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Isles still have something to play for

Eric Boulton and Arron Asham trade punches during

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BUFFALO -- Islanders fans on Twitter let out a collective groan when I posted Jack Capuano’s lineup for Friday night: Eric Boulton remains in the lineup in place of Jesse Joensuu and Lubomir Visnovsky comes out for Thomas Hickey.

Capuano said Visnovsky, who has played 35 of the Isles’ 47 games so far (he missed the first 10 games of the season before he reported, then two more to return to...

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Evgeni Nabokov gets a night off

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders protects the

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PHILADELPHIA -- The workload is not getting to Evgeni Nabokov, who is backing up Kevin Poulin on Thursday night against the Flyers.

“Half of this game is the mental part,” Nabokov said after the morning skate. “You get in a groove, you just need to take care of yourself mentally. Physical part is not that hard, really.”

So Nabokov, who has started 15 of the last 16 games for the Isles...

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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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