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Islanders Game Day News: Let's get a Ducking win; Barzal's brain farts; Chimera celebration

Please win.

See? He played a little.
See? He played a little.
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Islanders open their second season in Barclays Center tonight against the Anaheim Ducks. After each losing on the road last night, both teams are 0-2 and need a win in the worst way.

Game time is 6 pm but the pre-game fan fest begins at 3:30 so get your ass down to Brooklyn for fun and events before doors open at 4:30.

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Until then...

Islanders links

  • Recaps: LHH | Newsday | Islanders | | Japers | NYI Skinny
  • Mathew Barzal's first NHL game was definitely unforgettable. But not for reasons anyone was expecting. [PHT]
  • And his family flew all the way out from Vancouver and everything to watch him.

  • Our English Isles fan gives his take on what went down in Washington. [FanPost]
  • In a letter to fans, Brett Yormark lists all the changes you'll see around Barclays Center this season at Islanders games.
  • The Kings are gonna need a goalie for a few months while Jonathan Quick is hurt. Are they trying to get Jean-Francois Berube back from the Islanders? [Newsday]
  • Martin remembers all of the old man defensemen the Islanders have brought in over the years. [LHH]
  • The Sound Tigers won their first game of the season, 2-1 over Providence last night. Christopher Gibson made 38 saves. [CT Post | BST]
  • Michael Fornabaio can read your minds and asked Brent Thompson what he thought of Michael Dal Colle's and Joshua Ho-Sang's performances. [Soundin' Off]
  • Kieffer Bellows scored his first goal for BU in a loss to Denver. [Go Terriers]
  • RIP former New York Jet Dennis Byrd. whose inspiring story ends in a sad and sudden way.

Around the league

  • The Blues decided to not take any shots in the third period of their game against the Rangers and let back-up goalie Carter Hutton do all the work. St. Louis won 2-1. [Newsday]
  • The Maple Leafs decided to act like a normal team and just retire all of their damn "honored" numbers already [Sportsnet]. They also finally retired Dave Keon's No. 14. Even he thought honoring numbers was stupid. [Sportsnet]
  • An empty net own goal is not how Loui Eriksson envisioned his first score as a Canuck would go. But he can laugh at it now because Vancouver won in a shootout. [SBN]

The Caps played a nice video tribute to Jason Chimera upon his return to Verizon Center. Many goals, some blood and lots of yelling from Washington announcers. [RMNB]