A couple of John Tavares’ deflection goals last night were ridiculous. He says he didn’t have a single tip-in last year (but I wonder...), but these were pretty fantastic. Great touches, the two upstairs.
- A Tavares hat trick on a four-point night makes for an Islanders win streak and continued Coyotes futility. [LHH | NHL | Newsday | Post | Islanders Insight | FFH]
- Salient quotes from the NHL link above: Lots of Rick Tocchet talking about “getting it deep,” as coaches are wont to do, and (in every story) Weight saying “I'm not all that pleased with the game, so we needed [Tavares’] leadership tonight."
- But the best was from the Newsday story: “He does this every year,” Cal Clutterbuck said. “He goes through a short period where he doesn’t score, he thinks he’s lost it and has to be coaxed off the ledge then he goes out, does what he does and all is right with the world...”
- Adam Pelech became the youngest Isles defenseman with a three-assist game since Kenny Jonsson. Digest that. [The Skinny]
- Anders Lee is thriving in his role, but expects more. [TSN]
- Friedman’s latest 31 Thoughts. I personally always wondered why people don’t talk more about #1. Also, #14, #15 and #16 have tons of great things on Mathew Barzal, plus around #21 begins some great stuff about Pierre Turgeon in L.A. [Sportsnet]
- Arthur Staple talks the Isles (before last night) on the Secondary Assist podcast.
- In praise of the Isles alumni weekend, by Chris Botta. [SNY]
- Assessing the Sound Tigers in Week 3... [BST]
- Speaking of, the stunning start for Eansor. [CT Post]
- ...and checking in on the rest of the prospects. [Isles]
- Last night’s scores include Anders Nilsson, shutout Jedi. Also: Connor McDavid won the Battle of the Tanking Lottery Stars, but the Penguins won the war in overtime. [NHL]
- So anyway, McDavid needs help. [TSN]
- After Tavares last night, good timing for “The Art of the Tip.” [Province]
- As feared yesterday, Zach Parise is out 8-10 weeks with back surgery. [SB Nation]
- Tough times for King Henrik. Goalies don’t age well, FYI. [TSN]
- Deja vu for every new rink: The Wings hope ice conditions will improve. [TSN]