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Looking for a spark, Isles recall Haley

11/22/2011

Ask and you shall receive.

In a private conversation with general manager Garth Snow Tuesday morning, coach Jack Capuano asked Snow to add some grit to the lineup. Hours later Snow obliged, as the Islanders called up tough guy Micheal Haley from Bridgeport.

Haley has only one goal and two assists in 16 games for the Sound Tigers this season, but offense isn't what they're looking for in summoning the 5-11, 200-pound scrapper.

Haley was called up the day of the infamous Islanders-Penguins debacle last season -- he fought both Max Talbot and goaltender Brent Johnson during the same stoppage -- and was a regular fixture in the lineup for the team's successful second-half stretch.

As much as the Islanders were criticized for their role in that melee last February, the fight-fest had a galvanizing effect on the team and helped spark a second-half surge.

The Islanders are in need of that now after two straight shutout losses, both of which were embarrassing and emotionless efforts.