Two of the commercials feature the pair of Islanders checking a giant ice skating bear, which I guess is or was SGI's mascot. Somewhat inexplicably, the third ad takes place on a baseball field, so if you've ever wanted to see Clark Gillies play second base, here you go:
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In Toronto, they've seen this all before. So much so that they're chanting for the hometown baseball team only three games into the season:
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The funny thing about this particular game is you could tell a little bit about who was in game shape and who had extra motivation. The Sound Tigers for the most part had both of those things, as they're in the middle of the season and if you were on that roster, you didn't get a camp invite (save for the two junior invitees). One particular player who skated like a bat out of hell was Nino Niederreiter. Newsday found Nino after the game:
[sny-box color=E6F1FF]"Of course I was disappointed, but I've learned that there are things you cannot control and you can't worry about those," Niederreiter said after scoring a nifty goal for the Sound Tigers in the scrimmage with the Isles . "I promised myself I wouldn't get frustrated about those things this year. All I can control is what I do on the ice."[/sny-box]
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Finley will be on this team for the right now, too. The hometown paper of the Rochester Americans, where Finley was playing, seems to think that he'll have to be on the Islanders roster for at least 30 days.
[sny-box color=E6F1FF]Assuming this particular clause of the waiver rule did not change in the new CBA, I believe the Sabres still would have the first right to claim Finley back if the Islanders try to send him to Bridgeport of the AHL in the next 30 days. Finley?s arrival gives the Islanders nine defensemen in training camp.[/sny-box]
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We missed it earlier in the week, but Ryan Strome picked up another goal for Canada against the US on Sunday. Next up for Canada is another game against the US tomorrow morning at 4 AM ET. Finland takes on Slovakia Friday at 8 AM in their next game. For full schedules and standings, check out TSN.
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You can check out all the fights from the weekend here.
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Isles top prospect Ryan Strome is among the Canadian junior players named to the OHL squad, and he scored the first goal in last night's matchup in Sarnia, Ontario. Strome also assisted on the OHL's second goal, which is all they would need winning the game 2-1. Kids, this is why your coach tells you to follow the play.