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Islanders News: Silver Cal; Defense with Dennis; Blowouts all-around

It is truly championship hockey season, folks!

How utterly Islanders is this photo of the three currently-in-the-NHL representatives at the Worlds?
How utterly Islanders is this photo of the three currently-in-the-NHL representatives at the Worlds?
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An eventful day of hockey yesterday. Team Sweden defeated Team Canada in the shootout to win gold at the World Championships and earlier in the day, Team Russia knocked off Team Finland to win the bronze. Then, the Penguins and Senators played a thrilling, tight game.

Islanders News

  • Dan has you covered on the final day of the Worlds: Calvin de Haan received a silver medal with the Canadians and Ilya Sorokin collected bronze as the Russians' backup. Also, Dennis Seidenberg of co-host Germany was named the top defenseman of the tournament as he led the position in points, and countryman and former Islander Uwe Krupp made an appearance.  [LHH]
  • Mathew Barzal still has the Isles on his mind as he continues to lead his team through the Memorial Cup. [NHL]
  • Speaking of which: the Thunderbirds gave up a touchdown (and the extra point!) to the Windsor Spitfires to fall to 0-2 in the tourney. Barzal had an assist on Seattle's lone goal in the second period. [PPP]

Other Hockey News

  • Remember when I said Pens-Sens Game 5 was exciting and close? I lied! 7-0 was the final score in favor of Pittsburgh, including 4 tallies in the first period, to give them a 3-2 series lead. The series shifts back to Ottawa as they try to stave off elimination at home. [Pensburgh | Silver Seven]
  • It was previously reported that the Predators would be without their top-line center for the remainder of the playoffs - turns out that Ryan Johansen required emergency surgery for acute compartment syndrome in his left thigh. I don't recommend Googling it if you are squeamish, eating food, or are a human. [NHL]
  • A fun breakdown of whether or not touching the Conference trophies has actually correlated with Stanley Cup success. *Stevie Wonder's "Superstition" plays in the background* [On the Forecheck]
  • Chris Lee is the KHL's leading scorer on the back end and is also Canadian, and was given the chance to play for his home country while they waited for more NHLers to arrive at the Worlds. He is ready to come home. [PPP]