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Islanders News: Coliseum return a success, in many ways

It was a lot of fun, to say the least. And we got home at a decent hour.

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NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Islanders
Loved the Yes! Yes! Yes! chant at center ice to salute the crowd.
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The return to the Coliseum couldn’t have gone any better. The atmosphere was as electric as everyone described, and it was incredible to be a part of such a loud crowd once again.

Coliseum Homecoming Bits

  • Recaps from the comeback against the Blue Jackets and the first game back home: [LHH | Newsday | The Sports Daily | NY Times | NYI Skinny]
  • NEW! Arthur Staple on a damn near perfect night (future worries be damned). [The Athletic]
  • Also new this morning: Bode Wilde has signed his entry-level contract. He’s been doing well from the blueline in OHL Saginaw. [LHH]
  • They were, as many noted and observed through the chants, truly back where they belong. [Newsday]
  • Hell, the crowd even finished off the anthem. [NHL]
  • And the fans celebrated it all day out in the parking lot. [Newsday]
  • You can bet that the energy from the crowd helped the Islanders - they’ll even say it did. [Newsday]
  • Of course, you can leave it to Brett Cyrgalis to find the negatives in this situation, but even he acknowledges the memories. [NY Post]
  • More about the memories, of which there are many. [NHL]
  • Barry Trotz’s most intimate memories of the Coliseum came from the last games played there, playoff games, which were “really physical.” [Newsday]
  • It was also a sort of homecoming for longtime Rangers Brandon Dubinsky and John Tortorella, who couldn’t have been more thrilled to play there. [Newsday]

Other Islanders Bits

  • The Isles’ power play still sucks, and Saturday night definitely didn’t do anything to help that. [Drive 4 Five]
  • The Sound Tigers lost 2-1 to the Providence Bruins on an OT penalty shot on Saturday night. [Soundin’ Off | CT Post | Sound Tigers]
  • The Railers took 45 shots on goal in their 3-2 home win over the Rangers’ ECHL affiliate, the Maine Mariners. [RailersHC]

Beyond Long Island (and Bridgeport and Worcester)

  • Yesterday’s and Saturday’s NHL scores. The Sharks were throttled by the Senators in Erik Karlsson’s return to Ottawa.
  • Also, the Capitals blew a four-goal lead to lose to the Ducks in regulation, and in the process Ryan Miller tied John Vanbiesbrouck for wins by a U.S.-born goalie. [NHL]
  • William Nylander signed a 6-year deal with an AAV of $6.9 million minutes before the 5:00 p.m. deadline. Who won? [The Athletic]
  • The Kings lost Ilya Kovalchuk for four weeks following an ankle procedure. [Kings]
  • So they claimed Nikita Scherbak off waivers from the Canadiens. [EOTP]
  • Flyers goalie prospect Carter Hart remains patient in the AHL while all of the team’s NHL options continue to suck mightily. [NHL]