There Were 242 Penalty Minutes in Last Night’s Sound Tigers Game (Video)

Kevin Schultz

The Sound Tigers lost 5-2 to Springfield last night, but that’s not necessarily going to be the newsmaking headline when there were 242 penalty minutes combined between the two teams. Here’s the full highlight video, with the fights starting around the 3:00 mark.

At the 3:30 mark, a 5-on-5 brawl breaks out off the faceoff. Mike Fornabaio at the CT Post breaks down the action: To read more of this story, click here

THE MORNING SKATE — Nino and Donovan at the AHL All-Star Game

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Last night the AHL All-Star Game took place in Providence, RI and it featured two Sound Tigers: Matt Donovan and Nino Niederreiter. Both were voted as starters for the game for the Eastern Conference, certainly a positive for the players and organization. The West won the game 7-6 — low scoring for an ASG, maybe? — and the only tally for the two Sound Tigers was a between-the-legs second assist from Niederreiter.

Sunday night was the skills competition and Donovan took part in the hardest shot contest:

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Source — Islanders and Sound Tigers to Scrimmage at Coliseum

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A source has confirmed to Point Blank that the Islanders and Sound Tigers will scrimmage at the Nassau Coliseum this week. The scrimmage is likely to be played on Wednesday and to be open to fans. Further details were not known.

INJURY UPDATE — Trio Skating in Bridgeport

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Mike Fornabaio tweets that Travis Hamonic (concussion), Kirill Kabanov (arm) and Brock Nelson (jaw) all skated today in Bridgeport. Hamonic is obviously an important part of the Islanders defense, especially if Visnovsky does not come back. The Islanders have been and likely will continue to be very cautious with him. Kabanov and Nelson could both get a look at training camp, but it’s possible their injuries have hampered their chances. The Islanders have 11 forwards until NHL contract, 12 if you include Nino Niederreiter. That means there could be only one or two forward spots up for grabs. Other players in the running likely include David Ullstrom and Casey Cizikas.

IPB PODCAST — Talking Sound Tigers With the CT Post’s Mike Fornabaio

– How are the Sound Tigers doing this year?
– Injury updates: Travis Hamonic, Kirill Kabanov
– If the lockout ended: Who would the Isles call up? How an AHL team replaces injuries and call ups.
– Nino Niederreiter
– Brock Nelson
– Calvin de Haan
– Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson
– Bridgeport vs. Springfield, tonight

A List of Injured Islanders, In Case There’s Hockey Again Soon

With the NHL and NHLPA meeting late into the night yesterday on New Year’s, there’s some hope that a deal could get done and a season started by the end of January. But, like any good hockey fan, you shouldn’t get those hopes up too much. They’ve disappointed us all quite a bit already. Anyway, if in fact we do have hockey soon, the Islanders are going to be at a bit of a disadvantage with a number of injured players. Not on this list are David Ullstrom and Casey Cizikas who have both missed time this year to injury but are currently playing. Here’s what we’ve been able to compile:

Michael Grabner: “Should be” ready by January 15th after a lower-body injury
Brock Nelson: Broken jaw out 2-3 weeks as of 12/29
Calvin de Haan: Still out for the year
Nino Niederreiter: took a stick to the face but is back playing
Kirill Kabanov: Still out after taking a cut on the arm from a skate and tweeting a picture of it
Travis Hamonic: Out with a nebulous upper-body injury concussion since early December
John Tavares: playing through a vampire bite
Lubomir Visnovsky: healthy but got fined by the KHL for yelling at officials

If we missed anyone, let us know in comments.