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Nolan Points At Begin

from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

In Nolan’s view, the injury that put the Islanders’ playoff hopes at risk is as much the fault of Begin as of DiPietro. “He did have a pretty good lane on getting the puck, which he did,” Nolan said of DiPietro. “The player just didn’t jump over him. In this league, you have to do everything in your power to avoid the goaltenders.
“I don’t think [the Rangers’ Sean] Avery listens to that rule. And a couple other players don’t listen to that rule. They bang into goaltenders. [Begin] could have jumped. He’s a seasoned veteran. He’s a fourth-line guy.
“He knew exactly what he was doing: ‘By hitting this goaltender, maybe I can knock him out, and we can get a chance to play in the playoffs.’ It’s one of those things.”

more... including a few words from DiPietro…

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Praise The Islanders

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

With owner Charles Wang at the controls, anything is possible — perhaps both Smyth and Blake will receive the sort of long-term commitment that the Islanders have become infamous for. But if they miss the playoffs or exit meekly in the opening round and all three players flee in the summer, the Islanders will effectively be back at square one — with Alexei Yashin’s monstrous contract acting as a millstone and most of their skill deploying an exit strategy.
It’s why there is always a danger in taking a short-term snapshot — this year’s unexpectedly effective season — to assess the long-range impact of the Islanders’ moves and subsequent progress. Just as there was a rush to bury them last summer, there is now a stampede to praise them as a result of their unexpected rise.

read on... plus numerous NHL bits…

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Hollweg Won’t Press Charges

from Newsday,

Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg, who was felled by a stick swung at his head by the Islanders’ Chris Simon, said today that he told Nassau County prosecutors that he wouldn’t press charges against Simon for the incident at the Coliseum a week ago.
Hollweg, who briefly lost his hearing and received a gash on the jaw in the attack, said that he and two team attorneys met for about 30 minutes with two attorneys from the District Attorney’s office on Thursday at the Rangers training center in Westchester.

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DiPietro Day-to Day

via the New York Islanders,

After being re-evaluated today in Montreal by medical personnel and the Islanders training staff, goaltender Rick DiPietro will be a “game-time decision” for Thursday night’s match against the Senators in Ottawa.
DiPietro is experiencing neck stiffness from a collision with Montreal’s Steve Begin late in the first period of the Islanders’ 5-3 loss on Tuesday night in Montreal.

from On the Islanders Beat,

When I arrived a few minutes into practice, I found DiPietro watching from behind the glass at the end of the tunnel to the locker room. When asked how he was feeling, DiPietro shook his head and said, “I’ve felt better.” It was obvious he still was feeling the effects of a blow that left him groggy on the ice for several minutes.

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Smyth Keeps An Eye On The Oilers

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Smyth is well aware that his former team has lost eight straight games, the last seven coming after he was traded to the Islanders at the Feb. 27 deadline, and he feels for the friends he left behind in Edmonton.
“You hope the best for the guys,” Smyth said Tuesday before his Islanders took on the Montreal Canadiens. “There’s no question they’re fighting the injury bug and playing with a lot of young guys and they’re learning about the process of playing in the NHL.
“I just hope for the guys’ sake that they can turn things around there.”

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Keeping An Eye On Witt

from On the Islanders Beat,

It turns out Campbell was paying close attention to the game and saw the whole sequence play out. “Brendan Witt’s got a lot to say lately,” Campbell said. “He had a lot to say about our reviewed goal the other night. We take reviews very seriously in Toronto, and we take our jobs very seriously. If Brendan Witt wants to say something, he knows my number. He can call me….”

more...interesting stuff that has not received much attention…

added 4:00pm, Witt calls Campbell, leaves a message…

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Chris Simon Statement

via the New York Islanders,

After watching the tape the morning after Thursday’s game, I was disgusted. There is absolutely no place in hockey for what I did.

I want to apologize to Ryan Hollweg. I was grateful to learn that Ryan is okay and that he returned to the game. My hope is to reach out to him in the near future.

I want to apologize to my team and Islanders fans everywhere. My actions Thursday night played a major part in our team losing a crucial game. I also want to apologize to the National Hockey League for the damage I have caused this great game of ours.

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A New York Attitude

from Wallace Matthews of Newday,

Note to Gary Bettman: Cancel the rest of your meaningless regular season. Trash-can your endless rounds of playoff games between teams nobody knows or really cares about.
Just match the Rangers and Islanders in a best-of-seven for the Stanley Cup.
Start it on Monday, get it over by Easter, resurrect your dying league and let us all get on with our lives.

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Smyth OK- Will Not Miss A Game

from On the Islanders Beat blog at Newsday,

According to an Islanders spokesman, Ryan Smyth did not suffer a significant injury in the final seconds of the Islanders’ 2-1 loss to the Rangers, and he is expected to play in their next game against Washington on Saturday night at Nassau Coliseum.
Smyth’s injury received considerable attention at the end of the game telecast, and team officials at first said they had no information. Coach Ted Nolan also said he hadn’t spoken to Smyth. But word came shortly before midnight that Smyth is “fine” and will not miss any time.

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Yashin May Play Limited Minutes

from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

Alexei Yashin will make a huge leap from the injured list for the past 16 games into the thick of the playoff push against the Rangers tonight at the Coliseum in a game that figures to be played at maximum intensity. It’s a tough spot, and if Yashin shows he’s not up to it yet, his role in the third period likely will be limited.
Coach Ted Nolan plans to use Yashin to center left wing Viktor Kozlov and right wing Miroslav Satan, a combination that relies on skill and finesse. If the Islanders can stay out of the penalty box and get into more of a rhythm rolling four lines, their skill might make an impact on the scoresheet. But they probably only have two periods in which to do it, especially if the game turns into a nasty, physical affair.

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