Johan Sundstrom has been returned to the Bridgeport Soundtigers

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Brett Gallant has been recalled on emergency basis from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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Zeitgeist: Islanders sale drags on for another excruciating hour

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Source: "What the hell is taking so long?"

The sale period for the New York Islanders has been extended for another hour, prolonging an already interminable process and keeping the club trapped in limbo.

A deal is not expected to be finalized soon and could painfully continue into tomorrow, according to an exasperated source close to the team under condition of anonymity.

"It's gone on forever and needs to get done already," said the source. "We're all waiting for a new owner to come in get to work. It should have happened yesterday. What the hell is taking so long?"

Top Shelf – Islanders Daily 4/7/14

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The streak is over.

On the same night that Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker at Wrestlemania XXX – the first time Taker ever lost at WWE’s grandest event in 22 matches – the Columbus Blue Jackets ended the New York Islanders’ longest point streak of the season.

5-0-2 isn’t nearly as impressive as 21-0, but the Islanders, minus several key players, found a way to string together 12 of 14 points. Of course, the accomplishment would have looked much better if the Islanders hadn’t fallen out of the playoff race back in December, but the streak was still something the Islanders should be proud of. For the most part, the Islanders did it with ten rookies in the lineup – all whom should benefit from the team’s winning ways.

[Bits] Penalties kill, New York's Fightingest, Kane Mutiny?

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Hope you somehow salvaged your Sunday night.

It's almost over. But if you're still interested, tomorrow night's game against Ottawa is the Islanders' final home date of the season. I'm sure tickets are available.

Islanders 0 @ Blue Jackets 4 – F – CLB : Jenner (14), Johnson (5), Letestu (9), Murray (4)

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Columbus Blue Jackets 4, New York Islanders 0: Penalty kill rolls over as tanks roll in

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The Islanders didn't roll over, but their PK looked lost as the came quickly became a late-season laugher.

If only there were no such thing as special teams, this game would have been close and entertaining. Alas, absent that EA Sports version of the world, the New York Islanders' penalty kill undid their mostly good even strength play to let the Columbus Blue Jackets waltz to a 4-0 victory.

New York Islanders GIFS of the Week – 4/6/14

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Welcome to GIFS of the Week: A weekly collection of the top highlights from the past week in New York Islanders hockey.

The past week in Islanders hockey was a strong one for quality highlights. Quality passing played a large role in this week’s edition of GIFS of the Week. Here are a few of the top plays:

Mike Halmo scores his first career NHL goal by batting his own rebound out of the air:

New York Islanders vs. Columbus Blue Jackets: Scott Mayfield latest rookie to join Spoiler Parade

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Win, lose or blowout, this should be a fun test for the rookies.

The New York Islanders lack a standings case for tonight's contest, but their lineup of rookies does not lack a real-stakes environment in which to impress.

Playing on the second half of a traveling back-to-back (they have one more, in Montreal and New Jersey later this week), the Isles meet a Columbus Blue Jackets squad that is in wild card position and is even within striking distance of a guaranteed Metropolitan Division spot.

Columbus is just two points behind the Philadelphia Flyers with five games to go, and close enough where the regulation/overtime win tiebreaker could matter.

More Injuries, More Callups

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Let's just hope he doesn't get injured.

Let’s just hope he doesn’t get injured.

Can’t Stop The Pain

New York Islanders Top Shelf : 4/6/14

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We are almost there. Five games and only one remain at home in the 2013-14 season for the New York Islanders and what do you know……we get to see more rookies!

Islanders News: More recalls, Cizikas regrets; NHL playoff picture

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Another chance to spoil tonight.

The New York Islanders lost in a shootout last night, giving the Washington Capitals a bit of life, while the Isles move on to play in Columbus tonight.

Of more significance than the loss: Michael Grabner and Calvin de Haan went down with injuries, eliciting the recall of Johan Sundstrom and Scott Mayfield.

Islanders Outplay Capitals, Lose in Shootout

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The Islanders might be out of the playoff picture, but that hasn’t stopped them from playing like contenders every game recently.

Islanders : Mayfield Gets The Call

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In the wake of the Islanders 4-3 shootout loss today to the Washington Capitals, the injury bug bit hard yet again, as it seems like the bad karma of the 2013-14 season will last right to the end.

Scott Mayfield, Johan Sundstrom Recalled to New York Islanders

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With @#$% injuries, comes opportunity.

The New York Islanders play Sunday in Columbus after losing via shootout at home to Washington on Saturday. In addition to the skills drill loss, they lost Michael Grabner and Calvin de Haan to injury.

That means, fire up the rookie train again.

Johan Sundstrom -- who, to make room for Grabner's one-period return, had only enough time to go to Bridgeport for his demotion Saturday -- and Scott Mayfield get the call from AHL Bridgeport.

Sundstrom, of course, already has nine NHL games under his belt during this late-season onslaught of injuries and rookie recals.

Washington Capitals 4*, New York Islanders 3 (*SO): de Haan, Grabner injured, John Persson scores 1st NHL goal

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The hockey gods smiled on John Persson and every Capitals goal scorer, but they had bones to pick with Michael Grabner and their favorite target, Calvin de Haan.

The New York Islanders lost a shootout on Fan Appreciation Night, but more importantly they lost two players who have been positive contributors in this lost season. Michael Grabner and Calvin de Haan each left the game with injuries, while rookie John Persson scored his first NHL goal and point in his fifth NHL game.

New York Islanders 3, Washington Capitals 4 (SO); NYI – Clutterbuck (12), Persson (1st NHL Goal), Nielsen (24); WSH – Kuznetsov (3), Backstrom (15), Ward (23)

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Hockey from the Blind Side, It Is a Big Deal …

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My brain is actually in vacation mode at the moment. I’ll be out of the loop for a week starting tomorrow, but I wanted to write one last article that has been inspired by conversations I have had with a few friends and I have read online as far as fan opinions go. I know myself, Paul, Gary and others have basically expressed what I am going to write as it is, but it is worth repeating.

The subject is just how important seeing the Islanders win happens to be at this stage of the season. The Isles were “officially” or “mathematically” eliminated from the playoff race a few days ago, which, of course, we pretty much figured was going to be the reality for a while now. However, since the Olympic break, the tam has been playing well and I believe they are 5-0-1 in their last 6 games since a 6-0 loss at home to the Wild.

Should Griffin Reinhart Make The Isles

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Reinhart could help fix this mess.

Reinhart could help fix this mess.

Islanders Top Shelf : 4/5/14

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There have been lots of smiles going around the New York Islanders lately even though the team was eliminated from playoff contention much earlier in the 2013-14 National Hockey League season. Winning 6 of 8 games will do that for you.

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