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Thursday, 03.9.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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HAPPY TO BE ISLANDERS
Grebeshkov and Tambellini Put on the Orange & Blue

By Corey Witt

Although they checked into their hotel rooms at 3:00 in the morning last night, Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini showed no effects of the long drive from Manchester, NH at their first practice with the Islanders today. The two newest Islanders, acquired yesterday from Los Angeles, were very happy to be Islanders.

"This is an exciting time for us," said Tambellini. "It's been a whirlwind 24 hours, but I'm sure we'll settle in quickly."

Added Grebeshkov: "This is a big opportunity for both of us. I'm very happy to be here and to have a chance to play in the NHL. I'm sure Jeff feels the same way."

Although the pair got lost driving to Long Island as they navigated the tricky New York bridges, Islanders head coach Brad Shaw said they were anything but lost on the ice.

"Anytime you come into a new environment, there's going to be an adjustment period," he said. "But for two young guys, they held their own out there. Both are skilled players and we're looking for them to step up and show us what they have."

For Tambellini, dressing in the Islanders' locker room holds special meaning. His father, Steve, won a Stanley Cup with the 1980 Islanders. Although it happened nearly four years before he was born, Jeff still feels a bit of nostalgia.

"It is special for me to be here," he said. "My father talked about that team a lot and what a great team it was. I'm just thrilled to be here. It's all very exciting."

Both Grebeshkov and Tambellini are expected to be in the lineup tomorrow night when the Islanders host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Despite the trade of two veterans for two prospects, Shaw said his goal for tomorrow night and the rest of the season remains the same.

"We have the same objective -- to get into the playoffs," said Shaw. "Let's see what we have and make a run at it. Our focus has not changed."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 11 6 5 -3 11
K. Okposo 11 2 6 -3 8
F. Nielsen 11 3 3 -3 6
B. Nelson 11 1 4 -5 5
T. Hickey 11 1 4 -5 5
A. Quine 10 1 4 -1 5
S. Prince 11 3 1 -1 4
R. Strome 8 1 3 1 4
N. Leddy 11 1 3 1 4
N. Kulemin 11 1 3 -5 4
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
T. Greiss 5 6 2 .923 2.46
J. Berube 0 0 0 1.000 0.00
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