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Killing them: WBS postgame

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We are eight days shy of the 10th anniversary — seriously? How the heck — of the seven-second-delay game, in which Greg Cronin let loose on a Wes McCauley no-goal call in his postgame interview, complete with visual aids (the game film). Brent Thompson didn’t break out video on us for this one, so it’s […] [Read More]

Sivak, day-to-days, etc.: Wednesday notes

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Sorry for the delay. Computer problems, another assignment… ah, you don’t care. The newsiest bit, anyway, was that Colton Gillies wasn’t on the ice. Just banged up and day-to-day, Brent Thompson said. Peter Sivak, back up from Stockton, was alongside Johan Sundstrom and Justin Courtnall today. “He’s going to play,” Thompson said of Sivak. “He’s […] [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]

Living for a dream: Tuesday notes

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What day is it? Yeah. New Islanders goalie David Leggio’s mask made the rounds on Twitter today; from David Gunnarsson, it’s a pretty neat design that honors the Big Club’s history. Catchup: Bill Ballou reported that Worcester has signed ex-Quinnipiac and Sound Tigers forward Jeremy Langlois (possibly paywalled, and hat tip Darryl Hunt). Bill also […] [Read More]

Clearing the zone, clearing lanes, clearing snow

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(Little snow.) This morning kind of went the way the first goal went. I’m pretty sure every PKer had the puck on his stick at one point on that shift. I think it went Langkow, Bruton, Keenan, Mayfield (who’d earlier in the shift had a pretty good stick-in-lane to break up a pass). They all […] [Read More]

Comebacks, morning style

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A little 11-on-11 game-situations scrimmage this morning, complete with power plays, four-on-fours, extra-attacker situations at the end to let the orange team try to catch up. They had a shootout — game-ready, complete with Scott Pellerin chasing players back to the bench during attempts — with each goal counting. That did let orange catch up. […] [Read More]

Progress continues

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Further progress: Both John Persson and Marc Cantin got through the complete practice today; more of a systems day than the past few days’ conditioning, skating, battles. Persson (who, when they rushed, rushed with the ol’ familiar Sundstrom and Kabanov) said he was feeling good afterward. Chris Bruton was missing for a follow-up doctor’s appointment. […] [Read More]

Shuffled deck, familiar hand

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So we’d heard Tuesday night that Kirill Kabanov was on his way back, that Sean Wiles was on his way in, that it sure looked like Chris Langkow was joining them. True on all of them come this morning — though Kabanov’s still en route — but the other half of that equation turned out […] [Read More]

Camp From Afar, Day R5/0

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Rookie camp wrapped up Tuesday at the Coliseum with a scrimmage. No real surprises among those the Islanders sent back to junior. If I count correctly that leaves first-rounders Griffin Reinhart and Ryan Pulock and re-entry draftee Alan Quine as junior-eligible players still in camp. (Quine, I’m fairly certain, is the one who could also […] [Read More]

Rookies camp

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The Islanders’ rookie camp roster, out today, has 31 names, no tryouts, all either under contract or draft picks. (Edit: the Sound Tigers put out a release noting the tryout contracts that their AHL-contract guys had to sign to go to NHL camp, for completeness’ sake.) Stockton has a couple of exhibition games, Oct. 11-12 […] [Read More]