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Islanders News: I'm not in the group yet. I just Blue myself.

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There's got to be a better way to say that.

"Ha Ha!" - Nelson Muntz
"Ha Ha!" - Nelson Muntz
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The Islanders faced a bit of arrested development yesterday, dropping a tough one to the Blues with passive play and a wasted three goal lead. And so it's on to Mini Soda for Tuesday's meeting with the Wild.

Islanders links

  • Recaps of a rough rodeo: LHH | Newsday | NY Daily News | Islanders | NHL.com is heavy on Martin Brodeur's first win as a Blue | St. Louis Game Time.
  • Eric Hornick's Skinny has the stats and streaks. And an extra Skinny on blown three-goal leads.
  • Ryan Pulock's first stint with the Islanders lasted all of a day in the press box. He was sent back to Bridgeport after the game, most likely to play in the Sound Tigers game on Sunday. [Newsday]
  • Mr. Islander Bob Nystrom was back in his house yesterday and says he'll miss the place's atmosphere. [Newsday]
  • Staple's notebook looks at quietly effective non-bust Thomas Hickey.
  • The Post double dips on the Islanders: Mike Vaccaro sees a renewed rivalryBrooksie talks to Brodeur, while his headline writer clearly didn't watch the game.
  • In case you missed it, NHL refs are also collecting taxes now. [YouTube]
  • Just the mere touch of Denis Potvin is enough to shake Florida's Tomas Kopecky out of a slump. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Bridgeport rallied to beat the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2 in a shootout yesterday. [BST]
  • and Stockton beat Alaska 5-3 thanks to some slick moves by Sebastian Collberg. [Thunder]

Around the Hockey World

  • The Red Wings beat the Rangers last night to give Mike Babcock his 500th coaching win. [SI.com]
  • The gambling investigation surrounding Thomas Vanek is weighing on his mind. [Star Trib]
  • Sharks and Kings Stadium Series jerseys leak, apparently. I like San Jose's but LA's black-and-white scheme remains boring. [Fear the Fin]
  • Miami hates (losing) sports teams. [Pensburgh]
  • Paralyzed high school hockey player Jack Jablonski's number was retired by his school. [SBN College Hockey]
  • Coyotes owner makes minor oops which, fortunately, doesn't cost his team or the taxpayers of Glendale any money. [SB Nation]

Jack Capuano liked how one team looked yesterday. Unfortunately, it wasn't his.