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Islanders News: Halak across America; Tavares a handy helper; Happy Hamonic

Maybe today more than one team will score in a game.

Turn and burn.
Turn and burn.
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Today at the World Cup of Hockey, Nikolay Kulemin and Russia open up versus Sweden at 3 pm, while Team North America and Team Finland play in the night game.

Until then...

Islanders news

  • Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves as Team Europe opened the World Cup with a 3-0 shutout win over Team USA. Looks like vintage Halak, getting the job done with a couple of scares in between. [LHH]
  • Meanwhile in the night game, Carey Price earned his own shutout as Team Canada obliterated the Czech Republic 6-zip. Sorry, Dom. But at least John Tavares had a couple of assists. []
  • Brian at IPB asks an important question: for the World Cup, do you root for country or for the the Islanders. For me, the answer is always Islanders. No explanation.
  • A year after his difficult trade request, Travis Hamonic is still an Islander and couldn't be happier. [Newsday]
  • Rookie camp continued, and Michael Dal Colle is looking to build upon his short AHL experience from last season. [CT Post]
  • Great news, everyone: Josh Ho-Sang woke up on time! And he's packing a positive attitude. [Newsday]
  • Here's the man in action, courtesy of Sound Tigers pxp man Alan Fuehring
  • And here are more campers camping

A couple more

  • Marian Hossa (and Jaro Halak) remember when Slovakia was a hockey power in its own right. [Sun Times]
  • Evaluating NHL front offices by what they do, not what they say. [TSS]