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Written by Christian A. | 28 April 2012

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Written by Christian A. | 23 April 2012

Matt Moulson was named as a finalist for the NHL’s Lady Byng Award, along with Florida’s Brian Campbell and Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle.

Moulson has already won two team awards this year. He received the Islanders Community Service Award for his work within the Long Island community and the Islanders Good Guy Award for his professionalism, courtesy and cooperation with the media.

The Isles forward had just six penalty minutes this season, while posting a career high 36 goals and 33 assists for 69 points.

The award will be handed out on Wednesday, June 20, at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.

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Written by Christian A. | 22 April 2012

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ season came to an end this evening as they fell, 4-3, to the Connecticut Whale in game three of their best of five game series. Casey Wellman netted the game winner with just less than five minutes to play in the overtime period to achieve the sweep for the Whale

Cam Talbot was once again forced to make 40 plus saves in the win. Kevin Poulin was forced to make 50 saves, the most he has had to make in a game in this series.

The Whale opened up the scoring in the first period Marek Hrivik scored his third goal of the series at the 6:11 mark. The Sound Tigers evened the score at one in the final minute of the period. Justin Dibenedetto put a shot past Talbot to score Bridgeport’s first goal of the game and series.

Ryan Bourque put the Whale back on top in the third at 5:32. David Ullstrom answered back with a goal of his own to tie the game back up. Hrivik scored his second goal of the game, fourth of the series, a minute later to make it 3-2 Connecticut.

Rhett Rakhshani gave the Sound Tigers hope, tying the game with four minutes left in regulation and force an overtime period.

Late in OT, Tony Romano took a slashing penalty and the Whale’s Wellman capitalized on the man advantage to win the game for Connecticut. Romano was given 10-minute misconduct for unsportsmanlike conduct and a game misconduct for abuse of officials (Rule 39.5 (ii)) at the same time as the game-winning goal. He was sent off the ice and did not partake in the post-game handshake.

After the game several players took to twitter. Poulin took to criticizing one official in particular.

“Francis Charron wasn't even a good major junior reff,” his tweet read. “Still wondering why he's up here with the big guys. #stayHomeNextTime #TC”

Other players took to thank the fans for the season long support.

“Speechless,” Casey Cizikas posted. “But thank you #BST fans for your support all season long, its sad it had to end this way.”

“Thank you for all the support this year @TheSoundTigers and @NYIslanders fans! Wish we could've kept playing for you guys a lil longer,” Tweeted Matt Donovan.

David Ullstrom added: “Thx for the birthday wishes. You guys have been awesome all year and your support means a lot. Not the ending we wanted but we'll be back.”

Rhett Rakhshani was sad to see the season end for a different reason. 

“Toughest part bout the end of the season is knowing that you will never be with that same exact group of guys. We had a special group,” he tweeted.

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Written by Christian A. | 22 April 2012

(Editors note: Due to time constraints I was not able to go down to the locker room for post-game interviews. Quotes come from Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post.)

Bridgeport, Conn -- The Sound Tigers put 41 shots on goal, but were once again shut out by Cam Talbot and the Whale, who won 3-0.

Talbot, who was the game’s first star, had stopped 42 shots the previous game against the Sound Tigers.

“You’re running into a hot goalie,” Brent Thompson told the CT Post. “They’ve obviously played very well. For us, we’ve just got to stay the course. We’ve got to find a way to create offense, whether that’s more shots, on the rush, net drive, net presence, cutting back, puck possession.”

The game opened up with J.T Miller taking a hooking penalty 1:10 into the period.  Then Kris Newbury took a roughing penalty 14 seconds later and the Sound Tigers went on the 5-on-3. They had several chances, but could not get one by Talbot.

Connecticut scored their first goal moments after the Sound Tigers power play ended. Jon Landry made a giveaway in is own zone and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault put one past Kevin Poulin to give the Whale a 1-0 lead.

"We can't take a six-minute break early in the game," Thompson said. "We got outworked."

The Whale added to that lead when Marek Hrivik scored the game’s second goal at the 6:44 of the second period. And Hrivik scored his second goal of the game with a little over five minutes left in the game to seal a 3-0 shutout win for the Whale.

The game 2 loss means that Bridgeport must win this afternoon or they’ll be eliminated from the playoffs. Today’s game starts at 5 p.m. at the Xcel Center.

