New York Eliminated In Game Seven With Only Eleven Shots

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/27/2015 11:10:00 PM | Be the first to comment!
The New York Islanders did their best, had some great moments in 2014-15, but it simply was not enough.

This team did not win two games in a row one single time after February 27th. 

The better team won and deserved to advance, credit to Washington, but my honest thoughts are they were all set to lose this game themselves.  

The Islanders season long weakness, blowing leads or giving up goals after scoring decided this series in game two.

You cannot lose to a barely used backup with leads of 2-0 & 3-1.  
This is the goal I will remember this summer, it decided this playoff and too many goals allowed all season. 

That's the game you must win, and why ultimately they were eliminated.

You take eleven shots in game seven you do not win.

For good measure of course they got the game tied on a flub by Holtby, and gave it back, worst of all it was Frans Nielsen who got beat clean.

That was the theme in games they won almost the entire season, never an easy game.

Can you say the blown points that determined home ice decided things? Maybe, but the Isles were a poor home team in big games as March showed us constantly. 

Washington targeted the smaller Islander defenders, young & old, the refs allowed some horrible calls, and cheap shots, that's part of many series, it cannot be used as an excuse. 

Did not expect Donovan or Mayfield, who looked good at the end of 2013-14. Reinhart looked as slow/shaky as he did at Msg in October.

Losing Hamonic was huge but this organization should have been able to overcome that at this point.

Of course you add Visnovsky/deHaan to the injured list, and sure a ton is being asked.

But that's what your team is in business for, it's an opportunity.

And again they did not win two games in a row after February 27th with Hamonic.

Yes, I wrote often this team ran out of gas with that schedule, it was a huge factor. 

Capuano/staff did a horrible job with the powerplay long before the playoffs, and it cost them huge, we'll see what upper management thinks about that moving forward. 

Bailey did his part in all three zones. 

Kulemin had the big goal in game six, but that line was not dominating, and the season long trend of Kulemin not mixing well with Tavares beyond cameos vs taking Anders Lee off that line was also a huge factor.

Lee had so many huge game-changing goals, he did struggle badly down the stretch. The trade off for Colin McDonald playing right wing was not worth it. Lee fought Wilson.

Nelson after his benching got time with Tavares and Kulemin went on a line with Grabovski.

Strome helped, but the late season shift to 1st line right wing was more a response to Okposo's struggles, and he moved around.

Boychuk, Leddy, Hickey gave all they had, so did Brian Strait for all the abuse he receives.

Halak gave all he had, he needed to stop the game four overtime goal from long distance, it was hardly a rocket of a shot, even if Tavares broke his stick, but overall he was outstanding and deserved to win. 

What does all this mean for 2015-16? Absolutely nothing. 

2014-15 was a great year to be proud of the New York Islanders, now it's over.

New York team since 1972 moves to New York for 2015-16. 

New York/Bridgeport Contract Status 2015-16

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/21/2015 08:46:00 AM | | Be the first to comment!
Ct Post 4/21/15.....
Ct Post/Michael Fornabaio always does a solid job with this, and it's posted here (prospect site) for reference.

The last time I read something along Matt Donovan's status was with Jesse Joensuu, who returned to the Islanders from Europe after an earlier qualifying offer retained his NHL rights in what was only a 48 game season. Joensuu failed to play the required games in 2013 & became an UFA, signing with Edmonton.

Donovan turns twenty five on May 9th. Joensuu (now 27) was the same age as Donovan during the Islanders 2013 playoffs vs Pittsburgh when he was a healthy scratch with only a few games remaining to be played to retain his rights.  A recent update here listed the prospects who need to be signed by 5/31/15 or upon their graduation this summer.

Here are my thoughts on the status of Brent Thompson, who did lead the Sound Tigers to a first place finish in his previous stint coaching the Sound Tigers regarding 2014-15.

Note-On Monday 4/20/15, the Ct Post did their season ending review, Thompson, and many of the players were quoted here..

Obviously the Islanders need a new ECHL affiliate for 2015-16 with the Calgary Flames buying the  Stockton Thunder, and being moved to the AHL. That section has been removed with their season over.

These affiliations usually are announced or renewed in July, I would not read much for 2015-16 into Kevin Czuczman, and some other prospects sent to an ECHL team in Florida beyond getting them some playoff games.

The New York Islanders/Charles Wang are required to supply an AHL team (or better) per his agreement to operate Webster Bank Arena for a team with a lease through 2021.

Bruce Ratner has promised per his agreement with Nassau County, an AHL team to play at a renovated Nassau Coliseum. 

Only Jon Ledecky, Scott Malkin, know where they fall into any of this when/if they become majority owners. Bridgeport President, Howard Saffan, works for Charles Wang. 

2014-15 New York Playoffs: The Final Words....

