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POSTED ON Sunday, 03.25.2012 / 10:23 AM
Updates from Saturday night in the road to the 2012 Memorial Cup:

Kirill Kabanov – Kabanov had a goal and an assist as the Shawinigan Cataractes beat Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, 6-3, Saturday night to take a 2-0 series lead in the QMJHL playoffs. Shawinigan, the Memorial Cup hosts, will visit the Huskies for Games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ryan Strome
– The Niagara IceDogs will play Game 3 of their series at home tonight. The IceDogs are up 2-0.

Branden Kichton – The Spokane Chiefs fell 7-2 to the Vancouver Giants on Saturday. Kichton did not play in the game, and according to theprovince.com, Kichton was injured in the third period of Game 1 on Friday. The Chiefs are down 2-0 in the seres and take the ice again at home on Tuesday, March 27.

Andrey Pedan – The Guelph Storm play Game 2 in their series on the road at Plymouth tonight. Guelph has a 1-0 series lead.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.24.2012 / 9:28 AM
Last night all the Isles prospects in this years Canadian Hockey League playoffs were in action. Here are the updates:

The Niagra IceDogs took a 2-0 series lead over Oshawa with a 6-1 win on the road last night. Ryan Strome assisted on Freddie Hamilton's second period goal which put the IceDogs up 2-0. Strome is third on the Ontario Hockey League playoff scoring leaderboard with five points (1g/5a) in two games. Defenseman Mitchell Theoret did not play, but he tweeted: Off to the rink for a skate. Hoping to be back in the lineup for Sunday #RoadToRecovery.

The Guleph Storm took a 1-0 series lead, beating Plymouth 4-2 on the road Friday night. Andrey Pedan's second period goal gave the Storm a 3-0 lead. The Storm return home tomorrow for Game 2.

In the Western Hockey League playoffs, the Spokane Chiefs fell to Vancouver, 7-5, on Friday night. Brendan Kichton, the Chiefs top scoring d-man was held to one assist in the loss. The Chiefs are on the ice tonight for Game 2 in Vancouver.

Kirill Kabanov had a goal in Shawinagan's 7-1 rout of visitor Rouyn-Noranda in Game 2 of their series. The Cataractes play Game 2 Saurday afternoon.

For complete matchup and playoff schedule info, check the first post in this blog.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 3:13 PM
Get to know JT's teammates for the weekend. Here is the roster and tonight's lineup for Team Alfredsson. Next to each player is a fact about them.

Event: Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater

All-Star backwards: Kris Letang - The Pens d-man scored his first NHL goal on Henrik Lundqvist in his third NHL game in 2006.
Goalie: Jonathan Quick - Everyone probably knows by now, the Kings goalie is the brother-in-law of Matt Moulson. They are married to sisters.
Rookie: Carl Hagelin - The Rangers rookie is the first Swede to play for the University of Michigan.
All-Star: Keith Yandle - Over the summer, the Coyotes d-man signed a 5-year deal worth $26.6 million.
All-Star: Erik Karlsson - The Ottawa Senators d-man was picked second overall by Alfredsson in the All-Star Fantasy Draft. He was picked 15th overall by Ottawa in 2008, the same year the Islanders drafted Josh Bailey eighth overall.

Event: Allstate Insurance NHL Breakaway Challenge

Rookie: Sean Couturier - This Flyer has 10 goals and nine assists this season with a plus-13 rating.
All-Star: John Tavares - What can be said about John Tavares that we haven't said already? He's been in beast mode and has 22 points in the last 14 games.
All-Star: Logan Couture - He will be popular in Ottawa. The Sharks center played for the Ottawa 67's and he was third in OHL rookie scoring in 2005–06, behind John Tavares and Sergei Kostitsyn. In the 2007 OHL All-Star Game, he won the accuracy shooting competition.
Goalie: Brian Elliott - The Blues goalie was drafted by the Senators in 2003 with the 291st overall pick. Elliott currently leads the NHL in goals against average (1.69), save percentage (.938) and is second in shutouts (5). He is 15-5-2 in 23 games.

