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islanders snap winless streak as halak shuts down caps


new york — 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.it was the second time this season that halak held an opponent to a single goal and the third time new york has allowed one goal as a team. halak's strong performance came after coach doug weight sternly defended his goaltenders following the team's skate monday morning. new york was 1-3-1 over its last five games."i felt good out there," halak said. "obviously it would be nicer to get a shutout, but i think a win is a win. two points at home and it was really a good game by pretty much everybody on the ice. everybody had a






islanders win fifth in a row, but maple leafs snap up final playoff berth


newark — jaroslav halak and the islanders did their part, winning a fifth straight game to put pressure on the maple leafs in the final weekend of the regular season.but toronto rallied to beat the penguins a little more than an hour after the islanders grabbed a 4-2 win over the devils here saturday night and that ended the isles’ furious finish. the leafs grabbed the final eastern conference playoff berth and the islanders will miss out after back-to-back playoff appearances the previous two years.latest islanders storieshalak made 37 saves in another terrific outing, this one more crucial than any of the four that preceded it as his teammates slogged through what coach doug weight called “one of the worst first periods we’ve had in a long time.”the devils, the east’s basement dwellers,






islanders eliminated from playoff hunt despite win


newark, n.j. — the new york islanders have been eliminated from playoff contention despite running their winning streak to five games.roughly an hour after beating the new jersey devils 4-2 on saturday night, the islanders' playoff hopes were dashed when the toronto maple leafs clinched the final playoff spot in the eastern conference by rallying for a 5-3 win over the pittsburgh penguins.the islanders had kept their faint hopes alive by getting 37 saves from jaroslav halak and two goals from anders lee.toronto had come into the day needing a win to secure the final berth and it nailed it down with three goals in the final 5½ minutes, eliminating both the islanders and the tampa bay lightning.adam pelech and jason chimera also scored for the islanders, who put their final run together with






islanders win fifth in a row, but maple leafs snap up final playoff berth


newark — jaroslav halak and the islanders did their part, winning a fifth straight game to put pressure on the maple leafs in the final weekend of the regular season.but a little more than an hour after the islanders grabbed a 4-2 win over the devils on saturday night, toronto rallied to beat the penguins, and that ended the isles’ furious finish. the maple leafs grabbed the final eastern conference playoff berth and the islanders will miss out after reaching the playoffs the previous two seasons.latest islanders storieshalak made 37 saves in another terrific outing, this one more crucial than any of the four that preceded it as his teammates slogged through what coach doug weight called “one of the worst first periods we’ve had in a long time.”the devils, the eastern conference’s basement






halak preserves islanders' playoff hopes, beats canes 3-0


raleigh, n.c. — the new york islanders' last four games have been must-wins — and jaroslav halak has won them all.halak stopped 29 shots in his second shutout of the season, and the fast-starting islanders beat the carolina hurricanes 3-0 on thursday night.brock nelson and scott mayfield scored early goals 3 minutes, 12 seconds apart, and andrew ladd added a power-play goal to help the islanders earn their fourth straight victory and preserve their long-shot playoff hopes for a little while longer."obviously, we're in a tough situation where we have to rely on other things to happen outside of our games, but we're a resilient group and we've fought out of a lot of stuff this year, and we're not going to go down easy," left winger anders lee said. "we're going to give it our all and make su






eller scores twice, adds assist as caps beat isles 4-3


washington — lars eller scored two goals, including the winner, and had an assist to help the washington capitals beat the new york islanders 4-3 on thursday night.eller was arguably the best player on the ice, drawing two penalties and committing one as part of an eventful outing. the danish center's play helped washington escape despite being outshot 38-19 and 16-2 in the third period.braden holtby made 35 saves, including many in the third while the islanders were pouring it on. taylor chorney and alex chiasson each scored his first goal of the season for the capitals.new york's anders lee scored twice and john tavares got his 12th goal of the season, one behind tampa bay's nikita kucherov for the nhl lead. jaroslav halak made 15 saves.eller looked as if he was feeling it from his first






