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The doors will close forever at the Nassau Coliseum eventually, but the Islanders did their part to ensure that Saturday wasn't that day.

The Islanders -- down three defenseman due to injury -- defeated the Washington Capitals 3-1 to even the opening round series of the Stanley Cup playoffs at 3 and force a Game 7 Monday in Washington. Nikolay Kulemin scored the game-winner at 10:33 of the third period off a wacky set of circumstance that led to the Islander forward getting an 1-on-1 chance.

John Tavares entered the zone and tried to split two defenders, but the puck got sent into the corner. The Islanders captain went in to try to play the puck and was steamrolled by Alexander Ovechkin and was down on the ice. While the focus was on Tavares, the puck squirted to Nick Leddy, who fed Kulemin all alone in front of the net.

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The Islanders have finally found a few days to relax now that their stretch of five games in seven days is over.?

After Tuesday's win over the Arizona Coyotes, the Isles have had a rare two days in between games. The month of February has been pretty compacted even before the five games in seven night stretch. The Islanders have played games essentially every other night since returning from the All-Star break.

Head coach Jack Capuano gave the team off on Wednesday, but skated them on Thursday at Nassau Coliseum. The break in between games comes at a crucial time to allow guys to catch their breath before jumping back into action.

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Kael Mouillierat seemed calm and collected as he sat at his stall in the Islanders dressing room on Friday.

Mouillierat will make his NHL debut on Saturday when the Islanders take on the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center. Islanders' head coach Jack Capuano confirmed that Mouillierat will play following the team's practice on Friday at Nassau Coliseum.

"Obviosuly were down at Casey and then with Grabovski hurt," Capuano explained. "[Mouillierat has] been playing well down there and he?s excited. He?s going to get his opportunity in Washington."

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?When the Islanders and Nashville Predators take the ice, former international teammates will face-off against one another.

During the 2014 IIHF World Championships Colin McDonald and Brock Nelson were teammates with fellow Americans Craig Smith and Seth Jones, who along with the rest of the Nashville Predators will play the Islanders Thursday night. The United States lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament to the Czech Republic last may, but Nelson and McDonald both played well for the states.

"They're actually great players," Jones said about his experience playing with McDonald and Nelson. "We were a young team over there, so everyone got a lot of opportunities. They have a lot skill. Obviously they're doing well this year as well in the NHL. I'm happy for them."

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  • Colin McDonlad has made a big impact in his first two games with the Islanders since being recalled. [Islanders Point Blank]
  • McDonald has earned his spot in the lineup, but the Islanders face a tough decision when Cal Clutterbuck and Michael Grabner return from injury. And that could be soon. [Newsday]
  • Speaking of having an impact, the Islanders fourth line has had a pretty big one this season. You know who's a part of that fourth line at the moment? Colin McDonald. [Islanders Insight]
  • The Islanders have been winning lately, albeit not in the prettiest fashion, but winning none the less. [Islanders Point Blank]
  • An ode to former Islander goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who officially announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • The Shutdown Pair Podcast catches up with MSG Network's Shannon Hogan to discuss what it's been like to cover the Islanders this season, her transition to New York, and her favorite thing about Long Island. [Shutdown Pair Podcast]
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It was no surprise to see who was coming down the runway when the first star of the game was being announced Tuesday night.

The Islanders had just beaten the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, and Colin McDonald played a large role in that win. So, it was only fitting he received the number one honor. It was McDonald's backhander that found the back of the net to tie the game at one, 13:20 into the first period.

And it was McDonald's diving effort to get the puck to Casey Cizikas in the slot and give the Islanders a 3-2 lead with 4:37 left in the game. Not to mention, he recorded a whopping nine hits as well.

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SYOSSET, N.Y. -- ?Colin McDonald was able to make his presence known on the ice Sunday afternoon.

McDonald scored the game's first goal during the Isles 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres and wasn't afraid to throw his body around either. He led the Islanders in hits with six.

"I know my role here," McDonald said following the team's morning skate at Islanders IceWorks. McDonald will be back in the lineup for his second game since being called up.

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UNIONDALE, N.Y. ? The Status of Casey Cizikis is still unknown as the Islanders prepare for their Saturday afternoon date with the Detroit Red Wings.

Cizikas, who was in visible pain after blocking a shot during Thursday?s loss to the Boston Bruins, did not practice with the Islanders on Friday. The team also called up forward Colin McDonald on emergency recall.

Head coach Jack Capuano called Cizikas?s absence a ?maintenance day.? Cizikas will likely make the trip to Detroit with the rest of his teammates, but who will be in the lineup on Saturday is unclear.

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Islanders coach Jack Capuano said forward Colin McDonald will make his season debut Saturday night in Pittsburgh, replacing the injured Mikhail Grabovski. (Islanders, Oct. 18).

Jaroslav Halak will start in goal for the Islanders (4-0) against the Penguins.

Grabovski is out with what is characterized as an "upper body injury", though he reportedly does not have a concussion. Grabovski (5 feet 11, 183 pounds) was hit and sent to the ice by San Jose's John Scott (6-8, 260) in Thursday's victory. McDonald has been a healthy scratch for the first four games.

