MSG+ will showcase the best games from the Islanders’ 2013 season with all-new episodes of “Summer Ice” every Friday night at 8:00 p.m. between July 5 and August 30.
Taped at Huntington Harbor on Long Island, each two-hour installment of Islanders “Summer Ice” will feature Islanders legend Butch Goring and reporter Peter Ruttgaizer as they look back at nine of the most exciting Islanders wins over the course of the season.
Below is a preview of each episode of Islanders “Summer Ice” on MSG+.
Friday, July 5 – 8:00 p.m.
Islanders @ Rangers (2/14): Down 2-0 early in the game, goals by John Tavares, Colin McDonald, and Brad Boyes helped the Isles storm back to defeat the Rangers 4-3 in a shootout for their first victory at The Garden in eight contests.
Goring: “It doesn’t get any better when you see the Rangers and the Islanders and you know there is going to be a lot of intensity, not only on the ice but certainly up in the stands. It was a tremendous game, there was an emergence of a new line, and obviously it was a turning point in the Islanders’ season.”
Friday, July 12 – 8:00 p.m.
Islanders @ Canadiens (2/21): Thomas Hickey scored his first NHL goal overtime as the Islanders defeated the first place Canadiens by a score of 4-3.
Goring: “The Islanders were comfortable on the road. They hadn’t been great at home, but when they get on the road they are more relaxed, more confident, and bring a much stronger game, so they were prepared, even though the Canadiens had been the hot team of late, and they were very comfortable playing in Montreal.”
Friday, July 19 – 8:00 p.m.
Islanders vs. Canadiens (3/5): Casey Cizikas sends highly touted rookie, Alex Galchenyuk into the benches on a big, clean body check. Both John Tavares and Colin McDonald finished the game with a goal and an assist, to help propel the Isles to a 6-3 victory at home over the Montreal Canadiens.
Goring: “We’re talking about the best team in the Eastern Conference at the time – the Montreal Canadiens – and maybe the best goaltender, and they get six by him. What a great win. It established some credibility at home and you start to feel good about yourself because everyone was scoring.”
Friday, July 26 – 8:00 p.m.
Islanders @ Capitals (3/26): The Islanders scored two unanswered goals early in the first period, but needed a John Tavares goal with 5:18 left in the game to secure 3-2 win and keep the hunt for the playoffs alive.
Goring: “That’s the main reason that the Islanders have been able to win on the road so often – balanced scoring. Tonight it was Grabner and Bailey, other nights it’s Martin and Cizikas, and it’s the biggest reason for the Islanders’ success.”
Friday, August 2 – 8:00 p.m.
Islanders @ Flyers (3/28): Colin McDonald scored two goals in the third period to tie the game at 3-3 and the Islanders prevailed in a shootout to move into a tie for eighth place.
Goring: “It’s always been a difficult building to play in…it’s a great atmosphere and the fans are loud…I can remember going way back that nobody wanted to play in Philly, let alone win a hockey game.”
Friday, August 9 – 8:00 p.m.
Goring: “The Islanders are surprising everyone in the National Hockey League. No one picked them for the playoffs – nobody. And the run that they’re on, 8-1-1, I mean, they’re not only surprising them, they’re beating them.”
Friday, August 16 – 9:30 p.m.
Islanders @ Jets (4/20): In a battle of two playoff hopefuls, the Islanders outlasted the Jets 5-4 in a shootout to jump into a tie for third place in points with their third win in a row.
Goring: “This was a team that needed the win just as bad as the Islanders. John Tavares once again finds a way to score the big goal in the shootout, and overall the team played well. They stood up to the Winnipeg hockey club, who was very physical at time. A big win.”
Friday, August 23 – 8:00 p.m.
Islanders @ Penguins – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game 2 (5/3):
The Islanders overcame an early two-goal deficit to pull out a 4-3 win and shock the Penguins and their fans in Pittsburgh.
Goring: “If you listen to Kyle Okposo, he’ll tell ya ‘hey, we’re not just showing up, we came here to win a hockey game and we came here to win a series.’ When you have the attitude that this team has, and the confidence, you go in, you get the split and now you’re heading back home and they can win the series.”
Friday, August 30 – 9:30 p.m.
Islanders vs. Penguins – Eastern Conference Quarterfinals – Game 4 (5/7): In a wild back-and-forth contest that featured four goals by the Penguins for the fourth consecutive game, the Islanders put on a display of high-powered offense and John Tavares’ go-ahead goal with 10 minutes to go helped lead the Isles to a 6-4 victory and even the series two apiece.
Goring: “Everyone thought they were done after they lost the overtime game at home…but not so fast. The Islanders time and time again said to everyone in the NHL, listen, we’re not just in it just to be in it, we’re in it to win.”
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