Islanders finish 0-for-14 on power-play in seven game series with Capitals

WASHINGTON — As bad as the Islanders’ offense was in Game 7, their power play was worse throughout the series. The Isles finished the seven games 0-for-14 with the man advantage, with their final missed opportunity in the late stages Monday night cementing their fate. Washington’s John Carlson took a roughing penalty — the only infraction called in the game — with 2:54 to play in the third to give the Isles a last gasp of air, but they failed to register a single shot on goal on the ensuing power play and fell meekly, 2-1. RELATED: TOP 10 ISLANDERS MOMENTS AT NASSAU COLISEUM It appeared the Isles should have gotten another power play chance with 4:37 to play in the second period, when Alex Ovechkin slammed Thomas Hickey into the boards from behind. What looked like a clear boarding penalty went uncalled and the Caps made it 1-0 three minutes later. “(The hit) looked a little bit from behind, but I thought the officiating was terrific in the whole series from start to finish,” coach Jack Capuano said. “We should be the last ones complaining, we didn’t score a power play goal. If you want to go back, for me, the overtime game we lost (Game 4) we had three consecutive power plays in that game. There’s never really one big turning point, but if I had to pinpoint one, that game in particular, at home, we have to find a way to score. We even had a chance tonight with less than three minutes left in the game to get our guys out there and find a way. We didn’t do much.” Continue Reading

MLB Power Rankings: Struggling Yankees, Mets in free-fall mode

Memorial Day is one of baseball's traditional measuring points and we don't like what we see from the locals lately. Both the Mets and Yankees are sputtering and tumbling in our Daily News MLB Power Rankings. The recent poor play also has us wondering if New York's baseball season is going to end before October. Yikes! The Yankees have lost six in a row and 10 of 11. The six consecutive losses is the longest single-season losing streak since 2011. Yes, the team made the playoffs that year. No, it doesn't look good this year, at least so far. The Mets, meanwhile, changed the aerodynamics of the Pittsburgh area over the weekend - that breeze wasn't coming off the Monongahela, Allegheny or Ohio Rivers, it was from all those Met hitters swinging and missing in that Whiff-A-Thon of a series. They have the second-worst on-base percentage (.286) and have scored the second-fewest runs (65) in baseball this month. Ugh. The Royals, who many thought would fade after their World Series run last October (who, us?), have moved into our top spot, just in time for a visit to the Bronx. We've also seen some surges into mediocrity from some of the perennial bottom-dwellers, making our rankings seem a bit crowded and making us wonder again: What will we see by the next traditional yardstick - July 4? To the numbers! 1. Kansas City Royals (28-15, last week No. 4): Their run differential of plus-65 is tops in baseball, which is part of the reason they're here. Plus, they just took a series from the team one spot down. 2. St. Louis Cardinals (28-16, last week No. 1): You might have forgotten about Michael Wacha, but we didn't. He's 7-0 with a 1.87 ERA. Nifty. 3. Houston Astros (29-16, last week No. 3): As soon as we figure out who some of these Astros are, we're going to start touting them. Promise. 4. Los Angeles Dodgers (26-17, last week No. 2): They already have Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. How is it fair that they've come up with Mike Continue Reading

Sidney Crosby scores twice, Penguins take Game 2 from Rangers, who struggle on power play

PENGUINS 4, RANGERS 3 Fail to score on the power play. Surrender a back-breaking goal. Repeat. The Rangers’ 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night in Game 2 at the Garden was a maddening exercise in observation of an unacceptably impotent New York man advantage, which is supposed to be an NHL team’s trump card in the clutch. “It’s totally not good enough,” top forward Rick Nash said, referring to his team’s entire effort. Even when the Blueshirts weren’t on their 1-for-7 power play, though, the Presidents’ Trophy winners were outworked, outskated and severely outplayed by the underdog Penguins. And so this first-round series shifts to Pittsburgh for Game 3 Monday night tied at one game apiece with a much different feel. The Penguins believe. The Rangers lacked any semblance of killer instinct. “I wish I had an answer for you,” Nash, who scored a goal, said of the Penguins’ outracing the Rangers all night. “I just don’t know.” Penguins captain Sidney Crosby scored two of Pittsburgh’s three unanswered goals in a shockingly one-sided second period to overcome an early 1-0 Rangers lead after a tightly played first. Pittsburgh went 2-for-2 on its first two power plays and finished 2-for-4 overall, while the Blueshirts went 0-for-5 in the opening 40 minutes. RELATED: SIDNEY CROSBY PROVES TO BE SID VICIOUS IN GAME 2 Pens center Brandon Sutter (power-play goal, assist), the game’s best player, and Crosby scored all three of the visitors’ second-period goals after failed Rangers power-play chances. The hosts looked in that middle period like they didn’t want to be on the ice. Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (23 saves) was solid for the second straight game. Henrik Lundqvist (18 saves) couldn’t stop the struggles on the other end, a victim of his Continue Reading

Coast Guard rescues replica pirate ship Liana’s Ransom crew after power failure off Massachusetts coast (VIDEO)

