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"Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid." - Don Brennan, Ottawa Sun

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Enjoy your Sunday, whether you're rooting for the Jets, Giants or a meteor. The Islanders are back at it Tuesday in Philadelphia.

Islanders Stuff

  • Recaps: LHH | Newsday | Islanders | NHL.com | NYI Skinny | Silver Seven
  • Hockey Night in Canada's opening video featured the one-and-only Bryan Trottier. [LHH]
  • The Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan investigates the Islanders' hard-hitting playing style (and throws a big ol' wet blanket to the Senators' Star Wars Night promotion.)
  • Coincidentally, it was also Star Wars Night at Bridgeport last night. Sadly, The Force was weak in the Sound Tigers, who gave up two goals in the game's final minute to lose 2-1 to the Portland (Space) Pirates. Elias Sports Bureau reports that the odds of losing a game like that are approximately 3,720 to 1. [BST with Vader | CT Post | Soundin' Off]
  • Young padawan Mathew Barzal answers some questions from Islanders.com.
  • Another win for Eamon McAdam and the Nittany Lions. [BSD]
  • Defenseman Parker Wotherspoon likes jumping up into the offense. [Tri-City Herald]
  • The Missouri Mavericks won their 14th game in a row (!) and wore some sweet regional throwback jerseys in a victory over Wichita. [Mavs]

Other Stuff

  • Brandon Prust, a Noble Keeper of Hockey's Fighting Code, decided to spear Brad Marchand in the groin in open ice in the Bruins 4-0 win over Vancouver last night. Stanley Cup of Chowder has video, including an apoplectic Jack Edwards making the call. There's a lot to unpack.
  • Shea Weber's first career hat trick is also the first for a defenseman in Predators' history. [OTF]
  • Ryan Ellis is probably not the first Predators defenseman to squirt water at a referee, though. [SBN]
  • Rising Dallas Star John Klingberg talks about his great season with Puck Daddy.
  • Are the Winnipeg Jets gearing up for a big move? And does that include Travis Hamonic? Arctic Ice Hockey asks.
  • The NHL's history of expansion includes some markets that have worked out, some that haven't and some that are long stories. [Toronto Star]
  • Habs-Bruins won't be the only historic game at the Winter Classic next month. Get ready for a CWHL-NWHL faceoff between the Boston Pride and Les Canadiennes of Montreal in the first ever outdoor interleague women's hockey game. That's pretty huge. [SCOC]