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Islanders point streak snapped in 3-1 loss to Bruins

The Islanders had a 2-1 lead in the third period. Then they didn’t.
Then the Boston Bruins had the lead, and eventually a 3-1 win over the Islanders at TD Garden on Tuesday night. The game-winning goal for Boston came less than two minutes after they had successfully challenged what would have been the go-ahead goal for New York.
Cal Clutterbuck scored at 4:52 of the third period to break a 1-1 tie. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy challenged the play on the grounds that Devon Toews was offsides which led to the three-on-two rush and the goal.
Boston’s Kevin Miller managed to keep the puck in the Islanders zone moments later and fire a shot on Robin Lehner. The Islander netminder made the initial stop, but Peter Cehlarik was able to sneak the rebound by Lehner at 6:34 of the third period.
Patrice Bergeron, appearing in his 1,000th career NHL game, scored his second of the night on an empty net goal at 19:05 to seal the game.
The loss snapped the Islanders eight-game point streak (6-0-2) and prevented them from picking up crucial points in the standings. The Islanders remained in first place following Tuesday’s loss, but the Washington Capitals’ 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks pulled them within two points of the Isles.
Lehner made 24 saves in the loss to Boston, which was his eighth defeat of the year.
Specials teams had a mixed night in Boston. The Islanders PK unit was a perfect 3-for-3, with all three kills coming in the first period.
The Power play had a rather sluggish night, going just 1-for-5 and failing to convert on a four-minute power play that could have changed the course of the game.
The power play had been a bleak 0-for-8 in their previous three games.
The Bruins were first to jump on the board on Tuesday as Patrice Bergeron cleaned up a loose puck in the crease at 2:32 of the second period. The Islanders managed to even the game at one at the 16:40 mark off a Jordan Eberle power-play goal.


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Islanders fall 4-3 to Hurricanes as winning streak gets snapped

#UNIONDALE, N.Y. — All good things must come to an end.
For the Islanders that meant an end to their six-game winning streak on Tuesday night. Hampered by a sluggish effort, poorly timed penalties and a couple of unlucky bounces, the Islanders fell to the Carolina Hurricanes 4-3 in front of a near sellout crowd at Nassau Coliseum.
It was squandered power play in the third period with the game even at two that sent things in the wrong direction for New York. Justin Williams, who was just sprung from the penalty box with just under three minutes to play, was able to sneak a backhander behind Thomas Greiss to put Carolina ahead 3-2.
The Hurricanes added another goal just over a minute later on the power play off a wrist shot from Jaccob Slavin.

“They had a good kill. They were the better (team) on the special teams in that regard,” Anders Lee said. “As a power play, we have to know our outs. We had our outs. We just didn’t enter the way we wanted to and we didn’t really end up getting our control on our unit. The other unit had some good opportunities, but on our end it wasn’t good enough.”
The loss snapped what had been the long active winning streak in the NHL and kept the Islanders from extending a streak like that to seven games for the first time since 1989-90. It was also the Islanders first regulation loss at Nassau Coliseum since they returned to the venue in December.
The Islanders effort on Tuesday night was far better than the one they had in St. Louis on Saturday, but it was not where it should have been against a dangerous Hurricanes team.

“I thought we just mismanaged the game,” head coach Barry Trotz said. “It was on use. I didn’t think we had enough of the lines going. I thought the Nelson line was really good for us, but the rest not as good as I’d like to see…
“There are certain moments and certain events that you have to execute what is in the best interest of the group at the time knowing the score, knowing the situation and we didn’t do that today. That’s a good way to lose hockey games.”
The Islanders played a decent first period, outshooting the Hurricanes 7-5 and scoring the game’s opening goal. Brock Nelson found the back of the net off a quick wrist shot that beat Curtis McElhinney at 13:42.
The lead was short lived with Carolina responding at 15:10 thanks to a goal from Saku Maenalanen. They jumped in front with six seconds left in the first period off a goal from Greg McKegg.
The Islanders looked as though they had tied the game in the second period, but the goal was overturned because of an offside call. Devon Toews scored in the third to tie the game before the Islanders surrendered two goals.