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During the third period of tonight's game, forward Colin McDonald took a two minute minor for a hit to the head of Los Angeles' Trevor Lewis. Lewis was not injured on the play.?It was a bad penalty to take in the neutral zone with the lead in the third period and the mistake was compounded when the Kings tied the game at two on the ensuring power play. Will this one get a look from the league?Earlier this season, the NHL took a look at a hit from Michael Grabner and suspended the forward for two games even though there was no call on the play.If the NHL does take a look at this one, McDonald will likely be penalized as a repeat offender. Last January, he was suspended two games for a boarding hit on Pittsburgh's Ben Lovejoy, seen below. 
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. ? Saturday night?s preseason matchup against the New Jersey Devils will be a glimpse into what life will be like when the Islanders move to Brooklyn in 2015.The exhibition contest between the Devils and Islanders will be the first NHL game to take place in the borough of Brooklyn, as well as the first hockey game to take place at the Barclays Center.It wont be the first time the Isles have visited their future home.The Islanders opened training camp last Thursday with a practice at the Brooklyn venue. Now the team will get a feel for what it is like to play in front of a crowd in Brooklyn.?I think everyone is looking forward to playing that game,? forward Colin McDonald said after Friday?s practice at Nassau Coliseum. ?Obviously it?s going to give us a little sneak peak of what?s to come in two years. I thought we had a lot of fun just even in the opening of training camp there and seeing the new building. It will be nice to see what it?s like with all the lights on and the scoreboard going, and obviously the fans in there.?Last week, Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said that over 10,000 tickets had been sold for Saturday?s game.Despite the significance of the game off the ice, the team is treating the game like any other preseason game.?For us, we want to execute,? head coach Jack Capuano said. ?We want to play a little bit better with the vets that will be playing than we did in Calgary and Regina. That?s what I want to see.?McDonald echoed a similar sentiment, saying the team still had a job to do. ?We?re not just playing these preseason games to play. We?re trying to win these games and get better as a team. So that?s going to be our main focus when we get there tomorrow,? he said.The Islanders will have a morning skate tomorrow at Nassau Coliseum, before heading to Brooklyn for the game.NOTES: The Islanders announced that Cal Clutterbuck will be out for the next four to six weeks with a leg laceration suffered in Tuesday?s game against Calgary. ? Colin McDonald skated in Cluttberbuck?s spot on the third line in practice, with Michael Grabner and Peter Regin. ? Captain John Tavares turned 23 years old today.
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Throughout the next month plus, we'll be reviewing the season that was and over-analyzing the various players that?contributed?to it. That's what the offseason is for, after all. This post is part of a series.?Read them all here.

Colin McDonald -- RW -- #13

7-10-17 in 45 games

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The Islanders have announced that 28-year old winger Colin McDonald has been signed to a two-year extension through 2014-15.

McDonald, named Sound Tigers captain at the beginning the year, made the Islanders out of training camp and has played in a bottom-six role through the shortened NHL season. Most recently, McDonald has found some success on the Islanders' energy line with Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin, playing a bit over 10 minutes per night.

In 24 games so far this season, McDonald has 10 points and four goals.

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UNIONDALE, NY -- The Islanders found themselves in a hole to start the second period last night against the Rangers, down 2-0 and thoroughly outplayed for much of the first frame. To change things up and get the game turned around, coach Jack Capuano changed up some lines and looked to and unlikely line, the fourth line of Colin McDonald, Casey Cizikas and Matt Martin, for some help. It was an unusual idea, but ultimately paid off when Casey Cizikas fed Colin McDonald for the team's first goal of the game, only 29 seconds into the second period.

"We thought that we needed some energy and those guys played hard for us, they got us going," Capuano said after practice on Friday. The coach was complimentary of his fourth line, giving them credit for a good forecheck and winning puck battles, which helped them to spend extra time in the offensive zone.

The goal started with Matt Martin pressuring, then hitting, Ranger defender Marc Staal who threw a long pass across the end boards behind the Ranger net. Cizikas intercepted that and fed McDonald cutting to the net, as all three forwards pressured their opponents deep in the offensive zone.

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Colin McDonald was suspended two games today by the NHL for his hit last night on Pittsburgh's Ben Lovejoy. The NHL's explanation for the suspension is here.


McDonald's hit deserved the major, game misconduct and suspension it got. He went full speed into Lovejoy, who was in a prone position. Now, if someone could explain to me why this hit wasn't even a minor penalty, we'll have everything cleared up.

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In news that should come as no surprise to anyone who understands Long Island, a report in Newsday shows that Long Islanders will, in fact, sit on the Long Island Railroad for extended lengths of time to attend events at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Long Island is a populace that?s used to sitting in traffic on a daily basis and used to spending long periods of time on the train to get to New York City. The early returns show that we?ll also be willing to take the extra time to get to the brand new Barclays Center. The arena, which opened in September, has provided the LIRR with an average increase of 3,300 riders per event on their Atlantic Terminal line. That?s nearly a fifth of the arena?s basketball capacity of 17,732 coming from Long Island, on average.

[sny-box]Helping offset the 2.4 million customers lost to Sandy were big gains on the LIRR's Brooklyn line since the September opening of the Barclays Center, across the street from the railroad's Atlantic Terminal.

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