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Islanders call up Gillies to be physical

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 22: Trevor Gillies #32

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 22: Trevor Gillies #32 of the Carolina Hurricanes drop passes the puck during warmups before a game against the Nashville Predators on September 22, 2007 at the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images) Photo Credit: Getty/Frederick Breedon

PHILADELPHIA - Bridgeport enforcer Trevor Gillies was called up before Tuesday's game against the Flyers to replace Blake Comeau.

This is the second time the 31-year-old heavyweight has appeared in a game for the Islanders and both occasions have been against a physical, feisty Flyers squad.

"That's an honor to be that guy they think of in terms of toughness," Gillies said before the game. "I'm willing to do that night in and night out. They have some physical players. My job is to be out there and do the same thing, neutralize them and make sure they don't take liberties with any of our guys."

Although Gillies was limited in his first game as an Islander - he played only 3:16 - coach Scott Gordon said he expects Gillies to remain with the team "for the week."

With the Islanders lacking in the size and toughness department, Gillies hopes he can factor into the team's future.

"I'm hoping to just be a hard-working physical forward for the team. Hopefully, I can be one little piece to the puzzle that maybe they don't totally have right now," Gillies said. "I want to stick up for my teammates and be a vocal guy on the bench. Hopefully, one game can turn into a bunch of games. I've just got to put my best foot forward."

Comeau (back) did not make the trip. Comeau also suffered facial lacerations as a result of a hit from Boston's Michael Ryder. Ryder was given a boarding major and game misconduct for his check from behind in the second period of Saturday's 3-2 Bruins win.

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