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Islanders News: Sound Tigers swept; Pulock progressing; Stamkos simmering

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One more day until Game 3 2.

Islanders links

  • The season is over for the Sound Tigers, who were swept by the Toronto Marlies last night. Bridgeport built a lead, but the AHL's best team stormed back to seal the series. We'll see who gets called up as a result and (maybe) have more postmortems soon. Disappointed for the guys but hey, playoffs are better than no playoffs. [CT Post]
  • Ryan Pulock could be back for Game 3 next week and the Islanders power play could really, really use him. [Newsday | NY Post]
  • The team that doesn't do enough publicity had its coach go on the Michael Kay Show on ESPN radio to talk about the playoffs, the players' mentality and taking a puck in the nose. [Audio]
  • More on Alan Quine, who didn't expect to be where he is anymore than you did. [NY Post]
  • Mark Herrmann writes about Shane Prince but has no need for your Purple One-related quips. [Newsday]
  • Stammer Time: Captains Steven Stamkos and John Tavares have a friendship and rivalry going back many years. [LHH | Newsday | Toronto Sun on frustrated Stamkos] | Stamkos is feeling better, but his return to the ice is not immanent [Sporting News]
  • The Islanders fourth line looks like it's revving up again. [Newsday]
  • That Game 1 win may have surprised some outside observers [NY Post] but not Brian Boyle, who knows the Islanders play hard [Newsday]
  • New! Brock Nelson talks with NHL Live about the game. [Video]
  • Also new! I was a guest on Sports with the Statman and we talked about the Islanders ride and who we're watching. [Blog Talk Radio]
  • Hey, did you guys know Jon Cooper went to Hofstra and saw a lot of Islanders games at the Coliseum? [Newsday]
  • Lightning assistant coach Steve Thomas reminisces about the miracle playoff run he went on with the Islanders in 1993. [Newsday]
  • Thomas Greiss reminds Chico Resch of his miracle playoff run with the Islanders in 1975. [NY Post | The Greiss remains right, says Nick Cotsonika at NHL.com]
  • Bryan Trottier speaks with Edmonton's own Lowetide about the Islanders and his recent Hall of Fame induction. [Sound Cloud]
  • Never forget: The dynasty Islanders invented the playoff beard. [NBC Sports]
  • Bryan Berard is happy to have not been a Senator. I'm not sure why anyone asked him that now, but okay. [Toronto Sun]

Meanwhile

  • T.J. Oshie capped a hat trick with a contested overtime goal and the Capitals took Game 1 over the Penguins. This already looks like a barn-burner. [SBN]
  • The NHL Draft Lottery is Saturday between the Islanders-Lightning and Caps-Penguins games. Here's what you need to know other than that the Islanders aren't in it. [EOTP]
  • There's some intrigue behind the Coyotes' choice for their next GM. [Bob McKEnzie via TSS]
  • The Senators won a bid to develop an arena in a more downtown location. Now Eugene Melnyk begins his search for the cheapest contractors he can find. [Silver Seven]
  • Tough guy Colton Orr has retired. [NHLPA]
  • Nope, not a joke. You heard correctly. The Red Wings' brand spanking new arena that opens in two seasons will be called Little Caesars Arena. The naming agreement is for 20 years, so don't take all of your best pizza jokes out of the oven too soon. [WIIM]

Videos! It's not exciting, but Jason Garrison and Nikolay Kulemin were mic'd up for Game 1:

Now, this is exciting: a super cut of Tavares double OT goal calls from Youtube user GoCanucksGo (h/t to LHH reader Agent Otis for the heads-up).