By Adam Baruch and Chris KingCROSBY’S SUCCESS VS. NYI DOESN’T ADD UP TO WINS
Sidney Crosby has been nothing short of remarkable against the Islanders during the span of his career, but it has not led to his teams’ success. Overall, Crosby has appeared in 16 games against the Islanders, totaling 32 points on nine goals and 23 assists. His 32 points against the Islanders are tied with the Flyers for his most against an NHL opponent, although Crosby has played two more games against Philadelphia. The Islanders are 8-6-2 in games in which Crosby has played. Below is a breakdown of Crosby’s numbers in each game played vs. the Islanders in his career.Sidney Crosby against the Islanders (16 games):
BACK-TO-BACK, NYI VS. PIT & NJD
|DATE ||G ||A ||PTS ||NYI OUTCOME |
|November 3, 2005 at NYI ||2 ||1 ||3 ||L, 1-5 |
|November 1 4, 2005 at PIT ||1 ||0 ||1 ||W, 3-2 |
|January 26, 2006 at NYI ||0 ||1 ||1 ||W, 4-3 |
|February 4, 2006 at PIT ||1 ||0 ||1 ||W, 5-4 |
|March 24, 2006 at PIT ||1 ||1 ||2 ||L, 3-4(OT) |
|March 31, 2006 at NYI ||1 ||2 ||3 ||L, 0-4 |
|April 15, 2006 at NYI ||0 ||0 ||0 ||W, 5-4 |
|April 17, 2006 at PIT ||0 ||3 ||3 ||L, 1-6 |
|October 19, 2006 at NYI ||0 ||3 ||3 ||L, 3-4 (OT) |
|November 28, 2006 at PIT ||0 ||2 ||2 ||L, 2-3 |
|December 2, 2006 at PIT ||0 ||2 ||2 ||W, 5-3 |
|December 15, 2006 at PIT ||1 ||3 ||4 ||L, 4-7 |
|January 16, 2007 at PIT ||2 ||0 ||2 ||L, 2-5 |
|February 19, 2007 at NYI ||0 ||4 ||4 ||W, 6-5 |
|March 22, 2007 at NYI ||0 ||0 ||0 ||W, 3-1 |
|November 3, 2007 at NYI ||0 ||1 ||1 ||W, 3-2 |
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|Totals in 16 games: ||9 ||23 ||32 ||NYI Outcome: 8-6-2 |
The Islanders will play on consecutive nights for the first time since the opening week of the season as the team travels to Pittsburgh tonight and New Jersey tomorrow night. The Islanders played two back-to-backs during the first week of the season, going 3-1 (2-0 on first night; 1-1 on second night). The team is scheduled to play 17 sets of back-to-back games after playing 15 in 2006-07. Below is a breakdown of the Islanders’ back-to-back schedule over the course of this season.
NEW BUILDING, SAME GAME
| First Game ||Result/Time ||Second Game ||Result/Time |
|10/5 at Buffalo ||W, 6-4 ||10/6 vs. Buffalo ||W, 3-2 |
|10/10 vs. NY Rangers ||W, 2-1 ||10/11 at Toronto ||L, 1-8 |
|11/15/ at Pittsburgh || ||11/26 at New Jersey || |
|11/23 at Boston || ||11/24 vs. Boston || |
|11/28 vs. Ottawa || ||11/29 at NY Rangers || |
|12/7 at Florida || ||12/8 at Tampa Bay || |
|12/12 at Buffalo || ||12/13 vs. Phoenix || |
|12/21 at Pittsburgh || ||12/22 vs. Washington || |
|12/26 vs. Toronto || ||12/27 at Ottawa || |
|1/7 at Edmonton || ||1/8 at Vancouver || |
|1/15 vs. Montreal || ||1/16 at New Jersey || |
|1/21 vs. Carolina || ||1/22 at Carolina || |
|2/20 at Washington || ||2/21 vs. Tampa Bay || |
|3/1 vs. Philadelphia || ||3/2 vs. Florida || |
|3/11 at Tampa Bay || ||3/12 at Florida || |
|3/23 at Philadelphia || ||3/24 vs.Pittsburgh || |
|4/3 vs. NY Rangers || ||4/4 at NY Rangers || |
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As the Islanders embark on their first trip to the Prudential Center, otherwise known as “The Rock,” we decided to take a look at the Islanders’ recent first time trips to new arenas. What we found out is that the Islanders are 6-3-0-1 in their last 10 games played at new venues. Below is a breakdown of the last 10 new arenas that the Islanders appeared in:
RECALLING THE EASTER EPIC PART II
|TEAM ||VENUE ||NYI FIRST GAME ||OUTCOME |
