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If an Islander Draft Pick is Any Good, it’s by ACCIDENT.

If an Islander Draft Pick is Any Good, it’s by ACCIDENT.

With the Olympics past us and the NHL getting back into full swing, our thoughts drifted from the stockpile of losses that the Islanders gathered headed into Olympic break and instead thought about some of the recent good times, like that three week span in which the Islanders actually won games consistently. And in being [...]

Bruins Rally Late For 3-2 Victory Over Pittsburgh

Bruins Rally Late For 3-2 Victory Over Pittsburgh

BOSTON, MA–  For the first time since a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of the rival Canadiens at Montreal’s Bell Centre on Thursday evening, the Boston Bruins were back on the ice Saturday looking for their fifth straight home victory. Standing in the way of the B’s and their quest for a fifth consecutive [...]

"I don't know what I'm doing."

Fire Garth Snow

In watching yet another Islander season going to waste, there is plenty of finger pointing to do. Injuries are not going to be on that finger wagging list however. They’re part of every season, and frankly, the goaltending got BETTER after the injury to Evgeny Nabokov. No, the first person to get our “J’Accuse!” (Nous [...]

Krug’s OT Blast Helps B’s Knock Off Pens in Thriller at TD Garden

Krug’s OT Blast Helps B’s Knock Off Pens in Thriller at TD Garden

BOSTON, MA– For the first time since last spring’s infamous four-game sweep at the hands of the Bruins, Dan Bylsma and the Pittsburgh Penguins returned to the confines of Boston’s TD Garden on Monday evening for a showdown between the two top teams in the Eastern Conference standings. With the two squads separated by just [...]

I can count to three!

Fire Jack Capuano

With every rebuild, there are a few common occurrences. Primary in a rebuild are good draft picks, based on the lousy play of the rebuilding team. Trades also come into play, as those draft picks (or prospects) can acquire players that speed along a rebuild. When a rebuild gets to reality, teams become attractive to [...]

While playing with the Penguins, McClelland learned a number of tips on how to fight better from Paul Baxter, a fellow southpaw, who went on to become his adversary. McClelland had several highlight-reel bouts with the scrappy Flame, including a dominant knockout victory over his former mentor.

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 [...]

The Date Changes, but the theme Remains the Same

Snow vs. Torrey

Oh, no they didn’t. Yes, we did. How could you compare Garth Snow against Bill Torrey?   How could you? Torrey was “the Architect” that put together 5 straight cup appearances and 4 wins, for a record across all major sports 19 consecutive playoff series wins. Better than the Jordan Bulls, or the DiMaggio – [...]

Hey fans- the joke's on us!

Guess We Now Know Snow’s Blueprint for 8th

This is a piece that we’ve been dying to write, which is what happens when the “I told you so” stuff comes to life. Let’s take a review of the first day of unrestricted free agency and see what the Islanders situation looks like, with needs and how they were filled. Understand that this is [...]

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 [...]

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Sidney Crosby overlooked in MVP voting

Sidney Crosby did not win the Hart Trophy — NHL MVP — on Saturday. That honor went to Alex Ovechkin, but Crosby’s dominance this season was overlooked.

How Sweep It Is: Bruins Finish Off Pens, Advance To Second Cup Final in Three Seasons

How Sweep It Is: Bruins Finish Off Pens, Advance To Second Cup Final in Three Seasons

BOSTON, MA – Suffocating defense, brilliant goaltending and timely goals from up-and-down the lineup. This was the strategy Claude Julien’s Bruins executed perfectly in the Eastern Conference Final. On Friday evening, it all paid off for the Black and Gold, as a 1-0 Game 4 shutout victory secured a 4-0 series sweep for Boston. A relentless [...]

Too Many Rooks Spoil the Group?

Too Many Rooks Spoil the Group?

As we sit here at the dawn of summer, coming off a briefly extended but overall positive season, many writers, bloggers, and pundits have started to offer their ideas of what we will see next.  We’re no exception to that rule. There is a great chance that the forwards and defensemen currently on this team [...]

Bruins Outlast Pens In Double-Overtime Thriller, Capture 3-0 Series Lead

Bruins Outlast Pens In Double-Overtime Thriller, Capture 3-0 Series Lead

BOSTON, MA – After the Boston Bruins were able to capture the first two games of the Eastern Conference Final on road ice in Pittsburgh, the series would shift back to Boston on Wednesday evening for Game 3 at the TD Garden.  Entering the contest, the visiting Penguins were in desperate need of a spark to [...]

Always have a patsy. It works.

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, [...]

Bruins Dominate Penguins Again, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Bruins Dominate Penguins Again, Take 2-0 Series Lead

– The Boston Bruins may very well be playing their best hockey in recent memory. Even better than two years ago during their magical run to the Stanley Cup in 2011. Not many expected the Black and Gold to outdo their Game 1 performance in which they perfectly shut down the dynamic Pittsburgh offense, en [...]

GameDay: Bruins Looking For Second Straight Win In Pittsburgh

GameDay: Bruins Looking For Second Straight Win In Pittsburgh

Teams: Boston Bruins at Pittsburgh Penguins Series: Boston Leads, 1-0. Location: CONSOL Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA Face-Off:  8:00 P.M. (EST) TV/Radio Info:  NBC Sports Network – 98.5 The Sports Hub (Goucher, Beers) Last Game:  Boston 3, Pittsburgh 0 Tonight’s Lineups (Subject To Change): BOSTON: Marchand–Bergeron–Jagr Lucic–Krejci–Horton Peverley–Kelly–Seguin Paille–Campbell–Thornton — Chara–Boychuk Ference–Seidenberg Krug–McQuaid —  Rask Scratches– ….. Carl Soderberg, Kaspars Daugavins, Jay Pandolfo, [...]

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 Conference Finals Predictions

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 Conference Finals Predictions

With the first game of the 2013 conference finals set to begin in just a few hours, five members of the Hockey Independent writing staff have come together to predict which team will be representing their conference in the Stanley Cup. The contributing authors to today’s piece will be Cris Cohen (New York Rangers), Seth Levin (New Jersey Devils),  Bill [...]

Well, That Was Fun. Now Back to Work!

Well, That Was Fun. Now Back to Work!

We know it’s been a while since we posted, but we wanted to bask in the rare light of an Islanders playoff appearance by taking in the games, atmosphere, and enjoyment that came with a series that ran one game longer than we predicted which included two embarrassing shutouts, yet somehow left Islander fans with the feeling that [...]

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 Round 2 Predictions

Hockey Independent Playoff Roundtable: 2013 Round 2 Predictions

With the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin just a few hours from now, five 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 [...]