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Islanders News: Raising the bar of expectations

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Also: Durandeau and Dobson go deep in the QMJHL final.

New York Islanders v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Four
Still sore.
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The first semifinal kicked off last night with Game 1 in the Eastern Conference final Thursday night. The Hurricanes entered the third period with a 2-1 lead, but the Bruins reversed that in a flash with power play goals on the way to a 5-2 (2EN) Boston win.

Islanders Reading

  • An annual tradition in Islanders non-playoff years, we keep an eye on the prospects in their playoffs. Arnaud Durandeau scored in last night’s Game 5, but his Halifax Mooseheads trail Noah Dobson (who scored an empty netter) and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3-2 in the QMJHL final. No matter what happens, both will also be in the Memorial Cup. [Isles Prospect Report]
  • ICYMI: The Isles aim to draw positives from the 2018-19 season. [Isles]
  • Also: Their official site story on the offseason ahead. [Isles]
  • We now know the Islanders will select 23rd overall in the first round of this summer’s draft. Craig Button updates with his latest mock draft. [TSN]

Elsewhere

Rod Brind’Amour continues to be a fun post-game presser voice:

  • The Bruins pose a unique challenge for Carolina. [TSN]
  • The Hurricanes’ goalie tandem is a magical odd couple. [Athletic]
  • Here’s a look at the goalie matchup in the Western final, Martin Jones and Jordan Binnington. [NHL]
  • Oh look, someone in sports radio doing a douchey attention-seeking thing for cheap attention. WHAT AN INDUSTRY. In this case, a Boston sports jock mocking a Carolina reporter for his...accent. A Boston. Sports jock. Taking offense to accents. [12 Up]
  • The rentals got the Columbus deep into the second round. Now the bills are due, was it worth it? [TSN]
  • Speaking of Columbus, John Davidson appears headed to the Rangers. What are his top orders of business if/when that happens? [Post]
  • John Tavares has an injury and will miss the World Championship. He was headed there because his beloved Maple Leafs were eliminated in the first round. [Hockey Canada | NHL]
  • Their defenseman Travis Dermott will miss six months with shoulder surgery. [TSN]

The Red Wings under Ken Holland — who oversaw a team populated with Jimmy Devellano prospects and gobs and gobs of money in the pre-cap world — tried to extend their dominant (but not dynasty) era well past their expiration date:

Except...it wasn’t a “dynasty” to begin with