There were some playoffs last night, and there will be some more tonight and tomorrow. It's fun to watch, but it still kind of hurts.
Some Islanders Things
- IIHF World Championship: Brock Nelson scored two more goals, tied for the tournament lead, and basically relegated Slovenia in the USA's 3-1 win. [LHH with videos | IIHF recap | NHL | NBC]
- Great story on the Reinhart family, including how -- now this makes me feel old -- none of them were born yet when father Paul was an NHLer. The thing there is none of them had that "grew up in NHL dressing rooms" advantage. [THN]
- Readers' top Coliseum memories, Part I [Islanders Insight]
Not Exactly Islanders-Related
- In their final preliminary round game Tuesday, the U.S. faces Slovakia, who need the win or else. [IIHF]
- The Rangers awoke all of the Capitals' playoff demons by forcing Game 7 after the Caps had a 3-1 series lead. Chris Krieder scored twice because "he's a freak of nature" -- that's code for "he runs goalies because he just doesn't know his own strength, is all" -- as the Rangers held on, 4-3. [ESPN] Game 7 is Wednesday.
- It was the first time in 15 years that a playoff game had goals scored in the first minute of each period. [Elias]
- Calgary took the Anaheim to overtime, but the Ducks prevailed and will face the Blackhawks in the conference final. [NHL]
- Corey Perry looked like his knee blew up from a collision with Matt Stajan but he came back minutes later because hockey. So, naturally he scored the OT winner as Dennis Wideman tried to send him to the core of the earth. [NBC]
- Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts includes Mike Babcock speculation, chapter 17, noting the Oilers may not wait for him when his protege might sign up for Alberta McDavid-Nugent hockey. (Also: Braden Holtby's historic run, until last night.) [Sportsnet]