Brock Nelson was able to score his second goal of the night to pull New York within one.
“The last two minutes of periods you have to be aware of the time and situation,” Jordan Eberle said about the late goal against in the first. “Make sure you’re making plays to not get yourself in that situation.”
The frustrating loss for the Islanders sets up an interesting scenario heading into a home-and-home with the New York Rangers beginning on Thursday. The Islanders are back on the outside looking in as far as a playoff spot goes and points in both of their upcoming games are vital.
The loss to Carolina, which is five points behind the Islanders in the standings, make them all that more important.


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Islanders head into Christmas break with 3-1 win over Dallas

The Islanders gave their fans an early Christmas present on Sunday night, defeating the Dallas Stars 3-1 and heading into the holiday break off a successful west coast road trip.
It was the early third-period goal by Anders Lee that served as the game-winner for the Islanders. Lee deflected a shot from the point, which snuck by Dallas’ starter Anton Khudobin.
The goal was originally awarded to Jordan Eberle, but was later changed to Lee.

The win capped off a four-game west coast trip that saw the Islanders make stops in Colorado, Arizona, Las Vegas and Dallas. The Islanders went 3-1-0 on the trip.
New York heads into the holiday break two points out of the third spot in the Metropolitan Division. They are three points out of the final wild-card spot.
“You look at the teams that we played and the road trip it’s out west a little bit,” Lee told reporters after the game. “It’s a critical time of year right before a little bit of a break, where you can start thinking about that or a day off or something. We just played good hockey for four games.
“We laid a little bit of an egg in Vegas, but we responded really well tonight.”
The Islanders fell behind in the second period, despite playing a good game to start. Tyler Pitlick was able to sneak one by Robin Lehner at 6:20.
Casey Cizikas scored a fluky goal at the 14:10 mark of the second period to tie the game at one. Leo Komorav scored an empty net goal with a minute left in the game to seal the win.
The Islanders did lose a player in the win. Cal Clutterbuck left the game with a lower-body injury. However, Barry Trotz told Newsday’s Andrew Gross that it was “nothing major.”
Devon Toews made his NHL debut in the win. The rookie defenseman saw 18:05 of ice time, which included 1:49 on the power play.
The Islanders will be off for the next four days before they return to action on Friday at home against the Ottawa Senators.


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Islanders snap skid in 5-2 win over Canucks

NEW YORK — There aren’t a ton of must-win games just over a month into the season, but if there was ever a time the Islanders could have used a win it was on Tuesday.
Having dropped three straight games, the good vibes from the Isles five-game winning streak were quickly disappearing. However, the Barry Trotz led team managed to turn things around (for one night) and defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 in Brooklyn.
“There are different times of the year, just because it’s not April doesn’t mean it’s not a must win,” Cal Clutterbuck said. “There are moments in the season where you have good runs like we did leading into this little three-game trip, where we didn’t get things done. You don’t want to give a five-game winning streak back. We knew that tonight we had to dig in and win it.”

"You don't want to give a five-game winning streak back. We knew today we had to dig in and win it."
Cal Clutterbuck post-game interview: pic.twitter.com/KWVex3rjlV
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) November 14, 2018

Tuesday’s victory was another example of how much the new structure has helped give the Islanders an identity and shown how the team can buckle down to win close games. The Islanders fell behind early against the Canucks, but quickly evened the score and then bore down when the game became close.
It was a characteristic the Islanders had lacked last season and cost them a number of games during the year.
“Tough start there, but (Tom Kuhnhackl) came back with a great goal,” Mathew Barzal said. “We kind of got a lucky bounce there with (Josh Bailey’s) goal. Some things went right for us. It was a big win.”
The Islanders fell behind 2:48 into the game off a goal by Brendan Leipsic, but quickly evened the score up. Kuhnhackl scored less than four minutes later on an impressive backhand shot that he got off while he was falling down.
“It’s a lot of luck that the puck somehow squeezes in, but I heard good things happen when you throw pucks on net,” Kuhnhackl said about the goal.

