Islanders hire longtime Trotz assistant Lambert as coach
Islanders Lambert Hockey FILE - New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz, left, and assistant coach Lane Lambert stand on the bench during an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022, in Elmont, N.Y. The New York Islanders have hired longtime Barry Trotz assistant and right-hand man Lane Lambert to succeed him as coach. (AP Photo/Jim McIsaac, File) (Jim McIsaac)The New York Islanders have hired longtime Barry Trotz assistant and right-hand man Lane Lambert to succeed him as coach. Trotz was fired last week after the Islanders missed the playoffs for the first time in his four seasons behind the bench. He has a Stanley Cup ring from the Capitals' title run in 2018, after which Trotz resigned and joined the Islanders.wftv.com
Islanders hire longtime Trotz assistant Lambert as coach
The New York Islanders on Monday hired longtime Barry Trotz assistant and right-hand man Lane Lambert to succeed him as coach. General manager Lou Lamoriello announced Lambert as Trotz's replacement a week after firing the Stanley Cup-winning coach who had one year left on his contract.news.yahoo.com
Islanders fire coach Barry Trotz after missing playoffs
Hurricanes Islanders Hockey New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz looks at the score board after the Carolina Hurricanes scored two empty net goals during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Apr. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray) (Noah K. Murray)The New York Islanders have fired coach Barry Trotz after missing the playoffs in his fourth season with the team. A series of events outside Trotz's control contributed to the Islanders missing the playoffs this year. Trotz joined the Islanders in the summer of 2018 after winning the Stanley Cup earlier that year with the Washington Capitals. Trotz could immediately become a candidate for vacancies in Philadelphia, Detroit and Winnipeg, plus others that open up because of his availability.wftv.com
What it takes for NHL playoff contenders to win Stanley Cup
Lars Eller scored, the Capitals won the series and went on to lift the Stanley Cup. Now with the Colorado Avalanche, he’s well-aware that’s just one part of what it takes for a playoff team to get over the hump and win it all. “It’s so hard to win the Stanley Cup,” Burakovsky said. Ken Daneyko, who won the Cup with New Jersey three times, pointed to a penalty by Sam Bennett that cost the Panthers last year. “You’re going to get punched in the nose.wftv.com
Ovechkin scores 767th goal, passes Jagr for 3rd on NHL list
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez)WASHINGTON — (AP) — Alex Ovechkin has scored his 767th NHL goal, passing Jaromir Jagr for third on the career list. Ovechkin beat fellow Russian Semyon Varlamov for the goal with 4:58 left in the third period of the Washington Capitals’ game against the New York Islanders on Tuesday night. It also broke the tie with Jagr for the most goals scored by a European player in league history. Only Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe have scored more NHL goals. It’s pretty amazing.”At 36, Ovechkin is three goals away from reaching 40 for the 12th time in his NHL career.wftv.com
Confident Lightning, Islanders ready for Game 7 challenge
Lightning Islanders Hockey Fans cheer as Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) reacts after New York Islanders' Anthony Beauvillier scored a goal during the overtime period of Game 6 of an NHL hockey semifinals Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) (Frank Franklin II)TAMPA, Fla. — (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t lost consecutive postseason games in over two years and haven’t faced a winner-take-all challenge since 2018. Neither streak will mean anything when the defending Stanley Cup champions face the New York Islanders in Game 7 of the NHL semifinals on Friday night. You play all year to get to this point,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “I can’t guarantee the result,” the Tampa Bay coach said.wftv.com
Lightning, Islanders envision tight Stanley Cup semifinal
(AP Photo/Gerry Broome) (Gerry Broome)TAMPA, Fla. — (AP) — Experience is an invaluable ally in the Stanley Cup playoffs. There’s little the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning haven’t encountered during deep postseason runs five of the past seven years. The New York Islanders haven’t achieved as much but have progressed enough in three seasons under Barry Trotz to not feel like heavy underdogs in the Stanley Cup semifinals. Mathew Barzal (three goals, six assists) centers the top line with Leo Komarov and Jordan Eberle (three goals, five assists), followed by Brock Nelson (six goals, four assists) centering veteran Josh Bailey (five goals, six assists) and the speedy Anthony Beauvillier (four goals, seven assists). However, New York held the rest of the Bruins to just seven goals.wftv.com
Pastrnak's open-net miss a bad sign for Bruins coach Cassidy
Shoot it!’” Cassidy said on Sunday, a day after the Islanders beat Boston 4-1 in Game 4 to tie their second-round playoff series at two games. “When your best player hits the post on an open net, and it just kind of sits there. “At the end of the day, I don’t know if (the miss) makes a difference in the game or not,” Cassidy said. It didn’t happen.”Game 5 is Monday night in Boston, with Game 6 back at Nassau Coliseum on Wednesday night. “I obviously have bias, but I feel he should be the winner,” the Bruins coach said.wftv.com
Series now even, Islanders aim to keep Crosby, Pens in check
Penguins Islanders Hockey The New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz, left, leaves the ice as his team celebrates after Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Uniondale, N.Y. The magic the three players created, however, has vanished for long stretches during Pittsburgh's first-round series against the New York Islanders. If the Penguins want to regain the edge in the series, one of the most productive lines in hockey needs to start looking like it. The Islanders shut all three players down in the one-sided rout, though Islanders coach Barry Trotz isn't ready to say his team has unlocked the secret to keeping Crosby in particular in check. The teams split a pair of games in Pittsburgh, with New York rookie goaltender Ilya Sorokin getting the victory in the opener.wftv.com
