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New York Islanders Gameday News: Whoa, doing this again?

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The narratives are all set for Game 2 with the Penguins.

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Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders - Game One
You thought you could beat Robin, didn’t you, didn’t you / You believed in all their lies, didn’t you, didn’t you
Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Hope you took yesterday to recover from the thrill of Game 1, because tonight the Islanders and Penguins are at it again. This time it’s Friday night at the Coliseum. Things may get rowdy.

Leave your First Islanders Goal picks for tonight here, but please check the playoff-specific rules. They’re different from the regular season.

Themes from Game 1’s second-day coverage include how the Islanders (particularly Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech) held Sidney Crosby in check, how Robin Lehner is awesome, how Josh Bailey inspires song, and Tom Kuhnhackl being some veteran savant at age 27.

Islanders News

  • Jordan Eberle was thrilled to get his first NHL goal after being a scapegoat in Edmonton. [NHL | Isles]
  • Anthony Beauvillier was out yesterday for a “maintenance day,” so if there are any lineup changes you’d be wise to look there first. But Trotz sounded unconcerned. [Newsday]
  • Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech have become the Isles’ top pair (a fact that may catch Pittsburgh and national observers by surprise). [Newsday | Athletic]
  • Narrative: Tom Kuhnhackl is a wily playoff vet. [Isles]
  • Noel and Dan P. looked back at Game 1 and previewed Game 2 on the latest IslesBuzz podcast. [LHH]
  • Brian Burke is calling six playoff games in seven days and that is just fine. [Newsday]
  • So many guys impressed Barry Trotz, Mathew Barzal being one of them in his playoff debut. [Newsday | Post]
  • Lou says nobody’s thinking about free agency or evaluation, they’re just thinking about Game 2, but you can have your fun deciding how he’s done. [Post]
  • Robin Lehner is great. [Post]
  • All in all, yesterday was a happy day with the Isles glad to have seized the “momentum is everything” with a Game 1 win. [SNY]
  • But they know they have to be better to take Game 2. [Newsday | Post]
  • My favorite images and clips from Game 1. [LHH]
  • Some additional great visuals here too, from a photographer calling it the best playoff atmosphere they’ve ever experienced. [DKPittsburgh]
  • Oh look, Deadspin notices that about the Coliseum too, without snark.
  • Evidently Doc Emrick and Pierre...McGuire get to call Game 2 for NBC so they’re looking forward to the Coliseum atmosphere. [Newsday]
  • Things the Penguins or their fans should be angry about. [Trib Live]
  • They must “get down to business” to answer the Isles in Game 2. [NHL]
  • Shannon Hogan discusses gender barriers in sports broadcasting. [WNYC]
  • Bridgeport Report: Also playoffs, baby, wow. [Sound Tigers]


Last night’s NHL scores include series openers: Washington over Carolina, Toronto over Boston, Calgary steamrolling Colorado. Tonight, four series are back in action for Game 2 (Dallas and Nashville wait till tomorrow).