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Thursday Playoff Thread: DET-BOS, MIN-COL, LAK-SJS

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We watch hockey, because we paid Dolan. {-Wrangler}

The morning thread has (d)evolved into goaltending vs. coach vs. defense vs. GM rehash, so here is a thread dedicated to watching live hockey tonight.

Playoff action begins with Game 4 of Bruins at Red Wings, followed by the Avalanche at Wild and Sharks at Kings, where San Jose is gunning for a sweep.

[Bits] Freshman yearbooks, Fleury's flashbacks, Finnish family fightin' words

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Just didn't get enough wood on it.

Another wild night in the NHL playoffs, including the return of Islanders Country's favorite post-season punching bag.

Wednesday Playoff Thread: PIT-CBJ, ANA-DAL, STL-CHI

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Watch the hockey, or we'll buy this team.

Not sure how many of you folks desire a playoff watching thread (though it seems there is demand on the precise nights we don't post one), but here's a chat room for Wednesday night's game, with horrifyingly feature a Ducks lineup without Teemu Selanne (healthy scratch).

Pittsburgh - Columbus 7:00 PM ET      CBC,RDS,NBCSN,ROOT,FS-O
Anaheim - Dallas 8:00 PM ET              TSN,CNBC,RDS2,PRIME,FS-SW
St. Louis - Chicago 9:30 PM ET            CBC,RDS,NBCSN,FS-MW,CSN-CH

Go CBJ.

New York Islanders Sale Talks: Rich guy, not a scrivener, prefers not to

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"Instead, I think I'll have another cigar and crack open this '94 bottle of Port," he said, maybe.

When we last visited rumors and hearsay about potential bidders among the "multiple parties" who have expressed interest to Charles Wang about buying his beloved Islanders, we (and "we" are totally using the royal "we" here) wrote some pompous and preachy stuff about how to take each report with a grain of salt and a dash of amusement:

Zeitgeist: New NHL program allows sport fisherman to hunt, trap Matt Cooke

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In an effort to protect players, the NHL tries to curb a dangerous predator.

NEW YORK (Lighthouse Press) _ The National Hockey League is expected to unveil a controversial plan today that would allow professional fishermen to track down and trap dangerous Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke as a result of a vicious recent attack that has left hockey players, fans and tourists feeling threatened.

Islanders News: Wrapping up Bridgeport's injury- and callup-riddled season

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So many players used, so few goalies.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers held their debriefings and breakups this week, so Michael Fornabaio in the Connecticut Post has a wrap on their season: "The challenge all year for the Sound Tigers was to translate a young and ever-changing roster into a successful team." A total of 65 players were used, from all walks of hockey, with predictable team results

On Braden Holtby: Should the New York Islanders take Washington's goalie...and goalie coach?

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Take the goalie, grab his coach just to be sure?

What really happened to Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby this year? And would the New York Islanders truly have interest in rescuing him?

The former is a question worth pursuing if the latter has any chance of happening.

[Late Bits] Return engagement at Barclays, Bad Cooke'in, Byng Watchers and Zubaz

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Quiet? No.

Playoff stuff, pre-season games, injuries, awards, poofy pants. Everything is happening.

Islanders news:

[Bits] Who's going to eat all this chocolate?

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Lightning crashing, Flyers fight back.

Hope everyone spent their Easter eating, enjoying family and watching ton(ne)s of playoff hockey.

Easter Hockey Bits: Bridgeport season ends without a goal

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Enjoy your holiday, if it's a holiday for you. But it's a day of hockey for everyone.

A few Islanders reads, plus an open thread for Sunday's playoff hockey:

New York Islanders Sale Talks: Mysterious Billionaire Hockey Fan Might Decide to Bid after the Weekend

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I can't tell you how fun the next few years are going to be.

Back before we knew the New York Islanders were staying in New York but moving to Brooklyn, remember all the fun (but mostly angst) we had as different might-be, should-be, if-it-were-me reports bounced around from published media, message boards, and general hacks?

That's kind of what the sale of a sports franchise is like too. And that's how this is gonna go for the New York Islanders.

2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild [Saturday playoff thread]

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Hockey, hockey, more hockey. As Bossy intended.

Saturday features three NHL playoff series playing their Games 2, with start times spanning from 3 p.m. EDT (Blues-Blackhawks) to 9 p.m. (Avalanche-Wild).

2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings [Friday watch thread]

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So you wasted your winter Friday nights watching the Islanders, and now you think you are free. Wrong.

The Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings haven't met in the playoffs since Eisenhower was president. I don't care much for Original Six mythology, but I do love a league that can offer a curiosity like that.

Of course the chief reason they are meeting is because now they're in the same conference and division. Bruins-Wings playoff matchups are suddenly much more likely (as is the specter, like in the '50s, of a Cold War).

IIHF World Championship: Colin McDonald Joins Nelson, Donovan for Team USA

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File this under "Surprise."

USA Hockey announced today that New York Islanders winger Colin McDonald has been named to the Team USA roster for the IIHF World Championship that will take place May 9-25 in Belarus.

This follows the tax day announcement that his Islanders teammates Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson would be on the team.

New York Islanders Sale Talks: Multiple buyers showing interest

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The lease in Brooklyn has reportedly attracted new bidders besides Andrew Barroway.

Andrew Barroway is "no longer alone in his pursuit of the New York Islanders," according to the Sports Business Journal's Chris Botta.

Citing a financial industry source, Botta reports there are at least two additional parties pursuing a purchase from owner Charles Wang -- a logical outcome given the team's pending 2015 move to Brooklyn and the widespread news that Barroway, a Philadelphia lawyer and hedge fund alchemist, has been assembling a bid in discussions with Wang.

Islanders News: Bridgeport prepares for final weekend; sad Frans; NHL playoff bits

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Last night's playoffs were more high-scoring madness. Alas, no Islanders.

Not much new about the Isles -- here are some practice updates as Bridgeport enters its final weekend with a new Swede line, and here is an official site bit about John Tavares' career year -- so maybe enjoy a video of a very sad Frans Nielsen (despite a career year of his own) in his season-ending scrum:


Playoff Poll: San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings [Thursday Playoff Watch Thread]

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There is hockey, some more hockey, and then yet more hockey. Bring it.

Are you stocked in beer and junk food? Got your remote thumb ready? You better. Four series kick off tonight.

This posts doubles as our Thursday night playoff-watching thread, as well as our poll for the Sharks-Kings series.

Postseason Fodder: On Matt Donovan and Jake Gardiner

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A summer series of tying on-going NHL topics to the Islanders.

Jake Gardiner has been a higher offensive producer than Matt Donovan in the NCAA, AHL and the NHL, but both are 23-year-old offensive-oriented defensemen who experienced a similar phenomenon for young players: Being leashed, fearing mistakes, and having to "earn" the trust of coaches to fully pursue their roving ways.

2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

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Just look at these Proven Winner coaches.

Ken Hitchcock and Joel Quenneville are among the winningest active NHL coaches. They've met in the playoffs before. Oddly, each time the outcome reflected not so much their coaching as the quality of their rosters.

Islanders News: John Tavares talks linemates, coaching, Brock Nelson

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John Tavares likes the logjam at center.

The New York Islanders completed "cleanout" earlier this week [insert your own quip about cleaning out your scapegoats here], and there are lots of media scrum videos on the official site you can sift through.

At the Newsday Isles Files blog, Arthur Staple captured a range of topics from the captain John Tavares, including:

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