Capitals win tight Game 7

Apr 28, 2015

Capitals win tight Game 7

Unburdened by the catastrophes of past Game 7s littering the Washington Capitals’ playoff history, rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov delivered a breathtaking, series-clinching goal that got Alex Ovechkin’s seal of approval. “Pretty sick,” Ovechkin declared. Sure was. Skating around every opponent on the ice as he ...

Islanders sink Capitals in OT

Apr 20, 2015

Islanders sink Capitals in OT

John Tavares can be excused if the Islanders captain doesn’t recall the previous time New York won a playoff game in overtime. “I was only 3 years old then,” Tavares said, when informed it’s been 22 years since that happened. He’ll certainly remember this ...

Capitals rally past Isles to even series

Apr 18, 2015

Capitals rally past Isles to even series

So what if the Washington Capitals’ goalie was a last-minute rookie replacement, making his second NHL appearance all season? So what if Alex Ovechkin’s club had played nearly 5½ periods without ever holding a lead, and was facing a two-goal hole that was getting ...

Pens drop 5th straight

Apr 11, 2015

Pens drop 5th straight

The Pittsburgh Penguins have spent the majority of the Sidney Crosby era treating the regular season as an 82-game exhibition until the playoffs start. Not this year. Not by a long shot. John Tavares broke a tie with his 37th goal of the season ...

Toews steps up in Blackhawks win

Mar 18, 2015

Toews steps up in Blackhawks win

Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks have picked up their games since leading scorer Patrick Kane went down with an injury. Toews scored twice and assisted on both of linemate Marian Hossa’s goals to lead Chicago past the slumping New York Islanders 4-1 on ...

Rangers top Isles in last Nassau clash

Mar 11, 2015

Rangers top Isles in last Nassau clash

In a season already filled with plenty of good fortune, Rick Nash and the New York Rangers found a little bit of luck in their last regular-season visit to the Nassau Coliseum. Nash scored a deflected goal to break a tie 2:50 into the ...

Late charge powers Isles

Mar 6, 2015

Late charge powers Isles

The New York Islanders gave coach Jack Capuano another reminder of just how resilient they are this season. Brock Nelson scored with 6:08 left, helping New York rally after blowing a two-goal lead in the third period with a 4-3 win over the Nashville ...

Halak sets mark as Isles extinguish Flames

Feb 28, 2015

Halak sets mark as Isles extinguish Flames

Jaroslav Halak had a chance at a shutout and an empty-net goal in the final minute against the Calgary Flames. He had to settle for a prominent place in the New York Islanders’ record book. Halak set the team mark with his 33rd win ...

Rangers rally past Islanders

Feb 17, 2015

Rangers rally past Islanders

This one had all the makings of a repeat performance for the New York Islanders against the New York Rangers. The Metropolitan Division-leading Islanders had their way in three previous matchups this season — beating the defending Eastern Conference champions by three goals each ...

Isles hang on to beat Sabres

Feb 9, 2015

Isles hang on to beat Sabres

This time, the New York Islanders made a 3-0 lead stick in Buffalo. Barely. Mikhail Grabovski’s snap shot from the slot midway through the second period stood up as the difference for the Islanders, who built a three-goal edge and then hung on for ...

Islanders beat rival Rangers again

Jan 28, 2015

Islanders beat rival Rangers again

Jaroslav Halak faced more traffic on the ice inside than in the snow outside. He handled both nearly flawlessly and carried the New York Islanders to yet another win over the New York Rangers. Halak stopped 40 shots, falling 8.1 seconds short of his ...

Okposo scores four goals to lead Isles past Penguins

Jan 17, 2015

Okposo scores four goals to lead Isles past Penguins

Kyle Okposo called former Islanders star Bryan Trottier a mentor. He made his teacher proud on a night New York’s career-leading scorer was honored on Long Island. Okposo scored three of his career-high four goals in a wild third period, and the Islanders rallied ...