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/13/2015 09:51:00 AM | Be the first to comment!

The prospect website will be updated weekly, including possible signings or changes to management.

Nothing will be written regarding the Barclay's Center, Nassau Coliseum, ownership, renovations, Bruce Ratner vs Ed Blumenfeld or Nassau County/Town of Hempstead.

Enjoy the playoffs, Let's go Islanders !!

New York 2014-15 Playoffs: Anything Can Happen....However A Reality Check

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/12/2015 05:46:00 AM | Be the first to comment!
Anything can happen, it often does, and as fans of this team we want the New York Islanders to win any way possible in the 2014-15 playoffs.

101 points is a wonderful season, and should be celebrated/remembered because there are a lot of very good things that happened.

Of course the leagues worst schedule combined with injuries finally wore them down, that's been a part of this, and anyone who tells you otherwise must feel the NBCSN schedule was fair/balanced to showcase NBC/NBCSN/COMCAST/SMG owner Ed Snider's laughingstock Philadelphia Flyers, and the Buffalo Sabres.

A seven game road trip in January, one two day break for weeks in February, plus a 4/6 to open March with a nice trip to Toronto the night before playing the rested Rangers who again got a team playing/traveling the night before never came close to evening out.

Not sour grapes, simply what happened. The NHL did not give our team a three day vacation before going to the West coast on three separate occasions. 

But it's time for a reality check about what's coming up, writing what you wish to read does not make it happen.

By now after an 82 game body of work you know whether a team is playing the kind of complete overall hockey game where they can win the Stanley Cup.

The answer is a resounding no to that question for the 2014-15 New York Islanders. 

It would be very easy to credit Columbus on an 11-0-1 streak, again coming back down two goals to win a shootout against the Islanders. (with over fifty shots)

Just as it was to credit so many red-hot teams the Islanders faced in March:
Chicago: 7-0 win streak when they met.
Rangers: Schedule/rest assisted record vs tons of tired teams since early December.
Kings: Who left all they had on table going 3-0 in NY area.
Ducks: Top team in the western conference.
Senators: With Andrew Hammond's 20-1-2 run for the ages the best NHL story in years.
Montreal: With their season.
Detroit: Beat Tampa 4-0 before they came here.

The Islanders played all those teams in March at home (not Chicago) and lost by a single goal to every single one of them besides Detroit. (Habs had ENG)

Those regulation losses said a great deal about this team. 

And for the so-called teams with nothing to play for?
New Jersey was on an 11-2-2 run when the Islanders won in Newark.
Buffalo was two minutes from beating Chicago and coming here on a 3-0 run.
Philadelphia: Eleven consecutive wins vs playoff teams entering game vs Islanders.

It's not supposed to be easy, regardless of how another team was playing, but they hardly caught one team at the right time.

Something always happened when the game was on the line, this is where you learn if your team is good enough or not.

The flaws on this team defensively/losing leads, giving up goals in critical moments or simply not able to lock down the opposition with a lead have been there all season.

They would score a big goal, and give it right back.

These similar flaws cost them fourteen games last year up by two goals entering the third period, with a different starting goaltender/top pairing defenders in 2013-14 which fair or not does put the coaching staff on the hot seat.

Let's also be clear we have now seen signs why Jaroslav Halak is not the goaltender other teams wanted long term as their answer in these critical moments. 

Despite the recent improvements killing penalties, the special team issues are what they have been which are flawed at best. 

The injuries, and patching together lineups are also not going away, we have seen Kulemin on the first line all season simply not do enough to hold the spot, which speaks to his career trends. We hope for Okposo to find his game of which there were some signs against Columbus, and for the best the young players have to give at this point in their careers.

Anything can happen, but to be honest we know this team has flaws a true championship level team does not have.

Everyone is hoping for the best, we now see what happens whether it ends in four games or with Tavares in lower Manhattan this June in a Canyon of Hero's New York Islander parade with the Stanley Cup. 

Beyond this I have nothing left to write here until we know.

New York's Final Full Regular Season Home Game At Nassau Coliseum

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/10/2015 11:44:00 PM | Be the first to comment!
What can I write that has not been written since NYIFC began in 2007 or when the mailing list started in 1999?

Folks know where I stand on the team moving in the archives, no point repeating it.

I saw the greatest team in the history of professional sports win at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum like no other, with a character no team has come close to demonstrating before or after.

New York Makes 2014-15 Stanley Cup Playoffs

New York Islander Fan Central | 4/09/2015 10:57:00 PM | Be the first to comment!
Little else to add tonight, eighteen games over five hundred, ninety eight points, think of where things were a year ago with another 34-37-11?

Well deserved in a league where many players/management now say it's tougher to qualify then win the Stanley Cup.

Kings players have said it often.