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Islanders' Joey Diamond a small brawler

Throughout Joey Diamond’s childhood, he would come to the Nassau Coliseum to watch the Islanders.

Now, as a 23 year-old, he’s still coming to the Coliseum — but now he’s on the ice instead of in the stands.

Diamond, a Long Beach native, took to the ice Tuesday for the first day of the 2013 Islanders Mini Camp, his first camp as a member of the organization. Diamond signed a one-year,...

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Sources: Islanders in the mix for Kings' Jonathan Bernier

Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier in the

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The Islanders have not locked up Evgeni Nabokov to return as at least one of their goaltenders for next season, despite both sides being relatively close on a contract.

There may be younger, more attractive goaltending options available when free agency begins on July 5, but perhaps the most intriguing goaltender available will be sought after around the day of the June 30 NHL draft.

And...

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Islanders' Andrew MacDonald is on the mend after breaking hand in playoffs

Andrew MacDonald of the Islanders skates against the

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Andrew MacDonald is headed home to Nova Scotia this week, but he'll be back in three weeks to have a metal rod removed from his broken left hand.

MacDonald took Douglas Murray's shot off the back of his hand in Game 4, an injury that the Isles had trouble overcoming.

"I thought the guys played their hearts out in Game 6," he said. "It was just one of those things."...

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Mark Streit wants to return to Islanders next season

Mark Streit of the Islanders speaks to the

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Mark Streit is headed for a short vacation before returning home to Switzerland for the offseason, but he's also headed into the unknown.

The Islanders captain is one of three key unrestricted free agents who departed Nassau Coliseum Tuesday unsure of what this summer holds.

"I've said it all along, I want to be back," Streit said. "I love it here, I love Long Island and...

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Casey Cizikas thriving in first postseason

Casey Cizikas of the Islanders celebrates his third

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Pittsburgh -- All Casey Cizikas knew of the NHL playoffs before this season was whether he could stay awake for the second half of the nighttime doubleheaders on TSN or CBC during his preteen years in Ontario.

"You had to try and force yourself to stay up for that 10 p.m. West Coast game," he said. "That¹s all there was for us as kids this time of year."

Now,...

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Brian Strait, Mark Streit likely to skate alongside Travis Hamonic on first-line defense

Mark Streit celebrates his third-period goal against the

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Pittsburgh -- Jack Capuano wouldn't say who will play on the top defensive pair with Travis Hamonic in place of Andrew MacDonald, who is out for the remainder of the postseason with a broken hand. 

That spot most likely will go to either Brian Strait or Mark Streit. If it's Strait, that would be quite a jump from the beginning of this season, when the Isles scooped him...

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Jack Capuano pitching 'perfect game' for Isles

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano, center, stands

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Jack Capuano tossed in a little wrinkle to his usual gameday banter, saying the Islanders “have to play almost a perfect game” to beat the Penguins.

“We make one mistake and it’s in the back of our net. They make three or four mistakes and we may still not score,” Capuano said. “I guess I’m not saying perfect, but we have to be close to perfect to be successful.”

Capuano may be exaggerating...

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Video: Islanders ready for Game 4

Travis Hamonic gets tangled with Sidney Crosby #87

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Jack Capuano, Josh Bailey and Travis Hamonic discuss the adjustments the Islanders will have to make in Game 4 against the Penguins as they face a 2-1 series deficit. Check out the video above....

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Islanders-Penguins Game 3: Traveling to Nassau Coliseum

An exterior view of Nassau Coliseum before the

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Much like Game 1 of the Islanders' series against the Penguins, Sunday's Game 3 will be a headache for fans. At least getting there will be.

With the Long Island Marathon set for Sunday as well, there are a number of road closures in place. The game is scheduled for noon and doors will open at 10:30 a.m. The Islanders have advised fans to allow for extra time to get to Nassau Coliseum because...

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Watch Isles-Penguins Game 1 highlights

Douglas Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins defends against

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The Islanders fell behind early, chased pucks and lost battles all over the ice in a 5-0 loss to the Penguins to open this Eastern Conference quarterfinal.

Watch the highlights below. addCustomPlayer('3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq', '891cec8dca9044e3bc366526539c43bc', 'zm82rlkjpy7d1w6wrkuxnhlts', 475, 468, 'perf3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq-zm82rlkjpy7d1w6wrkuxnhlts', 'eplayer14');...

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