[Bits] Gone in (what felt like) 60 Seconds

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It will take you longer to read this post than it took the Capitals to score four goals in the second period last night.

And, just like Congress, the Islanders went to Washington DC and eventually started standing around looking lost. Next, it's on to Raleigh. But first, links:

Islanders Updates:

  • Arthur Staple on all four wheels flying off the Islanders wagon in spectacular fashion. Cliffs Notes version: No one was happy with last night. [New$day]
  • It's nice that Kevin Poulin doesn't mind being the back-up, but it might be nicer if he wasn't for a while. [New$day again]
  • In the Post, Jack Capuano calls out Frans Nielsen's line for not being offensive-minded enough. Brett Cyrgalis calls the loss "disheartening," and talks about the impending return of Colin McDonald. [NY Post]
  • The team recap highlights a distraught Casey Cizikas. [Islanders]
  • Eric Hornick's Skinny from last night, if you're so inclined. [Hornick]
  • Andy Graziano grades the seasons for the Islanders forwards so far at Eyes on Isles [EoI]
  • Eyes on Isles are also running some contests and giving away Islanders schwag. Have fun. [EoI]
  • For scoring his first NHL goal, Capitals rookie Tom Wilson was punished by having his face recklessly shoved in shaving cream. Strange this custom is. [CSN Washington]
  • And check out Japers Rink for analysis from the winning side. But then again, you should be be reading Japers everyday anyway. So...carry on. [Japers]

Seguin and Self-Awareness:

Tyler Seguin played against the Bruins last night for the first time since the trade that sent him and Rich Peverley to Dallas for Loui Eriksson and others. That's the same Tyler Seguin that left Boston in a stale, smelly cloud amidst allegations of off-ice problems, maturity questions and unmet expectations.

Seguin, still just 21, appears to have moved on and has played well for the Stars so far. The Boston media on the other hand...

As for the game itself, the Stars won in a shootout. On goals by Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley.

Meanwhile:

  • Last night's NHL Scores. Manny Malhotra scores the overtime winner for Carolina one week after signing a contract out of the AHL.
  • Good news for goalie seeking teams: if the Devils fall out of the playoff race, Martin Brodeur would consider waiving his no-trade clause and accept a trade. OK, I was kidding about the "good" part. [Star Ledger]
  • Speaking of bizarre trade news, Eliotte Friedman dropped some nuggets about the recent Steve Downey-Max Talbot trade, saying that the Avalanche moved Downey following a hit he laid on captain Gabriel Landeskog in practice. Colorado, of course, denies the story. Oooooh, juicy. [Puck Daddy]
  • Scary: Pekke Rinne might have E.Coli infection. [OTF]
  • Yes, still more Ray Emery discussion. Nice to know Brendan Shanahan wasn't cool with Emery's assault on Braden Holtby. Maybe they could suspend him just tell him not to do that two more times. [Slam sports]
  • The Leafs need centers bad and TSN's Scott Cullen breaks down some short-term options for them. [TSN]
  • Slovakia's Olympic uniforms look good, and feature a detail that's almost unbearably awesome. [Sporting News]
  • When deciding to offer a player a new contract or extension, how does that player's age factor in? [SB Nation]
  • Former [bunch of teams] Jason Arnott announced his retirement yesterday after an 18-year career. Personally, I always liked and respected his game. I remember all the hype around him in Edmonton, how he was "given up on" and traded to the Devils and scored one of the most amazing Cup-winning goals I've ever seen (in an underrated final). He transitioned seamlessly into "stabilizing veteran presence" mode in no time. Godspeed to him. [Puck Daddy]
  • A list only Down Goes Brown could possibly do justice to: Five Huge Player Moves You've Probably Forgotten About. [Grantland]

NHL player's celebrity crushes. Wily veteran Dan Boyle's choice is predictably old school, his teammate Logan Couture is apparently Wooderson incarnate and Seth Jones' choice is disappointing. She's old enough to be your mother, dude.

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