islanders beat devils 4-2 to stay alive in playoff hunt


newark, n.j. — jaroslav halak made 37 saves, anders lee scored twice and the new york islanders kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-2 victory over the new jersey devils on saturday.adam pelech and jason chimera also scored as the islanders won their fifth straight game — all with halak in goal. he is 6-1-0 since being recalled from bridgeport of the ahl on march 23.whether new york gets to the playoffs will be determined by the toronto maple leafs. if the maple leafs win either of their final two games — home against pittsburgh on saturday night and home vs. columbus on sunday night — they get the final playoff spot in the eastern conference and eliminate the islanders and tampa bay lightning.the regular season ends on sunday.beau bennett scored twice for the devils, who have three win






nikolic, fire beat sounders 4-1 to snap winless streak


bridgeview, ill. (ap) – nemanja nikolic scored two goals and the chicago fire beat the seattle sounders 4-1 on saturday night to snap a three-game winless streak.nikolic has eight goals this season, tied with houston’s erick torres for most in mls.david accam’s goal in the 60th minute put chicago (3-3-3) in the lead for good. bastian schweinsteiger tapped it to michael de leeuw, on the right side of the box, whose entry was trapped by accam just outside the 6-yard box and fired into the back of the net to make it 2-1.nikolic converted from the spot in the 25th minute to open the scoring but, moments later, seattle’s clint dempsey blasted a left footer – from outside the box – into the top-right corner of the net to tie it.luis solignac added a goal in the 73rd and nikolic scored his second






nikolic, fire beat sounders 4-1 to snap winless streak


bridgeview, ill. — nemanja nikolic scored two goals and the chicago fire beat the seattle sounders 4-1 on saturday night to snap a three-game winless streak.nikolic has eight goals this season, tied with houston's erick torres for most in mls.david accam's goal in the 60th minute put chicago (3-3-3) in the lead for good. bastian schweinsteiger tapped it to michael de leeuw, on the right side of the box, whose entry was trapped by accam just outside the 6-yard box and fired into the back of the net to make it 2-1.nikolic converted from the spot in the 25th minute to open the scoring but, moments later, seattle's clint dempsey blasted a left footer — from outside the box — into the top-right corner of the net to tie it.luis solignac added a goal in the 73rd and nikolic scored his second in t






lee, beauvillier lead islanders to 2-1 win over devils


new york — anders lee and anthony beauvillier scored to help the new york islanders preserve their slim playoff chances with a 2-1 victory over the new jersey devils on friday night.jaroslav halak stopped 26 shots as the islanders pulled four points behind boston for the second wild card in the eastern conference. new york won at home for the first time since beating the devils here on feb. 19, going 0-4-1 at barclays center in between.halak has won both starts since being called up from ahl bridgeport on march 23, going 2-0 with a 2.05 goals-against average and .932 save-percentage in three appearances.the islanders might have suffered a big injury as captain john tavares left the game late in the third period. tavares fell awkwardly with 3:14 left while chasing a puck behind the devils n






devils beat flyers 6-2 to snap 10-game winless streak


newark, n.j. — adam henrique and taylor hall scored two goals apiece and the new jersey devils snapped a 10-game winless streak with a 6-2 victory over the philadelphia flyers on thursday night.kyle palmieri and joseph blandisi also scored as new jersey set a season-high for goals and ended an 0-8-2 streak, its longest without a win since going (0-7-4) in 1990-91.keith kinkaid made 17 saves for the devils, who lost seven one-goal games during their skid.michael del zotto and brayden schenn scored the flyers, who lost goaltender steve mason to an undisclosed injury on hall's first goal early in the third period, a spectacular one-handed shot on a breakaway that gave the devils a 4-2 lead.






deportivo beats sporting 1-0, escapes relegation zone


madrid — deportivo la coruna defeated sporting gijon 1-0 in a game between relegation-threatened teams in the spanish league on sunday.pedro mosquera scored the winner with a header just before halftime, helping deportivo snap an eight-game winless streak and open a four-point gap to the first team in the relegation zone, granada.sporting, winless in four games, dropped to second-to-last in the standings, two points behind granada.it was the first win for new deportivo coach pepe mel, who had made his debut in the team's 1-1 home draw against atletico madrid last week.atletico hosts valencia later sunday looking to halt a two-game winless streak and regain fourth place.two-time defending champion barcelona has a one-point lead over real madrid. both teams won on saturday.






