Taylor Hall was key in the 4-3 New Jersey win, despite Edmonton media having firmly established that Hall is not a Proven Winner(TM). The Devils have long meant nothing to me — like long, as in I remember the Rockies — but I’m happy Hall will get a chance to play in the postseason, at long last.
That keeps the Islanders in last place in the Metro as well as above four other (all Atlantic) Eastern Conference teams. What a time to be alive.
Today is Easter Sunday, and Passover, and April Fool’s Day (which isn’t the Feast of Fools, but that makes a more timeless Islanders headline), so happy tidings to you and yours and all that. May your festivities and pranks be unclouded by this terrible team.
About last night:
- Jenny reviewed Hall’s night and Thomas Greiss’ return. [LHH]
- Greiss: “It was alright. It wasn’t bad. We couldn’t get the win in the end.” [Newsday]
- “That’s a good team over there,” said Tanner Fritz, who scored his third. [Isles]
- “I’m confident that nothing is going to beat me,” said goalie Keith Kinkaid, who was beaten three times. [NHL]
- “They’re now 17-30-8 since Dec. 1. No one’s lost more games than the Islanders in that span.” [The Athletic]
- Sebastian Aho had three assists as the Sound Tigers rebounded well from their ugly Friday loss with a 5-1 win over Hartford. [CT Post | Soundin’ Off | BST]
- Promising young defenseman Travis Dermott was hurt in the Leafs’ loss. [PPP]
- The Wild’s anchor defenseman Ryan Suter was hurt — and it looks to be a real fibula break — in their loss. [Hockey Wilderness]
- Ian Cole was fined $5,000 for a “dangerous trip.” (Not in Vegas. Totally different trip.) [TSN]
- Over in the Western wild card race, the Blues played the second of back-to-back nights (the first was in Vegas...hmmm) and laid an egg in Arizona. The tiebreaker scenario with Colorado is complicated. [STL Today]
- A Five Most Disappointing Teams list that doesn’t include the Islanders? [Puck Daddy]
As the Golden Knights clinched their division title, William Karlsson scored one of those shootout-move goals except he did it in real game-time on a shorthanded breakaway (and without the slow-motion B.S. that characterizes most shootout goals):