Jason Blake nets a hat trick against Atlanta, marking the third time in five games the New York Islanders net a hat trick. Mark Parrish got it going on Jan. 3 vs. Boston and Dave Scatchard posted one on Jan. 7 vs. Pittsburgh.
The New York Islanders acquire Janne Niinimaa from the Edmonton Oilers along with a 2003 second round pick for Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres. That same day, Chris Osgood is traded to St. Louis along with a 2003 third round pick for Justin Papineau and a 2002 second rounder.
Alexei Yashin scores a career-best four goals and adds an assist in a 9-2 route in Chicago. Arron Asham recorded a career-high five points in that game. It is the New York Islanders' first-ever win at the United Center.
The New York Islanders clinch their second-straight playoff berth as the Rangers lose at home to the New Jersey Devils, 2-1.
Garth Snow records the shutout as the New York Islanders take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup vs. Ottawa, 3-0.
The Ottawa Senators eliminate the New York Islanders in five games with a 4-1 triumph in Game 5 at the Corel Centre.
Steve Stirling is named the 11th head coach in New York Islanders history as Peter Laviolette is relieved of his duties after two seasons at the helm.