lee scores 2 in islanders' 4-2 win over sabres


buffalo, n.y. — anders lee scored third-period goals a little more than five minutes apart, and the new york islanders overcame the absence of captain john tavares to stay in the playoff hunt with a 4-2 win over the buffalo sabres on sunday.cal clutterbuck and joshua ho-sang also scored and jaroslav halak stopped 35 shots to improve to 3-1 since being recalled from the minors.with four games left, new york earned its 86th point to inch within five of ottawa and toronto, and remain six behind boston in the race for the eastern conference's final three playoff berths.it was the islanders' first game since tavares was sidelined by a left hamstring injury in a 2-1 win over new jersey on friday.






islanders beat preds 2-1 in ot to preserve playoff hopes


nashville, tenn. — thomas hickey scored 1:25 into overtime, and the new york islanders beat the nashville predators 2-1 tuesday night to preserve their thin playoff hopes for at least another game.brock nelson also scored for the islanders, and goalie jaroslav halak made 22 saves as they won their third straight in chasing the eastern conference's second wild card.the islanders came in with captain john tavares missing his second straight game with a lower-body injury. they outshot nashville 32-23 to ruin the predators' regular season home finale.mike fisher scored a goal for nashville, which lost four of its last five.with the win, the islanders moved within five points of toronto for the second wild card after both boston and ottawa won earlier tuesday night to move up the atlantic divis






nash, khudobin help bruins snap 4-game skid, beat islanders


new york — riley nash scored twice and backup goalie anton khudobin made 18 saves as the boston bruins beat the new york islanders 2-1 saturday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.nash broke a 1-1 tie with his second goal of the contest at 4:12 of the third period, beating islanders goalie thomas greiss from the slot for his seventh goal of the season. dominic moore assisted on the decisive goal, which lifted boston two points ahead of the islanders for the second wild card in the eastern conference.john tavares scored for new york and greiss finished with 16 saves.tavares had a golden chance to knot the score with just over six minutes left in the third period but rang the puck off the crossbar with the islanders on their sixth power play of the game.






ducks have a breakthrough with a first-period goal, then hang on


they needed four games, but the ducks finally were the first ones on the board.and it only took 37 seconds this time after andrew cogliano collected a josh manson rebound and shot it past jaroslav halak.it still wasn’t the start ducks coach randy carlyle was hoping for after the new york islanders outshot the ducks 21-6 in the opening period.but john gibson kept his team in the game with 20 saves in the first period (39 overall), and the ducks defeated the islanders 3-2 wednesday in front of 14,553 at honda center.the ducks welcomed back patrick eaves, who made his season debut after sitting out the preseason because of a lower-body injury. the winger’s return meant the ducks finally had their top line intact, with ryan getzlaf centering eaves on the left and corey perry on the right.eaves






ovechkin shines as caps snap elliott's streak, beat flames


t.j. oshie is leading the washington capitals in goals, but alex ovechkin is again leading them into the playoffs.






islanders beat preds 2-1 in ot to preserve playoff hopes


nashville, tenn. — the new york islanders still are scrapping and fighting for every point possible to preserve their very slim playoff hopes for another game.nashville already has its postseason berth, and the islanders took advantage of the predators being just a bit more relaxed.thomas hickey scored 1:25 into overtime, and the islanders beat nashville 2-1 tuesday night to stay in the race for the eastern conference's second wild card."there was no way we could afford to give away any points," hickey said. "there was no scoreboard watching and we'll reevaluate, but if we got two then i know we're alive."brock nelson also scored for the islanders, and goalie jaroslav halak made 22 saves as they won their third straight."a big goal by hickey there to keep this thing rolling," nelson said.t






lee, beauvillier lead islanders to 2-1 win over devils


new york — anders lee got the islanders off to a fast start with a big power-play goal early, and they held on for a needed win.anthony beauvillier also scored to help new york preserve its slim playoff chances with a 2-1 victory over the new jersey devils on friday night. jaroslav halak stopped 26 shots as the islanders pulled four points behind boston for the second wild card in the eastern conference.the islanders, coming off a 6-3 loss at philadelphia the previous night, won at home for the first time since beating the devils here on feb. 19 — going 0-4-1 at barclays center in between."we needed to win tonight and we bounced back in a good way," beauvillier said. "we played a strong 60 minutes."however, the importance of the win may have been undermined by the potential loss of captain






