A historic and exhilarating Game 7 took place last night, with the Chicago Cubs ending their 108-year drought in extremely dramatic fashion. After blowing a 6-0 lead late in the game, they won 8-6 in 10 innings. My congratulations to them and their fans.
Quite frankly, it was one of the most exciting baseball game to have ever been played. It was literally what every kid dreams about in their front yard, playing Wiffle Ball: coming all the way back, and winning the World Series in extra innings in Game 7. What a thrill. Except for the rain delay. That was shitty. ANYWAY there's arguably a more important game tonight, depending on how you're feeling about the Islanders.
Tales of Panic! (Isles News)
- Okay, we're not panicking. Or Andrew Ladd and the Islanders aren't, anyway. He will likely be skating on a line with Alan Quine and Jason Chimera. John Tavares will roll with Shane Prince and Josh Bailey, while we'll see a reunion ofthe original Kid Line of Anders Lee, Brock Nelson, and Ryan Strome. Anthony Beauvillier will be taking a seat, for some reason. [Staple]
- ICYMI - Barclays Center ice is a bit slushy, so Slurpee and ICEE have teamed up to sponsor it. [Zeitgeist]
- Mike (ICanSeeForIslesandIsles) brings us some new sources for the weekly Power Rankings. We... don't look so hot. [LHH]
- Speaking of hot, this take is on fire: Matt Larkin, of the Hockey News, calls us a tire fire. I mean, I'm all for chaos and whatnot, but it's still a bit early to declare us a complete tire fire.
- Islanders Insight makes the case that firing Jack Capuano would not solve the Islanders' issues. Mainly because they wouldn't go outside the organization for his replacement, because they're not big on new ideas.
- In lighter and happier news, Strome adopted a rescue dog from Animal League. [Twitter]
- The NHLPA's website does Player Q&A's with many of its members - this week was John Tavares's turn, and I learned that his pet peeve is being messy, so he's basically my spirit animal. However, the handwriting, THE HANDWRITING. [NHLPA.com]
- The Bridgeport Sound Tigers won yesterday, beating the Albany Devils 4-2. Michael Dal Colle scored again, his 4th of the season. [CT Post]
Nonpartisan Hockey Items
- Last night's NHL scores.
- Down Goes Brown investigates five teams that needed too many goalies, which seems slightly relevant. [THN]
- The case to abolish plus/minus from existence, courtesy of Garret Hohl of Hockey Graphs. While on the site, if you're interested, DTMAboutHeart recently posted his WAR explanations and results. You'll find them under the archived articles from October 2016. Interesting stuff.
- The crazy journey of Gerry Cheevers' iconic goalie mask with painted-on "stitches."
- Blast from the past, sort of: Mike Mottau, Hobey Baker winner (?!?!?!?!), will have his number retired at Boston College, where it all started. And probably should have ended. Heyooo!
Once again, FIGs can go here. Get them in before puck drop, but don't bet on Beau.