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The New York Islanders Next Season

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The Islanders have oodles of cap space, perhaps up to $34 million, but available money has never necessarily been known to burn a hole in this general manager’s pockets. How much will he ante up in order to prevent a well-respected captain from defecting for a second straight season? How much will he throw in the pot to keep Lehner, pulled through no fault of his own at 3:17 of the second period after Carolina scored twice in 66 seconds to grab a 3-1 lead and essentially put away the series. Will the GM go all in on Nelson, who had little in this series after an impressive performance against Pittsburgh?

And how will the team add more elite skill and additional polish to the grind? Will Lamoriello commit to a bidding war for the Blue Jackets’ impending free agent winger Artemi Panarin that will surely include the Rangers and Panthers?

Could he, would he, pull a loo-loo and offer-sheet Toronto’s Mitch Marner?

Another question: Will the players, so willing to sacrifice for the greater good following the defensive follies of the previous season, be as keen on grinding when the big bucks still go to people who can put numbers on the board?


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Carolina Hurricanes Advance To The Eastern Conference Finals

The Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-2 to sweep the series.

Game was tied at 1-1 in the second period until the Canes scored 2 goals in just over a minute.



added 9:53pm, Handshakes below.

added 10:10pm, Game highlights below.

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The New York Islanders Are One Loss Away From Being Done

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

One harmless-looking play.

One harmful mistake.

“I own it,” said Robin Lehner of his turnover after playing a rim-around that became Justin Williams’ tie-breaking and ultimate game-winning goal at 10:15 of the third period of Wednesday’s empty-netter-inflated 5-2 Game 3. “It comes down to one play and I screwed up.”

Well, it never quite comes down to one play. But when there is so little margin for error through this series in which the Islanders have scored one — count it, one — five-on-five goal in 127:46 of full-strength play, slip-ups become extremely difficult to overcome.

So just like that, the Islanders have ownership of a 3-0 series deficit to the Hurricanes in this second round through which Carolina has hit the high notes in the biggest moments and has consistently been the more opportunistic squad. Just like that, the Islanders are 60 minutes away from extinction.


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Video- The Head Tap

via Sportsnet,

Ron MacLean, Nick Kypreos, Kelly Hrudey and Elliotte Friedman discuss whether Brock Nelson tapping Curtis McElhinney on the head after a goal was unsportsmanlike.


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No Panic For The New York Islanders

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

This wasn’t a guarantee, or even a moment of braggadocio. It was just a testament to how confident the Islanders felt as they took a 2-0 deficit in their best-of-seven, second-round series with the Hurricanes south for a pivotal Game 3 Wednesday night.

“It’s not a big deal. We’re just going to go down there and win,” goalie Robin Lehner told The Post after Tuesday’s practice on Long Island. “It’s a pretty simple game plan. We’re going to score one goal more than they do next game, then go from there and win another one.”

The confidence has not wavered for these plucky Islanders despite the fact they scored just one goal — on a deflected pass — during the first two contests at Barclays Center. Lehner has been solid in only allowing three goals, picking right up where he left off in the first-round sweep of the Penguins.

But it hasn’t been enough. They went into overtime in Game 1 without a goal being scored by either team, and they lost Game 2 when they allowed a 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 deficit in the span of 48 seconds at the start of the third period. So, no, they haven’t exactly played poorly. They just haven’t done enough to win yet.


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Afternoon Line- Leo Komarov

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Calling It Straight

from Neil Best of Newsday,

John Forslund has been associated with the Whalers/Hurricanes franchise since 1991, but he said he understands Islanders fans well, having lived the experience in the “Drive For Five” season of 1983-84 while in graduate school at Adelphi.

That is why even though he was surprised by the reaction to one of his calls in Game 2 of the Hurricanes-Islanders playoff series on NBC Sunday, he was not surprised Islanders fans’ enthusiasm led some to misinterpret what he said.

“When I saw this [reaction] after the game, I was taken aback,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it, yet I understand their passion and understand how you could take the word and flip it and use it as if I’m showing bias.”

The word was “we,” which is a no-no on a local sports telecast and a major no-no on national TV, especially when Islanders fans came into the series looking for signs of bias from the Hurricanes’ longtime announcer.


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The New York Islanders Need More Goals

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,

There were a lot of reasons the Islanders lost the first two games of their second-round series against the Hurricanes, but you know what wasn’t one of them? The fact the games were played at Barclays Center.

Of course it has been a weird change, as it would be for any franchise, to move the location of its home games in the middle of the postseason. Of course from a competitive standpoint, the Islanders would prefer to be playing these games at the Coliseum, where they began the first-round sweep of the Penguins.

But the Brooklyn crowds were just fine over the weekend, and that despite these two defensive teams doing all they can to suck the life out of their opponent (and therefore a game). The soft ice — which ain’t getting any harder in Raleigh, N.C., for Game 3 on Wednesday night — surely didn’t add to the excitement level.

But to think the venue had anything to do with the Islanders scoring one goal in two games would be wrong. To think scoring one goal in two games will almost never give you a chance to win, well, that would be far more logical.


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Attention New York Islanders

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

“They got a goal on a pretty good shot that I should have stopped and then they got a tip,” said Robin Lehner, beaten twice within 48 seconds of the third period’s first 1:05 by Warren Foegele’s left-circle drive and Nino Niederreiter’s mid-air deflection. “We’re not into excuses, but in reality we were the better team.”

Attention: Scoring one goal through 124:04 of the series is not good enough.

Attention: Getting the puck to the net a total of 27 times, and 17 times in 33:33 against relief netminder Curtis McElhinney after he replaced injured starter Petr Mrazek, is not good enough, either.

Attention: The better team will be the one to advance, not the one that may or may not have had the edge in either aesthetics or analytics.

Lehner’s opinion was not unique in the room. Sometimes players say what they think and other times players say what they think is appropriate. The Islanders’ frustration was understandable after dropping the type of low-scoring tight game that they’d dined on all year, but it is critical for the team to recognize the regular season is as gone as the first-round sweep over Pittsburgh.

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Video- The Carolina Hurricanes go Up 2-0 In Their Series With The New York Islanders

Next game in Carolina on Wednesday.

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Warren Foegele and Nino Niederreiter each scored in a span of 48 seconds early in the third period and Curtis McElhinney made 17 saves in relief when the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Second Round at Barclays Center on Sunday.

The Hurricanes lead the best-of-7 series 2-0. Game 3 is at Carolina on Wednesday.

Foegele scored his team-leading fifth goal of the Stanley Cup Playoffs off a wrist shot from the right circle 17 seconds into the third. Niederreiter scored his first on a deflection from the slot at 1:05 to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 lead.

The Hurricanes lost defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (upper-body injury) 32 seconds into the first period, goalie Petr Mrazek (lower-body injury) 6:27 into the second period, and right wing Saku Maenalanen (upper-body injury) 3:03 into the third period.


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