Bailey caught a lucky break 45 seconds later when an intended pass hit off the skate of a Canucks player and redirected into the net to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead. They extended that to 3-1 when Jordan Eberle finished on a pass from behind the net from Brock Nelson.
Jake Virtanen cut the lead to 3-2 less than three minutes into the second period, but a second goal from Kuhnhackl and Clutterbuck’s first of the season sealed the win.
“That’s how we’re going to have to play. We’re going to have to get contributions right up and down the lineup,” Barry Trotz said. “That’s what we’ve done… That’s how we’re going to be successful. We’ve got to be able to hurt the other team with our structure and all lines able to contribute. That’s how we’ll have a chance for success.”
The Islanders have shown what they can do when they stick to that structured system that Trotz has installed. During their five-game winning streak, it was on display as the Islanders found ways to pick up wins and be victorious in close games.
On Tuesday, some of that was again on display.


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Isles show they can play with a lead in big win over Philly

PHILADELPHIA, P.A. — The Islanders remembered the storylines from last season about their struggles to hold a lead in the third period. Those memories came back even more so after they saw a two-goal lead disappear on Wednesday in their 3-2 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers.
So when the situation presented itself on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, the Islanders took the opportunity to show they can play with a lead. Ahead 3-1 against the Philadelphia Flyers to start the third period the Islanders scored three times in the final 20 minutes to put away a big early season win against a divisional opponent.

RelatedIsles Insights: Islanders bounce back in win over Flyers
“We wanted to set the tone,” Islanders captain Anders Lee said about the win. “We would have rather set it on Wednesday, but I think it was a great response. It’s a long year and there’s a lot of opportunity for growth, and an opportunity to get better.”

Our captain and first of the game gives his take on today's win in Philly: pic.twitter.com/dDtAQ1pume
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 27, 2018

Early in the year, the Islanders offense managed to outscore teams to help preserve wins, but as the season progressed and the offense slowed down winning close games became a challenge. And games that looked like they would be Islander wins quickly became losses in the third period.
Playing and holding the lead was something that head coach Barry Trotz talked about a lot before the season and after Wednesday’s loss.
“We came into the rink on Friday, watched some film and kind of looked at what went wrong,” Brock Nelson said. “Things we could do differently and Barry talked about we were going to be in this spot again today, and he was right. We wanted to come out and fix that. Kind of get that mindset when we have a lead, home or on the road, you’re able to close out games and get two points.”
The Flyers were the first of three divisional matchups on the road, and likely the easiest of the three opponents. The Islanders will play the Carolina Hurricanes, who are 6-3-1 through their first 10 games of the year and have won their last two games, on Sunday and then face the 6-1-2 Penguins on Tuesday.

A confident Brock Nelson propelled the @NYIslanders to a huge win in Philly.@brendanmburke & @91Butch go over his game today. #Isles pic.twitter.com/keRWttWNoS
— MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) October 27, 2018

Getting a solid 6-1 win on Saturday and getting to exercise some of their third-period demons in the process might have been the best thing for the Islanders after Wednesday’s rough loss.
“It’s almost kind of nice we had that same situation tonight the exact next game because Barry talked about it in our meeting,” Lee said. “We went over everything that went wrong against Florida and said we’re going to have a lead against Philly, and we have to be ready to close it out the way we want to. We did that today.”


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Isles Insights: Islanders bounce back in win over Flyers

PHILADELPHIA, P.A. — The Islanders bounced back in emphatic fashion on Saturday afternoon.
After allowing a two-goal, third-period lead slip away, the Islanders bore down and defeated the struggling Philadelphia Flyers 6-1. Brock Nelson recorded two goals in the win, with Leo Komorav, Anthony Beauvillier,  Adam Pelech and Anders Lee also finding the back of the net.
Lee recorded four points in the win and Robin Lehner had 22 saves for the Islanders. Jori Lehtera scored the Flyers only goal of the game.

