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Islanders News: Bailey, Halak, Barzal rattle the Sabres

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Also: Pulock hopes to be back in the lineup in front of family and friends in Winnipeg

NHL: Buffalo Sabres at New York Islanders
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It took me 1200 words last night to summarize the OT win over the Sabres, so I’ll try this morning with 100 words and some links:

The Islanders played well (bonus credit to the PK and Jaroslav Halak) for two periods but were stymied by Robin Lehner. Then the Sabres took over in the third with Kyle Okposo finally scoring the go-ahead. But Josh Bailey equalized after a great play by Tavares (video review was needed, Robin Lehner cried conspiracy), and Mathew Barzal needed one rush to win it in OT. Extra super bonus points to Halak throughout.

Islanders Reading

  • About last night: [LHH | Newsday | Buffalo News with lots from Lehner| Isles | NHL | Die by the Blade]
  • Ryan Pulock was the scratch last night, with Dennis Seidenberg entering Doug Weight’s “rotation.” He hopes to be back Friday in Winnipeg, with family and friends from his home province coming. [Newsday]
  • Dan and Mike’s latest for your listening pleasure covers Belmont and what should feature and open at Belmont, like maybe a Night of Conversation with Rob Davison and Vesa Toskala, two key figures in the pre-Brooklyn/Belmont “oh God the Isles are done” era. [Islanders Anxiety podcast]
  • No but seriously, that Barzal is pretty awesome. [Trentonian]
  • Down on the farm, the Sound Tigers rode the power play to beat Hershey. [BST | CT Post | Soundin’ Off]
  • Michael Dal Colle scored last night (on a friendly carom), extending a streak:

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include, well:

  • Some teams announce such things: Doug Armstrong was signed to a four-year (team option for a fifth) extension as GM of the Blues. He was reportedly among several GMs (see #9) who were in contract years around the NHL. [STLtoday]
  • Zac Rinaldo was suspended six games for his latest really stupid, cheap thing. [SB Nation]
  • 31 Thoughts covers Kris Letang rumors, NHL teams visiting Europe and Asia, and more. [Sportsnet]
  • The Puck Daddy countdown praises the Isles and Knights for funding their own arenas, plus other stuff. [Yahoo]
  • At the WJC, here’s Canadian defenseman Son Of Foote making a goal-line save. [SB Nation]

Johnny Boychuk’s got jokes.