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Islanders News: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue

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So close and yet so close to the end.

This doesn't help.
This doesn't help.
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Whether you saw an admirable team undone by hockey's cruel nature or a ill-equipped team outmatched by a better opponent, the reality is that the Islanders may have just two more days left in their season. They're skating in Tampa today and will try to extend their season starting tomorrow afternoon.

I'm also upset that I'll have to put off seeing Captain America: Civil War until next week. But that's me.

Islanders news:

  • Recaps: LHH | Newsday | NY Post | NY Daily News | NY Times | Islanders | NHL.com | NYI Skinny | Raw Charge
  • Yeah, yeah, yeah the season is over. But IF the Islanders do win tomorrow, Game 6 will be Tuesday in Brooklyn at 7:30. [NHL.com]
  • Ryans Strome and Pulock returned to the lineup, while Alan Quine sat. [Newsday]
  • Shane Prince was the latest to skate on John Tavares' left side. He looked fine but couldn't convert it into points. [NY Post]
  • Brooksie liked what he saw from the Islanders, and thought they deserved a win.
  • This whole overtime-loss-at-home thing is getting old [Compton]. And the Lightning again find a way to win [Cotsonika]
  • Sportsnet learned that Matt Martin is gonna get paid this summer, among other things.
  • Hollywood star Chloe Grace Moretz took in the game and it made the pages of the Daily Mail, much to the probable confusion of gossip-reading Brits.
  • Mike and I talked about how scared we were that the Islanders would go down 3-1. Welp. [Fear and Loathing]
  • From before the game: Thomas Greiss' play is going to force team brass to make some tough decisions for the future. [NY Post]
  • These blue and orange Islanders tribute bagels are probably a little harder to swallow this morning. [Newsday]
  • Mathew Barzal felt his parent club's pain, as Seattle dropped Game 1 of the WHL finals in OT to Brandon. [My Northwest]
  • Meanwhile in Quebec, Game 2 of the QMJHL finals had to be cancelled due to ice problems following the first period. Shawinigan was trailing 2-1 at the time, with Anthony Beauviller scoring the Cataractes lone goal. The game will resume today, picking up from the second period. [CP]

Beyond Brooklyn:

  • Today's schedule is a busy one: Stars-Blues at 1 pm, Penguins-Capitals at 7 and Sharks-Predators at 10. A loss would end the season for the President's Trophy winning Caps. Becca at Japers keeps the faith.
  • Jamie Benn, Braden Holtby and Patrick Kane are the finalists for the Ted Lindsey Award, given to the league's best player as voted on by players. [NHL.com]
  • Sounds like colorfully named NCAA free agent Drake Caggiula will sign with the Oilers. He's apparently pretty good. [C&B]
  • Rangers forward Oscar Lindberg will miss six months after hip surgery. [BSB]
  • The NHL and MLB are broadcasting out of the same studio in Secaucus and getting along swimmingly. [Newsday]
  • Brent Burns is a one of a kind. And if you're not watching him and the Sharks play, you're missing out. [SI.com]