I laughed, I cried, and then I laughed some more. We still suck - no good team should blow as many 3rd period leads as we do, and we just blew a 3-goal one - but last night was excitin' as hellidon'tcarewhoyouarerighttherethat'sfunny and Anders Lee's celebration afterwards was fantastic.
A whole lot of dat funk to get to today, Isles or otherwise. Sorry for the delay. Get crackin'!
UPDATE: Folks, in all the excitement (and also my sleepiness) I forgot there was a game today! Since it's a traveling back-to-back in Washington against the Capitals, perhaps that was a good thing. FIGs can go here.
- Recaps from a wacky one: LHH | Newsday | NY Post | Islanders | NHL.com | NYI Skinny | P'Burgh
- The Isles stole the game back on the heels of two goals in three seconds, which ties an NHL record. [LHH]
- Ryan Strome found his way back into the lineup, after some "good talks" with Jack Capuano. Meetings, I knew that was the issue. [Shtaple]
- Before the game, Dan borrowed a quote from Strome, saying he speaks for all of us when he states that "something's got to change." [LHH]
- Also before the game, LHHer and statistics compiler North Dakota Red Eagle takes a look at how Strome's career 5v5 production compares to the rest of the league. Hint: It's Good. [LHH - NDRE]
- The Islanders are worth $385 million, according to Forbes. This may not matter to you or I, but I'm sure Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin are pretty upset that the valuation on their franchise is a cool $100 million less than its purchasing price. FWIW, the Isles number is up 18% from last year. Whether that's a significant increase, I don't know. [Newsday | LHH | Forbes]
- Mikhail Prokhorov, the mysterious Russian billionaire that owns Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (which owns the Nets, Barclays Center, Nassau Coliseum, and the Paramount Theater in Huntington; as well as the business affairs for the Islanders) was in town to catch the Nets play the Clippers the other night, but also because it seems he is making some new purchases. Not sure what they are, but it indicates he's not going anywhere any time soon, according to this article.
- This article deals with how NHL teams are going to have to make some difficult decisions with their rosters and staffs. Guess who's first?!?! [Mothership]
- In Shannon's latest "Hogan's Highlights" (which sounds more like a Hulk Hogan re-run special than an awesome column, but I digress) she discusses Anders Lee's visit to the Giants practice facility and the special bonds like Lee and Romeo Okwara share as athletes, even across different sports.
- Mathew Barzal was recently returned to the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds, where he has rejoined the line that gave the T-Birds so much success last season and rejuvenated a stale power play. He also received an invite to Team Canada for World Juniors, unsurprisingly.
- Puck Junk Podcast shouts out our J.F. Berube All-Star Movement (keep voting!) on their latest episode. Believe it's toward the end.
Other Hockey Jive
- Brian Burke, as he is wont to do, honed in on the Dougie Hamilton rumors, saying it would take "20 first-round picks" to acquire him. He's lying through his teeth and I personally expect Hamilton dealt within a week, but he's the best when he's angry.
- Travis Konecny was fired up one game, and let out a Ric Flair "Woo!" on ice. Flyers fans quickly latched on to this, and have been doing the "Woo!'s" at home games, much to the chagrin of the curmudgeons on the team. [Sportsnet]
- Connor McDavid is good. This we know. He makes the Oilers good, this we know as well. But how bad are they when he's not on the ice? Woof. [Copper & Blue]
- John-Michael Liles has suffered a concussion and is out indefinitely. A big blow to the Bruins defense, as well as Liles' career, having already suffered concussions in the past. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]
- For those that care about sports cards - a recent discovery of old hockey cards in an old factory, once thought to be a lucrative find, has turned out to be a lemon. [Detroit Free Press]
- Not hockey, but awesome: a goalkeeper carried an injured seagull off the pitch during the Australian Cup Final. [Mothership]
There you have it, folks. Look at all the things happening in the world around us. Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.