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They belong to the World: off-day notes

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The United States team that’ll seek our first non-Olympic world championship since 1933 will include Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson, USA Hockey announced Tuesday. The tournament’s in Belarus beginning May 9, and Peter Laviolette was named coach of the team earlier in the day. The Flyers were busy, signing Andrew MacDonald to a massive contract […] [Read More]

Full weekend: Albany postgame

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The Devils had moments where they were coming pretty hard — “Albany always comes hard, finishes checks,” Matt Donovan said; “you’ve kind of got to match it” — but Anders Nilsson made sure they weren’t really in this. Bridgeport scored goals less than a minute apart twice and finished with 12 goals in two games […] [Read More]

Late-Breaking: Adirondack postgame

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It’s kind of the story of the night: “We said let’s go and play in their end,” John Persson said. Backstory might be nice, I guess. There was a shift in the second period where Vaughan-Quine-Persson got pinned deep. Adirondack got some shots, kept it deep. Adirondack got a change, kept it deep. Adirondack forced […] [Read More]

No milestone: Albany postgame

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Close if not imminent: Tuesday notes

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So Matt Donovan was here for “an 18-minute warmup,” Scott Pellerin said; the Islanders called him back up this morning, placing Travis Hamonic on injured reserve. Arthur Staple reports as we’d figured yesterday that Donovan’s eligible for AHL time during the Olympic break after missing last night’s game. (Pretty much every time we’ve put together […] [Read More]

Belated tip of cap, JC: Monday notes

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I don’t know how I missed this, but Jeremy Colliton announced his retirement earlier this month in Sweden. Concussions. Brutal. (In talking with someone about the Dane Byers hit on Aaron Ness a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned it being about 100 feet (I was off by 30-40) from where Colliton took that hit […] [Read More]

Donovan, Nilsson down

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With Lubomir Visnovsky and Evgeni Nabokov back from their assorted injuries, the Islanders sent Matt Donovan and Anders Nilsson down. This appears to make Donovan eligible to play during the Olympic break, based on those guidelines Lindsay Kramer had — after tonight, he could play no more than 15 of the Isles’ last 20 — […] [Read More]

Practice notes from afar: Thursday notes

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The Islanders made official what Arthur Staple reported earlier today: Matt Donovan’s up. For Bridgeport, it’s basically an Aaron Ness for Donovan swap. Scott Pellerin, after they skated at Scope late this afternoon, said he’s had good talks with the Islanders’ staff about Ness; “he’s been playing very well. We’ve got to get him back […] [Read More]

Three games for Cantin

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Edit: Arthur Staple says to expect a Matt Donovan recall. Edit2: The Islanders announced it at about 6 p.m. The AHL handed Marc Cantin a three-game suspension Thursday. Cantin received a match penalty Tuesday for a check to the head of Portland’s Brendan Shinnimin. Cantin is eligible to return when the Sound Tigers next play […] [Read More]

Cross-checking back: Albany postgame

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This could’ve been another one of those nights, another game to turn on a curious penalty call and drift away into yet another 4-1 or 6-3 or 3-0 or whatever kind of game. It did not. They weren’t playing horribly in the first two periods anyway, but the third was a strong one in particular. […] [Read More]