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."
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.
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, Nelson help Islanders beat Senators 4-2 in finale
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after missing out on the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the New York Islanders closed their season playing their best.
Anders Lee and Brock Nelson scored in the second period and the Islanders beat the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Sunday for their season-high sixth straight win. Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera also scored and Nelson had an assist for New York, which was eliminated from playoff contention Saturday night.
‘Crazy’ NHL season of coach firings continues with Julien
It's coach firing season in the NHL. Well, actually, that's every season.
Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins became the fourth coach fired this season on Tuesday and the second in the past week after the St. Louis Blues canned fellow veteran Ken Hitchcock. The New York Islanders fired Jack Capuano last month and the Florida Panthers cut ties in November with Gerard Gallant, who was left outside a visiting arena waiting for a cab.
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.
The New York Islanders announced Tuesday that they have fired coach Jack Capuano, a little over six years since they brought him up from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The Islanders are 17-17-8 one game past the midpoint of their season after a summer that saw three mainstays and former Sound Tigers — Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin — leave as free agents.
Greiss makes 32 saves; Islanders blank Bruins 4-0
BOSTON (AP) — Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss definitely wanted to be back in net after a poor game.
Playing in Boston again certainly added to his excitement.
Greiss stopped 32 shots for his first shutout of the season — and the first by an Islanders' goalie in a game in Boston — to lead New York past the Bruins 4-0 on Monday.
Tavares gets hat trick, leads Islanders over Panthers 5-2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jack Capuano called his team out — and the New York Islanders responded.
John Tavares scored three goals for his sixth career hat trick and the Islanders snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Florida Panthers on Friday night.
Capuano wasn't happy after Wednesday's 2-1 loss at home to the Panthers and promised some changes if the team didn't play better.
BRIDGEPORT — He took a moment before he said what he wanted to say, which was that he didn’t want to say anything. If Jaroslav Halak had anything to get off his chest about his return to the AHL after nine years in the NHL, his first day on the ice with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers wasn’t going to be the time.
“I’m not going to comment on anything like that,” Halak said. “I’m here now. I’m going to try to do my best and see how it goes.”
Strome helps Islanders beat Sabres 5-1
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders are hoping their sharp effort against the Buffalo Sabres is a sign of things to come after a so-so start to the season.
Ryan Strome had a goal and an assist, Thomas Greiss made 28 saves and the Islanders beat the Sabres 5-1 on Friday night.
Leddy ends 14-round shootout, Islanders beat Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Goaltender Thomas Greiss has been trying to keep the same approach while the New York Islanders have struggled this season.
He had to stick with it a little longer Tuesday night.
Nick Leddy scored the winner in a marathon 14-round shootout, lifting the Islanders over the Anaheim Ducks 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Islanders struggling to score during rough start to season
NEW YORK (AP) — Coming off two 100-point seasons and their best playoff run in 23 years, the New York began this season with high hopes. Things haven't been working out so well.
Sixteen games into the season — about one-fifth of the way through — the Islanders are having trouble scoring goals and the losses are piling up.
Bailey’s OT goal lifts Islanders past Ducks 3-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Islanders coach Jack Capuano thought Josh Bailey could give New York a spark, and Bailey delivered for the team's first win of the season.
Bailey scored 54 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in their home opener Sunday night.
Capuano bumped Bailey to the top line with captain John Tavares and Andrew Ladd during regulation. In the 3-on-3 extra period, Bailey skated with Nick Leddy and Cal Clutterbuck.
New York Islanders Preview Capsule
NEW YORK ISLANDERS
LAST SEASON: 45-27-10, 100 points. Fourth in Metropolitan Division. Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in Eastern Conference semifinals.
COACH: Jack Capuano (seventh season, seventh NHL season).
ADDED: LW Andrew Ladd, LW Jason Chimera, RW P.A. Parenteau, D Dennis Seidenberg..
LOST: C Frans Nielsen, RW Kyle Okposo, LW Matt Martin, D Marek Zidlicky.