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Islanders Bits: 'Hard work' only matters if you keep it up

"Well no, it's 'Buckeye State,' like after a tree. And President Harrison. But you'll like it there...I mean, I think."
"Well no, it's 'Buckeye State,' like after a tree. And President Harrison. But you'll like it there...I mean, I think."

I'm not sure whether to be mildly pleased by last night's effort and penalty killing or ticked off that it appears to have taken the Rangers showing up at the Coliseum to bring it out of the Islanders.

Whatever the conflicted feelings, the result remains the same despite the hard work Jack Capuano lauded after the game. When you work hard and play smart, you will win some and lose some. So this sudden display of awareness and work only matters if they keep ... it ... up.

That means doing so against better opponents, later this week, who do not conjure the same easily channeled passion as the rivals who live above the train station.

Islanders Links

Post-Game Coverage: mikb handled our recap | Our own Keith Quinn handled the recap at IPB | Newsday's said it was better, but not enough, with go-to spokesman P.A. Parenteau providing the quotes. | Strang has a few bits at ESPN | Botta had some of this and that at the Times blog, with John Tortorella crediting Lundqvist once again | Isles official site recaps (Wright) and (LeBourdais) | Blueshirt Banter enjoys their side

Just so you know, Sean Avery is always innocent and unfairly persecuted.

Niederreiter in, Okposo out: A little bit from Newsday. I trust next game it's someone else's turn. Josh Bailey's crucial turnover makes him an easy goat and candidate, but again, they need a center. Are they willing to make a Bridgeport move just for that message?

General sentiment was Nino had a solid (re)debut, yes?

Mikko: You probably know already that Mikko Koskinen was officially loaned to KalPa in Finland. Here's Fornabaio's Sound Tigers chat from yesterday. Remember that the Isles can still qualify Koskinen in the summer and retain his rights. I actually think that's preferable, as having goalies playing (and developing) all around the world avoids the ... dueling three-goalie situations. @Just look at Cody Rosen.@

Checking Line: Imagining what Josh Bailey's going through, and how Michael Grabner's experience could help.

Rumor sorter Lyle takes on the Islanders ugly start.

Brock? BMT season 4, episode 5 - Golf Outing -

And if I've read things right, the Islanders unveil their third jersey motif along with some special something or other tonight at a charity benefit event and cocktail to do.


General Hockey


Capuano's Post-Game Last Night

In contrast to the anger in Vancouver, last night he felt bad for his team: