The Islanders continued their strong start to the NHL season this past week, including winning both sides of a home-and-away matchup with the Penguins. With Saturday night's win over the Pens, the Isles moved into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with Pittsburgh.
After a quiet performance in the playoffs last season, Rangers forward Rick Nash has been a force for the Blueshirts so far this campaign. Nash has 13 goals and seven assists through 19 contests, and many of his teammates have noticed the 30-year-old's improved play.
Mets coach Wally Backman will manage in the Dominican Republic winter league this offseason. Backman is set to coach Licey, which has Mets prospects Dilson Herrera and Hansel Robles on the roster. He will manage the Mets' Triple-A team in Las Vegas for the third season in 2015.
After a big win against the Flyers, the Rangers are looking to build on that performance Sunday against the Canadiens. Most of all, the Blueshirts are hoping to avoid the inconsistency that has plagued them this season, with Dan Girardi saying, the team's effort "needs to last every game."
The Knicks had no trouble beating the NBA's worst team Saturday night. Keyed by Carmelo Anthony's 25 points and seven rebounds, and 16 points from Amar'e Stoudemire, the Knicks beat the 76ers, 91-83, at the Garden. New York snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Devils possessed three two-goal leads Saturday night in Calgary yet could not find a way to seal a victory. The Flames scored twice in the final 2:22 of regulation and stole a 5-4 shootout win at the Saddledome. Scott Clemmensen, making his first start of the year, made 33 saves.
UConn's offense had no answer for Cincinnati's stout defense, and the Huskies' defense could not slow Bearcats running back Rodriguez Moore. Moore rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown, and Cincinnati held UConn to just 129 yards in its 41-0 win at Rentschler Field.