Baby Islanders Update: Bridgeport blitzed by Hershey; Utah drops one late

Towering Islanders goalie prospect Mikko Koskinen saw his first AHL action since two pre-hip-injury games in October, but not in the way you'd hope: He entered Game 3 of the Bridgeport-Hershey series to relieve Scott Munroe after the Sound Tigers were blitzed for five second-period goals in 12:46. (They ended up scoring a sixth that period on Koskinen, plus another in the third for the 7-2 final.)

Jack Capuano told Michael Fornabaio he's leaning toward starting Koskinen in Game 4, which is Sunday afternoon. Jeremy Reich and Greg Mauldin had the Bridgeport goals; Hershey was 3 for 4 on the powerplay. Here's Fornabaio's game story. The Bears have the proverbial commanding 3-0 lead in the series.

Further down a rung, in Game 2 of their series the ECHL Utah Grizzlies blew three separate one-goal leads in Idaho and gave up the winning goal with just 1:41 left in regulation. Utah trails the series 2-0, but Game 3 is back at home.

All in all, a rough night on the Islanders farm.

... But hey, the NHL playoffs continue to be amazing, with two more games decided in OT Saturday. Incredibly, all 15 first-round games so far have been within one goal in the final minutes of regulation. And every series is tied at 1-1 except the one that hasn't reached Game 2 yet (Nashville-Chicago is today, one of five games on the schedule). I don't recall a first-round start like this before -- but my memories are easily overwritten with the latest shiny new playoff game the NHL serves up. Have I mentioned this stuff is like a drug?

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