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Colin McDonald up for Masterton Trophy

Colin McDonald checks the Pittsburgh Penguins' Brooks Orpik

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Colin McDonald has been nominated for the Masterton Trophy by the Islanders’ chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

The award goes to the player who “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication” to the sport.

McDonald, 29, didn’t become a regular NHLer until joining the Islanders for training camp last season after 405 AHL games....

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Fourth line working well for Isles

Casey Cizikas celebrates his second-period goal during a

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Things haven’t been going well for the Islanders in their own end the last three weeks, but one of the bright spots head coach Jack Capuano sees is his fourth line.

More than just providing breathers for the top lines, the fourth line has found itself on the score sheet in the past handful of games.

Eric Boulton chipped in with his first goal as an Islander on Saturday against the Flyers,...

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Colin McDonald returns for Islanders

Islanders right wing Colin McDonald follows through on

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kevin Poulin goes into the Isles' net on Thursday against the Hurricanes, Colin McDonald goes back in the lineup after missing five games and Aaron Ness makes his season debut on defense.

A few changes for Jack Capuano and the Isles for their game here.

Poulin, who stopped 26 shots in a 3-1 win over the Bruins on Saturday, was an assumed change. So was the return of...

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Colin McDonald meets Islanders fans at Nassau Coliseum

Colin McDonald, left, and Michael Grabner, right, celebrate

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With the Islanders' first preseason game less than two weeks away, Colin McDonald held a meet and greet to sign autographs and take pictures with fans Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum.

"You don't get a chance to meet the fans on a personal level like this throughout the course of the season and the reality of it is these are the guys, these are the people that pay us our salaries, and it's...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Colin McDonald

New York Islanders' Colin McDonald (13) hugs goalie

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PHILADELPHIA -- Here's the first in a series that will last as long as we have time for: Islanders players talking about what this playoff berth means to them.

First up is Colin McDonald, the 28-year-old Connecticut native who had just seven NHL games before he made the Islanders out of training camp. He’s missed only three games (two to suspension and one to the flu) and has seven goals,...

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Here come those pesky Bruins

Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates in on

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BOSTON -- The Bruins, much like the Flyers, have been a constant thorn in the Isles’ sides over the past few seasons.

On Thursday night, the Islanders bring a different wrinkle to TD Garden against a team they are 5-16-1 against over the past five-plus seasons: Confidence.

“We’re playing them at a good time,” Colin McDonald said. “We’re going pretty well right now. You always want to...

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