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Islanders News: Dobson shines, Cup hosts, Save of the Year, free agent frenzy

Also: The Stanley Cup playoffs, World Championships and Memorial Cup inch toward their finales.

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NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins
Can we keep him?
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We’ve slowed to not even one game every other night but, if the Blues win tonight, no more games until next Monday. The NHL season is winding down, the draft and free agent talk is winding up.

Islanders Reading

  • What’s your vote for Islanders save of the year? Robin Lehner says Greiss v. Crosby. [Isles]
  • At the Memorial Cup, Noah Dobson had a goal and an assist to give Rouyn-Noranda its first win. [NHL]
  • This year the Cup will be awarded either at the Boston [bank or toilet paper or something] Garden, the Shark tank, or the Kiel/Savvis/ScottTrade/Enterprise Center. Which buildings have seen it awarded more than Nassau Coliseum? [THN]
  • Forecasting the top 20 NHL free agents, which include four Islanders: “The Islanders have made it clear to Eberle that they really like him as a player, person and teammate, and have expressed a desire to get a contract done.” [Athletic]
  • Not Isles-related actually, but: Turns out Doug Weight is alive and allowed to speak to media...about former Blues teammate David Perron. [Athletic]


Just one game tonight, and if the Blues beat the Sharks in Game 6, we won’t have another one until the Stanley Cup final begins on Memorial Day Monday.

  • This could be a defining moment for the long-contending Sharks. And they face it potentially missing multiple key players. [NHL]
  • The Blues aren’t taking this opportunity for granted, though local columnists might be. [STL Today]
  • “Can I see your credentials?” Evidently San Jose security doesn’t recognize Blues head coach Craig Berube. (How could anyone who’s watched NHL hockey in the last 30 years not recognize Craig Berube?) [Athletic]
  • Justin Williams, a UFA, isn’t sure if he’ll return to the Hurricanes, but not in a “or maybe I’ll wait through the listening period” kind of way. [NHL]
  • Who is John Davidson, new president and former goalie for the Rangers, first-round pick and former president of the Blues, and recent president of the Blue Jackets? The answer probably depends on when you were born. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • The Devils are excited about getting to choose between two massive talents at next month’s draft. [NHL]

At the World Championships, Italy beat Austria via shootout to avoid relegation. [IIHF] Great Britain faced a must-win to avoid relegation but fell behind France, 3-0. They came back and won in OT: