The New York Islanders are in first place in the Metro. You know who's right behind them? Washington and New Jersey. Also, Nashville leads the Central. That's my way of saying enjoy, but be realistic. It's October.
Still, last night was cool, and not just because of Frans' big night. They're 6-2 now.
- About last night: Our Battle Level Report, the fuller recap, and Capuano's post-game video. (Plus, if you missed the previews, our 5-question exchanges with Defending Big D were fun.)
- Recaps: Newsday talks to Nielsen, Kulemin | Isles official site does too | The Post quotes Nielsen: "We can’t get too confident. We have to keep working."
- Further down the food chain, the Sound Tigers lost a lengthy shootout to St. John's. Colin McDonald converted (and had six shots), as did AHLer Brenden Kichton with the ninth-round winner. [BST | Post]
- John Tavares has seen his friends get traded, but doesn’t get bummed out. [New$day]
- Ryan Strome is quietly having a very effective season. [Empire Writes Back]
- Tavares and Strome. Strome and Tavares. [The Hockey Writers]
- Jonathan Willis offers a concise summation of how the Islanders offseason set up their productive first few games. It’s hard to pin most of it back to the Thomas Vanek Affair and not just good timing for adding lots of talented parts, but it’s still worth a read. [Sportsnet]
- Don't say Milbury never gave you anything. [FanShot via Doc]
- Grabovski, before returning to the lineup last night. [Newsday]
- Why Johnson's game in Boston is a sign of a new era. [NHL]
- In which a nice nhl.com roundup references Garik's post on Brock Nelson. [NHL]
- Bruce Ratner wants to keep part of Barclays...and still manage it. [Nets Daily]
- In appreciation of Wendel Clark's many jerseys...and mullets. [3rd String Goalie]
- Joshua Ho-Sang scored this end-to-end goal last night, leading to this, erm, uh, reaction:
GIF — The Ho-Sang Dance http://t.co/3b6UxmEsYN— Kevin Schultz (@Schultz88) October 26, 2014
A Little Bit Beyond
Pavel Datsyuk with some very judgmenty backhanding. [SB Nation]
From comments yesterday, an awesome discussion of hockey through the eyes of a Brit in Dallas. [Dallas Observer]