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Islanders News: Halak health, behind Boychuk, Pulock's promise

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Well, those guys are a win away from a Cup.

Just over here minding my hernia...
Just over here minding my hernia...
Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

The Penguins won to go up 3-1 in the series in San Jose with the chance to clinch at home in their proper unis. Go read about it elsewhere if you must. But feel free to mourn/celebrate/talk about it here.

Islanders News

  • Jaroslav Halak's hernia/abdominal surgery reportedly went well, and he intends to play in the World Cup. [Sportsnet]
  • Dan asked what many of us have: What was up with Johnny Boychuk this season? [LHH]
  • Maybe we needn't pine for Johnny's rockets, because Ryan Pulock's on the rise. [Isles]
  • Here's audio of Arthur Staple discussing the Isles with Illegal Curve of Winnipeg.
  • For the latest morsel in our Top 25 Under 25, I'll order the Verhaeghe. [LHH]
  • The Sound Tigers signed another Quinnipiac product, and Brett Gallant returned from his health scare to inch closer to the Calder Cup. [Soundin' Off]
  • What will the Islanders do at the NHL draft? [THW]
  • This Chicago bank is accused of enabling the fraud scheme that ensnared Bryan Berard and Michael Peca. [Daily News]

Elsewhere

  • Like Kyle Okposo, Milan Lucic seems bound for free agency on July 1 thanks to the cap (AND ISN'T THAT TERRIBLE, LARRY BROOKS? ERMIGOD HOW DARE THE NHL CHOOSE PARITY OVER DYNASTIES?) (Sorry.) [NHL | LA Kings Insider]
  • An Oilers media guy adds more gas to the fiery thought that they might trade Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Taylor Hall. [OilOnWhyte]
  • The NHL.com's mock drafters are at it again. [NHL]
  • Those who saved AHL hockey in Springfield (by stealing it from Portland) are all jazzed up. [MassLive]
  • Understanding the distribution of scoring among forwards across the league. [PPP]
  • About Black Aces, a timeless playoff topic. [Times]
  • Our HockeyGoalieEh explains why the Flames are hamstrung by bad contracts. [M&G]
  • The Leafs are likely to lose TJ Brennan to the KHL. [NBC Sports]
  • Touching story about Peter DeBoer and his longtime assistant. [Toronto Sun]
  • The NWHL commissioner talks about the "scandalous" offseason. [Puck Daddy]
  • Breaking down the World Cup rosters by cap hit. [WIIM]
  • Are the Rangers alluring enough to draw the latest hot hot hot college free agent NEW YORK MEDIA WANTS TO KNOW YO. [Post]

In case you missed it, here's Metallica delivering the national anthem before Game 4.