If you checked in after the second period last night, you found the New York Islanders up 3-0 and figured they were well on their way to extending their winning streak to 11 games.
But the Pittsburgh Penguins broke the shutout bid early in the third, and added two more by the midway point to force overtime, where casual play by the Isles in their own zone during 3-on-3 led to the completion of Pittsburgh’s comeback.
Still doesn’t take away last spring’s sweep, and still left the Isles with one standings point on the night. The Islanders still wake up today four points ahead of their Metro rivals.
#Isles Captain Anders Lee on losing momentum in the third period: "They pop one in, it's fine. But we didn't have a response. We've got to find a way to grind it out and get that momentum back."— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) November 8, 2019
- About last night: [LHH | Newsday | NHL | Isles]
- By popular demand, Carey delivers another 19 thoughts on the state of the team. [LHH]
- Lou Lamoriello on SiriusXM NHL: Analytics is another word for the information teams use to make decisions. [NHL]
- They recorded their 100th episode the other day and looked back at how it all began (and what hasn’t changed), while their 101st episode covers some overseas fans and the surreal feeling of following an Islanders club that just keeps rolling. [Islanders Anxiety on LHH Podcasts]
- The streak is over, but you no win or loss it doesn’t change the Islanders’ “game by game” approach. [Newsday]
- The streak is over, but don’t overlook the goalies’ role in making it happen. [NHL]
- Derick Brassard has brought some experience, leadership and French mentoring to the Isles. [NY Times]
- Semyon Varlamov is pretty thrilled with the Islanders’ approach to goalie coaching. As he fully expected. [Athletic]
- The Sound Tigers visited veterans in advance of Veterans Day. [Sound Tigers]
- Yet another legal blow to Floral Park’s pretend bid to stop the Belmont arena. [Newsday]
- A decade ago, Noah Dobson won a contest to meet Sidney Crosby. [Journal Pioneer archive]
- Craig MacTavish dishes on his four-month stint as a coach in the KHL, where forwards flying the zone is the name of the game. [TSN]
- Who will be the top scorer this year? [NHL]
- Henrik Lundqvist is an old man but he made 45 saves to top the Hurricanes. [Post]
- The Bruins are managing their Stanley Cup loss hangover well, and Tyler Toffoli may be on the Kings trade block. [LeBrun at Athletic]
- Power rankings: The Islanders and Blues enter the top 16. [NHL]
- Do NHL hockey ops departments have many women? No, not so much. [Athletic]
- Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored against the Islanders and scored Ottawa’s OT winner against Los Angeles, but contract talks are quiet. [TSN]
- Hockey players are rich now so they sip wine instead of chug beer. [Athletic]
- Pregame naps are awesome, but then again any kind of nap is awesome. [Athletic]