These pirates and their ship are arrright. U.S. Coast Guard crews rescued a nine-member crew whose replica pirate vessel lost power off the coast of Massachusetts on Monday afternoon, Coast Guard officials said. Liana’s Ransom notified the agency at 12:35 a.m. that the Canadian tall ship’s engines had failed and its sails had wrapped around its mast 58 miles east of Gloucester, according to the Coast Guard. Officials in the agency’s Boston office dispatched two motorized lifeboats to the scene, where the crew attempted to tow the vessel to safety. But the line broke as the conditions worsened, officials said. That’s when the Coast Guard recommended that the crew don wetsuits and abandon ship about 34 miles from the coast and the captain of the boat, which normally takes tourists out for privateer adventure cruises, agreed, the faux pirates wrote on Facebook. The pirate crew boarded the lifeboats, with one member sustaining a head injury while making the jump, Coast Guard officials said. A Jayhawk helicopter airlifted the man to hospital, where he has been treated for a concussion. The pirates have hired a towboat to pull the vessel to the nearest port, the company’s post said. Ransom co-captain Joseph Tilley, who wasn’t aboard the ship Monday, thanked the Coast Guard and praised his son Ryan Tilley’s actions. “As befits a Captain he was the last crew to depart the vessel, ensuring all water tight doors and hatches were closed before he disembarked,” Tilley wrote. The younger Tilley told CBC News that the boat had departed from Nova Scotia for the Caribbean on Friday. The 85-foot steel-hulled schooner mimics the look of vessels used by pirates in the 18th and early 19th centuries, according to the company’s website. Follow on Twitter @tobysalkc ON A MOBILE Continue Reading

No more excuses: 2016 Cadillac CTS-V has the power to compete with the world’s fastest sedans

The order books are officially open for the most powerful Cadillac production car of all time. Set to arrive later this summer, the 2016 CTS-V is a performance sedan with the heart of a supercar. Under the vented hood is a monstrous 640-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine, or the same motor you’ll find in the Corvette Z06. FOLLOW DAILY NEWS AUTOS ON FACEBOOK. 'LIKE' US HERE. “V-Series represents the pinnacle of Cadillac, a brand that now makes drivers’ cars at the highest level,” said Johan de Nysschen, Cadillac’s no-nonsense and straight-talking president. “The new CTS-V is essentially two cars in one: a luxury sedan with sophisticated road manners and a track-capable sports car with awe-inspiring performance.” He’s not kidding! LEARN MORE ABOUT CADILLAC HERE. According to Cadillac’s stopwatch, the CTS-V accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Top speed is an even 200 mph! This is the second of two V-Series cars set to launch this year – check out our review of the ATS-V, which we took to the limit at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas racetrack. Priced at $83,995, the CTS-V is much more than a fire-breathing engine. Also included in the price of entry is a more aggressive exterior (including the aforementioned vented carbon-fiber hood), huge Brembo brakes, 19-inch wheels with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and microfiber suede with matte-finish carbon-fiber trim in the cabin. Stay tuned for a full report once the Daily News Autos puts the CTS-V to the test. In the meantime, Cadillac will gladly take your down payment. Continue Reading

MLB Power Rankings: Can anything stop the Cardinals?

We start this week's edition of our Daily News MLB Power Rankings with kudos to the remarkable St. Louis Cardinals, who are back to the top spot after a one-week break. The Cards are amazing, aren't they? They have the best record in the majors at 33-17, the best run differential at plus-60 and the lowest ERA at 2.73. Heck, they're the only team with an ERA under 3.00. Lose Adam Wainwright, their best pitcher? A problem, yes, but not insurmountable. Michael Wacha is terrific, John Lackey is good again (!) and the bullpen has a 2.21 ERA. At the plate, they're seventh in team OPS (.737) and Matt Holliday is on a remarkable run offensively. He missed Sunday because he was sick, but he's reached base in all of his 43 games this year, the sixth-longest such streak since 1914 and the longest in the 2000s. Not bad. They got that genius behind the plate, Yadier Molina, and another Matt — Carpenter — who seems to be getting better and better. The Cards just beat the Dodgers, our No. 4 team, in a weekend series, too! We can't say much more than … To the numbers! 1. St. Louis Cardinals (33-17, last week No. 2): Jhonny Peralta and Wilmer Flores are tied for the major-league lead in homers by a shortstop with eight. Thought you ought to know. 2. Houston Astros (31-20, last week No. 3): They've lost six of their last 10 and for the first time in years, we can actually say we're shocked they've lost that frequently. Yep, that's how good they are. 3. Kansas City Royals (29-19, last week No. 1): Big game? Big game: Jeremy Guthrie starts Tuesday against Cleveland trying to shake off his career-worst start last week against the Yankees. 4. Los Angeles Dodgers (29-20, last week No. 4): They're ranked fourth and Clayton Kershaw is only 3-3 with a 3.86 ERA. You do the math. 5. Minnesota Twins (30-19, last week No. 6): Yes, they have the second-best winning percentage in baseball (.612). Yes, we are Continue Reading

