[Bits] When Does the Third Period Start?

Hold on. I dropped something. - Bruce Bennett

If you can see through the burning, here are recaps of last night's Islanders "game" plus news of Thomas Vanek's return, Taylor Cammarata's start and another NHL suspension.

Beat L.A. Anyway, moving on...

Islanders Stuff:

  • Arthur Staple's recap finds the Islanders talking about fixing how they play with leads. That's nice. [New$day]
  • NEW! Staple with some notes following the loss. Topics include team attitude, Kevin Poulin's attitude and John Tavares' hip. Staple expects Poulin to start Saturday, but it's mainly a hunch. [Dolan Dollars]
  • Brett Cyrgalis on how a couple of mistakes took Kevin Poulin from his first career shutout to a sleepless night. [NY Post]
  • Cyrgalis also spoke with Evgeni Nabokov about the Islanders switch to Poulin in net. In short, he's all about what's best for the team. [NY Post]
  • Dee Karl is zen following the loss to the Kings. [7th Woman]
  • Hornick' dissection of the corpse. [Hornick]
  • Thomas Vanek is hoping to return for Saturday's game against Detroit. Can he play D? [New$day]
  • The Sound Tigers defense is banged up and now Joe Finley needs surgery on his hand and is out indefinitely. Michael Fornabaio looks at the options. [CT Post]
  • Taylor Cammarata and the Minnesota Golden Gophers are off to a historically good start. [SBN College Hockey]

Beyond the Rage:

  • Last night's NHL scores. The Blues beat up, literally and figuratively, on the Avalanche 7-3. And the Ducks were cooked by the Lightning 5-1.
  • We have a trade to announce: just before midnight, the Panthers traded Kris Versteeg back to the Blackhawks for a bunch of guys you've never heard of. Florida's picking up most of the tab for his contract, even into next year. [Miami Herald]
  • Maple Leafs forward Nazim Kadri was suspended three games for his standing elbow to the coconut of Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom. He'll miss the Leafs' game against the Islanders on Tuesday. [NHL]
  • Down Goes Brown compares the Avalanche and Oilers rebuilds. One seems to be going well, the other is the Oilers. [Grantland]
  • Speaking of Edmonton, Dave Lozo says everyone needs to chill out on Nail Yakupov. [Backhand Shelf], Jonathan Willis says everyone needs to chill out on Dallas Eakins [Oilers Nation] and Craig MacTavish says the Oilers could trade their first round pick for help now. Chill, dude. [Edmonton Journal]
  • Greg Wyshynski handicaps the race for Sabres GM. Rick Dudley has the pole position. [Puck Daddy]
  • That's "DOCTOR MIKE BABCOCK" to you, numb nuts. [NHL]
  • With Ted Nolan joining Craig Berube, it's believed to be the first time to First Nation coaches are leading NHL teams at the same time. [Color of Hockey]
  • What kind of two-bit, boneheaded, loser organization would limit a talented prospect's ice time in favor of slow-footed veteran third liners? Oh. It's about the Red Wings and Tomas Tatar? Sorry. I thought you were talking about someone else. [Winging it in Motown]
  • John Scott is not a meathead, according to John Scott. [Toronto Sun]
  • Broadcast blackouts may soon be a thing of the past. John McCain for President! [Awful Announcing]

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