Isles Insights
1.  The Islanders got production up and down the lineup in Saturday’s win over the Flyers. They had five different players score a goal in the victory.
“I thought all lines contributed,” Islanders head coach Barry Trotz said. “The Nelson line, the Barzal line you can go up and down the lineup they were good. I liked the way we played. We talked about a couple of things, playing the right way, making sure we have the commitment, make sure we have our structure and our discipline. I thought we brought that.”
2. On an individual level, both Brock Nelson and Anders Lee both had strong outings. Nelson scored two goals, the first time he’s done that in a game this season and his first multi-goal game since February 9 against Detroit. Nelson has four goals in his last three games.
“I just try to play aggressive, be on the attack,” Nelson said. “All while being smart. Playing with Anders and (Josh Bailey) they’re going to get you the puck and make good plays. A couple times tonight you were able to see that and I was able to get some open looks.”
Nelson has been known to be a streaky player throughout his career with the Islanders and has never fully found his consistency. The three-game goal streak is good, but the prevailing hope is that Nelson can keep it up.

3. Lee left the City of Brotherly Love with four points on the score sheet. Lee assisted on both of Nelson’s goals as well as had a helper on Adam Pelech’s goal in the third period. Lee capped off the day with a goal of his own to pad the Islanders lead even more.
“You just try to go out there and make plays,” Lee said. “Peley had a great shot, Neley had a couple great shots and Bails had a great play. You play the right way, you play your game things are going to happen and tonight I guess those bounces went my way. Credit due to all the other boys as part of these plays that made them happen.”
4. “Points from the defenseman are generally a big indicator for successful teams, so that’s something definitely we’re looking to add into our game a bit more. It’s nice to get some of that tonight.” — Adam Pelech on the defensemen putting up points.

5. Trotz reunited Beauvillier, Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle on Saturday afternoon. The three had worked well last season when they were paired with one another later in the year and the move paid off against the Flyers. Beauvillier scored his first goal of the year in the middle of the first period.
6. The Islanders did suffer a small loss when Cal Clutterbuck left the game in the middle of the second period. He did not return to the game due to an upper-body issue. Trotz did not have an update on Clutterbuck after the game.
“He’ll be evaluated and we’ll see where he is in the morning, then we’ll make a decision on that,” Trotz said.

“I thought all lines contributed. I liked the way we played. I liked the fact that we stayed aggressive through the whole game.”
Trotz post-game interview: pic.twitter.com/h9pbzzkZOd
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 27, 2018

7. The Islanders six goals on Saturday was an accomplishment the Islanders hadn’t done in over 20 years in Philadelphia. The last time the Islanders scored that many against the Flyers on the road was December 10, 1995.
“It’s fun to hear those things after the game, but tonight is just a game where we played really well,” Lee said. “We were able to put a lot of pucks in the net and played a smart, good road game. For that to be the stat line afterward is a little bit exciting, but it’s really just one game.”


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Report: Isles willing to listen to trade offers for Leddy

The Islanders are willing to listen to offers for defenseman Nick Leddy, according to report from David Pagnotta.
Indicating that nothing was imminent, Pagnotta tweeted that there were some teams that had him on their radar and that new Isles general manager Lou Lamoriello was willing to listen to offers. Leddy has been a member of the Islanders since he was acquired in 2014 along with fellow defenseman Johnny Boychuk.

Adding to the the ‘not imminent’ department, Islanders D Nick Leddy is also on the radar of some teams. Told he was discussed last season, and while Lou is new GM, believe Isles willing to listen.
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) October 23, 2018

Leddy had been a key piece of the Islanders’ defense since he was acquired, but struggled last season. Despite a strong start to the season, the defenseman was a -42 plus-minus and struggled on the defensive end of the ice.
Through the first seven games Leddy has yet to record a point.


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Former Isles owner Charles B. Wang dies

Former Islanders owner Charles B. Wang, who fought to keep the team on Long Island, died on Sunday. Wang was 74 years old.
There was no cause of death provided and a lawyer for Wang said, according to Newsday, that he passed away with his family around him.
“The National Hockey League lost a dear friend today with the passing of New York Islanders minority owner Charles Wang,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “His commitment to, and passion for, his beloved Islanders was matched by his dedication to, and support for, the Long Island community. As the NHL embarks on a journey to grow hockey in China, we do so with the appreciation and knowledge that it was Charles who was the vision and driving force at the forefront of developing the game in his native country. We also owe Charles a great debt of gratitude for all that he did in pioneering video streaming of our League so that hockey fans around the world could connect with the NHL.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Nancy, children Kimberly, Jasmine and Cameron and his many friends around the world.”
Wang had been a fixture on Long Island, first founding Computer Associates and then as owner of the Islanders from 2000 to 2016. He sold majority control of the team to Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin in 2014 with a two-year transition of majority ownership.
Wang retained a minority stake in the team.
“We are heartbroken by the news of Charles Wang’s passing. New York Islanders’s co-owners Dewey Shay, Scott Malkin and I were privileged to be selected by Charles to be his partners in the team,” Ledecky said in a statement. “Charles loved the Islanders unconditionally. The arena at Belmont Park will be just one of his many legacies left to the team and to Long Island. His unique personality, his wonderful sense of humor and his extraordinary wisdom will be greatly missed.”