Wichita State beats Indiana to earn dream matchup with in-state power Kansas in NCAA Tournament

PITTSBURGH — Despite the fact that the NCAA is influenced by the power of the BCS conferences, every once in a while the Tournament Selection Committee rewards fans by creating a potential dream matchup between bitter rivals or in-state powers that rarely play each other. On Sunday, seventh-seeded Wichita State finally gets a chance to play second-seeded Kansas on a neutral site in a Round of 32 game at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. The Shockers, who earned this opportunity when guard Fred VanVleet scored 27 points in an 81-76 victory over 10th-seeded Indiana Friday, have been trying to schedule Kansas for years, but the Jayhawks, the state’s flagship program, have no interest in playing a game against a regional non-BCS program fighting for national exposure because it would offer no financial benefits or added prestige for them. “Obviously when people saw the bracket they were already talking about this day on Sunday," Wichita State star guard Ron Baker said. “It’s a big thing for the state of Kansas; a lot of excitement, a lot of houses are going to be divided. It’s just going to be exciting. As a player, being from Kansas, just really, really fortunate to be in this game. Obviously these type of games don’t happen a whole lot." For the second year in a row, Wichita State will participate in the one of the most eagerly awaited game in the entire bracket. Last year, the Shockers were unbeaten and seeded No. 1 when they lost to eighth-seeded Kentucky in the Round of 32 of the tournament at St. Louis. But this game has more significance to fans in the state of Kansas, who are viewing this as one of the biggest in history. Kansas and Wichita have played just 14 times in 107 years, with the Jayhawks winning 12 of those meetings. The last time these two schools, separated by 163 miles of highway, played each other was Jan. 6, 1993 and Kansas won, 103-54, at Allen Field Continue Reading

Costa Rica used 100% renewable energy to power the country for 75 days straight

Costa Rica powered its cities for 75 days straight by only using 100% renewable energy thanks to heavy downpours. The Central American country achieved a major milestone in mainstream clean energy usage by powering its cities using hydropower for three months, according to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE). "The Country's zero-emission milestone was enabled thanks to heavy rainfalls at four hydroelectric power facilities in the first quarter of 2015. These downpours have meant that, for the months of January, February and so far March, there has been no need to burn fossil fuels to generate electricity," ICE said in a Spanish-written press statement. Instead of using fossil fuels to power the cities, Costa Rica has been using hydropower from pumped storage and run-of-the-river plants. The country has also been using geothermal, wind, biomass and solar energy. Compared to other countries, it's easier for Costa Ricaa to meet its city energy demands because it's a small country that doesn't require a high input in energy. Costa Rica has a total area of 51,000 square kilometers, has a population of 4.8 million and its primary industries are tourism and agriculture. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Ryan Reynolds shows off his Deadpool costume from set of X-Men spin-off: ‘With great power, comes great irresponsibility’

The first real look at Ryan Reynolds' Merc With a Mouth is leaving geeks speechless. Reynolds posted a picture of himself in full-costumed glory as Deadpool Friday from the set of the X-Men franchise spin-off that’s as comic as it is comic book. “With great power, comes great irresponsibility,” the 38-year-old action star tweeted in a tongue-in-cheek riff off the classic Spider-Man line. He certainly looks the part of the popular katana-wielding, fast-healing, wise-cracking Marvel superhero. Fans will be able to see more when “Deadpool” hits theaters on Feb. 12, 2016. But Reynolds clearly couldn’t wait to show off his new duds as he’s busy reprising his role from the 2009 flick, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” That costume-free version didn’t exactly sit well with fans, and the tepid response to that movie combined with the box office disappointment of Reynold’s turn as the titular ring-bearer in 2011’s “Green Lantern” put a “Deadpool” spin-off in limbo. The project, though, gained new momentum when leaked test footage from "Deadpool" that was several years old hit the Internet and went viral last summer. Fox green-lit the movie in September as part of its ambitious plans to borrow a page from rival Marvel Studios and launch a larger X-Men cinematic universe. Reynolds confirmed he was onboard to reprise the role three months later. Continue Reading

‘Avengers’ hero Hawkeye reveals lesser-known powers on ‘The Tonight Show’

Superheroes have insecurities too, especially when they have to share the big screen with more popular ones. "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" hero Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) expressed his feelings about being overshadowed by the likes of Captain America and The Hulk on "The Tonight Show." In the ballot “Super As They Are,” the bow-baring hero revealed that just because all his powers aren't as well known as some of the other Avengers, didn't mean he didn't have secret skills and talents. To the tune of Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud," he sang a heartfelt song revealing that not only does the superhero save the world, he also has a fabulous collection of scarves, can kick a-- in Mario Kart, is strong enough to open a pickle jar and gets free guac when he goes to Chipotle. Renner not only proves he is hilarious in the clip, he also shows off his amazing voice. "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" hits theatres May 1. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading