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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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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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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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