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Islanders News: Tigers win, pods away, Somerby progress, Assault Your Linesman Night

Also: Travis Hamonic and Thomas Hickey are nice dudes.

"Where we go for break now?"
"Where we go for break now?"
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And now, the All-Star break begins for real.

Islanders Reads
  • The Sound Tigers won with just one goal, Mike Halmo's overtime tally. [CT Post | BST | AHL video]
  • Podcast alley coming at you. #1: Dan and Mike discuss the season thus far in Islanders Anxiety. [LHH]
  • #2: The Hockey PDOcast takes on the Islanders season in a rather enjoyable listen. [HockeyPDOcast]
  • #3: The Isles Buzz podcast features Ryan Pulock and Brett Cyrgalis of the Post. [Hockeybuzz]
  • Travis Hamonic's message of hope. [NHLPA]
  • Thomas Hickey visits LeFrak Center Lakeside. [Isles video]
  • Garik visits PensBurgh to explain why Frans Nielsen is -- still -- The Unheralded. (But also most glorious and divine, amen) [PensBurgh]
  • The top Hockey East defensemen include Doyle Somerby. [SBN College Hockey]
  • The Isles' visit to Minnesota this season will be a mutual You Can Play Night. [NHL]
  • More on the Islanders' practice facility in Eisenhower Park, keeping the Long Island connection. [LI Herald]
Beyond Brooklyn
  • Dennis Wideman took a big hit last night, hobbled toward the bench, and looked like he crosschecked a linesman out of his way (but probably didn't see him until the last second as he tried to jump to the right). [Sportsnet | SB Nation]
  • Elsewhere on Assault Your Linesman Night, Milan Lucic mis-aimed his punch, as he came back from suspension for sucker-punching. [SB Nation]
  • The Capitals are having Alex Ovechkin miss the All-Star game to nurse an injury, and will accept him having to miss a real game because of it. [Friedman]
  • Ranking the NHL's best and worst GM/coach combos through very scientific means, we assure you. [SI]
  • The Panthers are now selling that (Kevin) "Spacey in Space" t-shirt for charity. [Puck Daddy]
  • Why their newly re-signed Barkov is among the NHL's best playmakers. [Sportsnet]
  • A majority of NHL coaches are in favor of coach's challenges. In other news, people with control like to have control. [TSN]
  • Coaches like the Hawks and Caps. In many ways. [TSN]
  • Okay these Caps are great but are they cut out for the playoffs? [Japers' Rink]
  • Arena stuff: A rundown of the bids to develop LeBreton Flats in Ottawa. [Silver Seven]
  • "We have a trade to announce..." and it's the NWHL's first. [NWHL]
  • Meanwhile, Jenny Scrivens is working double duty for the NWHL. [Sports on Earth]
  • Legendary Kings broadcaster Bob Miller is taking a leave of absence for heart surgery. [Kings]