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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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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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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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Michael Grabner's playoff thoughts

Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates against the

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Michael Grabner scored 16 goals this season, harkening back to his rookie season with the Isles in 2010-11. The speedy winger did play nine playoff games with the Canucks in 2010, so he’s been to the postseason before.

Here are his thoughts on this season’s achievement:

“It means a lot. Obviously the last two years it’s tough when you go home and see the other teams playing. For me,...

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The playoffs and Matt Carkner

Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins and

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Matt Carkner reached the playoffs with the Senators last spring and was an integral part of the Sens’ nearly picking off the top-seeded Rangers.

Carkner is back again with an underdog No. 8 seed and, while he may not play much, he’s aware of how the Islanders stack up:

“Last year [with Ottawa] we struggled early, picked up pace at the end. This year, I wouldn’t say teams are worried...

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Kevin Poulin and the NHL playoffs

Kevin Poulin blocks a shot as the Philadelphia

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Kevin Poulin didn’t get much work in goal after being called up two months ago, but he’s still part of his first NHL playoffs at 22. Here’s what the goaltender thinks of this moment:

“Personally, every year you make the playoffs, it’s a good year, right? Unfortunately my first year I got injured, we didn’t make the playoffs. Last year we made it in Bridgeport, fell in first round.

“This...

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Andrew MacDonald's playoff thoughts

Andrew MacDonald of the Islanders skates against the

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Andrew MacDonald’s pro career has had a few twists and turns -- he started out in Utah of the ECHL and gradually worked his way up to the top pair of the Isles' defense. He’s also played in the playoffs at every level along the way, completing that run with the Isles reaching the postseason:

“It’s safe to say everyone’s dream and goal is to win the Stanley Cup, and making the playoffs is part...

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What the playoffs mean to Thomas Hickey

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin is hit

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Thomas Hickey didn’t get his name on the Stanley Cup, but he was on hand when the Kings won it last June. Hickey was the No. 4 overall pick by the Kings in 2007, but never played a game for L.A.

After joining the Isles on waivers in January, he’s had a big hand as one of the top four defensemen in what the Isles achieved this season -- his only goal was the OT winner in Montreal in February...

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