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Islanders News: Hamonic injured in loss, Pelech expecting the call?

Also: Mid-season NHL high jinks

Edmonton Oilers v New York Islanders
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The New York Islanders came out flying Saturday night — no really, it was like the old team was there and aggressive and moving the puck and even scoring for the first several shifts as they opened an early 2-0 lead — but then the 2016-17 script was restored and they lost in the shootout.

Read about that below, but there was also lots of fun side drama around the league last night, including a certain former Islander getting a bounty put on his head.

Words with Islanders

  • Recaps of the game, with angles (in the headlines, at least): [LHH on all of it | Newsday on a 1-3-2 slump Post on the shootout | Daily News on the PK]
  • Worse: That unfortunate carom that led to the Oilers' tying goal came off Travis Hamonic's arm, he left the game, and there is fear he'll be out for a while. The rain, she pours. [Newsday]
  • That means Adam Pelech could be getting a call, as he was literally kept off the ice for the third period with Bridgeport last night. The Sound Tigers lost badly to the first-place (ick) Penguins (ugh). [CT Post | Soundin' Off | BST]
  • Hey, at least Kyle Schempp scored his first pro goal as ECHL Missouri romped, 10-3 over Tulsa.
  • It was maybe overlooked in Dennis Seidenberg’s costly penalties in the first last night, but his kneeing of Jesse Puljujarvi put the rookie out of the game. Charley horse, they say. Seidenberg says he was late (read: old man) and didn’t realize it.
  • As with Anthony Beauvillier, that was Puljujarvi's 10th NHL game, by the way. [Edm. Journal]
  • "Why so uptight, uh Osborne...Cox" goes on about the Leafs getting Tavares. Cool story bro. [Star (if you must)]

Words with Former Islanders (and other Teams)

Erik Gudbranson said Matt "Martin is dead" for all to hear last night. It seems he angered the Canucks, enough for three of them to attack him at once (including goalie Ryan Miller, which brought his opposing number out of the crease). There were brawls and theatrical stuff, including Alex Burrows being Alex Burrows (faking a fall to disguise an outright spear, then throwing punches in a fight while the opponent was held by a linesman), and Nazem Kadri blindsiding Daniel Sedin, Cooke-on-Savard style, which started it all. "Hockey." [Puck Daddy]

  • Oh, also: Leafs star rookies singing along to Bon Jovi as the chaos settled. [SB Nation]
  • Meanwhile: Which team will break it's [sic] Stanley Cup drought first? [SI]
  • Raffi Torres retires. And you thought he had more to headhunt, surely. [Yahoo]
  • In case you missed this, Max Domi dropped Ryan Kesler with one punch. [Puck Daddy]
  • Jaromir Jagr left last night's loss to the Capitals with an older body injury. [NHL]