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Get Rid of the Game Tapes: Islanders Lose 4-2 to Panthers

The Islanders lost another tough one on Saturday night, falling 4-2 to the Florida Panthers.

Prior to the game, Coach Jack Capuano named Evgeni Nabokov the starter, giving Al Montoya a day off before the Islanders return home on Tuesday. It was his second start of the season, the first coming against the Rangers a week ago. 

Once again the Islanders' scoring was divided pretty evenly between Mark Streit and John Tavares, throwing a Parenteau assist in the mix. In order for this team to be able to be a playoff contender this season, more than just Streit and Tavares have to be relied on to win games.

For the Panthers, it seemed as if they just had the Islanders n...

Isles Fall In Home Opener Vs. Panthers

"When you have, whatever we had, 8 shots going into the third, 9 shots, something like that, we obviously didn't create enough offense," said Kyle Okposo after the game.

And that was basically the story in the Islanders 2-0 home opening loss to the Florida Panthers. A sold out crowd of 16,234 fans left in mystery of what the new goal song would be for the year as the Isles failed to generate enough offense to get them on the board. The Islanders were out shot 10-5 after the first period and only had 8 shots through the first 30 minutes of the game.

Al Montoya got the nod in goal over Rick DiPietro and Evgeni Nabokov, a somewhat surprising choice but one that was ...

Strome and Pandolfo Earn Contracts With Islanders

The New York Islanders announced today that former New Jersey Devils forward Jay Pandolfo, who had been playing with the Islanders during the pre-season on a tryout, and Ryan Strome, the team's 5th overall pick in 2011, were both signed to contracts with the team before today's 5 PM deadline.

Pandolfo's contract is for one year, likely serving as a member of the team's fourth line unit and a veteran penalty killer. Whether or not he will be in the line up on opening night is unknown as Reasoner will be at center with Matt Martin, Brian Rolston and Trevor Gillies competing with Pandolfo for the names to be on the roster.

However, Gillies is currently on the IR w...

Top 10 must-see games on the 2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks schedule

As the days march on towards Opening Night, and the bulk of trades and free agency acquisitions have been completed; the Draft and prospect camps are over; and the opening of Training Camps are still a few weeks away; as the weeks left until the new season drop into the single digits, there's one date circled on every fan's calendar to make it through the August doldrums: the date that their team's tickets go on sale. The Chicago Blackhawks have plenty of exciting matchups to choose from this year.

Five years ago, getting 14,000 fans in the seats at the United Center would've been considered a special night. Now, after three h...

Isles Get Reasonable, Sign Marty Reasoner to Two-Year Deal

I decided to wait until the latter portion of the evening before I posted anything about today's action for the New York Islanders with free agency having officially kicked off at 12 PM today. Granted, the Isles typically are not the most active team on July 1st, usually making their moves in the days that follow.

For example, Snow was able to swoop up Mark Streit with a five-year deal that arguably has been his best signing in his relatively short tenure as General Manager. Dwayne Roloson was another diamond in the rough signing that many were not expecting, making him a fan-favorite and possibly the most consistent player to wear an Islanders uniform in the past two seasons be...

Panthers hire new head coach

After missing the playoffs for the 10th straight season, the Florida Panthers decided that they would take a new route as they announced the hiring of new head coach, Kevin Dineen. Dineen was officially introduced Wednesday as the franchise’s 11th head coach. He will take over for Pete Deboer after he was fired back on April 10th, a day after the Panthers missed the playoffs once again - the third time under his ruling. Details were not released regarding the terms of the contract as per club policy. Just like Deboer, this will be Dineen’s first year as an NHL head coach. Dineen has spent the last six seasons as the head coach of the Portland Pirates of the AHL. He had a record...

Panthers make League History.

With the 4-2 lost to the Buffalo Sabres Friday night, the Florida Panthers now own a league record, one which marks just how much this team has struggled in the last decade. The Panthers have become the first team in NHL to miss the playoffs for 10 straight seasons. When head coach Pete DeBoer was asked about the record, he said "It doesn't hurt anymore, we've been hurting for awhile. You just get numb to that pain." For many loyal Panthers fans, watching their team perform so bad is very depressing, and raises many questions about what happened to their fantastic new team that broke into the NHL in the early 1990's. The Panthers were granted a team for the 1993-94 season, and ...

Gameday: Panthers - Sabres

With not much more to play for other than pride, the Florida Panthers head to Buffalo to take on the Sabres, Friday night. Florida, who are on a three game losing steak are just two losses away from officially missing the playoffs. They hope to play spoiler against the Sabres who are just three points up on the Carolina Hurricanes for 8th spot in the East. This will be the final meeting between the two clubs for the season. Florida currently leafs the series with a 2-0-1 record. Florida won a pair of games prior to the Christmas break, while Buffalo won a game back on February 10th, 3-2 in overtime. Florida has not been able to find the score sheet in more than 131 minutes, as they...

Panthers trade McCabe to Rangers

The Florida Panthers will have a new captain come next season, as they announced Saturday that they have traded current captain Bryan McCabe to the New York Rangers for forward Tim Kennedy and a third-round draft pick. The 35-year old St. Catharines native, McCabe has spent 14 seasons in the NHL with the Islanders, Canucks, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, and Panthers. McCabe was drafted 40th overall in the 1993 NHL draft, and was most known for his 7-year stay with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he was a massive part of their blueline, along with teammate Tomas Kaberle. In 2006, McCabe played with team Canada at the winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. In 1,116 career NHL games, McCabe has...

Panthers ship Stillman back to Carolina

The Florida Panthers have said farewell to the veteran presence in their lineup as they announced Thursday evening that the club has shipped forward Cory Stillman to Carolina Hurricanes for forward Ryan Carter and a fifth round pick in 2011. The 37-year old, Peterborough native, Stillman is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, and had to agree to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to go through. The 27-year old Ryan has played 3 NHL seasons with the Hurricanes and Ducks combined, he has 12 goals and 32 points in 170 games. Since being signed by the Hurricanes back in 2006, Carter has totalled 163 penalty minutes and boats a minus-3 rating. Stillman was drafted...