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Islanders players in contention for NHL awards

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates

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It’s NHL awards season -- which means lots of deliberating over who gets my fifth-place Selke Trophy award vote.

This season is different than recent ones, however, because the Islanders have more viable candidates for NHL awards than at any time in perhaps 15-20 years. It can be a difficult balance in a regular, 82-game season to highlight teams you only see once or twice; with no inter-conference...

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Capuano on must-win games and younger players

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano skates during

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Jack Capuano is prepared for Tuesday’s game against the Panthers. He expects his Islanders team to be ready, too.

"We’re kidding ourselves if we’re thinking about it any other way than we have to be focused and committed to working hard,’’ he said. "At this time of year the teams that work the hardest and do the right things win hockey games. I don’t go in thinking 'must wins.' We...

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John Tavares gets sentimental about Nassau Coliseum

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates

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The Islanders' move to Brooklyn isn’t scheduled to occur until the 2015-16 season, but an accelerated timetable is always possible.

Yet for John Tavares, the countdown for leaving Nassau Coliseum has already started. And he’s getting sentimental about it.

"There’s been a lot of special moments, a lot of great things have happened in this building,’’ he said after Monday’s practice....

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Jack Capuano getting the most out of Isles players

Head coach Jack Capuano of the Islanders speaks

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BOSTON -- After the Islanders’ 2-1 win here on Thursday night, the loudest thing in the visitors’ dressing room was a bit of music -- and sarcastic booing from the stall of the reigning Good Guy Award winner when the media parade walked in, causing the music volume to be lowered.

But that’s all. No whooping, no hollering; maybe the Isles were done with that, but their post-game comments were...

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Bruins shorthanded vs. Islanders

Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic has a

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BOSTON — Islanders coach Jack Capuano had a bit of a chuckle Thursday morning when asked if the Bruins were vulnerable because of some injuries.

“I don’t know how banged up they are," Capuano said. “They’re pretty deep.’’

That depth is being tested for the Bruins, who dropped into the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference after Thursday’s 2-1 loss. They are a possible candidate for...

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Islanders' Jesse Joensuu happy to return to NHL

Islanders left wing Jesse Joensuu controls the puck

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Jesse Joensuu's first NHL game in nearly two years on Saturday felt "weird,'' as he put it, being that he was returning at the tail end of this shortened season after sports hernia surgery.

But the forward still is excited to have a home with the Isles, two years after he left for Europe under less-than- pleasant circumstances.

"I feel like on every level, as a human being,...

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So why the booing of Tavares in Winnipeg?

John Tavares #91 of the New York Islanders

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What did John Tavares ever do to Winnipeg?

You couldn't help notice that every time he touched the puck Tuesday night, he received serious boos, the way a particularly unfriendly player gets them when he returns to a hostile environment.

But JT?

That was mentioned to him after the morning skate here on Thursday in St. Louis. He knew all about it. He said the very vocal fans in...

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Ramping up urgency, holding off panic

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Jay Pandolfo goes on IR

Paul Martin #7 of the Pittsburgh Penguins plays

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The Islanders put forward Jay Pandolfo on injured reserve before Monday morning's practice at Nassau Coliseum. The 36-year-old, who was relied on in his role as a penalty killer, broke his foot in a game against the Devils two weeks ago. He will be out until January.

Defenseman Andrew MacDonald was also placed on injured reserve. MacDonald leads the team with 60 blocked shots.

The Islanders...

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Nino Niederreiter undergoing concussion testing

Islanders right wing Nino Niederreiter, center, is helped

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The Islanders are awaiting further tests on Nino Niederreiter before deciding how long the 19-year-old forward will be sidelined. Niederreiter displayed concussion-like symptoms after taking a forearm to the head from Stars' defenseman Mark Fistric in the first period of Saturday's 5-4 victory in Dallas.

"Anytime one of your players gets hurt, everybody has a concern,'' coach Jack Capuano...

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