There were a few big injuries in the NHL last night, from Craig Anderson spraining an ankle after Chris Kreider slid into him, to Artem Anisimov being stretchered off in Detroit, to Taylor Hall karma-kneeing Cal Clutterbuck on a dirty play. Fortunately the Islanders appeared to escape without wounds to their bodies and their pride.
A look at how others saw it:
- Recaps: Ours is here | Eyes on the Prize takes issue with a victimized D pair, and how P.K. Subban is being used | Hockey Inside/Out has an issue with the Habs' third periods | Newsday on Hickey | Keith takes it at IPB | The Checking Line | Knight of Cups | The Habs official site laments their blown special teams.
- Quoth Max Pacioretty: "Going into that third period we were up a goal and it felt like we were panicking already. It’s a bad feeling."
- The Skinny: Thomas Hickey is the first Islanders to score his first NHL goal in overtime since Radek Martinek in 2001, and the Islanders’ 5-3-1 road record matches their second best road record through 9 games in the past 25 years.
- Here's Hickey with his game puck.
- A quick Newsday update, before last night's game, with Streit and Lubo on the powerplay.
- CBS bloggers debate which coaches are on the hot seat, and why they think Jack Capuano is.
- The Isles are doing a missing children fundraiser at the next Isles-Rangers game.
- And VH1 hits the Coliseum.
- Elliotte Friedman on what Ron Rolston brings the Sabres as interim coach.
- And about those injuries: Here is Hall explaining his side of his hist on Clutterbuck. A dirty hit to be sure, and yet my honest initial reaction was to recall how Clutterbuck is always taking risks with his NHLPA brethren's health, even hitting from behind, as part of his own game.
- New York Times Magazine falsehood: The best hockey player in the New York area right now is also one of the greatest hockey players ever, and he’s a Methuselah, a 40-year-old. Incorrect.
Finally, looking ahead: Die By The Blade digests Ron Rolston's first game at the helm for the Sabres.