Jan 25, 2014; Uniondale, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek (26) scores on St Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) during shootout at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. St Louis Blues won 4-3 in shootout. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

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Feb 23, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; A general view of fireworks as seen from Olympic Park following the closing ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games at Fisht Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 Winter Olympics Games have come to an end. For the first time in two weeks, this is just another ordinary Monday morning. Hockey fans, rejoice – you didn’t have to wake up for 7:00 AM puck drop. You can all return to your normal sleep cycle, and prepare yourselves for the final stretch of the 2013-14 NHL regular season.

The New York Islanders, minus John Tavares and Frans Nielsen, held their first full practice yesterday since the NHL break. They return to action on Thursday night, as the Toronto Maple Leafs pay a visit to the Nassau Coliseum.

The only question, however, is if the team that took the ice during practice yesterdaya morning will be intact come game time. With the trade deadline looming, the Islanders will be looking to move some of their pieces sooner than later. The post-Olympic “reunion” will be cut short for some.

It’s just a matter of when.

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NHL action returns tomorrow night when the Buffalo Sabres host the Carolina Hurricanes.

Across the Sound:

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers won their sixth game in a row, defeating the Providence Bruins by the score of 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. Anders Lee recorded his 22nd goal of the season, and Kenny Reiter stopped 40 shots to earn the victory. Joel Broda scored to break a 1-1 tie with a goal – his third point in three games with the Sound Tigers – that went in off of a Bruins defenseman.

-CT (@christriants)

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