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Islanders News: Get a second-hand guitar, chances are you'll go far if you get in with the right bunch of fellows.

Islanders take care of business.

I'm over here, prayin'
I'm over here, prayin'
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Oh look. A 3-2 win.

Islanders news

  • Recaps of a routine raking: LHH | Newsday | NY Post | Daily News | Islanders | | PPP (an excerpt: "I don't care who knows it, I'll be cheering for the Islanders in the playoffs this spring.")
  • Hornick's Skinny features much Halak and a guest appearance by a Dom tweet.
  • John Tavares: Toronto-born, Long Island-raised. [Nice piece by Herrmann in Newsday]
  • Cal Clutterbuck made his return from injury, but played on the third line with Brock Nelson and Nikolay Kulemin. [Newsday]
  • Ryan Strome pumps his brother's tires (an d his own on-the-job training) in this notes column. Also includes Cappy on Nabby. [Toronto Sun]
  • Matt Martin and his stealth ninja skills were the talk to social media. [Sportsnet | Willhoft on Twitter whimsy | Point Blank talks to Martin about it.]
  • One last one on Evgeni Nabokov and what he taught the Islanders in his time here. [IPB]
  • We're down to four horses in the Metro, jockeying for position. [Japers Rink]
  • Gary Bettman tells Mike Francesa that New York is a hockey town. [CBS NY]
  • Hey Long Islanders! Did you know there's a big league hockey team playing right there? On Long Island? Well, there is! [LI Herald]
  • Or you can just use your neighbor's backyard rink. [CBS NY]
  • A swath of Sound Tigers statistics [BST]. And a notes column from Soundin' Off.
  • A wide-ranging and very open interview with Joshua Ho-Sang. The kid doesn't hold back on his feelings. I love it. [Hockey's Future]
  • And Ice Dogs general manager Marty Williamson talks about Ho-Sang on a podcast. [via friend of the blog ElSeldo]
  • Robbie Russo is now the captain of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. []


  • Right on cue, a new log is thrown on the Maple Leafs fire in the form of Phil Kessel saying, "I go where they want me. I love Toronto. If it's not here, it's not here." This will never end. [Toronto Star]
  • Dallas' Antoine Roussel was suspended two games for a cross-check. [DOPS]
  • The percentages of draft pick success, somewhat to what DPKnees had done a while back. [TSN]
  • There's very little hockey in this Forbes story about stadium revenue in the 21st century, but it's a good look at the some of the reasons why the Islanders couldn't stay in Nassau Coliseum forever. If the building isn't making you money, you're behind the 8-ball. 
  • Producer Ross Greenburg talks about EPIX and the NHL's Stadium Series docu-series. [SB Nation]
  • No more confetti for NHL arenas following a lawsuit. [TSN]
  • Long Read: Youth Hockey in Toronto is not for the weak, be they child or parent. [Toronto Life]