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Photos: Nassau Coliseum Ice Removed For The Final Time

Some sad, beautiful photos here, as work crews tore up the rink at Nassau Coliseum for the last time, as the Islanders will open next season in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Fort Neverlose was never pretty—and in its later years was barely functional—but so much hockey history was made here, and more importantly than… » 5/05/15 2:35pm 5/05/15 2:35pm

Brooks Orpik Nailed By Beer After Capitals Win

Nicklas Backstrom knotted the Capitals-Islanders series at 2-2 tonight, on an overtime goal from close to the blue line. An Islanders fan (presumably) wasn’t happy about this, and as the Caps players celebrated on the Nassau Coliseum ice, somebody chucked a beer that hit Brooks Orpik right in the shoulder. It was a… » 4/21/15 11:34pm 4/21/15 11:34pm

Islanders Fan On TV: "My Son Was Conceived Back In That Parking Lot" 

Tonight's Islanders broadcast featured an interview with an original season ticket holder—that's 42 seasons—and it's quite a doozy. I don't want to spoil it for anybody, so I'll just say the interview touches on sex in the Nassau Coliseum parking lot and an interesting pregnancy decision that may have been made (it's… » 2/16/15 8:53pm 2/16/15 8:53pm

Jaroslav Halak Makes Stupendous Back-Of-Head Save

It can be hard to remember sometimes that, despite looking like overweight babies swaddled in three too many layers, hockey goalies are amazing athletes with great hand-eye coordination and reflexes. Islander goalie Jaroslav Halak displayed all that—and a healthy dose of luck—when saving this Aleksander Barkov shot in… » 11/15/14 4:42pm 11/15/14 4:42pm

Islanders GM On Draft Pick: "He'll Fit Right In; They Shit On Me, Too"

The New York Islanders traded back into the first round and selected Josh Ho-Sang with the 28th pick in the NHL draft Friday night. Islanders GM Garth Snow apparently saw something of a kindred spirit in the much-discussed 18-year-old out of the Ontario Hockey League because now he thinks he's got someone new for the… » 6/28/14 11:12am 6/28/14 11:12am

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 4/14/14 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… » 12/04/13 11:25pm 12/04/13 11:25pm