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The Islanders have placed Mikhail Grabovski on injured reserve with an expected concussion (Stable, Feb. 21).

Grabovski suffered the injury during Thursday night's?win?against the Predators. "I'm sure he's going to be out a while," Head coach Jack Capuano said of Grabovski.

Kael?Mouillierat has been recalled to fill in during his absence.

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The tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hooky Elementary school last week happened only 20 miles away from the home of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Today, the Sound Tigers announced that they will be going above and beyond to show support for the victims and their families. Starting on December 20th, the team will wear the names of the 20 children killed on the backs of their jerseys, replacing their normal nameplates:

In place of each player?s last name, every jersey worn at home beginning on Saturday, Dec. 22 when the Sound Tigers take on the Adirondack Phantoms, will have the name of one of the 20 students whose life was lost on Dec. 14 in Newtown, CT. The names of the six adult victims will appear on the center hung digital scoreboard throughout the entire game.

This will all lead up to a special game on January 20th:

Tags: News, sandy hook, Sound Tigers, sound tigers
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On Sunday afternoon, the Sound Tigers had a fight-filled game in Providence against the Bruins that included 10 fighting majors (even one from Ty Wishart) and 98 total penalty minutes between the two teams. The best fight in my opinion was Bridgeport's Brett Gallant against Lane McDermid in the second period.

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You can check out all the fights from the weekend here.

Tags: brett gallant, fights, News, Sound Tigers, sound tigers, Videos, videos, youtube

This is a few days old, but it's worth a note anyway. Back on October 26th, Kirill Kabanov was injured when he received a cut from an opponent's skate on his arm. Usually, it's not something we get to see unless it's somewhere easily visible, like on the athlete's face. But Kabanov went ahead and tweeted a picture of his stitches after surgery.

If you want to see, the picture is after the jump. So, if you're squeamish, don't click that 'read more' link. But honestly, it's nothing particularly gruesome.

Tags: injuries, injury, kirill kabanov, News, Sound Tigers, sound tigers
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Last week the Sound Tigers reeled off three wins with a combined score of 13-7. They beat Norfolk last Wednesday in an 11am game, which is the annual school field trip game attended by many area schools. Over the weekend, they beat Manchester on the road and won a Sunday matinee against the rival CT Whale. All of that makes this weekend's three games in three nights (tonight @ Wilkes-Barre, Sat vs. Manchester, Sun @ Providence) a real shot at ending up atop the division by Monday morning.

The Sound Tigers currently sit in second, two behind Springfield and four ahead of Adirondack, with an 8-3 record. It's happened for a lot of reasons; there's not really one part of the team that's carrying them. They're getting solid goaltending from both Kevin Poulin and Anders Nillson, the defense is playing well, and there are the two first round picks in Brock Nelson and Nino Niederreiter, who each have a 7-6-13 line and lead the team in scoring.

Nelson's emergence in his first professional year is excellent news. The Islanders moved up in the 2010 draft to the very end of the first round to grab Nelson, and it's still very early but it seems as though that is already paying off. He's scored a goal in each game thus far in November continuing the offensive prowess he showed at North Dakota and, as LHH writes in a recent profile, has been given lots of special teams time indicative of someone who isn't just a point producer:

Tags: anders nilsson, casey cizikas, david ullstrom, kevin poulin, News, Sound Tigers, sound tigers
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On Saturday night in Massachusetts, David Ullstrom finished off a seven round shootout with what can only be described as the Swedish Backhand of Judgement (with all due respect to LHH and Frans Nielsen). This came after a sprawling, awkward, falling backwards save from Kevin Poulin in the sixth round.

Poulin and his opponent on the other side of the ice, Paul Dainton, put on quite a show tonight stopping most everything that came their way. For the Sound Tigers netminder, it was his second game in a row and he played very well, stopping 37 of 39 shots plus a few more in the skills competition. Dainton made 32 saves and was named first star of the game for his effort.

Video of the full shootout competition is below. You can forward along to the 7:45 mark of the video to check out Poulin's save, followed by Ullstrom's goal. I didn't cut the video down more, figuring you could use a good hockey fix during the lockout.

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We're going to take a break from Brooklyn Mania to talk about Connecticut hockey, as the Sound Tigers have three games in three days this weekend. Don't worry, there's a lot more Brooklyn discussion still to come.


Two Saturdays ago, Anders Nilsson was scheduled to start the Sound Tigers' second game of the year; their home opener against Providence. Nilsson was scratched from starting shortly before game time leading to Kevin Poulin getting his second start in as many nights, having also started the night before against the CT Whale.

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It's horrible luck for the young defender and former first round pick, who faces his third shoulder injury in as many years. De Haan was injured with about a minute to go on Saturday night in the Sound Tigers' 3-2 win over Wilkes-Barre (video here). Per Mike Fornabaio:

Tags: calvin de haan, injuries, Islanders, News, Sound Tigers, sound tigers

Negotiations between the League and the Players took two steps forward and three steps back on Thursday afternoon. The owners offered their own proposal on Tuesday with the famed '50/50 split' of revenues, which the Union responded to yesterday. The Union offered up three different proposals of their own and showed a willingness to go for the 50/50 split but only if all of the current contracts were honored (coming to top of mind are Ryan Suter and Zach Parise's mega-deals from earlier this year). And that's where we hit another snag.

The day ended with quotes such as "today is not a good day," from Union leader Don Fehr and "I don't know what the next step is," from commissioner Gary Bettman. And we're back to the drawing board.

