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Jack Capuano Needs To Rewrite A Happy Ending To This Tragedy

Blowing a two goal lead in the third period of a hockey game is never acceptable by the standards of most coaches and players, but to let it happen when you are looking to solidify a playoff spot is downright atrocious.

And that’s what the New York Islanders did last night.

With all due respect to the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team that has now won eight games in a row, they are not a contending playoff team. They currently sit fifth in the Metropolitan Division, 15 points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins (and the Pens sit in one of the Eastern Conference wild card spots, only one point away from knocking the Islanders out of the top three in the Metropolitan Division).

This was a game that they needed to win and should have won – and they were well on their way until they blew it; a common theme for the Islanders over the past several weeks.

Are The Isles Coming Back Down To Earth?

After having an incredible first half of the season, the New York Islanders find themselves in a somewhat unfamiliar position. The Isles are losers of four of their past five, and barely scraped away with a shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

Tonight the Isles will face the Buffalo Sabres, a team that is dwelling at the very bottom of the NHL standings and is also 2-8-0 in their last ten games played.

By all standards, this is a game that the Islanders should absolutely win. However, the Isles need to make sure history does not repeat itself.

Cast Away: Former Isles Contribute To New Teams In Playoffs

Although the New York Islanders missed the playoffs this season, many players that were dressed for the team and traded made significant contributions to their new team's post-season run to the Cup (Photo credit: Michael Cummo Photography/Flickr).

2013/14 Playoffs- Week 1 Recap

We’re officially a week into the 2013/14 NHL playoffs and we’ve already seen our share of overtime dramatics, borderline hits, curious officiating, and Pierre McGuire. While every series has seen at least 3 games played, now is a good time to check in on what we’ve learned through week 1 of the dance and what we should expect over the next week.

2013-14 NHL Awards Predictions: The Jack Adams Award

Daniel Spevak is a writer for The Checking Line - Flyers Edition. This is a part of a multi-part series breaking down the potential finalists for the NHL's annual awards.

The Jack Adams Award is an accolade given to the best coach in the NHL each season.

Between rookie coaches bringing teams back to former levels of success, midseason replacements and established veterans, there’s no shortage of qualified contenders for the award.

Let’s take a look at who should be considered among all 30 NHL coaches this season and see who fits the description of the one who has “contributed the most to his team's success.”

Honorable Mentions

Ken Hit...

Tension running high in Blackhawks overtime loss to Flyers

The Blackhawks were in Philadelphia to face the Flyers on Tuesday night before going back home to the UC to play the St Louis Blues on Wednesday.

 

The starting goaltenders for each team were backup rookie goalkie Antti Raanta for the Bkackhawks, and former Blackhawks Ray Emery for Philadelphia. Emery won the Cup with Chicago last season and signed with the Flyers during the offseason.

 

Two and a half minutes in the first period, Andrew Shaw opened t...

Analyzing The Thomas Vanek Trade

As announced yesterday, Thomas Vanek was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for prospect forward Sebastian Collberg. A conditional second round pick will be sent to the New York Islanders in addition to Collberg if the Habs make the playoffs, with a conditional fifth round pick then being sent to the Canadiens. However, if Montreal fails to make the playoffs, the trade stands as just a single player swap (Photo credit: Michael Cummo Photography/Flickr).

Kyle Okposo Leads Isles Rally In Third, Defeat Flyers 4-3 After Shootout

The New York Islanders played host to the Philadelphia Flyers this afternoon with the hopes of earning back a win against their Metropolitan Division rivals after losing to them 6-4 on the road Saturday night. Anders Nilsson and Ray Emery were your net-minders for the Martin Luther King Jr. matinee. The contest would conclude in a

The first period saw plenty of hits and fights between both sides. Matt Carkner fought Jay Rosehill just inside the Isles blue line, resulting in a win for the home team. Just a few minutes later, Kyle Okposo would drop the mitts with Braydon Coburn inside the Flyers zone. Not many punches were thrown, but KO would get the take down, allowing the Minnesota native to be showered with USA chants as he headed to the Isles penalty box.

Where Do The Islanders Go Next?

As the annual Thanksgiving week home stand approaches, the state of the Islanders is not what fans had expected at this point into the season. After last night’s 5-2 loss to the Flyers, the team now sits at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division looking to find any way possible to recover from this recent skid.

Isles Look To Rebound Tonight In Phili

The New York Islanders will look to win the second game of a back-to-back trip against the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

Kevin Poulin is expected to be back between the pipes, who made some tremendous acrobatic saves against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night despite a 4-3 loss on a goal that came from Sidney Crosby in the final minute of the third period.

Defensive breakdowns would end up costing the Isles a very valuable point, as they were just a little over a minute away from overtime.