Islanders fan protest; Terry Trafford remembered; strip shootout in Tampa (Puck Headlines)

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• Looking more and more like a marshmallow that fell on the ground with each passing day, Phil Kessel takes in an L.A. Clippers basketball game.

• Islanders fans are mad about everything, and this protest they're planning sounds like quite the operation. [Isles Nation]

• Jarmo Kekelainen on Blake Comeau's suspension: "It was a hard hit and they said he was tracking the target for a while. I heard their logic. As much as I want to support our players, we have to suffer the consequences." [Blue Jackets Xtra]

• And, speaking of the Jackets, they're forging a formidable identity at just the right time. [ESPN]

• The Blue Jackets/Stars makeup game may not be played until April 14th, two days after the season is supposed to end. [Aaron Portzline]

• Teammates of late OHLer Terry Trafford remember a prankster, and a player that always had their backs. [Yahoo]

• And in case that didn't make you sad enough, hear from Trafford's father, Roy, who is heart-broken. [Toronto Sun]

• The Canucks got Alex Burrows back, as the winger scored his first two goals of the season, but his curse moved immediately to Ryan Kesler, who could out for a long time after a knee-on-knee hit Wednesday night in Winnipeg. [CBC]

• In an effort to lighten the mood in Tampa Bay, the Lightning played strip shootout. Score or strip. These are your only two options. Poor Alex Killorn nearly got naked. [Tampa Bay Tribune]

• A hockey dad has been banned from his kid's minor-league games after putting a linesman in a headlock. Can't do that. [The Spec]

• Did Alex Ovechkin try to win himself in a charity raffle? It may seem preposterous, but recall that there's left-wing Alex Ovechkin and right-wing Alex Ovechkin, and they were once named to the same team. [RMNB]

• Mike Smith is playing his best hockey since the Coyotes won the conference title a few years back. [Fox Sports Arizona]

• Awesomeness: The Kings will be wearing the gold jersey, purple short combo next year for some special game nights. [LA Kings Insider]

• The Royal Half goes to Edmonton, and in so doing, provides the one thing the otherwise elite Edmonton blogosphere lacks: humour. [The Royal Half]

• The world's oldest hockey stick is for sale on eBay. [Puck Drunk Love]

• Fantasy showdown, or, arguably, dudes born during an early 90s' naming trend showdown: Brandon Saad vs. Jaden Schwartz. [Dobber Hockey]

• The New York Times delves into the world of university club hockey. [NY Times]

• Cory Conacher has instantly meshed with Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford on the Sabres' top line. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]

• Andrew Cogliano with the real talk after a 7-2 rout at the hands of the Calgary Flames, who have no business routing anybody: “Every guy in the room should be completely embarrassed of how they played tonight. To start one of the biggest road trips, to have a division rival chasing you down and have a ton on the line … no one played at all. It's unexplainable.” [LA Times]

• This is for our Canadian readers, both because it's been geoblocked (but we trust you can find a way around that) and because it's pretty specific to this great nation. This Hour Has 22 Minutes, a Canadian sketch-comedy show, riffs on George Stromboulopoulos taking over Hockey Night in Canada, and it's great:

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