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Ryan Strome tries to show Islanders improvement

Islanders prospect Ryan Strome skates during minicamp at

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For many prospects at the Islanders Mini Camp, this week presents an opportunity to meet some of the other players in the organization and have a little fun before returning to their respective junior or college teams.

Not for Ryan Strome. He’s got a different mission.

“I expect to be a leader and show that I’m a man amongst boys here,” Strome said. “I want to show that I’m a good player...

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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.


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My Lady Byng Trophy ballot

Matt Moulson and Islanders' fans celebrate his first-period

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As a voting member of the Pro Hockey Writers Association, I cast a Lady Byng ballot. Here was mine this season:

1. Matt Moulson, NYI

2. Loui Eriksson, DAL

3. Jason Pominville, BUF/MIN

4. Bryan Little, WPG

5. Logan Couture, SJS  ...

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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."


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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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Video: Islanders even the series

Casey Cizikas celebrates his insurance goal at 18:44

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Now it's a best-of-three.

The Islanders evened the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with the Pittsburgh Penguins at two games each on Tuesday night, making a series once heavily slanted towards Pittsburgh now a tossup.

Above watch video of the Islanders talking about the big win and below find highlights of the game at Nassau Coliseum. Also below is video of coach Jack Capuano discussing...

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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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