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New York Islanders vs. Boston Bruins [Round 2, Game 3 thread]

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The Islanders will field the same lineup while the Bruins expect to welcome back Craig Smith.

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders
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Here we go, back to the Coliseum.

A physical series through two games should only ramp up in intensity as the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins take a 1-1 split to Long Island for Games 3 and 4 at Nassau Coliseum.

The Islanders are expected to bring the same lineup (Oliver Wahlstrom is still out), while the Boston Bruins expect to bring back Craig Smith, who left Game 1 and missed Game 2.

This one is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. EDT start, broadcast in North America on NBC Sports, CBC and TVAS.

The Islanders Power Play

The Isles don’t want the game to turn on special teams, but they’ll take it when they can get it. After some success — albeit one on a fortunate bounce — the NHL’s “keys to the game” had some interesting thoughts from Bruce Cassidy:

“The way they set up, they were a little more around the net,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “Washington started doing that to us (in the first round) as the series went on. … Our sticks weren’t good enough [in Game 2], they weren’t in the right places right away. Obviously, identifying your 2-on-1s on the PK is the biggest job for the four players on the ice, and that’s where the staff has to help them out as much as possible.

“ … At the end of the day, I just thought they moved everything a little bit lower. The first game they worked from up high. They worked a little lower the last game, so that’s the adjustment we have to be prepared for, that they’re going to make lower plays around the net. Our sticks have to be better and we’ve got get under some people around (Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask), and Tuukka might have to be more involved with his stick in those plays too as well. That will be an adjustment for him.”

Something to watch, anyway.

Matt Martin Milestone