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Islanders, NHL News: Look Ma, new wood paneling

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Also: Ho-Sang turns the page, Dal Colle tries to rebound.

Washington Capitals v New York Islanders
Has summer training plans.
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we have a full tank of gas, half a packet of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses. Also, it’s Friday.

Islanders Reading

  • The Islanders, er Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, made a big deal of showing ticketholders the renovated Nassau Coliseum. Honestly everything about Isles arena news and missed opportunities just makes me sad, so all I can think is, “Oh. Nice. Wood paneling.” At least the seats work though. [Newsday story and video]
  • Here are some of the best Isles photos of the year, which in a shock upset are not all by the esteemed and one-of-a-kind Bruce Bennett. [Isles]
  • Down 3-1 in the series after a 2-1 loss, ECHL Worcester now faces a do-or-die scenario beginning Saturday night. [Telegram]
  • Meanwhile, lots of exit interview quotes in Michael Fornabaio’s season-ending blog. For example, Devon Toews says his rehab is ahead of schedule, and also: “I had confidence in my game, plus playing with Kyle Burroughs is the easiest job in the world.” [Soundin’ Off]
  • Also from that roundup, coach Brent Thompson on Michael Dal Colle (“I’ve got to get faster”) and Joshua Ho-Sang: “They need to have a response season. They’re probably not happy with how the season played out. It’s important they take ownership, move forward and now improve for next year.”
  • Well thank goodness, Scott Malkin’s Value Retail outlet shopping chain has rebranded. [WWD]

Teams That Are Still Playing, Or Recently Extinguished

Last night’s NHL scores include the Leafs outplaying Boston but making critical mistakes, and the Blue Jackets laying an egg to let the Capitals tie there series.

Not gonna lie, for maximum viewing pleasure I like having many West Coast teams in the playoffs. Annoyed that two of them were swept, eliminated so soon. But it is fun to see the post-mortems. Like:

  • Time for L.A. to rebuild. [TSN]
  • Time for Anaheim to stop pretending being the “toughest” is a route to victory. [Anaheim Calling]
  • Sean Couturier hopes to return for Philadelphia tonight, but Patric Hornqvist won’t for Pittsburgh. [NHL]
  • “Auston Matthews has been invisible.” [Old man Ken at THN]
  • Well what in the name of Jacques Demers is going on around here? Sounds like for real, Bill Peters will opt out of the Hurricanes job to coach the Flames instead. [Canes Country]
  • Recalling coaches who used to guide Montreal’s farm teams, including Scotty Bowman who only lasted eight games. (This is where I remind people that Bowman once told Al Arbour if he took the Isles job he’d lose for eight years. Nah, he’d win a Cup in seven.) [HEOTP]