Apr 4, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save on New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) during a shootout at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Top Shelf : Islanders Daily : 8/31/2013

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What a great time to be a sports fan. With the final day of August upon us, attention turns towards a number of huge events.

The baseball playoffs are heating up and pennant races and wild card spots are up for grabs as the season enters its final month, the National Football League is set to kick off their annual 16 game sprint to the finish line on Thursday evening and National Hockey League training camps will be open for business within the next two weeks.

Yesterday, Madison Square Garden network continued their summer ice series with a look back at game four of the Islanders exciting playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The goal celebration by Casey Cizikas when he slid the puck past a helpless Marc-Andre Fleury is something to be watched over and over again, for its pure joy and excitement that it created for Casey and his linemates on the ice at the time.

Anticipation as well as expectations for this New York Islanders team are at a high with the off-season additions ready to come in to make the team an absolute nightmare to face over the course of an 82 game season. The ice at the Coliseum has been laid down and is ready to go as players make their way back to Long Island from their summer destination of choice.

Let’s take a quick glance around the NHL from yesterday and get you all caught up.

  • The incomparable Teemu Selanne has agreed to rejoin the Anaheim Ducks for one more season. A hall of fame spot is waiting at the end of his illustrious career.
  • Nazem Kadri has said he will no longer talk about his contract negotiations until a new deal is signed.
  • Daniel Alfredsson skated with his new Red Wings teammates for the first time yesterday and Ottawa coach Paul MacLean, when asked, said it is time to move on from the drama that unfolded over the off-season.

Lastly, for some good old Islanders-Rangers fun as we head into camp, head on over to Bluelinestation.com, our sister site here on the Fansided network and vote ‘Islanders’ in their latest poll. Hee Hee

-Andy (@tazman19)


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  •  Isles fans caught notice of the team buying into not only Jack Capuano’s philosophy but the effort that is needed to succeed in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Looking forward to seeing that carry over to the regular season of 2013-14.
  • Nabokov, along with stellar team defense, got the Islanders to this point Billy, you are correct. He just tired under the enormous weight of games played and facing a high powered offense like the Penguins in the first round. You all remember what that same Pittsburgh offense did to Craig Anderson the following series, right?
  •  Your future assistant captain and heart and soul of the bottom two lines are in for increased roles this season.
  •  John…..why you look so angry? LOL
  •  Don’t get it twisted. Dan is as Islanders as it comes but that is a sharp looking piece of apparel right there. Now, if he would have bought something Devils or Rangers related, we would have forced him to punch himself in the face. :)
  •  I could not help myself last night either wondering what the zebras were looking at in the series. Especially after being refreshed about Colin McDonald getting his head pounded into the ice and Morrow and Cooke combining to interfere with Matt Martin. 


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  • joepro2112

    Cizikas’ face-pounding in mere feet from O’Halloran, and with him watching it take place and knowingly choosing to do nothing, was, still is, and will always be considered a total disgrace. A lot of respect for O’Halloran was lost on that one. Regardless of knowing that refs “put the whistles away” at certain times during the playoffs, that should not somehow be equated by anyone to be sufficient reason to allow such blatant unsportsmanlike conduct to occur. The fact that this was chosen to be allowed, along with overlooked, non-calls, as well as the double standard BS that goes on, and the lack of accountability on the refs part as condoned by the league is a pathetic an utter sham.
    And the fact that the league erroneously chooses to think that there is nothing wrong with even acknowledging this, no less God forbid addressing this legitimate issue, is quite frankly effectively a slap in the face to not only the players, but to the fans that the league counts on to exist.
    And yet Bettman and Co. chooses to carry on, business as usual, as if they somehow wrongfully think that there is nothing wrong with this. when on the contrary, in fact it was and still is a problem which has not been addressed adequately as it should be. Talk about ethically challenged.
    I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but why is it that it just seems like the sports media does not make it a point to highlight and focus on this to keep this in the forefront of discussion, and to keep pressing the league about this? Why wasn’t this mentioned as a topic for discussion at the most recent GM meetings, as if it is somehow a given that this is considered standard operation? If in fact GMs don’t even consider this to even be an issue that needs to be discussed, then why? – Why would leaving the way that things are regarding the lack of ref accountability seem to somehow be considered as appropriate, when it’s actually not appropriate?
    This will always remain a valid issue until and unless this gets the attention it deserves, and addresses and resolved as it should.

  • Andy Graziano

    The officiating certainly has taken a nose dive in recent years, with last year being the worst I can remember in a long time. I have done a couple of posts on it but agree that the mainstream guys, ex TSN, etc have chosen to ignore it up to this point.