Any of yous see the Bruins game? Wow.
If you're a Bruins fan, that'd be a game you'd remember for life.
The last 10 minutes were exciting, even if it looked like they wouldn't get any closer - Lucic (who might be my favorite non-Islander) was tossing people around and they were buzzing. Still, 2 goals in the last 90 seconds - and they should have had a great chance for a 3rd? Didn't see that coming.
I can't imagine the Leafs lockerroom during OT. It must have been like a funeral.
Not really a fan of any of the 4 teams left in the East though the Bruins are a much tougher opponent for the Rags, so I'll take that. But then we'll have to hear about Boston non-stop and no one wants to hear that.
Ultimately, a Pens/Hawks Cup Final would be nice as it would pit the clear top 2 teams against each other.
Ever read an article where a writer just phrases something in brilliant fashion?
"When asked how they feel about the move, every Islander fan has the same reaction. It will be tough to see the team vacate the tragically misunderstood Nassau Coliseum, but at the same time the move will be good for the team and they will be able to compete."
omg perfect. i hadn't been there in many years, and once I left the concourse and walked into the bowl i was just stunned. magical. i shouldn't have gone back, now I want to go to multiple games. i seem more torn up about it than you guys.
On the flip side, when I was at the game the other day, I thought I had bad luck and had a broken seat. It extended too low, the coils came through and it creaked endlessly. Turns out, every one of our seats was like that. Plus, we have the worst ice in the league as the condensers don't work, the concession areas are over-crowded to the point of it being dangerous, the bathrooms are woefully inadequate, the place is ridden with asbestos and is a leaky, rundown dump. And the Isles lease is terrible.
But, like the Meadowlands, its a fantastic place to watch a game. For me personally, it will be a LOT easier to get to games in Brooklyn so that benefits me, specifically. But, I would have happily kept going out to Uniondale (albeit not as frequently) if they ended up with a new stadium there.
At the end of the day though, the Coliseum was on its last legs. We all have great memories and sentimental attachments to it (it captures the essence of LI completely), but it is simply not sustainable in the long run. The Isles improving is a double edge sword. The Coliseum is manageable when there is 11.5k people attending a Sunday afternoon game. Its cheap and you don't have to worry about getting knocked over. But, cram 16.2K in there, and it can be dangerous.
Nothing stays the same, unfortunately. Going to Barclays won't be the same as going to the Coliseum...for sure. Just as Met Life is a neutered version of the Meadowlands. I just try not to lose sight of the fact that this team very easily could be moving to KC in two years. And I'm grateful that its not the case.
Pretty cool - isles, devils, and rangers will play at Yankee stadium next year. From NHL.com
The 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series will see the three New York City metropolitan NHL teams play a pair of games at the home of the New York Yankees. The New York Rangers will face the New Jersey Devils at 12:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 26, 2014, and the Rangers will face the New York Islanders at 7:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 29, 2014
Just saw Matt Moulson was nominated for the Lady Byng trophy. Congrats Matty!
So, we have a Lady Byng nominee and a Hart nominee. Great to see the Isles getting some recognition, but when do we get a Conn Smythe nominee?
Bossy was a finesse player and constantly absorbed hit after hit to the point where he had to retire on account of his back. Why do I think Moulson will play til he's very old?
It seems like one of the criteria is to be a legit scorer with very few penalty minutes - Moulson had 4 this year. I'm not so sure that that's always a good thing. While I don't want Tavares to get into scraps (and he probably needs a Gillies-esque winger to have his back), I don't mind that Tavares occasionally takes a penalty - the dude is ultracompetitive and wants to be involved in everything. Moulson, OTOH, stays away and half the time isn't even in the relative area to hook a guy if he wanted to. I know they play different positions and have different responsibilities, but Moulson is a one dimensional player.
Nino had a good showing at the World Championship-
The Islanders’ Nino Niederreiter finished the tournament with five goals and eight points in 10 games, including a goal and assist against the United States to send Switzerland to the final against Sweden.
Hopefully Nino (and his agent) will keep him mouth shut, work hard and become the guy we all think/hope he could be. Having a determined guy with his skill and size on JT's wing would be fantastic.
after a rough start (I think Snow was around for the Ryan Smyth debacle) I think he has done a hell of a job
Newsday reporting that Streit will not be back for next season:
"Mark Streit won't return to Islanders
Mark Streit is still a month away from unrestricted free agency, but two sources have already told Newsday that the Islanders' captain will not return to the team next season."