HAPPY TO BE ISLANDERS

Thursday, 03.9.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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HAPPY TO BE ISLANDERS
Grebeshkov and Tambellini Put on the Orange & Blue

By Corey Witt

Although they checked into their hotel rooms at 3:00 in the morning last night, Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini showed no effects of the long drive from Manchester, NH at their first practice with the Islanders today. The two newest Islanders, acquired yesterday from Los Angeles, were very happy to be Islanders.

"This is an exciting time for us," said Tambellini. "It's been a whirlwind 24 hours, but I'm sure we'll settle in quickly."

Added Grebeshkov: "This is a big opportunity for both of us. I'm very happy to be here and to have a chance to play in the NHL. I'm sure Jeff feels the same way."

Although the pair got lost driving to Long Island as they navigated the tricky New York bridges, Islanders head coach Brad Shaw said they were anything but lost on the ice.

"Anytime you come into a new environment, there's going to be an adjustment period," he said. "But for two young guys, they held their own out there. Both are skilled players and we're looking for them to step up and show us what they have."

For Tambellini, dressing in the Islanders' locker room holds special meaning. His father, Steve, won a Stanley Cup with the 1980 Islanders. Although it happened nearly four years before he was born, Jeff still feels a bit of nostalgia.

"It is special for me to be here," he said. "My father talked about that team a lot and what a great team it was. I'm just thrilled to be here. It's all very exciting."

Both Grebeshkov and Tambellini are expected to be in the lineup tomorrow night when the Islanders host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite the trade of two veterans for two prospects, Shaw said his goal for tomorrow night and the rest of the season remains the same.

"We have the same objective -- to get into the playoffs," said Shaw. "Let's see what we have and make a run at it. Our focus has not changed."

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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