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You can’t fault these Islanders, I mean well – you can but let’s just call it growing pains. The Islanders held off the always dangerous Washington Capitals 1-0 for almost the entire 60 minutes last night. It only took two missteps, two breakdowns, two well – marvelous Washington plays to tie and ultimately win the game in overtime.

The Islanders are winless in their last four, although they have managed a few points in that span – they’ve certainly cooled off from that February stretch of excellent hockey. One can say that it could be because they’ve played a ton of hockey down the stretch, or that having the uncertainty of the trade deadline looming could have affected focus or psyche.

Moving forward, the Islanders have played some very good hockey against a tough team or two. They have shown some grit, character and given the league if anything a glimpse of the good things to come from this team.

Moving into tonight, the Islanders take on a Minnesota Wild team a few points out of the eight spot in the Western playoff race. Like every other team that comes into the Coliseum – they will be looking to skate off with an easy two points. I hope Ex-Isles draftee Jared Spurgeon, hometown boy Eric Nystrom and company came prepared.

In net for your Isles tonight – Al Montoya. Trevor Gillies is also back after sitting out his nine games for the fight fest against the Penguins. Micheal Haley is out after suffering a knee injury last night in Washington.

I’ll have more after things wrap up here at the Coliseum. Please follow me as I do some play by play on Twitter – @Islesblogger