Event: Canadian Tire NHL Accuracy Shooting

Rookie: Matt Read - The Flyers rookie has gotten off to a solid start. The benchmark game of his young career was a career-high 4-point effort (goal, 3 assists) as the Flyers defeated the Ottawa Senators, 7-2 on Oct. 14, 2011.
All-Star: Jason Spezza - Spezza was just the third 16-year-old to represent Canada in the World Junior Championships in 2000. The other two 16-year-olds? Wayne Gretzky and Eric Lindros.
All-Star: Steven Stamkos - The first overall pick of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Stamkos is of Macedonian and Scottish decent.
All-Star: Daniel Sedin - Was born six minutes after his twin brother, Henrik.
Passer: Alex Edler - This is the perfect event for the underrated play-making Canuck as he is the second-highest point producing defenseman in the NHL, thanks in large part to his 27 assists.
Passer: Dan Girardi - Girardi is the only undrafted player participating in this year's All-Star events.
Passer: Claude Giroux - His NHL career began in Ottawa. He made his NHL debut on Feb. 19, 2008 against the Senators.
Passer: Henrik Sedin - On Oct. 8, 2000, Henrik assisted on Daniel's first-career NHL goal in a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Event: G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay

One-timer passer: Nick Johnson - The rookie winger was claimed off waivers by Minnesota on Sept. 29, 2011.
One-timer right-handed: Shea Weber - The d-man switched to defense permanently in his second year of bantam.
One-timer right-handed: Kris Letang
One-timer right-handed: Steven Stamkos
Passing accuracy: Henrik Sedin
Puck control: Milan Michalek - The Senators left wing's brother is Zybnek Michalek of the Penguins.
Stick handling: Logan Couture
Target shooter: James Neal - The Pens forward has stepped up in the absence of Sidney Crosby. He and teammate Evgeni Malkin are among the league leaders in goals. Neal has 26 and is tied for third with Phil Kessel. Malkin has 27 goals.
One-timer passer: Alex Edler
One-timer left-handed: Keith Yandle
One-timer left-handed: Scott Hartnell - The gritty Flyer played his first NHL game in Japan against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2000.
One-timer left-handed: John Tavares
Passing accuracy: Daniel Sedin
Puck control: Craig Smith - Smith was drafted by the Predators 98th overall in 2009 and went straight to the NHL. He is the first player since Colin Wilson to make the Predators without first playing for the Milwaukee Admirals.
Stick handling: Claude Giroux
Target shooter: Jason Pominville - He's the 13th full-time captain in Sabres history.

* Note: Two rookies must participate per team.

Event: Blackberry NHL Hardest Shot

Rookie: Justin Faulk - Last year, the Hurricanes rookie won the National Championship with the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
All-Star: Daniel Alfredsson - The Senators Captain for the last 11 years - the longest tenure in the NHL - never thought he would make it in hockey. In a story in Saturday's Globe and Mail, Roy MacGregor writes that Alfredsson didn't even know he was drafted. Agents called his home asking if he would need repesentation, and that's how he found out.
All-Star: Jason Spezza
All-Star: Shea Weber

Event: Tim Hortons NHL Elimination Shootout

Rookie: Carl Hagelin
All-Star: Steven Stamkos
All-Star: John Tavares
All-Star: Jason Spezza
All-Star: Claude Giroux
All-Star: Daniel Alfredsson
All-Star: James Neal
All-Star: Milan Michalek
All-Star: Jason Pominville
All-Star: Kris Letang
All-Star: Erik Karlsson
All-Star: Daniel Sedin
Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist - Won the 2006 Gold Medal at the Torino Winter Olympics as a part of Team Sweden alongside Team Alfredsson teammates Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin & Daniel Alfredsson.
Goalie: Brian Elliott
Goalie: Jonathan Quick


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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 11:55 AM
Fortunately for the NHL, the Rideau Canal was open on Thursday for the activites they had planned.

This should be me!
But today, the canal is not open. It was posted on their website that once ice conditions are safe, the canal will reopen.

