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Islanders Playoff Gameday News: The Lightning visit the Coliseum

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The Islanders aim to bounce back, stay out of the box.

New York Islanders v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Two
“I may be blabbing here, but you should see how I REALLY taunt middle-aged guys playing floor hockey at the Salvation Army gym.”
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It’s the day of Game 3, this time it’s in “our house,” and the Islanders could sure use another Fort Neverlose performance or two. If the first game was about a disciplined Islander team and a flat Lightning squad, the second was about a much better Lightning performance as well as some sideshow antics.

Tonight at Nassau Coliseum, Game 3 will write the next chapter.

Islanders News

  • A few things the Islanders can do to improve in Game 3. [Athletic]
  • They’ll be looking to get back to their game. [Newsday]
  • That means more lines going, and such. [Post]
  • Game 3 Previews: [Isles | Lightning]
  • Six things the Islanders do right when they’re having success. [Bourne @ Sportsnet]
  • Jon Cooper remembers attending a playoff game at Nassau Coliseum in 1985, looks forward to coaching in the postseason atmosphere there. [NHL]
  • Lou and Barry have transformed the Islanders culture. [Post]

One of the between-games narratives was the officiating, the scrums, implied diving. Barry Trotz:

“Tampa has a very good power play, we don’t want to spend any time in the penalty box. So just play it straight, our guys don’t go down. If they do they hear it from me. I’m not a big believer in that, it’s not the right way to play. Anyway, we don’t want to be in the box. Referees have a tough enough job, so just play it straight up. Our guys were taking some extra shots because they knew we weren’t going to react to it because we can’t spend any time in the penalty box.”

  • Playoff ticket procurement has been unclear and tough on fans, who’ve waited through TicketBastard hell only to find tickets and “seniority” lacking. [Post]
  • Dan Feeney and Greg Van Roten of the New York Jets discuss the team’s support of the Isles this playoff run. [NHL YouTube] More on Feeney. [Post]
  • Speaking of Jets, the latest Talkin’ Isles podcast speaks with Damien Woody. [Isles]
  • Co-owner Jon Ledecky hanging with fans in Florida. [Isles]
  • News from former Sound Tiger and Islander John Persson, who retires due to the effects of a severe concussion. [Instagram]

Elsewhere

  • With Jeff Petry back in the lineup, the Canadiens struck back and evened their series in Vegas, jumping to a 3-0 lead and then hanging on. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]
  • Jason Spezza is doubling down on the Toronto thing, re-signing for the minimum with the Leafs. [NHL | Sportsnet]
  • Begun, the Jack Eichel sweepstakes have. [Athletic]
  • Travis Hamonic probably doesn’t have a lot of options, but he has more if he’s ready to go beyond Western Canada. [Sportsnet]
  • Columbus gives a bunch of former players front-office positions. [Blue Jackets | Sportsnet]
  • Kind of brilliant: Forcing each other to watch the most annoying commercials from the other country’s playoff coverage. [Athletic]

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