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Hour’s effort: Hartford postgame

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Well. Brent Thompson had talked last night about shooting more. Asked Aaron Ness about it, and he pointed to those 10 shots on goal after two. “It’s not good enough,” he said. It goes through the team, forwards, defensemen, getting traffic, everything. Then he was off to sign autographs. And before long, he was back […] [Read More]

Grit, bounceback, loss: Hartford postgame

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Better, not great, and not a win. Funky finishes, with four-minute power plays and three-on-three (“that’s not playoff hockey“). Hey, about those four-minute power plays. Those six power plays from the start of the second period on. “You’re in your zone. It’s intense. You’re blocking shots,” Brent Thompson said. “To me, it’s a big piece […] [Read More]

NHL attrition: Friday bits

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Costly game up in Boston last night: Josh Bailey breaks his hand, and Zdeno Chara tears his left PCL. Still, the Islanders had Mikhail Grabovski in a regular spot today, appears no immediate recall. And since Bridgeport is up on the Rock, that’s helpful. (Of course, head injuries, you never know. But they’ve got Eric […] [Read More]

Outshot, shot down: St. John’s postgame 1

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Shots on goal don’t always reflect the flow of a game, the territory of a game, the possession in a game. But for two periods, these kinda did. Actually, so did the third’s, but we digress. Bridgeport led 2-0 though the IceCaps had an edge in shots and in chances, in part because of one […] [Read More]

Remade defense: Boychuk, Leddy in; Pokka, Brennan out

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Arthur Staple was all over the Islanders’ late-camp revamp of their defense corps today. The Big Club traded from numbers back there and from draft picks to acquire Johnny Boychuk from the cap-pressured Bruins for two second-round draft picks and a conditional third-rounder, then Nick Leddy and goalie Kent Simpson from cap-squeezed Chicago for prospect […] [Read More]

Crowned: Islanders-Bruins postgame

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Tre Kronor revisited… Swedish Meatballs redux… UPS… well, there’s no U in “Sebastian Collberg,” but… PCS? CPS? SPC? (That’s different.) If it comes to it, we’ll figure something out. The Swedes had a really solid first three shifts. Really solid. They controlled territory, controlled play. And then on the fourth they were dominated. Ah well. […] [Read More]

Rosters for Islanders vs. Boston

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The Big Club posted the rosters for tonight’s game in Bridgeport — one to scratch on D for Boston, I guess — and the Islanders’ includes a bunch of players who were here in the recent past, including Brett Gallant, recalled today along with also-in Sebastian Collberg. Somewhat similar to the Group 2 that went […] [Read More]

After midnight, so GAMEDAY: Thursday notes

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OK, how long has that Tim Hortons been in the gas station on Old Country Road, and why was I not informed? Over on the Big Club side this morning to do an advance for Friday’s game, which the Sound Tigers announced this afternoon is sold out. Should be a fun crowd. We’ll see what […] [Read More]

Three up, one down: Tuesday notes

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He cleared waivers at noon, and the Islanders announced soon after that they’ve sent Brett Gallant to Bridgeport. Banged up already, the Islanders recalled Andrey Pedan and Adam Pelech and re-signed Ross Johnston to a tryout. Gary Bettman announced that the NHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the Islanders to Jonathan Ledecky and […] [Read More]

Day 1 running: Mouillierat, Zolnierczyk, Leggio, Skille sign

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The Islanders have signed Kael Mouillierat, Harry Zolnierczyk, Jack Skille and David Leggio to one-year contracts. More below. The Islanders hit a couple of targets early, signing Chad Johnson as their backup goalie and AHL defenseman of the year T.J. Brennan as an offensive defenseman. (Arthur Staple reports it’s a one-way deal for Brennan.) Dylan […] [Read More]