Justin Johnson Fights The Much Larger John Scott, And Wins

I went to a couple of Manchester Monarchs games while Justin Johnson was on the AHL squad. He was proficient at pummeling dudes, racking up 11 points and 392 penalty minutes in 103 games with Manchester. The Islanders called him up from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this season, presumably to do similar tasks for them. » 4/14/14 12:50am Monday 12:50am

There's No Meltdown Quite Like A Canucks Meltdown

I know it's hard to conceive of, but there will come a point when you actually feel sorry for Canucks fans. Yesterday's debacle, losing 7-4 to the Islanders after conceding seven goals in the third period, just hours after GM Mike Gillis wrote a letter to season-ticket holders stating the organization's commitment to… » 3/11/14 11:19am 3/11/14 11:19am

Thomas Vanek Claims League Bias On Game-Winning Goal Reversal

The Islanders and Blues were tied 3-3 in overtime when Thomas Vanek scored what appeared to be the game-winner. It looked like it hit his skate but the red lamp lit, the referee pointed at the net and Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak skated off the ice without incident. Replay eventually reversed the call, though, and… » 1/25/14 5:50pm 1/25/14 5:50pm

After A Career Of Eating Headshots, Gino Odjick Is Not Doing Well

Newspapers in Canada this week have been reporting that Gino Odjick — the former left-winger for the Canucks, Islanders, Flyers and Canadiens — spent the past several days in the psychiatric unit of a hospital in Quebec. He's apparently well enough to retweet well-wishers' regards ("Sending love to The Chief") but that… » 12/04/13 11:25pm 12/04/13 11:25pm

John Tavares Would Like To Show You His Disgusting Tooth Implants

We all kind of cringed/wretched a little bit when Islanders captain John Tavares yanked out one his front teeth right there on the bench a few weeks ago. So (ugh) let's re-live (gulp) it by checking out (covers eyes) what his mouth looks like now (runs away from computer). » 10/23/13 5:37pm 10/23/13 5:37pm

If You Weren't Picturing Mike Milbury Having Group Sex, You Are Now

Last night's "30 for 30" was Big Shot, a look at John Spano, the con man who briefly purchased the Islanders before the NHL realized he didn't have any money. (A similar scenario would play out in Nashville just 11 years later.) The most prurient part was then-GM Mike Milbury recounting how Spano offered to have "the… » 10/23/13 1:24pm 10/23/13 1:24pm

John Tavares Hit In Face With Puck, Pulls Out Own Tooth

Well this is disgusting. Early in the second period in Chicago Friday night, Islanders captain John Tavares got hit in the face trying to dig out a puck along the boards and must have knocked a tooth loose. When he eventually made his way to the bench, he just yanked that sucker out. You can actually see it tumble… » 10/12/13 4:30pm 10/12/13 4:30pm

Islanders Player Too Modest To Let Bird Flap In The Wind

This poor guy. A teammate in the back of this John Tavares interview poked his head around the wall of the showers and saw nothing but cameras rolling. Apparently in the nude and unwilling to strut his stuff for all the viewers tuning in for Islanders pre-season post-game coverage, he popped back behind the wall and… » 9/23/13 9:40pm 9/23/13 9:40pm

The Nassau Coliseum Was Not A Dump: What The Isles Are Leaving Behind

In October 2012, a month into the NHL lockout, with the schedule already beginning to crumble, the New York Islanders made a big announcement: Upon expiration of their lease in 2015, the Isles would be leaving the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, their publicly owned home of 40 years, for Brooklyn's Barclays Center.… » 5/10/13 3:35pm 5/10/13 3:35pm

Kris Letang Cross-Checked A Linesman. That's A Suspension...Right?

Between Eric Gryba getting two games for a borderline hit that resulted in injury, and nobody from this Sens-Habs mess being punished, NHL playoff discipline seems even more "spin the wheel" than usual. But shoving an official would seem pretty clear-cut, no? » 5/08/13 11:23am 5/08/13 11:23am

Penguins Fan Gets Kicked Out Of Nassau Coliseum For Being Shithoused

"Sandstorm" plays in the background as a security guard escorts this super drunk Pittsburgh Penguins fan out of his seat. Islanders fans in his section console him by chanting "ASSHOLE" as he gets booted. Jarome Iginla's number one fan has his playoff hockey experience cut short on account of being faded as fuck. » 5/05/13 4:40pm 5/05/13 4:40pm

The New York Islanders May Be Rebranding, Because Brooklyn

The Islanders will soon be calling Brooklyn's Barclays Center their home, and the geographical change may also be accompanied by an aesthetic one. Sources tell the New York Post that the team's sports marketing team is weighing the adoption of a new color scheme, and that they are already showing prospective designs to … » 4/30/13 1:58pm 4/30/13 1:58pm

The Islanders And Nassau County Are Getting Divorced, So It's Time To…

This we knew, but now things are getting ugly. Even setting aside the actual product on the ice for a moment, the recent history of the Islanders in Nassau County has been miserable. A terrible lease for a terrible arena has kept them shackled in a county that can't afford to pay for anything even if it was interested … » 3/03/13 9:35am 3/03/13 9:35am

Rick DiPietro's AHL Tenure Is Not Going Amazingly Well

The other day, Barry reflected on the difficulty of Rick DiPietro's career as of late, and how at times his story has veered hard from farce to tragedy. For a rich man who plays a game for a living—when he's healthy enough to do so—hard luck has befallen DiPietro with maddening consistency. » 3/02/13 5:05pm 3/02/13 5:05pm

Twitter Loves The Orlando Magic, Has Never Heard Of The Arizona…

The Wall Street Journal has helpfully assembled the sort of slow-news-month story that lets you forget that none of the four major sports (five, if you include college football) is playing many meaningful games at the moment. In it, the incomparably named Stu Woo compiled the Twitter follower counts for every team in… » 3/02/13 1:30pm 3/02/13 1:30pm