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Preseason - New York Islanders 2, New Jersey Devils 1: Goals yes, food maybe

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Yes, but was there food for media? WAS THERE FOOD FOR MEDIA?

Hands off, Jersey Shore.
Hands off, Jersey Shore.
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders continued their preseason "How should I go about getting to this building without messing my routine?" trial with their second win at Brooklyn's [Bank or Old Feller of Some Sort] Center in as many tries.

Wednesday's 2-1 win saw a mostly veteran lineup -- several who didn't play in either game Monday -- with some physical play from the youngsters who likely won't make the opening roster but do want to leave an impression.

Here were the forward lines, including a dangerous first line and cool all-upside third line::

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Nelson-Nielsen-Okposo
Dal Colle-Beauvillier-Petrov
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A few media remarks on Twitter and an article published during the game by long-ago beatwriter Peter Botte in the Daily News focused on a squabble between areener -- sorry, arena -- and its new tenant over food. Yes, that's right, the Daily News coverage in-game focused on food for media at a preseason game, complete with anonymous quotes from -- you guessed it! -- the media-friendly side.

With that tone set, observers of the game carried on in a light-hearted, fit-for-preseason mood. Here is some of what they said, in between goals by Travis Hamonic and Brock Nelson and 22 saves by Kevin Poulin.

John Tavares, Captain

As captain, John Tavares has to give interviews probably 200 days a year. He is in mid-season form, saying reassuring captainly things:

"I think you can see the chemistry. We're a hardworking group, guys have been pushing themselves to be ready for game one.

"We want to win a cup. It's a process. It's a journey. Keep playing at a high level & keep growing."

The fans, however, maybe weren't fully in mid-season form:

Both teams went 0-for-5 on the power play.

Don't Mess with Mayfield...nor Beauvillier?

He has hinted at this, including in last year's playoffs. Scott Mayfield will play with an edge:

Speaking of which, coach Jack Capuano has already been preaching the "we've got to be physical" mantra in preseason, so another young impressionable one got the memo:

And then there was this:

Hey, the Jersey boy wants to be the face of the Devils.

Inevitable Music Selection

Not for the first time, the Isles are in Brooklyn now:

Strait Early Candidate for Ceremonial Season-Opening IR?

There is always one. Surely fans have their hopes money here.

Next Up

The Islanders preseason game schedule continues Friday with a split-squad road affair in New Jersey and in Philadelphia. The latter one has been added to the MSG+ schedule.