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Isles are up and down in Pittsburgh

John Tavares of the Islanders and Sidney Crosby

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PITTSBURGH -- The Islanders have a rather mixed bag, history wise, in this city and this relatively new building where the Penguins play.

Friday night’s game should add to that memorable list either way.

If the Isles can pull out a win over the 7-2-0 Penguins with a defense that will feature Matt Carkner and recent signee Radek Martinek, plus goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who gets the start...

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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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Isles' lineup changes for Game 2?

David Ullstrom is tripped in the third period

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PITTSBURGH -- Jack Capuano tried to be coy about his lineup changes, but the extra on-ice work of a few Islanders gave away his likely Game 2 lineup.

David Ullstrom appears to be subbing in for Marty Reasoner up front, and Matt Carkner would be in for Thomas Hickey on defense.

Evgeni Nabokov, who took a Jarome Iginla slap shot off his head that broke his mask and was pulled after allowing...

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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.

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Islanders' Marty Reasoner likely to start Game 1 against Penguins

Islanders' center Marty Reasoner skates in to celebrate

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PITTSBURGH -- Jack Capuano wasn’t being quite so coy as Penguins coach Dan Bylsma about the Isles’ Game 1 lineup: It would appear that Marty Reasoner, who was a healthy scratch the final 10 games of the regular season, will be in the lineup tonight.

“With the lineup we have and the youth we have, I feel it’s a good situation to have Marty Reasoner back in there,” Capuano said. “I think Marty...

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Why the Islanders should fear the Penguins

Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby participates with the team

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The Islanders have plenty to worry about in this series if they’re busy scanning the Penguins’ roster. From Sidney Crosby, who nearly won the NHL scoring title despite missing a dozen games, to 20-goal scorers Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, on down to Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, over to deadline pickups Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow.

This is a fearsome Penguins lineup.

They are...

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