Tag Archives: New York Islanders

One for the Road

6 Apr

For some teams, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are about building on a season’s worth of experience.  For others, the post-season is about  forgetting how you got there and starting over.  Before we get to ahead of ourselves, let’s take a moment to appreciate the NHL teams whose seasons will end tomorrow.

Buffalo has been giving Caps fans heartburn for the last few months – I hurt the most for their fans because it was nearly us in their place.  A ton of respect to this team for the way they played in the last half of the season.

Winnipeg, the most excited place in the League, put on a good show and will benefit from realignment this summer.

Tampa Bay… I can’t talk about it.  Not seeing Stamkos and St. Louis in the playoffs after their ferocious post-season performance last year just guts me.  Stamkos for 60 would make it a little better.

Carolina struggled so massively in the first half, I hope they feel some accomplishment in getting where they did.  Intern Jeff Skinner can even have a few days off.

Bless Toronto and Montreal fans – they get angry but they never, ever give up.  Even when their teams don’t win, the passion of their fans make me jealous.

The Islanders have some blinding talent, I think they’re on the upswing.  They’ll have more to cheer about soon.

Bonus points for Sign Guy.

If your team didn’t make the playoffs, we’re sorry.  Enjoy the drama of the post-season without wanting to throw up over every goal, or adopt a team that would be happy to have your support.  Summer’s not that long, and there’s always next year.  Hockey fans never say die.

Western Conference, you’re coming up.

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Rally Monkeys

14 Mar

This overtime, come-from-behind, shootout nonsense is taking years off my life.

The Capitals rallied from a 0-3 deficit to beat the NY Islanders in a shootout last night.  Foxy Friday John Tavares had 2 G + 1 in the shootout, and so did Ovi.  OVI!  I don’t like you but I love you and that’s just the way it’s going to be sometimes.  There were five penalties in the game – all of them against the Capitals.  Three of those against Jay Beagle.  Dude scores twice in a week and thinks he’s Alex Semin.

That's how we feel, Kitty.

Matt Hendricks scored the game-winner for Washington in the 4th round of the shootout.  Matt-freaking-Hendricks.  [Video link]  This was a huge game for the Caps, who’ve won four in a row for the first time since dinosaurs roamed the Earth.  Yay for wins, but these late-game comebacks are rewarding bad behavior.  Big game vs. Winnipeg Friday, with Mike Green back in the lineup.

Oh, and THIS!  Nicky skated for the second day in a row.  Rainbows sprung up all over DC and puppies started barking.

The Blackhawks turned around a 1-3 score against the Blues to win 4-3 in a shootout.  Viktor Stalberg scored one off his foot – this most perfect foot in hockey, judging by the rest of him.  It got Chicago back in the game.  Patrick Kane went first in the shootout and delivered the game-winner.

Here’s Kaner’s goal too [link].  There were two fights in the first period, which seems about right for these teams.  What’s still not right is Captain Serious, who took a second day off after four days of skating.  There’s no projected date for his return to the lineup as he’s still suffering concussion symptoms.  Get well Jon, we miss your derping.

Calgary beat the Sharks in OT, despite Rookie of My Life Logan Couture scoring his 29th and 30th goals of the season.  Foxy Friday Ryane Clowe had his 7th fight of the season, one for every gratuitous letter in his name.  Jarome Iginla had 1 G/1 A and was first star of the game.

The Flames are rolling at the right time, winners of their last four.  Check out the mess in the West:

Six games on the schedule tonight, so chances are at least one of you will be up late yelling at the TV.

Foxy Friday: John Tavares

2 Mar

True story: My first-ever NHL game was a NY Islanders game.  In1990.

The year John Tavares was born.

Oh yes, it's hilarious.

We love an over-achiever here at WUYS, so we’re naturally fond of John Tavares.  He was just 5 days too young to qualify for the 2008 Entry Draft (at 17), and the NHL would not change the rule.  The Maple Leafs tried to snap him up with an AHL contract, but the AHL declined too.  So John was selected first overall in the ’09 draft, followed by last week’s Foxy Friday Matt Duchene.

