Bits: Martinek out of hospital; Islanders prospects to the finals

Casey Cizikas fears no trophy.

I never would've expected both Eastern Conference home teams to drop the opening two games in their series, but here we are, and it's largely thanks to the old men in nets. How crazy would it be if Boston takes a 3-0 series lead on the Flyers for the second year in a row? After last night's OT win on the back of the Tim Thomas show -- and short benches for both teams -- it could happen.

Anyway, tonight is one of those wonderful doubleheader nights, with hockey going from 7 p.m. to midnight, give or take, with games geared toward both coasts. Enjoy those and these...:

All hail the Roli Show: Dwayne Roloson is in all-business mode [NYT] | He's still the playoff save% leader [G&M] ... As someone rooting for Roloson and his other ex-Isles, I'm a little worried that they play back-to-back this week; Simon Gagne might return for those ... Speaking of that series, here's an interesting note from a Bolts beatwriter about the nature of team-published quotes.

CHL: The OHL final begins tonight. Hopefully that conference trophy Casey Cizikas touched will be the first of many. | Meanwhile, Nino Niederreiter's Winterhawks are on their way to the WHL final, too. It's Portland's first trip there in 10 years.

 

Tonight, will a Canucks center finally score? Will Roli keep it going?

Parting OT thought: Seeing the news of a terrorist's death filter late at night through Bourbon Street, where people are assembled to party in the street anyway (even on a Sunday night), is something else. What a city. What a country. What a species.

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