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5 things to know about New York Islanders

Posted in Trending Topics on 27th April 2016

5 things to know about New York Islanders

1. Coach Jack Capuano has his coaching start in Florida. The former NHL defenseman buggy early in 1995 as assistant to the now defunct Tallahassee Tiger Sharks of the East Coast Hockey League. Capuano eventually moved to the head coaching job in the ECHL and AHL affiliate than the Islanders, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He interim coach of New York in November 2010 and the full-time head coach the following spring.

2. New York knows how to win. Three of the Islanders’ four playoff victory came overtime, including double overtime Sunday 2-1, clinch series victory. Center John Tavares tied the score with 54 seconds left, then it is in the second extra session to New York back-to-back victories give double overtime. Speaking of Tavares …

3. Tavares is one of the top players leagues. The islanders captain and former No. 1 overall pick se five playoff goals firmly put to the postseason lead with Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov and San Jose’s Joe Pavelski. His nine points rank second, and he has 18 points in the last 10 games. The 25-year-old is a two-time All-Star, and he has more regular-season overtime goals if everyone in franchise history.

4. The islanders are in rare territory (at least recently). New York 4-2 series oorwinning over the Panthers was the first time the franchise has advanced past the first round since 1993, broke a streak of seven consecutive one-and-done post seasons. Deeper, and the islanders have a history of success, too. They have the playoffs in 14 consecutive seasons 1975-88 and has four consecutive Stanley tournaments (1980-1983). This is the third playoff New York appeared in the last four seasons.

5. The name team encountered a little more appropriate last year. When the franchise was founded in 1971, it played its matches in Uniondale, a suburb village on Long Island. Uniondale Nassau Coliseum was the home team until the season, when the club moved to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Despite a number of Internet snark about renaming the team the Brooklyn Hip pants, the franchise retains its original name and logo “in support of the glorious history of the team,” as the club that announced the move.