Lou Lamoriello moved quickly to shake up the New York Islanders by firing coach Doug Weight and general manager Garth Snow and naming himself the team's new GM just two weeks after taking over as president of hockey operations.
NEW YORK (AP) — Lou Lamoriello is taking over the New York Islanders.
All the questions belong to him now.
The Islanders announced the hiring of Lamoriello on Tuesday as president of hockey operations, giving the longtime NHL executive the keys to a franchise that has missed the playoffs eight times in the past 12 years with Garth Snow as general manager.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mathew Barzal responded less than 30 seconds after Philadelphia came back from three goals down in the third period to tie the score, and the New York Islanders got a big win over the playoff-chasing Flyers.
Barzal had two goals and an assist, scoring the tiebreaking goal with 6½ minutes remaining, to lead the Islanders to a 5-4 win Tuesday night as Philadelphia squandered a chance to move closer to clinching a playoff spot.
Greiss stops 45 shots, Islanders beat Hurricanes 3-0
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — After allowing 19 goals in his previous four games, Thomas Greiss finally had the breakthrough night he and the New York Islanders were looking for.
Greiss stopped 45 shots for his first shutout of the season, and the Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-0 on Friday night.
"He was great," Islanders coach Doug Weight said. "He was confident. He came in and did a job. He made the saves he had to."
Eberle, Nelson rally Islanders past Blue Jackets, 4-3
NEW YORK (AP) — Jaroslav Halak came up big in the first period, keeping the New York Islanders close until they rallied in the third period for a needed win.
Halak made 25 of his 46 saves in the opening period, then saw Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson score in the third to help the Islanders beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 Saturday night.
"It's a big win. Those are two points we really need," said Halak, who improved to 16-15-3 on the season. "It's really huge for the team."
Johnston nets 1st career goal, Isles top Golden Knights 2-1
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The New York Islanders joined the Edmonton Oilers as the only teams in the NHL to defeat the surprising Vegas Golden Knights twice this season.
Ross Johnston scored the first goal of his NHL career, helping New York complete a season sweep by defeating the Golden Knights 2-1 on Thursday night.
Pulock helps Islanders rout slumping Blackhawks 7-3
CHICAGO (AP) — The New York Islanders played like a desperate team looking to move up the standings in one of the NHL's most competitive divisions.
Facing a similar situation, the Chicago Blackhawks turned in one of their worst games of the season.
Rookie defenseman Ryan Pulock had a goal and a career-high four assists, Anthony Beauvillier scored two power-play goals and the Islanders beat the slumping Blackhawks 7-3 on Saturday night.
Barzal powers Islanders past Jets 5-2
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders picked up a sorely needed win in their last game before the NHL's Christmas break.
Mathew Barzal led the way.
Barzal scored three times and Jaroslav Halak made 38 saves, helping the Islanders beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Saturday.
It was the first career hat trick for the 20-year-old Barzal, who has 12 goals and 23 assists in his rookie season. Jordan Eberle assisted on each of Barzal's goals, and Andrew Ladd helped on two of them.
Halak, Islanders end skid with win over Caps
NEW YORK (AP) — Jaroslav Halak made 31 saves after getting a vote of confidence from his coach, and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Monday night to snap a three-game winless streak.
Brock Nelson, Andrew Ladd and John Tavares scored goals for the Islanders, who built a 3-0 lead early in the second period and ended Washington's four-game winning streak.
Islanders snap winless streak as Halak shuts down Caps
NEW YORK (AP) — Hours after getting a vote of confidence from his coach, Jaroslav Halak came through with one of his best games of the season.
Halak made 31 saves, and the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 3-1 on Monday night to snap a three-game winless streak.
Isles rout Canucks 5-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Coach Doug Weight knows his New York Islanders have shown they are a good team through the first part of the season.
He still sees room for improvement.
"We can get better," Doug Weight said after the New York Islanders' 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night.
Lee scores 2 goals, Islanders beat Lightning 5-3
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Islanders coach Doug Weight had a simple message after a big lead was slipping away: Stay calm.
Anders Lee scored twice and the Islanders held on after nearly blowing a four-goal lead, beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 Saturday night.
Boychuk’s go-ahead goal helps Islanders beat Hurricanes 6-4
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders scored six goals again. They had a dominant third period to pull out another win and remained one of two NHL teams without a regulation loss at home.
Still, coach Doug Weight found plenty of things he didn't like.