Fast-finishing Penguins open playoffs against Islanders
Islanders Penguins Hockey FILE - In this Saturday, April 3, 2021, file photo, New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz speaks to his players during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The Penguins and Islanders meet in Game 1 of their opening-round series on Sunday. The Islanders swept Pittsburgh in the first round of the playoffs in 2019. Still, the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman knows not all postseason opportunities are equal. Good vibes in Pittsburgh, however, can vanish quickly, particularly when the New York Islanders are involved.wftv.com
Ovechkin scores twice, red-hot Capitals shut out Devils 4-0
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal with the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Friday, March 26, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON – Alex Ovechkin scored twice, Ilya Samsonov made 24 saves and the Washington Capitals rode their best players to a 4-0 victory Friday night and two-game sweep of the New Jersey Devils. Ovechkin has scored 10 times in his past 10 games and has a team-best 17 goals this season. “He’s probably the hottest guy in the league now, but it seems like every shot he takes is dangerous. Thank you, team.”With Ovechkin rolling, the Capitals have won nine of their past 10 games and are back atop the East Division.
Barzal shines as Islanders beat Sabres for 4th straight win
UNIONDALE, N.Y. – Mathew Barzal and Scott Mayfield each had a goal and an assist and the New York Islanders beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 on Saturday for their fourth straight victory. New York beat Buffalo for the fifth straight time this season, outscoring the Islanders 19-7 in those five meetings. Cal Clutterbuck extended the lead at 8:45, sending a wrist shot past Hutton for his second goal this season. AdMayfield made it 4-1 with his second goal of the season at 15:29, firing another high shot past Hutton. IRON MENThe Islanders have three players with consecutive game streaks of last 250 games: Lee 292, Brock Nelson 269 and Barzal 256.
'Sloppy' hockey is the name of the game early in NHL season
San Jose's Erik Karlsson (65) handles the puck against Minnesota Wild's Nick Bjugstad (27) in the third period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in St. Paul, Minn. San Jose won 5-3. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)With an outbreak delaying the Dallas Stars' opener, Rick Bowness got to watch a lot of hockey in the first couple of nights of the NHL season. “It was entertaining hockey, but it was a little sloppy,” Bowness said. “We’re staying in 5-star hotels, get to play hockey, so I can’t complain,” defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic said. Ad___Follow AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SWhyno___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Familiarity breeds respect among NHL East playoff teams
TORONTO, ONT Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper took exception to the Columbus Blue Jackets being referred to as a blue-collar team. Is that a positive or a negative? Cooper said Monday, a day before his Eastern Conference second-seeded Lightning open the first round of the NHL playoffs against the seventh-seeded Blue Jackets. Thats in the history books forever, Cooper said, noting how both teams have made various changes to their lineups. Id call them a really good team.Familiarity is breeding respect among the East opponents entering the first round. The Islanders hold a 5-2 playoff series edge over Washington.
2016 World Cup of Hockey provides lessons for NHL restart
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2016 file photo, Canada's Sidney Crosby hoists the trophy following his team's victory over Europe in the World Cup of Hockey finals, in Toronto. The closest comparison to the NHL's summer restart is the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. You kind of have a short, abbreviated training camp and then youre right into it. It was early September 2016, and the Pittsburgh Penguins captain stepped on the ice in Ottawa for Canadas training camp ahead of the World Cup of Hockey. New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz, who was an assistant when Canada won the World Cup, considers that tournament the closest comparison because he anticipates the same frantic shifts of momentum.
NHL's older coaches debate wearing masks, taking precautions
In this photo provided by the Dallas Stars NHL hockey team, interim head coach Rick Bowness watches practice in Frisco, Texas, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. You get out there and you miss it, the Dallas Stars coach said. You realize how much you enjoy being out there.The NHLs oldest head coach still worries about COVID-19 but not enough to stop doing his job. Im going to have to adjust to it, there is no question. The average age of the 24 head coaches in the playoffs is just under 54, the second-oldest behind the NBA among North Americas four major professional sports leagues.
Illness and injury uncertainty abound as NHL camps open
Voluntary player workouts have been going on for more than a month, but full NHL teams will be together Monday for the first time since March. (Its about) trying to make sure that when you come back your hips and groins are all right, Copp said. Its a two-week sprint from home cities to Toronto for Eastern teams and Edmonton, Alberta, for their Western counterparts. The NHL is prohibiting teams from revealing injury or illness information as a way to project player privacy with the novel coronavirus. But I think everyone is just kind of amped and ready to go.___For more AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports