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Islanders News: Barzal beard; Save of the Year

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In which Sportsnet talking heads talk a lot about Mathew Barzal’s hair.

Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders
Don’t you know the children are the future...
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Nashville will compete for the Stanley Cup! Somewhere, Canada’s Taranna’s attendance-watching columnists have a sad. (Oh wait, do they shut up when Nashville is selling out every game and packing downtown? I see, it’s situational...)

Islanders Reads

  • Vote for the Islanders Save of the Year, also known as a painful and unnecessary reminder that they spent most of the last two seasons with three goalies. [Isles]
  • Introducing Garth Snow’s brilliant offseason plan to field nothing but an entire roster of goalies. [LHH FanPost]
  • Mathew Barzal’s Seattle needs a win tonight to stay a live in the Memorial Cup. [NHL]
  • Barzal’s Thunderbirds are trying to stay positive, and all that. [My Northwest]
  • Barzal talked during intermission with guys who are older and less athletic:

Playoffs(?!?!!)

  • Oh but Strome The Younger set a record as Erie demolished the Sea Dogs. [Sportsnet]
  • The Predators survived won last night and Colton Sissons (not Scissons) had the game of his life with a hat trick, but despite all evidence to the contrary the Perds still avoided touching what may still be the highest trophy they will ever win. Still, cheers to the victorious eight seed. [On the Forecheck]
  • “It’s kind of a thing you don’t want to think about,” said Pekka Rinne. [USA Today]
  • History repeated itself for the Ducks (whom I must point out, feature Ryan Kesler, Corey Perry and Kevin Bieksa, so...I mean, karma?) [Anaheim Calling]
  • The Ducks were up 2-0 when they almost completely stopped playing, so they were lucky to survive this — particularly after wasting a five minute power play after Nick Ritchie was ejected for checking Vicktor Arvidsson from behind, leaving this “R”-shaped blood stain and lots of Internet fun. [SB Nation]
  • It’s continuation of a dream season for perennial also-ran Nashville. [NHL]

I’ll admit I take particular pleasure seeing “non-traditional” hockey markets do well after embracing the sport we love and doing justice to it the way too few Canadian Taranna columnists do, so hell yeah:

Not Playoffs

  • Go ahead, call the NHL Cleveland Barons the “Mistake By The Lake” but those jerseys were awesome and should be sold today, just like the original Oakland Seals jerseys. [THN]
  • Sean Burke discusses the Olympics without NHLers. [Sportsnet]