Denis Gorman

Sports Reporter

Islanders playoff hopes are not dead, but are on life support

What transpired over 60 minutes in the Wells Fargo Center Thursday night was not the death of the 2016-17 New York Islanders season.It’s just on life support.“S—,” was the word interim coach Doug Weight selected in order to describe his team’s opening 20 minutes in their embarrassing 6-3 loss. The...

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2:25 PM

Rangers continue to slump at Madison Square Garden but thrive on the road

Home Sweet Home?Not for the New York Rangers.“What we have to do is try to solve the riddle,” Derek Stepan told reporters after the Rangers’ 3-2 loss to the Islanders at the Garden on Mar. 22. The loss was the Rangers seventh straight on home ice dating back to Feb. 21.Overall, the Rangers are 19-...

Monday, March 27, 2017, 1:39 AM

Islanders looking to slow down recent setbacks as stretch run arrives

Doug Weight spoke calmly, but there was no mistaking his anger.It was a few minutes after the Islanders’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets at Barclays Center Saturday afternoon, and Weight left no doubt how he felt about his team’s performance.“We just weren’t good,” Weight said. “I...

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2:58 PM

Winners and losers at the NHL trade deadline

New York Rangers GM Jeff Gorton stood behind the podium last weekand offered an inconvertible truth.The cost of adding an impactful player at the since-passed NHL Trade Deadline was exceptionally high.“If you want a player in this type of market, generally you’re going to overpay. That’s just the...

Monday, March 6, 2017, 4:24 PM

NHL trade deadline: What should each Eastern Conference team do?

It is one of the most highly anticipated days on the NHL calendar.Decisions made on this day can affect the courses of seasons, the job statuses of executives and the short-and-long term futures of franchises.It is NHL trade deadline day.The annual exercise of going for it versus punting and...

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 2:41 PM

It's now or never for Islanders ahead of insane nine game road trip

Twenty four hours. That is all it took for the executive to publicly change course.No, this is not about President Donald J. Trump reversing course following another nonsensical proclamation. Instead, this is about Doug Weight telling a truth:The 2016-17 New York Islanders season will be determined...

Monday, February 20, 2017, 6:24 PM

Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers quietly getting the job done

No one was thrown out of the big house on 33rd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues.Statements from unnamed employees and ambiguous video lacking sound were not released.A high-ranking executive did not author passive aggressive tweets against his franchise’s cornerstone player, leaving the...

Monday, February 13, 2017, 4:48 AM

Islanders to Hartford a longshot

Two days after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman hinted New York Islanders owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky were studying the franchise’s present and future home arena “options,” a report inBloomberg, citing sources, said Barclays Center officials have determined housing the team is financially...

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 4:22 AM

No clear path for Islanders, Barclays Center as rifts continue to build

Sitting on a podium inside the Staples Center, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman spoke.His words reverberated 2,794.2 miles to the east.Specifically, at the Barclays Center.“The owners are committed to the franchise,” Bettman told reporters during his State of the NHL address Saturday during the NHL...

Monday, January 30, 2017, 1:13 PM

Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers searching for consistency

As always, Henrik Lundqvist was surrounded by reporters at his stall.It was a few minutes after the Rangers’ 7-6 loss to the Stars last Tuesday night at the Garden, and Lundqvist had allowed all seven Dallas goals in two periods before being replaced by Magnus Hellberg.Faces were grim. The words...

Sunday, January 22, 2017, 9:35 PM

Same old issues continue to plague Islanders

The scene was the Barclays Center press conference room. Standing in front of the Islanders backdrop, Jack Capuano bared his frustrations with his team to a room of reporters.It was a moment that, honestly, could have taken place in October or November or December.“We signed some guys for reasons...

Monday, January 16, 2017, 4:41 PM

Rangers in need of this rest

No matter what one does, it’s always good to have time away from work.“You know we’ve been playing a lot,” Henrik Lundqvist told Newsday following Saturday night’s 5-4, come-from-behind win over the Blue Jackets in Columbus. “Even though we had a Christmas break, it was a quick break. We’ve been...

Monday, January 9, 2017, 6:15 PM

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist an undisputed constant for Rangers

From Day One, there has been one consistent for Alain Vigneault in his tenure as head coach of the New York Rangers.Henrik Lundqvist.“This is the start of my fourth year,” Vigneault said after the Rangers’ 3-2 shootout win over the Devils Sunday night at the Garden. “As soon as I got here, I knew...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 4:28 PM

Bottom-dwelling Islanders' issues start with lackluster special teams

Jack Capuano knows the New York Islanders’ special teams are a significant weakness.It’s how to repair those units that has become a vexing issue for he and his coaching staff.“When your special teams is at the bottom of the league and your goaltending is not kicking where it was last year, it’s a...

Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 12:31 AM

Underperforming Islanders may seek lineup shake up

For not the first time in the 2016-17 National Hockey League season, Jack Capuano stood behind the podium and uttered a threat.The ultimatum was borne out of irritation from another night in which certain unnamed members of his New York Islanders underperformed.“We have some guys who (don’t) have...

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 4:03 AM

Rangers' Antti Raanta has been sharp during Henrik Lundqvist absences

The ultimate truism in professional sports is that it is not a meritocracy.It is a lesson that the New York Rangers are currently learning.“I love Hank but I love the team more,” Alain Vigneault said when asked about his rationale to start Antti Raantain goal over Henrik Lundqvist for the third...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:05 AM

Henrik Lundqvist, fresh off 60th career shutout, continues to shine in net

Henrik Lundqvist held court with reporters on the night of Nov. 1.He and his New York Rangers teammates had just completed a 5-0 win over the St. Louis Blues, a game in which Lundqvist recorded his 60th shutout ofhis career.The franchise goaltender was asked about technical aspects of his game, and...

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 3:47 AM

Will Rangers be able to continue, sustain their NHL best offense?

On Kids' Day, Alain Vigneault was experiencing anything but childlike glee.Rather, he was engaged in a bit of existential angst.Yes, the Rangers had topped the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-2, in the Saturday afternoon matinee. Yes, the Rangers ended the day tied with Chicago for a NHL-best 35 points.But...

Monday, December 5, 2016, 2:16 AM

NHL notebook: Rick Nash with a strong start to the 2016-17 season

Over his 10 and a quarter seasons in the National Hockey League, Henrik Lundqvist has seen much of opponent-turned-teammate Rick Nash.What he saw Tuesday night at the Garden against the Carolina Hurricanes made the goaltender smile.“I love watching him just taking pucks to the net. He’s so strong...

Friday, December 2, 2016, 2:54 AM

NHL notebook: Rangers cruising, Islanders not so much

In the span of three days, Henrik Lundqvist played in two games against National Hockey League franchises based in Pennsylvania.He used one word to link his performances.“Awareness,” Lundqvist told reporters in Philadelphia on Black Friday after he made 40 saves in the Rangers’ nationally televised...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 2:34 AM