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Islanders News: Boyle-ing over; Sleepaway camp; Radio rant; Okposo's journey

Yaw lawst!

I saw Michael Jackson do this in the Smooth Criminal video.
I saw Michael Jackson do this in the Smooth Criminal video.
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It doesn't happen often, but overtime was not in the Islanders favor, despite a pretty energetic effort overall. Game 4 is Friday, by which time we'll all be (even more) stark, raving mad.

Islanders links

  • Recaps: LHH | Newsday | NY Post | NY Daily News The Sporting News on an even series | Islanders | NYI Skinny | Raw Charge
  • Brian Boyle may have scored the OT goal, but his hit on Thomas Hickey immediately preceding it is what everyone is talking about. [Dom on how the Islanders really lost the game | ESPN | PHT]
  • A loss like that sucks, but the Islanders need to move on quickly. [Newsday]
  • Did you guys know that Boyle once played for the Rangers? Whoa. Small world. [NY Daily News]
  • During the playoffs, the players are staying in a hotel and practicing in Brooklyn for, like, team building and stuff. [Newsday]
  • How 'bout that Josh Bailey? [Newsday]
  • How 'bout that Thomas Greiss? [ESPN]
  • The trip from Minnesota to Long Island to Brooklyn, a growing family and a scary eye injury have all affected Kyle Okposo in different ways. [NY Post]
  • John Tavares is among the players Puck Daddy's Ryan Lambert would like to see win a Stanley Cup. As of this moment, Tavares is New York's top dog [Newsday]. And here he is talking about his growing up watching the 1990's Leafs. [Sportsnet]
  • Ryan Strome was a healthy scratch but you already knew that. [NewsdayThere's no rift between he and Cappy writes Brett Cyrgalis.]
  • In a shocking turn of events, brand enthusiast Brett Yormark is enjoying that Islanders fan money long after the Nets season has ended. [Newsday]
  • NBCSN analyst Brian Boucher and Garth Snow are old acquaintances. [Newsday]
  • Old man yells about hockey team on the radio. But not the players, okay. Dare aw rite. He wans you to know dat, in case he needs to cawl in a favuh. [Newsday]
  • Erik Condra didn't end up playing last night, but this is an interesting and honest look into what happened to him after that Game 1 hit from Casey Cizikas. [Lightning]
  • Missouri Mavericks coach and director of hockey operations Richard Matvichuk can add ECHL Hockey Executive of the Year to his resume, to go along with his Coach of the Year award. [ECHL]

Other stuff

  • The Predators got back in their series with an emphatic 4-1 home win over the Sharks. [OTF]
  • Lindy Ruff can flip-flop goalies all he wants, but stopping the Blues is going to be a challenge as evidenced by their 6-1 thrashing of Dallas last night. St. Louis is now up 2-1 in the series. [DFD]
  • Kris Letang will miss tonight's Penguins-Capitals Game 4 (and only Game 4) for his hit on Marcus Johansson. [Pensburgh]
  • In a surprise turfing, the Flames fired coach Bob Hartley whose PDO wave crashed and burned this season, one year after winning the Jack Adams Trophy. But, it's totally not because Bruce Boudreau is available, you guys. [M&G]
  • Boudreau has been unemployed for less than 48 hours and the suitors are already lining up. []
  • Gonna be a long summer for a pair of Bruins. Torey Krug will miss six months and David Krejci five after surgeries. [PHT]

Congrats to Matt Martin on being a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award for his many charity works. Mark Giordano and P.K. Subban are the other finalists. They're all good dudes. [Kukla]