On Monday night the Islanders had a chance to check out game five of the Brooklyn Nets/ Chicago Bulls playoff series at the Barclays Center. For anyone who has been under a rock the past few months, the Barclays Center will be the Isles new home come 2015 and the Nets will be their future co-tenents.
John Tavares was among the players who had the chance to check out the new building and seemed to be impressed with the arena.
“You take a look and wonder how the setup would be for hockey,” he told Newsday. “There’s still, I think, a lot to be determined, but it’s a beautiful facility, world class. Whenever we get there it will be an exciting time. It will be a nice new home.”
Alyonka Larionov and BCTV caught up with Tavares, Colin McDonald and Evgeni Nabokov to talk about the NHL playoffs in the video above.
Very late with the morning skate post, so I guess we can call this the lunchtime links. Catchy enough, eh. Here is an interesting video for you viewing above to get you ready for the playoffs. Below are all the Isles stories you’ll need to get you through your lunch break:
Islanders trying to size up their body of work – Newsday
History on Islanders’ side against Penguins – Newsday
With Marc-Andre Fluery in goal, Pens have been on roll – Newsday
Islanders’ turnaround a team effort – Newsday
John Tavares drives himself, Islanders to new heights – Newsday
Loaded Penguins a formidable opponent for Isles – Newsday
Islanders’ Moulson learned from Stanley Cup winning Brother-in-law – NY Post
Isles Ready to Take on Pens – NY Daily News
Series Preview: No. 1 Pens vs. No.8 Islanders – TSN
Breakdown: Islanders vs. Penguins – Islanders Point Blank
The Islanders will open up the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the number one seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. The Isles went 1-4 against the Penguins this season. Below is the series schedule:
Wednesday, May 1 7:30 p.m. NY Islanders at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
Friday, May 3 7 p.m. NY Islanders at Pittsburgh NBC Sports Network, TSN
Sunday, May 5 Noon Pittsburgh at NY Islanders NBC, TSN
Tuesday, May 7 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at NY Islanders NBC Sports Network, TSN
*Thursday, May 9 7 p.m. NY Islanders at Pittsburgh TSN
*Saturday, May 11 TBD Pittsburgh at NY Islanders TSN
*Sunday, May 12 TBD NY Islanders at Pittsburgh TSN
Eight players from the Bridgeport Sound Tiger have been recalled by the Islanders, including forwards Ryan Strome, Brock Nelson, John Persson, and Johan Sundstrom. Defensemen Matt Donovan, Calvin de Haan, Aaron Ness and goaltender Anders Nilsson will also make the trip to Long Island. It is unlikely any player will see playing time during the playoffs.
Read the full game story for New York Hockey Journal here
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Islanders fell to the Sabres 2-1 in the shootout, and while the secured one point in the standings, they now need a bit of help from the New Jersey Devils and/or the Philadelphia Flyers to keep them out of finishing eighth.
The Devils and Rangers play today at 3 p.m. and the Flyers take on the Ottawa Senator today at 7 p.m.
As for last night’s game, the Islanders started off slow and made too many sloppy mistakes that gave the Sabres opportunity after opportunity. Buffalo did make a few mistakes of their own, but the Isles never cashed in until the early third period goal by Keith Aucoin.
The power play was mostly a no show for a better part of the game, though the last man advantage the Isles had did generate several chance. Through their last five games the Islanders have gone 1-for-16 on the power play. It is area that the coaching staff is aware has to be worked on.
“It’s something that we have to address,” head coach Jack Capuano said last night. “Special teams goes up and down throughout the year. Our power, we just have to get a little more urgency to our game and making sure we’re converging. Get to those tough areas and we didn’t do a great job of that tonight.”
Of course another area to address was the sloppy play the Islanders have been exhibiting the past few games. Last night, and the night before for that matter, was not the same Islander squad that has caught the eyes of the entire NHL over the past month. Travis Hamonic was very blunt last night in saying that his team “showed up for maybe 15 minutes” and it was very accurate. It wasn’t until the lucky break that allowed Aucoin to score that the Islanders really started to put the screws on the Sabres.
That will be something that the team will need to work on, and will work on, as they prepare for their first round opponent.
On the lucky bounce:
“I was able to get a good bounce off the boards and it was so high miller wasn’t able to get it. He kind of lunged and had a five-hole wide open.”
On game performance:
“The first forty weren’t good for us, but the last twenty was pretty good. Once we got that goal we kind of got the momentum and started to play the way we’re capable of playing. We have to do that from the first 20, we can’t wait till the last 10. Once we got that goal we played the way we’re capable of playing.”
On what you carry over from the regular season:
“You always want to remember what took you to this point. Why we were so successful in the last month and a half. We just have to do those things and maybe more. Everything is going to quicker, more physical, more edgy and we have to be ready for that because it’s going to be a hard, hard searies. It doesn’t matter who it’s going to be.”
On turning the page:
“That’s what we talked about after. We came back, we got the point, we didn’t win the skills competition, but told them after the game that they deserve this opportunity to move forward. The past is the past. We’ll meet when we get back, we’ll get some rest here and we’ll move forward. It’s an exciting time for the guys.”
Hello from Buffalo. Tonight the Isles go head to head with the Buffalo Sabres in the season finale. They need a win tonight to keep their hopes of not playing the Pens in the first round alive.
Isles starting the Boyes-Tavares-Moulson line, with Hamonic and MacDonald on defense.
First Period: It did not start off the way many had hoped it would for the Islanders. The Isles were again sloppy to start the game, which allowed the Sabres to create a few more opportunities than should have been allowed. Kevin Porter had two golden chances on Nabokov, but was turned away both times. The Islanders did start to pick things up as the period went on, but continued to give Buffalo chances to work with. Each team traded power play chances. Matt Moulson missed a beauty of chance right in front of the net, and Drew Stafford allowed a centering feed pass go right by him when he was all alone in front of the net. Scoreless after one, and Buffalo outshot the Islanders 10-9.
Second Period: A goal by Brian Flynn 3:29 into the period has put the Sabres ahead of the Islanders. Another not so great performance by the Isles, who squandered away a power play opportunity that included 54 seconds of five on three play. Matt Carkner and John Scott dropped the gloves at 12:03. Michael Grabner had a scoring chance for the Isles late in the period, speeding past the Sabres defense and getting a mini breakaway. He was turned aside by Ryan Miller. Isles outshot Buffalo 9-5 in the period, but trail 1-0.
Third Period: The Islanders can thank whoever was smiling down on them, when Ryan Miller made a mental gaffe of epic proportions that gave Keith Aucoin an easy goal to tie the game. The Sabres had been buzzing for a majority of the period, at one point hemming the Isles in their own zone for an extended period of time. New York had several chances to jump ahead. McDonald fanned on feed in the slot from Aucoin, and Bailey had a similar chance that he didn’t convert on. The Islanders outshot the Sabres 8-6 in the third and 26-21 through all three periods.