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Islanders Gameday 4 News: In praise of Tavares, Drouin, Hickey, 4th line, fans; Pulock Health Watch

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Decidedly un-ham hands.
Decidedly un-ham hands.
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Game 4 for the islanders and Lightning is tonight in Brooklyn. It's kind of a big deal. Here's series and NHL coverage to occupy your mind in the meantime.

Islanders-Lightning Playoff Coverage

  • A roundup of health/lineup updates as of yesterday, all subject to change today. [LHH]
  • Ryan Pulock sure sounds like he wants to return. [ | Newsday]
  • Thomas Hickey was never in doubt. [] Defended his own hit. [Post] Behind his overachiever story. [Newsday]
  • Jonathan Drouin is feeling fine, and continuing to be a threat, after Hickey's hit. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Feature: How the Isles are a reflection of Jack Capuano's personality. [ESPN]
  • Isles were a grumpy bunch heading into today. [Metro] But they should feel confident. [WSJ]
  • John Tavares Coverage: He needs "to rebound." [Sports on Earth] ...says the world that is learning what Eddie Olczyk already knew about the star. [Post] He puts his team first. [Newsday | Isles] This matchup may make or break the Isles. [Post]
  • The SNY podcast discusses Game 3, the hits, coaching, goaltending and a visit from former Detroit, Yahoo and current writer NIck Cotonika. [IPB/SoundCloud]
  • Talking the series with NHL Network analysts. Newsday]
  • In praise of the fourth line that's not exactly a fourth line. [Post | THN]
  • Isles fans have brought Coliseum-level noise to Barclays. [Newsday] And they have the New York playoff ice (i.e. gobs of media coverage) all to themselves. [Newsday]
  • The Lightning know the Isles will keep hitting, and that's no problem. []
  • Why the Lightning deserve to lose this series: They spent their off day at a Justin Bieber concert. []
  • Praise for the Hofstra kids handling the Isles broadcast at WRHU. [Times]

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Other Things

Overtime for everyone last night.

Peter DeBoer says what so many have been thinking all year:

  • That was a triple OT for Nashville, whose reaction was priceless. [Puck Daddy]
  • Michael Fornabaio outlines more context on that sudden and controversial announcement of AHL Portland moving to Springfield. [Soundin' Off]
  • Pierre McGuire is a road warrior, which is why you can't avoid him. [SI]
  • Jaromir Jagr won't go away because he's awesome. [LBC]
  • The new Coyotes GM is 26. No problem. [FFH | FFH]
  • Gerard Gallant, Lindy Ruff and Barry Trotz are Jack Adams finalists for the award to be fired in two years. [NHL]
  • Speaking of which, the now-fired Bob Hartley feels the Flames couldn't look past the season's finish. [Calgary Sun]
  • SB Nation is starting a new women's hockey blog. Go here if you're interested in helping. [Blog Huddle]
  • On Tony X, and learning to love the bandwagon(ers). [SLGT]
  • Vote for the favorite of those outstanding Blue Jackets gameday posters. [CBJ]