McDavid leads 3 Stars of the Week

NEW YORK Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavidFlorida Panthers center Alexander Barkov and New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending April 3. FIRST STAR – CONNOR McDAVID, C, EDMONTON OILERS McDavid shared the League lead with 5-3-8 in four games, highlighted by reaching the 100-point milestone … Read more

Rangers put embarrassing islanders loss behind them

The Rangers haven’t experienced too many games this season that merited the excrement-based descriptions used by head coach Gerard Gallant and star winger Artemi Panarin following Friday’s ugly 3-0 loss to the Islanders. The day-after message also was apropos, with the Rangers addressing and vowing to flush that nonperformance, while looking only forward to Sunday’s … Read more

Rangers a complete no-show in humbling loss to Islanders

The standings were a liar, the Rangers were imposters and the pages of the calendar seemed to have flipped backward about 365 days. Friday night represented a flashback to the Nightmare of 2020-21 in which the Islanders were the Blueshirts’ daddies. It didn’t matter that the narrative had been reversed the first five-plus months of … Read more

Anders Lee, Chris Kreider showdown highlight of Islanders-Rangers matchup

Jeff Jackson looks for what he calls “competitive character” in players he recruits to Notre Dame, and more than a decade after he recruited Anders Lee, he still says the Islanders winger exemplifies that. Lee stands a large 6-foot-3. He takes up space when he walks into a room and, more importantly, when he’s on … Read more

NHL playoff watch standings update

8:00 AM ET Tim Close Tim Kavanagh is a senior NHL editor for ESPN. He’s a native of upstate New York. Following a wild, 10-game slate on Saturday, the NHL schedule-makers provide another eight matchups for us on Sunday. Leading the way are a pair of intradivisional clash: the Colorado Avalanche visit the Minnesota … Read more

Why Marquee NHL trade deadline deals becoming rarer

Here is the question: If the Islanders had been able to knock off the Lightning under the Edmonton bubble in the 2020 Stanley Cup semis, would just about everyone in the league have spent the last two trade deadlines looking to acquire third-liners? And would Blake Coleman and Barclay Goodrow have become the latter-day equivalents … Read more

Islanders beat Senators, prove Lou Lamoriello right so far

The Islanders have five weeks to start proving general manager Lou Lamoriello right for standing pat at Monday’s trade deadline. They’re 1-for-1. The Isles started off what will be a long last leg of a season in which the games will hold meaning for few outside their own room with a 3-0 win over the … Read more

Islanders’ Lou Lamoriello calls out disappointing forwards

Lou Lamoriello made clear on Monday that he still believes the Islanders can win with their team as currently constructed. But he did put his forward group on notice. “That’s where we’ve certainly underproduced this year, to this point, in fact, I would say disappointed with what has transpired there,” the Islanders GM said on … Read more

Islanders give Clutterbuck, Parise extensions at NHL trade deadline

The last few days had felt something like the end for Cal Clutterbuck on Long Island and with it, perhaps the end of an era. Every press conference featured an answer on what the 34-year old meant to the group. Everything he did on the ice carried the weight of the impending trade deadline. When … Read more