Lots to chew on today after a wild finish to the NHL's regular season.
- Recaps: LHH | Newsday | NY Post | Daily News | NY Times | Islanders | NHL.com | The Cannon
- Eric Hornick's final regular season Skinny from the Coliseum.
- The Islanders and Capitals will kick off their series Wednesday night in Washington. Sunday afternoon is Game 3 at the Coliseum. [LHH | NHL]
- Calvin deHaan was back in the line-up last night. Will he return to regular duty? [Newsday]
- Something is up with Travis Hamonic. Let's hope it's cleared up by next week. [Newsday]
- The disappointment for the Islanders continued even after the game was over: with a secondary assist in the dying minutes of a win over Nashville, Jamie Benn leapfrogged John Tavares to win the Art Ross Trophy. [LHH | NY Post | A rightfully excited Defending Big D]
- Brian Compton on Tavares' leadership evolution. [NHL.com]
- Anders Lee had a good season, too, and could be a key contributor in the playoffs. [NHL.com]
- Train the Kyle Okposo Way! [SI.com]
- 29 years ago today, Al Arbour's first tenure as Islanders coach came to an end after a playoff loss to the Capitals. [Skinny]
- The Islanders toasted the Coliseum in the best way this season: with wins. [NY Post]
- And the final season will see playoffs. [Neil Best at Newsday]
- Fans at the finale were happy and sad. [Newsday]
- Various NHL folk tell tales of the Coliseum. Pierre McGuire remains predictable. [ESPN]
- A short and super-dramatic video from the Times on preparing for Brooklyn.
- Another video: MSN raises a glass to the Coliseum.
- Newsday readers take a break from arguing about Obama to write in their memories.
- Lists! 15 Top Moments from Newsday | 10 from the Daily News
- What was the Islanders first game at the Coliseum like? These guys were there. [NY Times]
A Little Extra
- The defending champs missed the playoffs and Jewels from the Crown has all the info: How did the Kings suddenly stop being THE KINGS? | Was there tension between the team and Darryl Sutter? | Robin Regehr announces he will retire.
- Frozen Four: Congrats to Providence College on winning their first championship. But Matt O'Connor won't soon forget this goal. [SB Nation]
- It wasn't all bad for the Devils this year. [ILWT]
- That didn't take long. [Toronto Sun]
- Did you lose your fantasy league this year? Blame this guy. [The New Yorker]
Coach Arbour wasn't able to make it up for the final game, but his wife Claire and his family were on hand to drop the first puck. As always, he remains in our thoughts.