Such a generous man. He was a Great exemple on how important are human relations in life and in business, treated every one with respect. It was an pleasure meeting you Charles B. Wang , you will be missed https://t.co/XlGTfAKxBx
— Bruno Gervais (@bruno_gervais27) October 21, 2018

Sad to hear the news about Charles Wang this morning…condolences to his family and friends #RIPcharles
— Michael Grabner (@grabs40) October 21, 2018

“He treasured his association with the team and its devoted fans,” Wang’s family said in a statement to Newsday.
Wang, who was born in Shanghai, China and moved to the United States with his family when he was 8, was a proud Long Islander who purchased the Islanders out of a sense of civic duty to keep the Islanders on Long Island. It was former U.S. Senator Al D’Amato who helped convince Wang to buy the Islanders in 2000.
“We feel Long Island deserves a competitive franchise,” Wang said, according to the New York Post, in 2000.
Wang, then 55 later added: “We want to make the New York Islanders the world-class sports franchise that our community deserves, wants and needs.”

#isles pic.twitter.com/Zlpdpruo2O
— RandomIslandersPhotos (@IslandersRandom) October 15, 2018

While the Islanders saw some early success on the ice during the first few years of Wang’s tenure as owner, the purse strings got tighter as years went on and the team continued to lose money and Wang’s fight for a new arena stalled.
Wang went through two separate attempts to build a new arena on the Nassau Coliseum site and develop the 77 acres around the venue. It was in 2004 when Wang first proposed the Lighthouse Project, which would have overhauled the outdated Coliseum and created a mixed-use development on the property.
The battle to see the proposal turned into realty lasted several years while partisan politics and the Town of Hempstead eventually killed the $3.8 billion project. A referendum for a $400 million bond to build a new arena and minor league baseball stadium was voted down in August of 2011.
Wang eventually moved the team to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015.
“It was our goal from day one to keep the Islanders in the local New York area,” Wang said in 2012. “

You look through the timeline and see just how many people are moved on the passing of Charles Wang and that tells you how much he was respected, as much as it may not have seemed that way at times. #isles
— Michael Schuerlein (@islesblogger) October 21, 2018

Not everything Charles Wang wanted for the #Isles came to be. But the one thing he always wanted was for the team to remain in NY. For that he should be saluted.
— Kevin Maher (@KMaherNews12) October 21, 2018

Outside of hockey, Wang was the chairman and CEO of Computer Associates until 2000. He also brought arena football to Long Island, purchasing the Iowa Barnstormers and relocating the franchise to Long Island in 2001.
The team was rebranded the New York Dragons.
Wang was also a co-owner of the tech company, NeuLion and purchased a majority stake in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League in 20014. Majority control of the Sound Tigers also transferred to Ledecky and Malkin.


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Report: Travis Williams to join Isles organization

The changes continue on Long Island
Pittsburgh Penguins chief operating officer Travis Williams is leaving the steel city to take a larger role with the Islanders, according to a report from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Williams would run the business side of the team’s operation with Lou Lamoriello focussing on the hockey operations, according to the report.
Williams has run day-to-day business and arena operations for the Penguins for the last decade. He played a big role in the development of PPG Paints Arena as well as the Penguins practice facility,  UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.
The Islanders have yet to make any formal announcement of his hiring.
The hiring of Williams would be a keen fit for both parties as the Islanders maneuver the political minefield of a process to get shovels into the ground for their planned arena at Belmont Park. It also comes as the Islanders begin to take back control of their business operations from the Barclays Center.


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