Johnny Boychuk scored the tiebreaking goal on a slap shot with 4:25 remaining and the Islanders rallied to beat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4 Thursday night.
Tavares’ tiebreaker finishes hat trick, Isles top Coyotes
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders invariably look to their captain John Tavares for a boost and he delivered with a timely hat trick against the struggling Arizona Coyotes.
Tavares completed his three-goal night with a tiebreaking score in the third period, lifting the Islanders over the winless Arizona Coyotes 5-3 on Tuesday night.
The Islanders won their third straight and improved to 5-3-1. Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for New York.
Greiss stops 40 shots, Islanders beat Sharks 4-3
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Thomas Greiss guided the New York Islanders on a night when they played it a little bit too safe.
Greiss stopped 40 shots, Brock Nelson scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period and the New York Islanders rallied to beat the slumping San Jose Sharks 3-1 on Saturday.
The Islanders improved to 1-1 on their three-game, five-day West Coast trip. The Sharks are 1-3 on their season-opening five-game homestand.
Tavares, Islanders hope for strong start, return to playoffs
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
LAST SEASON: 41-29-12, 94 points. Fifth in Metropolitan Division.
COACH: Doug Weight (second season, second NHL season).
ADDED: F Jordan Eberle.
LOST: F Ryan Strome, D Travis Hamonic, G Jean-Francois Berube.
Islanders look to get off to better start under Weight
NEW YORK (AP) — After missing the playoffs by a point last season, the New York Islanders will be looking to get off to a better start as they begin their first full season under Doug Weight.
"Definitely want to get off on the right foot," captain John Tavares said. "We know we didn't last year."
First-timers, familiar faces hop on NHL’s coaching carousel
When the Boston Bruins fired Claude Julien in February, Joel Quenneville took over as the longest-serving NHL head coach.
Hired in October 2008, Quenneville enters his 10th season with the Chicago Blackhawks amid a continuously rotating cast of coaching peers. Seven teams hired new coaches this offseason, including the first head coach in the history of the league's 31st franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights.
Islanders ready for hard training camp aimed at strong start
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders got off to a slow start last season and, despite a strong second half that followed a midyear coaching change, finished a point out of a playoff spot.
Now, Doug Weight has promised a hard camp as he heads into his first full season at the helm, hoping that will help the team get off to a better start.
Isles hire Kelly Buchberger as assistant coach
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders have hired Kelly Buchberger to be an assistant under coach Doug Weight.
The Islanders announced the hire Tuesday. Buchberger served as vice president of player development for the Edmonton Oilers last season, after spending the previous two as the club's manager of player personnel. He spent six seasons (2008-2014) as an assistant coach with the Oilers.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders have added Scott Gomez to their coaching staff.
Islanders coach Doug Weight announced Tuesday that Gomez will begin his coaching career this season.
Gomez retired after the 2015-16 season, ending a 16-year NHL career that saw him win the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1999-00 as the league's top rookie, and two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils (2000, 2003).
First time in 89 years U.S.-born coaches will face off in Stanley Cup Final
Hockey history will be made for American coaches in the Stanley Cup Final.
The Cup has been handed out 89 times to the champion of the NHL since 1927. For the first time, two American coaches will face off in the final when the Nashville Predators' Peter Laviolette goes up against the Pittsburgh Penguins' Mike Sullivan.
It is just the seventh time the Cup will be won by a U.S.-born coach.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders have hired Luke Richardson as an assistant coach on Doug Weight's staff.
The team announced the hire on Thursday and confirmed that assistant Bob Corkum won't be back.
The 48-year-old Richardson returns to the NHL after being head coach of the AHL's Binghamton Senators for four seasons and leading Canada to a Spengler Cup championship last year. The former defenseman was an assistant for the Ottawa Senators from 2009-2012.
Weight loses interim status, becomes coach of Islanders
NEW YORK (AP) — Doug Weight said he hadn't thought about whether he wanted to return as coach of the New York Islanders while the season was winding down, but hoped to make a quick decision.
It took him just two days.
The Islanders announced Wednesday that Weight, promoted from assistant coach to interim head coach in January, was a permanent hire.
Lee scores 2 in Islanders’ 4-2 win over Sabres
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Anders Lee and the New York Islanders refused to pack in their late-season playoff push minus captain John Tavares.
Lee capitalized on a pair of turnovers to score third-period goals a little more than five minutes apart to keep the Islanders in the playoff hunt with a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders will have to continue their late-season playoff push without captain and leading scorer John Tavares.