Tavares has 25 G/36 A this year.  His line with PA Parenteau and Matt Moulson has combined to provide 44% of Islanders offense this season (67/142 goals, 107/252 assists – that’s just 4 goals shy of the Giroux-Hartnell-Jagr line).  John won gold at the ’08 and ’09 World Junior Championships (MVP in ’09) and represented Canada in ’10 and ’11 at the Worlds.

At the 2012 All-Star Game, he played for Team Alfredsson wearing his usual #91.  I kept thinking he was Stamkos.  Bonus: draft video [link], because there’s something about watching an attractive guy get dressed.  It’s almost as pretty as this breakaway challenge goal:

We have one college friend who is a die-hard Islanders fan: he loves Tavares, and good thing.  John signed a 6-year, $33 million contract extension in September.  Chuck would like to point out that Tavares is half-Polish, and thus at the top of any list she will ever make.  I’m just going to go with this:

And this:

Do you see Tavares, Stamkos and a huge tub of ice cream?  Because that’s what I see.  I may be dreaming of three amazing things together in the same place at the same time.  Oh wait…

Keep the ice cream, I'm all set!

John has a lot of bromances friends, so it’s safe to assume we would like him too.  In fact, he might be campaigning for the WUYS Hall of Fame by being photographed with EVERY Fox Friday in history.

Gingeroux. Kane. Just leave us here to die.

More proof?  Here’s Tavares with Luke Schenn, Jordan Eberle, Henrik Lundqvist, Matt Duchene and even Intern Jeff Skinner.  Plus (for Gator) with John Carlson.

Black socks = no. White socks = yes.

John’s is in his third NHL season.  The Islanders have finished near the bottom of the Eastern Conference each time, and look to do the same this year.  The Isles need depth – they rank 27th in Goals For and Goals Against.   But if you’re rebuilding, Tavares and his linemates are the guys you want as foundation.  They have firepower to match (if not outscore) any top line in the League.

The Islanders (who have Spongebob on their homepage, I laugh every time!) play tomorrow at 1 PM against Boston.  Chuck, do you see a young Chris Drury in this?

WUYS Morning News

17 Nov

Mike Green didn’t make the trip to Winnipeg with the Caps, but he did take his sprained ankle to the Kid Rock show in DC last night.  He wore his only favorite sweater (seriously, he wears this more than Toews wears that suit) and that hat that makes me want to throw snowballs.  Money was raised for Mike’s So Kids Can charity.  Gator is from the D and she wanted to go, but instead we worked, A.K.A. watched Breaking Dawn, ate snacks and yelled back at the screen.  Good times all around.

At least Kid Rock looks excited.

Chicago beat Vancouver (ooh, say it again!) 5-2 with a couple of wacky bouncers.  Kaner, Hossa, Montador and Toews all had 2-point games.  And for anyone who didn’t cringe when we made Patrick Kane a Foxy Friday, he’s got a new One Goal commercial [link].

Brendan starched another shirt and Shanabanned Blues’ Chris Stewart three games for boarding Wings’ Niklas Kronwall.  This one’s ugly.

NHL.com used my favorite phrase as a headline.  Sadly it’s about Ilya Kovalchuk.  I watched this hoping actual pants would fall, but alas there is only a very pretty goal.

The Islanders introduced their third jerseys, which are pretty standard.  They’re worlds better than this yellow mess Nashville adopted, but no amount of fashion changes the fact you are still the Islanders (sorry).

The red-hot Bruins put their 6 game win streak on the line tonight vs. Blue Jackets.  Seguin’s on fire (Chuck loves) and leads the NHL in plus/minus rating with +15.  (Don’t mind EStaal down at the bottom with -18.)  Speaking of bottom of the barrel, Columbus is 3-13-1 with only 7 points on the season.  Now that I’ve said that, they’ll probably win.