Personally, I am here to skate on the canal, and the All-Star Weekend just happens to also be going on at the same time. That of course is not true, but skating on the canal is an important part of what is to be accomplished in Ottawa, outside of getting coverage up on the site.

Do you tweeting and skating on thin ice is a safety hazard? If you hear about a woman from Long Island falling through the ice, well, I think you will know what happened.







Coverage will begin from Scotiabank Place hopefully at about 4 p.m. We will get as much of JT as we can as well as getting good stuff to post about the All-Star experience.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.28.2012 / 9:38 AM
At last year's All-Star Game in Raleigh, we met Pat Bedell, a huge Islanders fan who showed his support for Michael Grabner at the All-Star Skills Competition. He was even at the red carpet event.

Once again, Bedell is supporting his team. He did a nice job on this blog post chronicling his first day up in Ottawa.
http://puckingpattyb.blogspot.com/2012/01/day-one-at-nhl-asg.html

Great job, Pat!
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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.26.2012 / 11:59 AM
Everyone in Islanders Country is excited about John Tavares' selection to his first NHL All-Star Game.

We will be in Ottawa this weekend with John as he experiences the media frenzy and all of the All-Star treatment the NHL has to offer.

The fesitvites begin tonight with the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft. The fun gets under way at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus) and we will be live blogging and tweeting (@NYIslanders) throughout. Join us for the live blog at 8 p.m. here.

Check our Facebook page and weigh in on which captain, Zdeno Chara or Daniel Alfredsson, will select JT.

We look forward to sharing the stories from this great event, and look forward to hearing yours. Email us at nyisocialmedia@gmail.com if you are there and want to tell your story or if you have a story from a previous All-Star Game. Feel free to tweet us and use the hashtags #isles and #islesallstar.




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POSTED ON Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 9:00 AM
Share your stories with us!

We're looking for your memories, pictures, or anything that you can share. You can @ us on Twitter using the hashtag #Isles40th, post on Facebook or email us at nyisocialmedia@gmail.com. Each week we choose a tweet of the day and a lucky fan wins an Islanders commemorative 40th anniversary yearbook.

Check out the stories below and send us yours!


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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.13.2011 / 11:15 AM
This tweet, sent by @inthefade yesterday won our Tweet of the Day for the #Isles40th stories:

@NYIslanders Hanging a banner that said MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU as they tried for their 4th cup.

Every Wednesday, share your stories with us on Twitter using the #Isles40th hashtag or, if they're too long for 140, send them to nyisocialmedia@gmail.com

If your tweet is chosen as Tweet of the Day, you will win this season's commerative yearbook.
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POSTED ON Saturday, 10.01.2011 / 8:33 AM
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POSTED ON Monday, 09.26.2011 / 9:08 AM
The Islanders moved practice back to Islanders Iceworks in Syosset today and the team flies out to Calgary this afternoon.

Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano has not made any announcements yet regarding the roster, but he did indicate to the media on Saturday that goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will soon be seeing some game action. 

Follow us on Twitter for updates from the rink. Rosters will be posted soon.
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 31 21 6 4 99 71 46
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
5 MTL 33 20 11 2 88 82 42
6 TOR 32 19 10 3 110 91 41
7 FLA 30 14 8 8 68 76 36
8 WSH 31 15 10 6 91 85 36
9 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
10 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 31 13 15 3 76 100 29
13 PHI 31 11 14 6 81 92 28
14 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
15 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
16 CAR 31 9 19 3 66 88 21

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 31 12 15 -5 27
K. Okposo 31 7 20 -3 27
B. Nelson 31 13 11 4 24
R. Strome 31 6 15 10 21
F. Nielsen 31 6 11 0 17
N. Leddy 31 5 10 7 15
J. Boychuk 21 2 12 7 14
M. Grabovski 28 5 7 4 12
N. Kulemin 31 5 7 -3 12
T. Hickey 30 2 9 1 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 16 6 0 .917 2.35
C. Johnson 5 4 0 .868 3.59

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