 5-3.
The Sound Tigers have gone 5-1-0 in their last 6 games, continuing their up and down trend that has gone on all season long. A lack of identity could be the cause of the inconsistency but there are some bright spots to take note of in Bridgeport.
A special night at Yankee Stadium for the NHL Stadium Series as the Islanders/Rangers rivalry added history by playing outdoor at this historic venue. The conditions were not what fans and the players are used to with a 22 degree game time temperature and playing in front of over 50,000 fans under the lights.
The Flyers blew a 3-1 lead in the third period, dropping in a shootout to the Islanders, 4-3, Monday afternoon.
The way the first two periods were going, the Flyers were on track for a strong two-point effort to cap the home-and-home with New York. But sluggish play in the third in which they were out-shot 17-3 resulted in a pair goals to tie the game.
Bad penalties caused the Flyers to be exhausted and short-handed much of the period. The Islanders got three power plays in the period and capitalized on the final one.
(Photo: Scott Hartnell (19) battles in the corner with Brian Strait (37). Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)