tuesday's nhl roundup


thomas hickey scored 1:25 into overtime, and the new york islanders beat the predators 2-1 tuesday night in nashville to preserve their thin playoff hopes.brock nelson also scored for the islanders, and goalie jaroslav halak made 22 saves as they won their third straight game in chasing the eastern conference's second wild card.the islanders outshot nashville 32-23 in ruining the predators' regular-season home finale. mike fisher scored a goal for nashville, which has lost four of its past five.with the win, the islanders moved within five points of toronto for the second wild card. nashville picked up a point to tie calgary for the first wild card in the west.pittsburgh 4, columbus 1: patric hornqvist scored his 20th goal of the season, matt murray finished with 37 saves and the host peng






rowe's shutout helps galaxy extends union's winless streak


carson, calif. — brian rowe had two saves for his first shutout of the season and the los angeles galaxy played philadelphia to a 0-0 draw on saturday night, extending the union's winless streak to 16 games.the union (0-4-4) haven't won an mls match, including a 3-1 loss to toronto fc in the 2016 mls playoffs, since beating sporting kansas city 2-0 on august 27, 2016.los angeles (2-5-1), which has the second-fewest (eight) goals for in the western conference and just one goal in its last four matches, missed on a trio of opportunities, but rowe made one leaping and one diving stop — the latter on a long-distance blast by haris medunjanin in the 68th minute — to preserve the clean sheet.philadelphia's andre blake had his second shutout of the season, including three saves.the galaxy is winl






hurricanes spoil isles' homecoming with 8-4 win


new york — jaccob slavin and the carolina hurricanes ruined the new york islanders' awaited homecoming with an offensive barrage monday night.slavin recorded his first nhl hat trick, jeff skinner and justin faulk each scored twice and carolina beat new york 8-4 to snap the islanders' 11-game home point streak. slavin's third goal came late in the third period on a shot that sneaked through the legs of thomas greiss."it feels pretty good. it's obviously nice to score some goals," slavin said. "they don't come by a lot for myself. ... it's definitely nice to get those three in."joakim nordstrom also scored for the hurricanes, and cam ward made 23 stops.ryan strome, stephen gionta, calvin de haan and joshua ho-sang scored for the islanders. jean-francois berube made nine saves on 13 shots bef






alessandrini, zardes help galaxy snap skid, beat rapids 3-0


carson, calif. — romain alessandrini and gyasi zardes each had a goal and an assist to help the los angeles galaxy beat the colorado rapids 3-0 on saturday night and snap a 10-game winless streak, including four consecutive losses.los angeles (7-14-5) won for the first time since a 3-1 victory at colorad on june 21.alessandrini converted from the spot in the 18th minute after zardes drew a penalty on goalkeeper zac macmath. emmanuel boateng blasted a left-footer, off a header from zardes, from the top of the box to make it 2-0 in the 23rd. zardes capped the scoring in the 56th minute, tapping alessandrini's cross into an open net from point-blank range.the rapids (6-16-4) have lost have lost four in a row since steve cooke was named interim head coach, replacing pablo mastroeni, on august






alessandrini, zardes help galaxy snap skid, beat rapids 3-0


carson, calif. — romain alessandrini and gyasi zardes each had a goal and an assist to help the los angeles galaxy beat the colorado rapids 3-0 on saturday night and snap a 10-game winless streak, including four consecutive losses.los angeles (7-14-5) won for the first time since a 3-1 victory at colorado on june 21.alessandrini converted from the spot in the 18th minute after zardes drew a penalty on goalkeeper zac macmath. emmanuel boateng blasted a left-footer, off a header from zardes, from the top of the box to make it 2-0 in the 23rd. zardes capped the scoring in the 56th minute, tapping alessandrini's cross into an open net from point-blank range.the rapids (6-16-4) have lost have lost four in a row since steve cooke was named interim head coach, replacing pablo mastroeni, on august