|Phoenix Coyotes ||Jobing.com Arena ||February 13, 2004 ||W, 5-2 |
|Dallas Stars ||American Airlines Center ||November 19, 2001 ||W, 3-2 |
|Minnesota Wild ||Xcel Energy Center ||January 19, 2001 ||L, 2-3 |
|Columbus Blue Jackets ||Nationwide Arena ||March 17, 2001 ||T, 3-3 |
|Carolina Hurricanes ||RBC Center ||November 10, 1999 ||W, 2-0 |
|Los Angeles Kings ||Staples Center ||January 31, 2000 ||L, 2-5 |
|Colorado Avalanche ||Pepsi Center ||November 19, 1999 ||W, 3-2 |
|Atlanta Thrashers ||Phillips Arena ||March 16, 2000 ||W, 4-2 |
|Toronto Maple Leafs ||Air Canada Centre ||November 9, 1998 ||W, 3-1 |
|Florida Panthers ||Sommet Center ||December 28, 1998 ||L, 1-5 |
By Jason Lockhart
With the arrival of the brand new Prudential Center, we decided to take a look back at the Islanders’ last ever game at Continental Airlines Arena, which happened to be one of the greatest Islanders games in the history of the franchise:
Easter Sunday, April 8, 2007 will go down as one of the greatest games in Islanders history. The combination of importance, excitement and tension may never be matched again in a regular season game.
But for one day, all the forces of good (and evil) came raining down on the Islanders as they skated for their playoff lives at the Continental Airlines Arena.
After 81 games of grueling hockey, it was a simple scenario for the Islanders – win and move on or lose and go home. The Islanders earned that right by knocking off three Eastern Conference foes in a row, with Wade Dubielewicz leading the charge, and a little help from their "friends" the Rangers and Maple Leafs, who each defeated Montreal in the Canadiens' final two games.
The stage was set for an apparent no-contest for the Islanders against New Jersey, who had already clinched the Atlantic Division title and secured the second seed in the Eastern Conference. With Scott Clemmensen in goal, the Islanders didn't have to face their nemesis, Martin Brodeur.
Despite the situation, it was a typical game against the Devils, tight-checking and with limited chances. But it was an Islanders tight-checker that sparked the Orange and Blue. Richard Park scored goals in the first and third periods to give the Islanders a not-so-comfortable two-goal lead.
The Devils, however, would not back down, getting a goal from checking line center John Madden with less than five minutes remaining in the third period.
Seconds ticked by slowly as the Islanders look nervously on from the bench and the thousands of Islanders fans in the visiting arena chanted "We want the playoffs."
The Islanders look destined to reach their third postseason in four seasons with only seconds remaining on the clock. Jamie Langenbrunner of the Devils threw one last prayer on the goal with nearly no time left. With Dubie down, Madden chipped the puck over the fallen goaltender and into the goal with less than a second left on the clock.
Impossible – no, improbable!
Not a single Islanders fan watching this game had any nails left after this epic battle, as the team exchanged nerve-racking chances in the overtime. But, no sale. It would end – fittingly – in a shootout.
Miroslav Satan scored, but Zach Parise countered. The Islanders scored again to grab a 2-1 lead with only Sergei Brylin left. He juked to the forehand, and went to the backhand – the same move as Parise – but Dubie saw it coming and whipped out his patented poke-check to win it for the Islanders.
It was a game no Islanders fan – or player – will soon forget.