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[Back-to-Back Bits] Father Tavares exorcises Devils; Bob-o-Paid-ic; Derp-liest catch

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This is just the warm up
This is just the warm up
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The Islanders are in Columbus tonight to face the Blue Jackets, which only leaves about 11 hours to watch and re-watch John Tavares' sublime OT winner from last night. Leave your FIG picks for tonight here.

Islanders links

  • Recaps of a religious revival: LHH | Newsday | NY Post | NY Daily News |
  • Jack Capuano, Calvin deHaan and Tavares talk about the game and the OT. [LHH]
  • This article from Eyes on Isles was, ostensibly, a preview of last night's game but it speaks to the daily volcanic cauldron of Islanders fandom on social media.
  • The Fisherman jerseys auctioned for charity have been revealed and they're... complicated. [LHH |, who might want to check out the standings before snarking]
  • Speaking of which, the Wall Street Journal does all it can to remind you that the Islanders are in first place, but might not stay there for long.
  • How do you say, "Hit Piece" in French? Because RDS has the claws out for Mikhail Grabovski.
  • Capuano and Kyle Okposo remember the late J.P. Parise. [ | Newsday]
  • A pair of quick strikes helped the Sound Tigers take a game from Portland. [Soundin' Off]
  • Late prospect bits: Michael Dal Colle (2 assists, 21 game point streak) and the Generals lost to Kingston in a shootout. | Josh Ho-Sang (2 assists) and Niagara beat Sudbury 5-4.

No longer Isles-related, but former Isles draft pick Andrey Pedan met Jarred Tinordi, and the result was so brutal they had to put up a "please stand by" screen (via HockeyFights):


  • Dion fall down, other man score goal. [SB Nation] The Blue Jackets would lose 5-2 to the Leafs, though.
  • Columbus also signed goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to a 4-year contract extension prior to last night's game. At $7-plus million a year, Bob won't be cheap, but the term is right and he's obviously a rock for the Blue Jackets. [The Cannon]
  • If you're mad about the Islanders Fisherman warm-up jerseys, at least they're nicer than the 2015 All Star jerseys, which look better suited for paintball or motorcross. [SB Nation]
  • Staring at the back of those monstrosities will be Darryl Sutter and Peter Laviolette, the All Star Team coaches. []
  • April Reimer, wife of Leafs' goalie James, has started a campaign to stamp out online abuse. Great idea, but a shame that it needs to be organized at all. [Globe and Mail]
  • Brendan Shanahan is ready to shake up the Leafs and told his team so. [Sportsnet]
  • The Islanders aren't the only team with back-up goalie issues. Carter Hutton is forcing the Predators to watch the schedule and play Pekka Rinne an awful lot. [On the Forecheck]
  • The Pacific Division isn't all it's cracked up to be. [PHT]
  • Where are the Capitals scoring chances coming from? Besides, "everywhere" smart guy. [Japers Rink]
  • Do not adjust your eyes: that is Todd Bertuzzi on a PTO with the Senators AHL club in Binghamton. [Silver Seven]

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