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In praise of Calvin de Haan

Calvin de Haan controls the puck against the

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A few thoughts as the second week of this road trip begins... And we go from -15 a week ago to the low 80s on Monday:

-- I focused quite a bit on Calvin de Haan in Monday’s game story. That may have given short shrift to some other key contributors to Sunday night’s 4-2 win over the Stars: Kevin Poulin, who was solid again after giving up a couple of stoppable goals...

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Islanders play reminiscent of 2013 squad

John Tavares skates during Game 1 of the

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TORONTO -- I never want to make too many direct comparisons between this year’s Islanders and last year’s, but it was hard to avoid last night. This 5-3 win looked an awful lot like the 5-3 win here on April 18.

John Tavares dominating? Check. He was 2-1-3 in April, 0-3-3 last night. Early deficit? Check. Down 2-0 last season, 1-0 last night. Continuing a run of resilient play on the road?...

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On Olympic picks and Islander goalies

Thomas Vanek of the Islanders celebrates his second-period

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TORONTO -- The big deal up here Tuesday is the Canadian Olympic roster announcement at 11 a.m.

From an Islanders perspective, there isn’t much mystery. John Tavares will be named to the squad for the Sochi Games and it was a lock even before Monday night’s hat trick/five-point game, though that was probably a nice bonus for Steve Yzerman and the rest of the Canadian brain trust.


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Thoughts on Kyle Okposo, Olympic hockey and Isles' win streak

Kyle Okposo skates during the first period of

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A few thoughts from the past couple days, including the Islanders’ third straight win:

-- It certainly made for a tidy storyline Thursday night that Kyle Okposo fired home the OT winner.

-- The Isles’ first overtime victory in nearly a full calendar year and first home OT win in nearly two calendar years -- and, since I was home and not racing around the locker room as Mark Herrmann...

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Islanders announce ticket redemption policy for Thursday night's game

Nassau County Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on

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In light of the snowstorm expected to hit Long Island Thursday night, the Islanders have announced that fans can redeem tickets for Thursday night's tilt against the Blackhawks for another game, even if they attended the game.

The game is still scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but starting Saturday fans can redeem their tickets at the Nassau Coliseum box office for any future weekday game at...

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Kyle Okposo's Olympic chances and a historic rally

Kyle Okposo celebrates his second goal of the

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A few notes on the wacky 5-4 win here Sunday night:

-- As I briefly mentioned in the story off the game and on Twitter, Kyle Okposo’s case for a U.S. Olympic roster spot is quite strong, and many of his teammates, his coaches and his general manager have said the same to me the past few days.

To me, it’s not just the points -- Okposo has 37, tied for second among U.S.-born...

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John Tavares doesn't practice with lower body issue

John Tavares takes a faceoff during the first

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Islanders captain John Tavares did not practice with the team Friday because of a lower body issue and is day-to-day, coach Jack Capuano said.

Capuano said he did not know what the lower body issue was caused by and did not say whether Tavares would play Saturday at home against the Devils.

"Anytime your captain is out, you have some concern, there's no question," Capuano said.


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9 blown third-period leads for Isles so far

The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrate Valtteri Filppula's game-tying

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Nine times in 35 games.

That’s 25.7 percent of the Islanders’ season, over a quarter of the time they hit the ice -- that’s how often they have blown a third-period lead.

Four of those were two-goal leads, like Tuesday night. In three of them, the Islanders have allowed the tying goal in the final minute of regulation -- like Tuesday night.

A remarkable eight of those nine have...

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Ryan Strome, Islanders call-up, will sit against Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday

Ryan Strome participates in drills during Islanders minicamp.

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Glendale, Ariz. -- Ryan Strome has arrived with the Islanders, but his NHL debut will have to wait.

Jack Capuano said Strome will sit out tonight’s game with the Coyotes, as if the coach weren’t already one of the most unpopular people on Twitter (at least as far as my timeline is concerned).

“We wanted to get him in here, get acclimated to our meetings, have some time to sit down with...

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Islanders keep critics at bay -- at least for a night

Islanders' Thomas Vanek collides with San Jose Sharks'

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SAN JOSE -- The Islanders kept the wolves/demons/pitchfork-wielding Twitterers at bay for a night, doing what they did exceptionally well last season on Tuesday: Staying calm and rallying to win a game after falling behind.

This season, especially the past month, has been game after game of the Islanders playing well -- or at least, playing even -- for 10, 20, 30, sometimes even 40, 50 or...

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