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Islanders Gameday News: Game 3 Barclays Center Playoff Debut

John Tavares is good and Barclays ice is bad.

Brooklyn's turn.
Brooklyn's turn.
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After a merciful break, the New York Islanders and Florida Panthers are back at it for Game 3. The first playoff game in Brooklyn. It was nearly sold out yesterday, so should be a blinding atmosphere.

Islanders Reads

  • Todd Richards says yes, expect a long series. [NHL]
  • Will Barclays be a home advantage? [Newsday | NY Post]
  • Could it at least have good ice? [Newsday]
  • Can it channel echoes of Nassau Coliseum? (Like, the good years, that is.) [Newsday | Daily News]
  • John Tavares is good and his teammates should learn from that and also be good. [Newsday | NHL | NY Post]
  • The Panthers arrive healthy and happy. [NHL] But they arrive without Rocco Grimaldi, who was sent to the AHL. [LBC]
  • How Roberto Luongo's Game 2 theft was huge for him and his team. [Miami Herald]
  • Travis Hamonic can't freaking wait. [Isles Twit Video]
  • Not going to the game, or planning ahead for Game 5? Some Brooklyn and NYC bars for watching the Isles. [LHH]
  • After clinching a playoff spot on Friday, the Sound Tigers had themselves a brawl in a loss to Albany. [CT Post]
  • Here's brawl video, via IslesEnforcers. [YouTube | NBC Sports]
  • Lots of penalties to sort through. [Soundin' Off] And doesn't this show they need two refs too? [Times Union]
  • Michael Dal Colle impressed in his pro debut Friday. [Isles]
  • The Thunderbirds are through to the WHL's Western Conference final after a 3-2 win over Everett in Game 5. Mathew Barzal was again held pointless, but won a key faceoff. [T-Birds]
  • PS: Anthony Beauviller can advance to the QMJHL's semifinals with a win today over Charlottetown.
  • Socio-demographic shocker! The Florida owners are from New York. (Seriously, neat story though.) [NY Times]

The Rest of the Place

  • Steve Mason gave up a terrible long-range goal that people are calling "the worst in playoff history" and stuff like that. [SB Nation]
  • There have been two game-stalling, close, and opposite-result offside reviews already in the playoffs. I hate-hate-hate that they made this a reviewable (and game delaying) thing when there are so many other unreviewable things that have a greater impact on the game, but if they're doing it, maybe refine the rules. [Sporting News]
  • Here was the review in the Rangers-Penguins game. [SB Nation]
  • And then over here you have the review of the Stars goal kicked from behind the net. [SB Nation]