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The Islander prospects took part in the annual Blue & White Scrimmage Thursday night at Nassau Coliseum.

Overall it was a success for everyone one involved. The players enjoyed the chance to play a competitive game, the fans got to see hockey in july and the Islanders were able to get 4,000 fans to come to Nassau Coliseum in the middle of summer.

As for evaluating talent during Thursday night's scrimmage -- or for that matter during the course of the week long mini camp -- it is always a challenge. These camps are for the coaches to learn a little bit about the players and instill in them a little bit of what NHL life is like. For the players it's the same thing. They are getting to know the organization and learning what it takes to be a pro athlete.

Tags: Blue & White Scrimmage, Islanders, Joshua Ho-Sang, Michael Dal Colle, new york islanders, Prospects
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Yes folks, Ilya Kovalchuk is not only back in the United States, he's in New Jersey and has arrived at the Prudential Center! Rejoice! Let the angels sing!

? Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) January 16, 2013Earlier Wednesday, Lou Lamoriello told Tom Gulitti of The Record that Kovy would be at the 2 p.m. practice/scrimmage with AHL Albany. It wasn't clear if he'd participate in the scrimmage.

Tags: Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Kovalchuk Saga, New Jersey Devils, Prudential Center, scrimmage, Training Camp, Training camp
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Transcript of Tom Coughlin's media session today:

"Good afternoon. Still disappointed, that hasn?t changed. I think the players are very somber; they are remorseful because of an opportunity lost. We had many opportunities that we didn?t take advantage of. We didn?t play well, Dallas played better than we played. We created opportunities for ourselves late in the game, but we weren?t able to capitalize on them. We lacked consistency; we lacked fundamental technique play at the position with consistency pretty much everywhere. I was positive about our special teams play. I think that with our kickoff return team, we do have the possibility of going forward there, and establishing some opportunities in the return game. We did have a nice punt return as well, which was called back due to a penalty, and the penalty was legitimate.

Otherwise, offensively we were sloppy with technique, we were not consistent at all, we had dropped balls. We had some opportunities in the run game, but we didn?t seem to be able to push the line of scrimmage enough to crack the runner through the line of scrimmage. We?ll continue to work on that. We?re still very disappointed, obviously, in the goal line aspect of our game, with the ball on the one-yard line and the inability to score. Simple fact of the matter is, defensively, they score three of the four times they had the ball in the second half. That is a concern.

Tags: line of scrimmage, New York Giants News, Tom Coughlin, Transcripts, undefined
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The Giants really lost this game in the first half. They only had three possessions the entire second half, scoring TDs on two of them, so it was the squandered opportunities early on that cost them the game.?They went 2-7 on third down in the first half and didn't make the plays they normally make to keep drives going.

There was no magic early on last night....key plays in bold:

First Drive: New York Giants at 15:00, (1st play from scrimmage 14:56)1-10-NYG 16 (14:56) E.Manning pass incomplete deep left to H.Nicks.

Tags: Giants-Cowboys, m bennett, New York Giants, New York Giants News, NFL, play from scrimmage, sensabaugh, Sports
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