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The Jury is Still Out

The Jury is Still Out

Islander realists, your intrepid team is back with our analysis of the off season, so far. Going into the offseason, which typically starts in February for the Islanders in the Garth Snow regime, the Islanders had some pressing needs. These needs were in no particular order:   1st line offensive player 2nd line center Top [...]

Underwhelming Effort Spells the End for Boston in Game 7

Underwhelming Effort Spells the End for Boston in Game 7

BOSTON – After falling flat in Monday’s Game 6 contest at the Bell Centre, losing by a visibly one-sided 4-0 score, the Boston Bruins returned home on Wednesday evening with one last chance to salvage their second-round series against the Canadiens. With each team having won three games, this epic clash between two Original Six rivals [...]

Third-Line Powers Bruins to 4-2 Game 5 Victory over Montreal

Third-Line Powers Bruins to 4-2 Game 5 Victory over Montreal

BOSTON – After salvaging a split of the two games in Montreal with a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory on Thursday at the Bell Centre, the Boston Bruins returned home this weekend for a Saturday evening Game 5 tilt against the Canadiens. With each team taking one game in both Boston and Montreal, the second round series between [...]

Bruins Score Four Unanswered Goals to Rally Past Habs in Game 2

Bruins Score Four Unanswered Goals to Rally Past Habs in Game 2

BOSTON – Less than forty-eight hours after the visiting Canadiens had topped the Bruins in a thrilling double-overtime series opener on Thursday evening, the two teams were back on the ice at TD Garden for Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Semi-Final set. With their backs against the wall as they were looking to avoid a prohibitive [...]

Carey Price The Difference-Maker as Habs Knock Off Bruins in Game 1

Carey Price The Difference-Maker as Habs Knock Off Bruins in Game 1

BOSTON – For the first time since their epic 2011 playoff battle that was decided in overtime of Game 7, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens hit the ice for a postseason match-up at TD Garden. In front of an extraordinarily raucous sellout crowd of 17, 565, the NHL’s two oldest rivals kicked off their Eastern Conference [...]

GameDay: Bruins and Habs Set for Epic Second Round Clash

GameDay: Bruins and Habs Set for Epic Second Round Clash

– After both teams quickly dispatched their opening round opponent in four and five games, respectively, the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins are set to meet in the postseason for the fourth time in the past six seasons. Having entered the series with each team playing their best hockey of the season, we could be [...]

Habs Snap Bruins' Streak with 2-1 Shootout Victory

Habs Snap Bruins’ Streak with 2-1 Shootout Victory

BOSTON, MA– There was no shortage of storylines to be told from during Monday’s final regular season contest of the 2013-14 campaign between hockey’s oldest of rivals. Entering the night’s action, both teams had enjoyed plenty of recent success. Montreal, aided by the long-awaited return of starting goaltender Carey Price, had picked up two points in [...]

In Garth We Trust….to Continue to do a Piss Poor job at Managing our Beloved Franchise

In Garth We Trust….to Continue to do a Piss Poor job at Managing our Beloved Franchise

I’m sure you all are thinking “Gee, what are these two going to say about the absolute disaster that Garth Snow delivered at the trade deadline?” And you want to know what? Garth Snow indeed delivered an absolute disaster at the trade deadline.   Let’s start with the player that Snow had to dangle- Thomas [...]

Habs Halt Boston's Winning Streak with Decisive 4-1 Victory

Habs Halt Boston’s Winning Streak with Decisive 4-1 Victory

BOSTON, MA– In search of their fifth consecutive victory, the Boston Bruins were back on the ice Thursday evening at TD Garden for the first home showdown of the season against their oldest of rivals: the Montreal Canadiens. After securing points in each of their last six games, the only blemish being an overtime defeat in [...]

Rink Recollections: Kevin McClelland, 1981-1994

Rink Recollections: Kevin McClelland, 1981-1994

  By Brian D’Ambrosio, Kevin McClelland joined the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1981 assuming that he would be a ‘mucker’ and a ‘grinder’. Two seasons later, he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers and his role changed from ‘grinder’ to guardian. Overflowing with the skillful likes of Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, and Paul Coffey, the team [...]

