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Islanders Gameday 6 News: Isles know task to clinch still daunting

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And Gerard Gallant knows his team hasn't played a poor game yet.

FYI this is where the game is.
FYI this is where the game is.
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"It still feels like it's a long ways away." That's the Frans Nielsen quote that appears in all of the metro papers' "this is big for the team and the fans" stories leading into Game 6 tonight with the Florida Panthers at Barclays Center.

For real.

Islanders News

  • These Islanders have never been in this position before, they know it, they hope they handle it right. [NHL]
  • But they know it won't be easy. (So hey Greiss, do that again.) Also in the Newsday item, JT on Barclays: "The first two games blew us all out of the water," Tavares said. "The Coliseum was something special, but in our new home, our fans had a real sense of pride and brought that over from last year." [Newsday | Post]
  • Now is the time, man. Not just for the demons of the past, but the opportunity of now. [Daily News]
  • After his head injury Nick Bjugstad didn't make the Panthers' flight up to New York, but Gerard Gallant wasn't ruling him out for Game 6. [Newsday]
  • Gerard Gallant knows the Panthers are playing well, so he is chill. [Sun-Sentinel]
  • Brooklyn (and Yormark) is happy with playoff hockey. [Times]
  • Speaking of which, last time the Isles won a game 5, the top album during the playoffs was by some group that sang "No Sleep Till Brooklyn." [FanShot from TMC]
  • AHL Playoffs: The Sound Tigers lost Game 1 to Toronto, 4-1. They scored first and had opportunities to extend their early lead [BST], but the Marlies surged back [CT Post], leaving the many playoff debutantes [CT Post] lamenting what could've been. [Soundin' Off]
  • CHL Playoffs: Niagara is now up 2-0 on Barrie in the OHL Eastern Conference final after a 4-1 win. Joshua Ho-Sang had a timely power play assist and is now up to 17 points in 11 playoff games. [St. Cath. St.]

#1 is Not Human

From Newsday's "Game 6 by the Numbers," this:

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Islander seen riding the exercise bike at about 12:30 a.m. — goalie Thomas Greiss, who played 96 minutes and made 47 saves.

Beyond Our Hub of Anxiety

  • Good news! Rangers are dead. Bad news! Penguins advance. [Post: Brooks | Embarrassed and such]
  • Dan Boyle's (Rangers or entire?) career ends as a healthy scratch. So glad you told Garth no! [Post]
  • Now that the Lightning defeated the Red Wings in the playoffs, dirty laundry: Ken Holland's decisions, including declining to move upstairs to let Steve Yzerman be GM. [WIIM]
  • Also, time to gawk at them, eulogy-style. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Ducks were the first home team to win a game in their series with the Predators. Blame Mike Ribeiro. [OTF]
  • The Hawks and their "playoff pedigree" forced a Game 7 with the Blues. [NHL]
  • The shirt giveaways in Philly for today's Game 6 are excellent. [BSH]
  • Breaking down the Wild's overtime winner against Dallas through dog metaphors. [SB Nation]

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