Well that was a fun night. An eventually comfortable win for the Islanders in a full three-period effort. Plenty of coverage:
- Newsday has the Isles very pleased with their approach and execution.
- And here's Staple's brief on Anders Lee informing the Isles he's staying at Notre Dame, hoping for another crack at a championship (and a degree).
- From Eric Hornick's Skinny: It's the first time the Islanders have allowed 14 shots or fewer since Nov. 10, 2010 in Anaheim. Scott Gordon was fired two games later on that California swing.
Also in the Skinny:
John Tavares has 73 points (31-42-73) on 168 Islander goals this season (43.5%). Zigmund Palffy (41.0% in 1997-98) is the only Islander to record points on over 40% of the team's goals in a complete season.
Meanwhile, plenty of coverage from the Toronto end, because Toronto press relish nothing more than carving up a loser:
Knives Out for Leafs
- PPP has the post-mortem from the disenchanted Leafs sufferer's side.
- Bruce Arthur describes how this script is all too familiar for fans.
- Fans chant "Fire Burkie," while columnists chant ... um ... Kessel is milquetoast. Relevant, I'm sure.
- Brian Burke should apologize for all this.
- Leafs held a heart to heart. It did not entail watching Hart To Hart.
- Ooh, ooh, here you go: "Even the Islanders" embarrass the Leafs.
Funniest (but sad) quote of the night, from Matt Moulson in the CP:
"It reminded me of when I was a kid going to Leafs games," said Moulson, who grew up in the city. "I was one of those fans in the stands booing when they were losing."
Enjoying John Tavares
Finally, if you missed it yesterday: Anders Lee will stay at Notre Dame for his junior year, John Persson is joining Bridgeport on an ATO with his junior season (and career) over, and the Islanders acquired a Russian defenseman from the Bruins pipeline.
More details on some of that from Michael Fornabaio, as well as Micheal Haley receiving a three-game suspension for that post-penalty box fighting incident.