Game Notes:

- Rhett Rakhshani got hit in the mouth with a puck of last night’s loss. A whale clearing attempt, in the second period, went right into his mouth and Rakhshani immediately hit the ice in pain. He left the game, but later returned early in the third period.

- Late in the game frustration boiled over for the Sound Tigers and several scrums and a fight broke out. Whale Captain Wade Redden dropped the gloves with Justin Debenedetto.

- Also, Casey Cizikas was given a game misconduct for abuse-of-officials (Rule 39.5 (ii)). Cizikas had been aggressively trying to break away from an official as he was being led off the ice and could be clearly seen motioning and gesturing on the ice, but it was unclear to whom exactly.

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Written by Christian A. | 21 April 2012

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman questioned the viability of an Islanders move to Brooklyn, during his 90-minute state-of-the-league address to the Associated Press Sports Editors at the NHL offices in New York City.

"Barclays, I suppose, on some level, is an option," Bettman was quoted as saying by Newsday. "But I'm not sure how effective it can serve the fan base that principally is in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. It's not that easy to get to Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. So it's not anything that's been focused on, other than the Islanders are going to play a preseason game there."

While the Nassau Coliseum is centrally located just off the Meadowbrook parkway, which connects with LIE, Northern State Parkway and Southern State Parkway, the Barclays Center may be even more convenient since it is located right in the middle of a transportation hub. That has been one major thing Nassau Coliseum has lacked since its’ opening. The building has very little options as far as public transportation is concerned.

Bettman’s comments are especially puzzling since the Barclays Center has plenty of ways for fans to get out to Brooklyn to catch a game.

For fans coming from Nassau or Suffolk County, a hop on the Long Island Rail Road with a transfer at Jamaica would get them to a game. Similar to how fans from Long Island would get to a New York Mets or Yankees game. And for fans in Queens, there are 11 bus lines that make stops at the new Brooklyn arena and 12 subway lines that stop there.

So to summarize, Mets fans can utilize public transportation 81 times a year, but Islander fans cannot. Makes sense right? Not to mention Ranger fans who do it to get to Madison Square Garden. Or Knick fans.

Bettman did go on to say that the league is continuing to help the Islanders explore their options “in the metropolitan area” and that the team has not currently discussed moving outside of the New York Area.

"[Charles Wang] wants to do the right thing for the fans on Long Island,” Bettman said. “Let's be clear: He bought the Islanders to have them on Long Island. But he's not getting a lot of help or cooperation."

The NHL Commissioner took several digs at Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead saying that they seem unwilling or unable to deal with the Coliseum situation. Adding that they don’t seem invested in having a new arena.

Both Bettman and Wang have both repeatedly said that the Islanders will not play in Nassau Coliseum past 2015.

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Written by Christian A. | 20 April 2012

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers fell in the opening game of their playoff series with the Connecticut Whale, 3-0, last night in Bridgeport.

It wasn’t until the third period that either team scored. Kelsey Tessier scored 1:03 into the period and put the Whale ahead 1-0. The Whale scored their second goal of the game at 9:38, when Jordan Owens put one past the Sound Tigers’ Kevin Poulin.

Ryan Bourque scored the third and final goal of the game at the 13:18 mark of the third period.

Poulin made 33 saves for Bridgeport in the loss, while Connecticut starter Cam Talbot made 42 saves to shut out the Sound Tigers.

Bridgeport will look to rebound on Saturday in game 2.

Below are more recaps of the Sound Tigers game 1 loss:

Whale Take Advantage – Defeat Sound Tigers In Game 1 - Eye on Isles

Talbot, Connecticut Whale deny Sound Tigers in Calder Cup playoff opener - Connecticut Post

Game 1: Check - Soundin’ Off

Whale Ride Hot Goaltender To 3-0 Shutout - Hartford Courant

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Written by Christian A. | 16 April 2012

The islander announced today that assistant coaches Dean Chynoweth and Scott Allen will not be returning for the 2012-2013 campaign.

Both coaches joined the Isles coaching staff in 2009 under former head coach Scott Gordon and have been with the team since. Chynoweth was familiar with the organization having been a first round pick by the Islander in 1987. Allen had been an assistant in both the ECHL and AHL prior to joining the Islanders staff.

Chynoweth and Allen survived the coaching change from Scott Gordon to Jack Capuano in November of 2010 and lasted the full 2011-2012 season.

No replacements have been name by the Islanders.

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