Tavares hurt his left hamstring in a 2-1 win against New Jersey on Friday, and coach Doug Weight says there's no expectation he can return before the Islanders close their season against Ottawa on April 9. Weight provided the update before New York's game at Buffalo on Sunday.
NEW YORK (AP) — John Tortorella and Doug Weight were only a few feet away from each other.
The mental and emotional distance separating the coaches was another matter following a 3-2 victory by Columbus over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Cam Atkinson delivered the winner for the Blue Jackets 1:19 into overtime.
"I'm very happy with the way we played," Tortorella said. "I'm happy to win a close checking one-goal game."
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The New York Islanders were in danger of losing what their interim coach called a must-win game — until they came up with two rapid-fire goals, then set up their captain for the winner.
John Tavares scored 34 seconds into overtime, and the Islanders beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Ladd scores in OT and Islanders top Canucks 4-3
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The New York Islanders felt a lot better when it was over.
It looked bad for a while.
Andrew Ladd scored at 1:33 of overtime, and the Islanders beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Thursday night.
New York was thoroughly outplayed for much of the game, but still had a 3-2 lead late in the third. Then Troy Stecher scored for Vancouver with 19.3 seconds left.
Islanders open 9-game road trip with 3-1 win over Red Wings
DETROIT (AP) — The New York Islanders need to turn around their lackluster rate of success on the road to rally into the NHL playoffs. At the start of a nine-game road trip, they skated in the right direction.
Calvin de Haan was credited with a go-ahead goal that caromed off an opponent late in the second period and the Islanders went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 Tuesday night.
Strome has 2 goals and assist as Islanders beat Devils 6-4
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Strome helped the New York Islanders quickly bounce back from a disappointing loss at New Jersey the previous night to get a big home win against the Devils.
Strome had two goals and an assist to lead the Islanders to a 6-4 victory over the Devils on Sunday night in a chippy game that featured hard hits and a lot of pushing and shoving after whistles.
Red Wings beat Islanders 5-4 on DeKeyser’s late goal
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings desperately needed a break — and got one late against the New York Islanders.
Danny DeKeyser scored with 27.9 remaining in regulation, lifting Detroit to a 5-4 win Friday night.
His shot from the left side of the left circle caromed off two Islanders defensemen, Nick Leddy and Thomas Hickey, and into the net.
"That's about as lucky as you can get," DeKeyser acknowledged. "Scoring a goal off two guys from the other team is a first for me."
Ladd scores twice, Islanders beat Canadiens 3-1
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders had a strong effort from start to finish and head into the All-Star break playing their best hockey of the season.
Andrew Ladd scored twice to lead the Islanders to a 3-1 victory over Montreal on Thursday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Canadiens. Josh Bailey also had a goal and Thomas Greiss stopped 21 shots as New York improved to 5-0-1 in its last six.
Islanders chase Bobrovsky, beat struggling Blue Jackets 4-2
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders are pushing their way up from the basement under their new interim coach.
For the Columbus Blue Jackets, it might be best to avoid the boss for a bit.
Nikolay Kulemin scored a goal and helped create another, and the Islanders chased All-Star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky in a 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.
The Islanders are 3-0-1 under interim coach Doug Weight a week after Jack Capuano was fired, ending his 6 1/2-season tenure.
Tavares, Greiss give Weight win in Islanders debut
NEW YORK (AP) — Getting a new coach this week didn't change things much for the Islanders — and oddly enough, that's a good thing for New York.
John Tavares narrowly missed out on his second hat trick in a week, Thomas Greiss got his second straight shutout and the Islanders beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Thursday night in their first game since firing longtime coach Jack Capuano.
New York canned Capuano in the middle of his seventh season Tuesday, replacing him on an interim basis with Doug Weight.
Weight preaching simple focus for struggling Islanders
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — Doug Weight knows it won't be easy for the New York Islanders to get back in the playoff race, but the interim coach is preaching a simple approach in taking it one game at a time with half the season remaining.
Islanders fire coach Jack Capuano in his seventh season
Stuck in last place in the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders fired coach Jack Capuano on Tuesday, ending one of the longest tenures in the NHL.
General manager Garth Snow named assistant GM/coach Doug Weight as Capuano's interim replacement in the hopes that a new voice could provide a spark for his struggling team. The Islanders are 17-17-8 and their 42 points are the fewest in the East, leading to Snow making the move for the short and long term.