Islanders Top Shelf : 4/27/14

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No Islanders sale news yesterday, but we continue to see great stories last night in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

One team closed things out for some rest, two teams took a decided advantage and yet a fourth climbed back into a series where they were all but left for dead.

It all sets up for a magnificent Sunday on tap, as the Rangers and Flyers continue their rivalry in Manhattan and the Blackhawks and Ducks look to move onto the second round.

 

In Case You Missed It

Mike Willhoft follows up Reagan King’s intro to Corsi and Fenwick with a great post of his own (Isles Insight)

Register now for the ICF golf outing, support a fantastic cause and hang out with some of your Islanders (NY Islanders)

Reflection time for the Isles as they look back at their most memorable moments in 2013-14 (NY Islanders)

Outstanding column by Alan Kreida of the Times on players’ preparation (NY Times)

Brent Seabrook returns to the Blackhawks lineup today after serving his suspension (Blackhawk Up)

Why big Z is still one of the leagues best. And we had him folks (Boston Herald)

Daniel Alfreddson will take some time to decide his future in Detroit (MLlive)

Griffin Reinhart is in the finals! Let’s wish him luck as he pushes for a title (Edmonton Sun)

Alain Vingeault has been a cool, calm customer for the Rangers (NY Post)

Do the Sharks have any time to worry about letting the Kings hang around? (Bleacher Report)

Steve Mason was the least bit rusty in game 4. From our own Art Staple (Newsday)

Were the Maple Leafs better under Pat Quinn? (Toronto Sun)

 

Around The NHL

Bruins 4, Red Wings 2 – Boston wins series 4-1

The Bruins continued to show why they are such a tough out and built for playoff success. Sticking with their plan even when not playing their best, they knocked out the Red Wings and set up a classic second round series against the Montreal Canadiens. Tuuka Rask was outstanding as usual and Zdeno Chara flexed his muscle to will Boston into the second round.

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Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 1 – Penguins lead series 3-2

Columbus controlled the early part of the contest and had a 1-0 lead before surrendering three unanswered goals and losing to the Penguins, giving up control of the first round series. Sergei Bobrovsky almost stole this one but eventually was saddled with the hard luck loss. Kris Letang scored into the empty net to seal it for the Penguins after coming back from suffering a stroke earlier in the season.

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Avalanche 4, Wild 3 (OT) – Avalanche lead series 3-2

Nathan McKinnon continues to write the book on NHL rookies and looks poised to take the torch from Sidney Crosby in due time, sniping the overtime winner. The Wild might feel a bit robbed in this one, as ex-Islanders PA Parenteau scored the tying goal with 1:14 left in the 3rd period on what looked to everyone an offsides call. /> src="http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/embed?playlist=2013030155-X-h" width="640" height="395" frameborder="0">

 

Kings 3, Sharks 0 – Sharks lead series 3-2

Is it ever dangerous to leave a team, especially one with a Stanley Cup pedigree, hanging around. The Kings totally dominated the Sharks with a stifling defense and Jonathan Quick might have finally shown up as the Kings are one home win away from a decisive game seven. Can the Sharks now rebound and find their game again before it’s too late? /> src="http://video.nhl.com/videocenter/embed?playlist=2013030185-X-h" width="640" height="395" frameborder="0">

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