On the verge of the 2013-2014 Season!

On the verge of the 2013-2014 Season!

With the announcement of the “newcomers” that made the team, we felt that we needed to address the whys and hows of such, as well as the questions that are popping up as the new season approaches. By their standards, the Islanders certainly had a successful season last year. Ideally, this year should show more [...]

Jamie Huscroft: Rink Recollections of a Journeyman’s Career

Jamie Huscroft: Rink Recollections of a Journeyman’s Career

By Brian D’Ambrosio It’s often said that simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. Jamie Huscroft’s formula as a hockey player was simple – and reliable. Play laboriously. Lead by example. Answer the bell. That recipe secured him a spot on the rosters of seven teams, guided him through three hundred and fifty two regular season National [...]

The Clock is Ticking

The Clock is Ticking

Time is both a wonderful gift and a fantastic curse. Think of those times in life where time seemed to stand still. Those tend to be moments where you really did not want to be there.   Think of those times in your life that went by way too fast. Maybe it was a first kiss, [...]

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 First Round Predictions

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 First Round Predictions

With the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin just a few hours from now, four members of the Hockey Independent writing staff have come together to predict each and every first round series of this year’s postseason. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils),  Bill Philp (Tampa Bay Lightning) [...]

Rink Recollections: Jeff Odgers, NHL, 1991-2003

Rink Recollections: Jeff Odgers, NHL, 1991-2003

  By Brian D’Ambrosio Jeff Odgers played every NHL game as if it were his final. He never took a game for granted –scared that his career could fade away at any moment.  Odgers scrapped and gritted his way onto the roster and he made sure he never provided his coaches with a sufficient reason to [...]

Brendan Witt: A Life of Old-Time Hockey, New Beginnings

Brendan Witt: A Life of Old-Time Hockey, New Beginnings

  By Brian D’Ambrosio Brendan Witt knew one of the Philadelphia Flyers would approach. After all, the bruising fourth line tended to drop the gloves. Slightly after the six-minute mark of the first period, the “Dan Line” -consisting of Dan Kordic, Daniel Lacroix and Scott Daniels - hoped to send a message. “Philly put these guys [...]

Julien Completely Justified in Rant on Montreal Embellishment

Julien Completely Justified in Rant on Montreal Embellishment

From Mike Ribeiro to Max Lapierre to today’s P.K. Subban and Max Pacioretty, the Canadiens have definitely employed their fair share of players with a knack for embellishment that would make most academy award-winning actors jealous. However, while the faces in Montreal may have changed, the tired old rhetoric has remained the same. The Habs [...]

Bruins' Six-Game Winning Streak Snapped in 4-3 Loss to Montreal

Bruins’ Six-Game Winning Streak Snapped in 4-3 Loss to Montreal

BOSTON, MA – Fresh off their sixth consecutive victory on Saturday afternoon against the Lightning, the Boston Bruins were back on the ice again on Sunday evening in an original six battle with the Montreal Canadiens. Despite this being the second half of a back-to-back for both squads, the intensity was high with sole possession of [...]

Honey, I Lost the Kids (part 2 of 2)

Honey, I Lost the Kids (part 2 of 2)

In the first part of this epic, we promised three pieces of evidence to explain how Garth Snow does things with the sole intention of job preservation. We pointed out how he is relatively awful at drafting in part one. Part two will speak to other shortcomings, starting here: Two- Garth Snow uses salary cap [...]

Honey, I Lost the Kids - part one of two

Honey, I Lost the Kids – part one of two

It’s almost like a reflex when you ask hockey fans about the best way to build a winner “It’s the draft!” Drafting allow you to develop players or trade for established ones. Since the Isles have had no playoffs since 07-08, they’ve been in rebuild mode. We’re going to look at this draft rebuild with [...]