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Islanders News: Strome and such, Tavares leadership, more hit and radio drama

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Look, let's just let the media sort this out.
Look, let's just let the media sort this out.
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There was more playoff hockey last night, and more playoff hockey tonight, but neither includes the Islanders. Today is the last of the extended breaks in this series with the Lightning.

Islanders Reads

  • More from Capuano on Ryan Strome and lineup decisions. [Post]
  • Outlining the reasons this series has been the most entertaining of the second round [ESPN]
  • Our kids, they are (CHL) championships-bound. [LHH]
  • In a reflection of everything I loathe about oversaturated coverage of the more popular sports, the DiPietro-Francesa thing carries on another day. [Post]
  • In a more interesting radio story, a behind-the-scenes look at the Islanders and WRHU relationship with Chris King serving as voice and mentor for the team and the students. [NY Times]
  • In which Ken Campbell's traditional old man rant actually makes some sense, while the Isles are focusing on the positives, shaking off the Game 3 loss. [THN]
  • Perspectives on why the Boyle hit was no big deal. [Tampa Times | With more from Cooper | Brooksie | Cyrgalis | IPB Podcast]
  • Capuano said all players are trying to finish their checks, but he didn't back off saying it was a bad, high hit, citing the blood coming out of Hickey's mouth. [Newsday] Mark Herrmann's not sure, but thinks the benefit of the doubt today should go to player safety, no? [Newsday]
  • Fans and players are warming to Barclays. The playoffs help. [Guardian | USA Today]
  • All bow down because Mark Messier has declared John Tavares a finalist for the leadership award. [LHH]
  • On the Bieber concerts messing with the playoff schedule, plus Tavares talking about his mistake on the tying goal in Game 3. [Newsday]
  • Three Islanders prospects - Josh Ho-Sang, Mathew Barzel and Anthony Beauviller - are playing in their respective junior league championship series [LHH]. Beauvillier and the Cataractes are down 1-0 after a 4-2 loss to Rouyn-Noranda on Wednesday night. [QMJHL video]

That Other Stuff

  • The Presidents Trophy-winning Capitals and their Trotzy-Wilson values have their backs against the wall after an overtime loss to crease-crashing Pittsburgh. [Trib | Japers' | PensBurgh] It's all been a bummer for Holtby. [Trib] "A team with Stanley Cup aspirations should have won this game." [WaPo]
  • Stars beatwriter Mike Heika discusses the team's many issues heading into Game 4. [DM News]
  • Watch every playoff game for insights on why good defensemen have to be astute on offense and passing. (A bit of love for Nick Leddy here) [Sportsnet]
  • In an all to familiar story, many in Portland had no idea their AHL team was about to move to Springfield. [Portland Press Herald]
  • Brian Burke wants the Flames to be "black and blue" and stuff. [Sportsnet]
  • Was this season the worst collapse in Canadiens history? [HEOTP]