3 Things We Learned About The Islanders During The Playoffs

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While the Islanders playoff run was short lived, it was exciting to say the least. The young Islanders stood up to probably the best team in the NHL and didn't back down.

Here's what we learned about the Islanders during the 2013 playoffs:
Photo of Kyle Okposo from http://www.newyorkislanders.com

Jack Capuano is a solid coach - If you watched the Islanders broadcast on MSG Network you heard Howie Rose use the term "resilient" in describing the Islanders. That term describes not only the Isles but also their coach who wouldn't let them back down from the Penguins. Not only did he play to the Isles strengths but he exposed the Penguins weaknesses. He kept the Isles in the series until the end.

Kyle Okposo could be superstar - Okposo has always had glimpses of greatness but has never lived up to the exceptions of being a first round pick. That was until game two against the Penguins, when he beat up Matt Niskanen, which sparked the Islanders. Then he scored the game winning goal. The whole series Okposo was a pest. He finished the series with 3 goals and an assist. This is something for Kyle to build during the off season, and maybe he has turned a corner in his career to becoming a superstar.

Evgeni Nabokov was not the same goalie in the playoffs as in the regular season, and his age is starting to show - Nabby struggled in the playoffs, posting a 4.44 GAA, with a .842 save percentage. His goals against average was almost a goal higher during the playoffs. You expect a goalie with so much experience, and his career winding down to put up better numbers. However, you probably can't blame Nabokov since he logged so many minutes during the regular season, and didn't get any rest down the stretch. Nabokov who turns 38 in July, may have been burnt out even before the playoffs began.

While there were other things that we learned about about the Isles during the playoffs, these were the three that stood out to me. The Islanders are a team on the rise, and this may the first in many playoff appearances to come.

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