Nothing enjoyable about yesterday afternoon's Fan Appreciation Day stinker, but media had to cover it anyway. Recaps with quotes from Jack Capuano, John Tavares ("it seems a little weird out there"), and Micheal Haley at:
Newsday | Checking Line | Isles Hockey Blog | And The Skinny: Isles are in danger of their worst home record since 2000-01.
Also: It seems John Capuano has done the 5 D thing before, but this one got him some Puck Daddy coverage
Here's the Charles Wang end-of-season interview from yesterday's broadcast.
In better news, the Sound Tigers beat Manchester 3-2 in OT to make it five wins in a row and a perfect 3-for-3 weekend. While Al Montoya's NHL save percentage this season has suddenly dropped to .899, Michael Fornabaio describes how Kevin Poulin has stood on his head amid a heavy workload in Bridgeport. Also detailed in that post: Bridgeport playoff scenarios. Trent Hunter scored for Manchester, but Poulin denied Hunter for a critical third-period save.
Meanwhile, John Persson scored his second goal yesterday, and Mike Halmo, now with BPT on an ATO, might debut next game.
Matt Martin on winning the Bobby Nystrom Award: Newsday | Official site
Here's Micheal Haley's fight with Chris Neil, with voters giving the clear decision to Neil.
Ryan Strome's Niagara IceDogs have advanced to the next round in the OHL playoffs, finishing off the "pesky" Generals.
Pennsylvania War of Tools
And the big news of the NHL yesterday was the intra-Pennsylvania circus that devolved into line brawls and coaches behaving badly, getting tossed. Video of the main sequence here, with more at Puck Daddy here and the AP here -- and really the best outcome of it all, these excellent Hulk-imitating gifs here.
More: Harntell wants to punch Penguins in the face - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Similarly ridiculous: Milan Lucic's girlfriend sound smart.