cain hits 2 hrs in royals' 6th straight win, 3-1 over angels


anaheim, calif. — ian kennedy and cliff pennington are former teammates and good buddies, although that second relationship could be up for review after pennington's homer broke up kennedy's bid for a perfect game."he's a terrible friend of mine," kennedy said with a laugh. "i'm probably deleting him from my phone."kennedy probably won't have to do anything that drastic, thanks to lorenzo cain's latest feats of prowess for the streaking kansas city royals.cain hit two homers and drove in three runs, and kennedy retired the first 17 angels to end his 16-start winless skid in the royals' sixth consecutive victory, 3-1 over los angeles on friday night.kennedy (1-6) pitched six innings of two-hit ball and stayed perfect until pennington hit his first homer since last august. kennedy was winles






lee, nelson help islanders beat senators 4-2 in finale


new york — anders lee and brock nelson scored in the second period and the new york islanders closed the season with their sixth straight win, beating the playoff-bound ottawa senators 4-2 on sunday.andrew ladd and jason chimera also scored and nelson had an assist for new york, which was eliminated from playoff contention saturday night.thomas greiss, playing for the first time in six games, stopped 32 shots. greiss last played on march 30, when he was pulled after giving up three goals on eight shots in first 8:06 of a 6-3 loss at philadelphia. jaroslav halak started the last five games.bobby ryan and jean-gabriel pageau scored for the senators and mike condon had 17 saves. ottawa, which had already clinched second place in the atlantic division and home-ice advantage in the first round






gibson makes 38 saves to lift ducks to 3-2 win over isles


anaheim, calif. — john gibson showed up on time for the start of the hockey game. his anaheim ducks teammates decided to wait until the second period to really get into the game.gibson made 38 saves and the ducks beat the new york islanders 3-2 on wednesday night, ending a four-game losing streak to new york.andrew cogliano, rickard rakell and patrick eaves all scored for the ducks, who won despite being outshot 41-30.ryan getzlaf rocketed a pass from the far boards to josh manson on the opposite side of the ice. the defenseman's shot ricocheted off the pads of jaroslav halak to the front of the net. corey perry and nick leddy both whiffed on their attempts to corral the puck, but the on-rushing cogliano backhand attempt beat the goaltender to give the ducks their first lead in the opening






nadal snaps winless streak vs djokovic to reach madrid final


madrid — rafael nadal ended his seven-match winless streak against novak djokovic with a 6-2, 6-4 win that put him in the madrid open final again on saturday.nadal overpowered djokovic from the start, and converted on his third match point to earn his first victory against the second-ranked serb since the 2014 french open final.it was the 14th straight victory for the fifth-ranked nadal, and his tour-leading 33rd for the year.in the final, the four-time madrid champion will play dominic thiem of austria or pablo cuevas of uruguay.it was another disappointing loss for the struggling djokovic, who hasn't reached a final since winning his first tournament of the year in doha. this was first tournament since splitting with longtime coach marian vajda.






flames beat islanders 5-2 for 7th straight victory


calgary, alberta — the flames let their feet slip off the gas for a moment sunday. just not enough to lose the momentum of this startling winning streak.sean monahan had a goal and an assist and calgary beat the new york islanders 5-2 on sunday for its seventh straight victory.the flames left themselves plenty of room for error by jumping to a 4-0 lead in the first period behind goals from michael frolik, tj brodie, micheal ferland and monahan.the islanders made a push in the second period and john tavares cut the deficit to 4-1, but then calgary locked things back down."it was nice to get those goals and to get them in the first period," monahan said. "they didn't let up though. they kept coming, the islanders there. they're a good team, so i think we might've taken our foot of the gas a






little scores twice, hellebuyck solid as jets beat isles 4-2


new york — bryan little scored twice, connor hellebuyck made 27 saves and the winnipeg jets beat the new york islanders 4-2 on thursday night to snap a four-game skid.mathieu perreault and adam lowry also scored for the rested jets, who had their game tuesday in newark, new jersey, against the devils postponed because of a snowstorm.little scored twice in the first period after islanders defenseman adam pelech opened the scoring 38 seconds in. perreault and lowry each scored in the second.the jets came into the game 0-3-1 in their last four games and 2-8-2 against metropolitan division opponents this season. winnipeg had also lost four straight to the islanders.but after pelech scored his second goal of the season on a floating shot that eluded hellebuyck, the islanders couldn't capitalize






weight loses interim status, becomes coach of islanders


new york — 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."i talked about it a lot with friends and obviously my family, people within the organization," weight said on a conference call with the islanders' beat writers. "it was important to me to meet with all of my bosses face to face, talk about things i believe in."new york went 24-12-4 under weight after he replaced the fired jack capuano on jan. 17 when the islanders were last in the eastern conference at 17-17-8. they responded to weight, moving into th






sporting kc looks to snap road winless streak against earthquakes


clinging to a three-way tie for fifth place in the western conference, the san jose earthquakes will host first-place sporting kansas city saturday night at avaya stadium. it’s the first of three straight home matches for the earthquakes.san jose (5-6-4, 19 points) is tied with vancouver and seattle, though vancouver has two games in hand with the other two clubs. a victory over sporting (7-4-5, 26 points) would further the quakes’ cause to reach the mls playoffs for the first time since 2012. sporting is two points clear of portland and three ahead of houston and fc dallas atop the western conference table.both clubs are coming off midweek shutout victories in the lamar hunt u.s. open cup. sporting defeated minnesota united fc 4-0 at home, extending kansas city’s unbeaten streak at home t






why don’t most long islanders know about san remo?


advertisement | advertise on newsdaywhy don't most long islanders know about san remo? most looking at the community on a map would call it by a different name. (credit: newsday) editor’s note: this article is part of a series in which newsday attempts to answer questions from long islanders about life on the island. if there’s a question you want us to answer, send it to us here.why don’t most long islanders know about san remo? “growing up in queens in the mid-60s, i remember bungalows and clamming, and these days when i recall to others, they always say, ‘never...






2 winless, 3 undefeated for mls week 6


file - in this april 8, 2017, file photo, philadelphia union forward c.j. sapong gets tangled up with portland timbers midfielder lawrence olum during the second half of an mls soccer match in chester, pa. the union are struggling with no wins, three losses and a pair of draws. their winless streak spans 12 regular-season mls games dating back to last season. (ap photo/rich schultz, file) a handful of games into the season, two teams remain winless in major league soccer while three others are undefeated.clubs are at the point in the year where they have been able to see where they are and what they have — and whether changes are in order.the philadelphia union are struggling with no wins, three losses and a pair of draws. their winless streak spans 12 regular-season mls games dating back






wild feasts on 'embarrassing' sloppiness from islanders in 6-4 win


wild coach bruce boudreau knew his players had sunk to a new emotional low after tuesday’s 1-0 loss to vancouver. with two wins in seven games, he could have berated them, or skated them until their legs wobbled.instead, he chose a lighter approach to wednesday’s practice, finishing with a shootout competition between the forwards and defensemen.“i thought we needed a little break,” boudreau said. “i thought they needed to smile a little bit at the rink.”smiles lit up the locker room thursday night, after the wild jumped to a three-goal lead in the first eight minutes against the new york islanders, adding on for a 6-4 victory at xcel energy center.luke kunin and zack mitchell each scored his first nhl goal for the wild, which improved to 1-1 on its six-game homestand.“it was big,” kunin s






goals by marchand, debrusk lead bruins past islanders 3-1


boston — tuukka rask has rediscovered his game and the boston bruins are starting to become the type of team they want to be in front of him — one that's tough defensively.brad marchand and jake debrusk scored, rask stopped 30 shots and the bruins beat the new york islanders 3-1 on saturday night.danton heinen added an empty-net goal, and torey krug and david pastrnak each had two assists for the bruins, who won for the eighth time in 10 games."tuukka, you can usually tell how calm and composed he looks and it means we're generally calm and composed in front of him," bruins coach bruce cassidy said. "we're getting the result for him playing in front of him."anders lee scored and jaroslav halak made 29 saves for new york, which has lost four of five.rask earned his fourth straight win after






the rise of 'fake' populism | usa


across the united states and europe, waves of people are rallying behind so-called populist leaders.but are these leaders "men and women of the people", or right-wing elitists masquerading under the guise of populism?in this week's reality check, we reveal how some of their backgrounds and positions put them closer to ‘fake’ populists than ordinary folk.follow upfront on twitter @ajupfront and facebook.source: al jazeera news