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Written by Christian A. | 07 May 2012

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Written by Christian A. | 06 May 2012



The rumor that PA Parenteau is looking to sign a deal in Montreal is untrue, according to his agent Allan Walsh.

The rumor appeared on twitter late Sunday evening saying that Parenteau wanted to play in the Canadian city and was looking for a 4 year, $3 million deal. Walsh refuted the rumor on twitter saying, “the only thing PA Parenteau is focused on at this time is returning to the NYI.”

He later told Islanders Hockey Blog via email: “PA Parenteau's sole focus is returning to the NYI. The Islanders gave him his opportunity to play regularly in the NHL. He enjoys a special relationship with the head coach and his teammates. It's PA's sincere hope that he can remain an Islander.”

Parenteau will be an unrestricted free agent come July 1, if the Islanders do not resign him.

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Written by Christian A. | 03 May 2012



Kirill Petrov will be staying in the KHL for at least another year, according Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov.

Chesnokov tweeted out at 7:36 that the Islander prospect had signed a contract extension with his KHL team, AK Bars. Petrov is in the final year of his KHL contract and was expected to come to North America and join the Isles for training camp in September.

NY Times hockey writer and former Islanders Point Blank blogger, Chris Botta added more to the story.

“Just got off the phone with the agent for #Isles prospect Kirill Petrov,” he posted on Sulia. “The #Isles very much want Petrov to come to North America this season, but he is leaning towards signing for another one or two years in the KHL. He has strong offers for both in KHL. His mother remains very ill and he wants to be able to stay close to her. Petrov is also a bit scared off by the uncertainty of negotiations this summer for a new CBA for the NHL. As of now, looks like he's staying in KHL. Decision soon.”

Things could change, but for now it seems that he will be staying in Russia.

On one hand you can understand the precarious situation Petrov is with his mother since she is ill. Anyone can understand the want, and need, to be around and help take care of her. Also his fear of another lockout is something that any hockey fan can understand.

But it still is a loss for the Islanders who, as Botta said, really wanted to get the 22 year old to North America.


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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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