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Thank you, Donnie.

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Dude, you look even larger close up.
Dude, you look even larger close up.
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That's it. The 2014-15 NHL season is over. Some team won it all for the third time in six seasons -- an impressive feat in modern cap/free agency times -- and the commissioner who never says anything by accident calls them a "dynasty."

Silly Bettman, dynasties are for kings....

...and teams that reel off their Cups without taking a break to lick their wounds and nurse hangovers.

Islanders Reads Listens

The Islanders Point Blank podcast welcomes Sound Tigers play-by-play man Phil Giubileoto discuss Griffin Reinhart and the other blueline prospects. [SoundCloud]

The Cup Winneth Over
  • The Blackhawks won a great, close series with the only game that was decided by more than one goal. Though they are facing more cap pressure, they've stayed on top by navigating it.  [USA Today]
  • (To that point: A sign of this era of Western dominance is that a deep team lost Nick Leddy and still wins the Cup, while the Bruins lost Johnny Boychuk and missed the playoffs.)
  • Chicago went a bit crazy. [SB Nation]
  • The Cup nearly didn't arrive at the arena on time because of Chicago traffic...which by Kate Murray logic means there shouldn't be an arena there. [Sporting News]
  • Sadly, Blackhawks great Stan Mikita has no idea this Cup happened. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Ben Bishop had a torn groin. Tyler Johnson had a broken wrist. [SB Nation]

Neither Island Nor Cup

(It's correct, except for the surface.)