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Islanders News: Bell Centre bummer; Strome finds a home; Wild Cherry; Sound Tigers' sad synergy

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Get your fist out of my face, man.
Get your fist out of my face, man.
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One more game to go before the All Star break, tomorrow's matinee at the Coliseum versus Philadelphia.

Islanders links

  • Recaps of Le Gross Bleh: LHH | Newsday | | Islanders | Eyes on the Prize's Top Six Minutes
  • Arthur Staple recounts how this year's Islanders model came together. [Newsday]
  • Ryan Strome finds his place in the darkest, most dangerous corners of the rink. [Newsday]
  • On Jaroslav Halak's back-to-back starts. He didn't have a good game, but no Islander really did. [Newsday]
  • Don Cherry said some nice things about the Islanders fourth line and some people he just made up. [LHH]
  • Saturday night was just as bad for the Sound Tigers, who lost to Syracuse 6-2. [CT Post | and Michael Fornabaio sounds off on the turning points]
  • Michael Dal Colle scored in Oshawa's OT win over Belleville. [Durham Region]
  • Niagara lost but Josh Ho-Sang scored and has a four-game point streak. [Ice Dogs]
  • The Islanders celebrate some staff members.
  • Catch up with the Islanders' youth Lighthouse Tournament: Frans Nielsen reminisces about his formative years. | One foreign import is turning heads.

New shirt? Yes! Yes! Yes!

But not from us. Hockey design maestros Twoeightnine shirts were inspired by the chants and have a new t-shirt you can buy that's sweet as hell. Go for it. And thanks to @twoeightnine for the Fanpost announcement.

Around the NHL

  • If you watched last night's game on Sportsnet, chances are it went down something like this. [EOTP]
  • Zac Rinaldo doesn't get this whole "teammates" thing. [SB Nation]
  • Kimmo Timonen has recovered from one blood clot, but not the other and remains out for the Flyers. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Old pal P.A. Parenteau is on the IR now, but he hasn't had much of an offensive impact on the Habs this season. [EOTP]
  • The Penguins seem to be having trouble with their Metro Division foes. They play the Rangers this afternoon. [Post-Gazette]
  • College line brawl. Now that's something you don't see everyday. [The Score]
  • Mike Babcock: stand-up comedian. [Toronto Sun]
  • How much do brain injuries cost the NHL? Not as much as they cost the players... [Globe and Mail]
  • Not hockey: Mountain climbers are insane people. These guys left insane behind a long time ago. [SB Nation]
  • NHL Number Retirement Week finished up with the Kings sending Rob Blake's No. 4 to the Staples Center rafters. Good, tough, smart player that I'm glad played in the Western Conference. [Puck Daddy]