After this, many players sounded off on Twitter, including the Islanders own Kyle Okposo:

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Box Score -- Official Recap -- Fornabaio

Kevin Poulin got the start in net and earned his second win. Anders Nilsson was under the weather and so he didn't start... Matt Donovan was a healthy scratch and replaced by McIver... Nino Niederreiter scored again, this time on a deflection of a Calvin de Haan shot from the point.


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The Sound Tigers lead the CT Whale tonight 5-2 after two periods of play. All five BST goals came in the second. Nelson, John Persson, Nino Niederreiter and Casey Cikias (2) had the goals (don't turn up your speakers, there's no audio -- sorry). The video above is Nelson's goal, the Sound Tigers' 4th, and his first as a professional.

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A night after what should have been the start to the NHL's season, the AHL will open its doors to competition that will be a bit fiercer than usual thanks to the influx of young NHL talent. The Sound Tigers start their season tonight in Hartford against the Rangers' affiliate CT Whale. You can actually watch the game free online tonight here or here. Puck drop is 7:30pm.

For those tuning in, there really are a lot of interesting players to watch on the Sound Tigers side of things (not to mention Micheal Haley on the CT side). For starters, there's the three top forward prospects: Brock Nelson, Kirill Kabanov, and Nino Niederreiter. In goal tonight will be Kevin Poulin, getting the nod over Anders Nilsson. Then there's the defense with Travis Hamonic -- back on the ice after that "slight, little" injury -- Matt Donovan, and Calvin de Haan who has been plauged by shoulder injuries the last few seasons. All that doesn't even include Casey Cizikas, Aaron Ness or a trio of Swedes (Ullstrom, Persson and Sundstrom).

Ladies and gentlemen, you may just be looking at your 2013-14 Islanders.

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Per Katie Strang, defender Andrew MacDonald is the latest Islander to head to Europe. He's going to be playing for HC Energie Karlovy Vary (say that five times fast) of the Czech league. That now makes seven Islanders playing in Europe: MacDonald (CZE), John Tavares (SUI), Mark Streit (SUI), Frans Nielsen (FIN), Michael Grabner (AUS), Lubomir Visnovsky (SLV), and Jesse Joensuu (FIN).

As for Grabner, who signed with his hometown team of Villacher SV late last week, the team didn't waste any time trying to capitalize on merchandise opportunities. They cleverly labeled the Grabner jersey t-shirt as a 'limited edition' but who knows, it could be a year long engagement depending on how things go here in North America.


Tags: anders nilsson, andrew macdonald, Islanders, kevin poulin, lockout, michael grabner, mike fornabaio, News, Sound Tigers, sound tigers, travis hamonic
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SYOSSET, NY -- Paired with Ty Wishart at Sound Tigers training camp, Calvin de Haan is healthy and ready to play hockey. Now 21 and a half, de Haan is looking to put his shoulder troubles behind him. He had surgery in 2010 to correct a shoulder injury and missed a month in early 2012 with a second injury that didn't require surgery.

"[The shoulder] feels good," de Haan said at Iceworks on Monday. "I think last time might have been a little bit of a fluke. It feels strong and I'm ready to go."

One of the other questions about de Haan has also been his size and whether he's ready for the NHL level in that respect. He's up six pounds from last year to 195lb and as he likes to say, is always working on getting 'faster and stronger.'

Tags: calvin de haan, Exclusive, Interviews, Islanders, Editorial Aside, Sound Tigers, sound tigers, ty wishart
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SYOSSET, NY -- Two years ago, Islanders defender Travis Hamonic spent a few shorts months in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He played 19 games in Bridgeport at the start of the 2010-11 season before being called up to the Islanders permanently in November 2010. Since being called up he's amassed 135 NHL games and become one of the Islanders best defenders, if not the best.

With fewer than 160 games played at the NHL level, Hamonic is eligible to spend the lockout in the AHL without having to pass through waivers. He's one of many young NHL players who have been assigned to their AHL affilites, a list that also includes the likes of Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Philly's Sean Couturier and Carolina's Jeff Skinner. Hamonic was paired with Matt Donovan on the top defensive pair today, the first full day of camp, and is looking to help lead the team until the NHL is ready to go.

"[The AHL is] the second best league to the NHL and there's a lot of good young players, a lot of guys working hard just to get that one opportunity to get to the NHL level," Hamonic said at Iceworks in Syosset earlier today. "I was grateful to get that opportunity early on in my AHL debut, and hopefully I can come back and give these guys some leadership and be a mentor for the first and second year guys for the time being. Hopefully things will get resolved at the NHL level pretty soon."

Tags: ahl, donald fehr, Exclusive, Islanders, News, Editorial Aside, Sound Tigers, sound tigers, training camp, travis hamonic
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Some news and notes from the first full day of Sound Tigers camp...


Kabanov - Nelson - Niederreiter

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Chris Botta had this on Twitter last week and as long as the lockout kept up, it was expected that the Barclays game and the rest of the pre-season would be cancelled. Today it is official, and the discussion of how the Islanders will handle Brooklyn in the wake of the cancellation can continue.

First things first, if you bought tickets to any Islanders pre-season game, please follow this advice from the team on how to get your money back:

For refund information about the canceled #Isles - #NJDevils game at @barclayscenter, please contact your point of purchase.

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It's not very often that I'll highlight a marketing gimmick here at Point Blank; the site has always had that independent tagline at the top and I intend to uphold that (OK,?we probably can't say bad things about the Mets but other than that it's true).?I'm also not going to ignore something awesome either. To explain, let's start with this tweet from the Sound Tigers' Official account yesterday:

? The Sound Tigers (@TheSoundTigers) August 16, 2012Oh yeah, that's a totally normal hockey tweet for mid-August... Or not.

Tags: ahl, matt donovan, minor league promotions, Editorial Aside, Sound Tigers, sound tigers, storm
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