Team Jacob

The Penguins are in Tampa Bay tonight and Sid will not play.  Errrrbody calm down (obviously I mean me).  Disco Dan would not comment on Saturday’s game – could Sid return?  I want him back this instant, but am also willing to await a triumphant debut in DC on 12/1 when I’m getting booed for wearing my 87 at Verizon Center.  It would be like a romantic comedy: Sid taking the ice, me dodging flying food, then Pens winning.  I can see it now.

James Neal will of course play tonight, and he’s got a 7-game point streak going (ties longest of his career).  JStaal has three goals in two games.  Stamkos and Neal are tied will 11 goals, and I like to think this means bromance rivalry.

Now boys, don't fight.

Only 8 hours 10 minutes till game time.

Cloud Nine

28 Oct

Today at JamesNeal.com: James Neal scored last night (we bet he did) in the Pens 3-2 win over the Islanders.  It wasn’t just a goal – Neal scored the first and only 5-on-4 power play goal the Islanders have given up all season.  He doesn’t just score.  He breaks your streaks and ruins your percentages, takes your women and makes it look easy.

Seriously, he and I have the same reaction every time he scores:

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Nealmobile is now tied again with Cartman for the NHL lead in goals with nine.

In a weird move, the Islanders pulled Evgeni Nabokov at the end of regulation and replaced him with Ricky DiPietro’s beard for the shootout (grooming classes sadly not offered at BU).  Apparently Nabokov’s lingering lower body was acting up.  DiPietro gets hurt every time he sees a zamboni, but he survived last night.  He just didn’t win.

Just like Brian Wilson did...

Nealmobile did miss in the shootout, but Geno had already stuffed one down DiPietro’s throat.  Malkin had 2 G/1A on the night for 5 points in 5 games.  The guy looks like he’s having so much fun out there.  If he can stay healthy, Neal can stay hot and we can get the Crosbot back… well, we might just be kissing something shiny at the end of the year.

Once Upon a Time in 1996…

1 Aug

Raise your hand if you asked Brian Rolston to your high school prom.

Really, just me?

There are a lot of hockey-related things I could fire my HS BFF for, but this is not one of them.  This was a solid decision back in the day.  Of course I knew he would say no, what with being plenty older than I am and AHL hockey being over by June.  And what my hair looked like those days.   But still… I asked him (circa 1996).

This past May, I pretty much ran away from Steven Stamkos on an empty street.  My skills are not improving.

The Devils traded Brian to the Islanders last week.  Then they signed Zach Parise to a one year deal that probably means his days in NJ are numbered.  Get this – the Islanders are taking players on to reach the NHL minimum payroll under the current salary cap: $48.3 million.  Time for a shopping spree (and more cupcakes).

Oh NoOvi Didn’t!

1 Mar

Combine the power of the most popular Foxy Friday Alexander Ovechkin and the last  Foxy Friday Brooks Laich, add three newbies Jason Arnott (who knew this hottie was wasting away in New Jersey and I predict future Foxy Friday!), meiner lieblinge Herr Sturm and Dennis Wideman and you will get a goal by Brooksy with 47.2 seconds left in the game to tie, send into OT and a stellar fricken old fashion OH-NOVI-DIDN’T GOAL by OVI HIMSELF OLD SCHOOL THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT KIDS!

Whew! Now THAT is why I love the Caps! And watch out East coast! Because GM GM got it done by trade deadline. Hop Mop in Pittsburgh, Ovi just traded you in for Jason Arnott. SORRY! He’s much taller. He doesn’t have the fabulous long hair but he is a better passer and Herr Sturm will give you a run for your money on speed but I might pay to watch the two of you in a backwards skate off! 😉 I still love you though. But I love the Caps more. All much more gabillion of them! Thank you GM GM.

I eat men like that for breakfast