What if I told you the Islanders erased a 3-0 deficit and Josh Bailey scored a hat trick and the Islanders still lost? Oh, you already knew that? Carry on then.
- About last night. [LHH | NHL | Isles]
- Doug Weight, via Newsday’s Mark Herrmann: “I’ll be frank. We’ve got some guys who are passengers right now. It’s just not good. ... It’s game 32, so there are some discussions to be had.”
- In some sweet timing on the day before he scored a hat trick, Bailey credited his gaudy assist totals to the “goal scorers” on his line, who are both among the league leaders. [Newsday]
- Andrew Ladd talks about getting comfortable in his second year and how to play with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle. [Sporting News]
- This is a fantastic tale about that woman who met Jon Ledecky on the train and mentioned she was at the 1980 Cup clincher. [Newsday]
- In their own words, Kids Day beneficiaries describe meeting Mathew Barzal. [Newsday]
- In praise of former Sound Tigers goalie David Leggio, still knocking over goals and changing the law. [SB Nation]
- Some further (current) Sound Tigers notes, plus former coach Scott Pellerin as an honorary All-Star. [Soundin’ Off]
- Further down the pipeline, the Railers fell to the Thunder. [Telegram]
Happy New Year?
I’m getting a strong sense from the people I talk to that a Belmont decision likely to come sometime within three weeks.— Jim Baumbach (@jimbaumbach) December 15, 2017
Last night’s scores include the Capitals winning in Boston, the Flyers beating the Sabres, the Devils getting an OTL point, and the Penguins losing in Vegas.
- It was an emotional encounter for Marc-Andre Fleury in his first appearance against the Penguins. [SB Nation]
- The NHL Power Rankings, casting each team as a Star Wars character. (I really need to see the last three movies, some of these references are over my head.) [ESPN]
- NHLPA exec director Glenn Healy will meet with the NHL to discuss improved health care support for retired players. [TSN]
- Longtime Senator Chris Neil announces his retirement. [Silver Seven]
- Playing with house money after escaping the Hurricanes and winning two Cups with the Penguins, Jim Rutherford is threatening major trades. [Sportsnet]
- The Bruins put Matt Beleskey on waivers, an entirely predictable outcome of that contract. [NBC Sports]
- This Canucks fan won a car with one of those center-ice shooting-while-in-loafers competitions, and he couldn’t be more chill. [SB Nation]