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Hockey After Dark Night #1: “Rizzo vs. Oscar” Edition

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Welcome to Hockey After Dark, a nightly recap of the NHL playoffs made possible by insomnia, playoff anxiety, and my…

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Feb 23, 2020; Uniondale, New York, USA; New York Islanders defenseman Devon Toews (25) celebrates his goal against the San Jose Sharks with teammates during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Three Takeaways from the Isles 4-1 win over the Sharks

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The Islanders captured their second consecutive win on Sunday with a 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Anders Lee…

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Dec 19, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Boston Bruins during a shootout at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Three takeaways from the Islanders bounce-back win over Boston

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BOSTON — The Islanders bounced back from an ugly 8-3 loss on Tuesday with a 3-2 shootout win on Thursday over…

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Nov 16, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates his game tying goal with center Derick Brassard (10) lduring the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders rally in third to defeat Flyers 4-3 in Shootout

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — There just doesn’t seem to be any quit in the Islanders. Down 3-0 in the third period, the…

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Oct 8, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones (31) makes a pad save on the rebound of New York Islanders center Jordan Eberle (7) during the second period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Eberle’s first game back highlighted by monster save

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NEW YORK — If anyone was expecting Jordan Eberle to take it easy his first game back after missing the Islanders…

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Nov 9, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Jordan Eberle (7) and center Derick Brassard (10) congratulate goaltender Thomas Greiss (1) after a 2-1 victory over the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Three takeaways from the Islanders’ 2-1 win over the Panthers

NEW YORK — The Islanders got back to their game on Saturday afternoon in a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers….

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Nov 1, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Barzal’s play leading to Isles early season success

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After an offseason in which the Islanders stayed rather quiet after missing out on key free agents, the question became…

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NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at New York Islanders

Three takeaways from Isles 5-2 win over the Lightning

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders captured their eighth consecutive win on Friday with 5-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Mathew…

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Three takeaways from the Islanders’ 5-3 win over the Flyers

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders picked up their seventh straight win on Sunday night, defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3. New York…

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May 3, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates with the puck against the Carolina Hurricanes in game four of the second round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 5-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Pantorno’s Point: The aggression of Mathew Barzal

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So much for everyone’s hasty write-off of the Islanders after four games this season. It hasn’t necessarily been an easy…

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Oct 19, 2019; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) skates with the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

What Would Suffice as a Contract Extension for Mathew Barzal?

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Mathew Barzal is undoubtedly the most tantalizing player on the Islanders’ roster, and after his recent hot streak which has…

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Three takeaways from Isles’ 3-2 shootout win over Panthers

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders captured their second win of the season in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Florida Panthers…

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Oilers Gameday: @ Islanders

The Edmonton Oilers hit the road for the first time in the 2019-20 season. It isn’t an easy road trip,…

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Oct 6, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders celebrate the goal by New York Islanders center Brock Nelson (29) against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Three Takeaways from the Isles 4-1 win over Winnipeg

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders picked up their first win of the season on Sunday night in the form of a…

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Three takeaways from the Isles preseason win over Detroit

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — After a whirlwind day of practice, arena groundbreakings and a preseason game, Anders Lee capped things off…

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins

Isles’ defensive structure dominant in sweep of Penguins

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The Islanders swept the Pittsburgh Penguins, something they haven’t done in the playoffs against any opponent since the 1983 Stanley…

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Isles youngsters showing no fear against veteran Penguins

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — If anyone thought that the Islanders playoff inexperienced youngsters were going to be intimidated by the battle-tested…

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Three Takeaways: ‘Hey Josh Bailey, how’d you score that goal?’

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders have a 2-0 series lead in their first-round matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins after Friday’s 3-1…

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Isles take 2-0 series lead in Game 2 victory over the Pens

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — As if the Islanders’ improbable 103 point season and second place finish weren’t enough, they’re headed to…

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Game 1 sets up plenty of excitement for Isles-Pens series

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — If Game 1 between the Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins was just a taste of what’s to come in…

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Three Takeaways: Kuhnhackl was ‘dancing’ vs. Pens in Game 1

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Islanders took the opening game of their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4-3 in overtime. Josh…

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Bailey’s overtime goal leads Isles to 4-3 Game 1 victory over Pens

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — It was as if time stood still for Mathew Barzal in overtime of his first Stanley Cup Playoff…

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NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Islanders need Barzal to step up against Penguins

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It was hard to figure who Islander fans expected to take the mantel as the face of the franchise when…

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Apr 1, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Tavares helps lead Maple Leafs to 2-1 win over the Isles

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. — A late third-period push just wasn’t enough for the Islanders to rally from a two-goal deficit on Monday…

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Mar 28, 2019; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle (7) celebrates after scoring a third period goal against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders rally in third to defeat Jets in dramatic comeback win

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Just when you thought they were done, the Islanders scratched and clawed their way back in. In perhaps their biggest…

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Nov 10, 2018; Sunrise, FL, USA; New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers with left wing Josh Bailey (12) and defenseman Nick Leddy (2) in the first period at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Three players the Islanders need to step up in final push towards playoffs

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With the season coming down to the wire and the race in the Metropolitan Division tightening every day, the Islanders…

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Jan 15, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner (40) defends the net against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Islanders commitment proving wonders for the PK

NEW YORK — Following Tuesday night’s overtime ouster of the St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz stood…

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