Good on the Islanders for getting back to what makes them successful last night. The Golden Knights pushed hard in the third but New York did its best to keep them to the outside and its neutral zone play was superb throughout. Vegas did force OT to maintain a point streak, but their four-game win streak was snapped.
The Islanders, meanwhile, have won three of four, last night courtesy of Ryan Pulock.
Pulock’s pump-fake had ‘em shakin’:
Coach Barry Trotz was quite pleased with the effort:
“We played Islander hockey tonight; four lines, we just kept coming at them, we stayed on the puck, we won our battles.” - Barry Trotz pic.twitter.com/8AC5clzgik— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) December 6, 2019
- Trotz rolled out some fresh lines yesterday with radical changes, but it seemed to work. They played splendidly. [Newsday]
- Earlier in the day yesterday, the Islanders placed Tom Kuhnhackl on LTIR and loaned him to Bridgeport for a conditioning stint. [Islanders]
- The 16 Stats column includes a bit about Derick Brassard—he’s cooled off in the last couple weeks, but he’s still on pace for his best season in a few years. Hopefully, he can keep it up and be that “extra pop up front.”
- You may say that we haven’t seen the best of the Isles. [IslesBlog]
- They now sit at no. 4 in the NHL’s Super 16 rankings. Pretty wild stat in there about the Isles’ record when they score three goals, too. [NHL]
Also, the Bruins’ eight-game win streak was snapped in an overtime loss to the Blackhawks. Considering they trailed 3-0 entering the third and still forced OT, you’d think their fans would be happy with the point. But the win-streak! Then they threw garbage on the ice. [Yahoo]
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- Within an $8.7-million wrongful termination suit filed in Ontario are allegations that the NHLPA covered up a theft of more than $100,000 by one of its executives, as well as allegations of income tax and insurance frauds. [TSN]
- Former Islander Brent Sopel clarified the story he told on the podcast Spittin’ Chiclets about his coach with the Canucks, Marc Crawford, who is currently on leave from his position as an assistant coach with Chicago as they investigate those and more allegations. [Sportsnet]
- Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon signed his current deal, an absolute steal, just before players started pushing for more from their teams, but he doesn’t regret it. [Forbes]
- Phil Kessel will return to Pittsburgh for the first time since being traded to Arizona this summer, but his former Penguins teammates are looking forward to seeing him again.
- The goaltending pressure is on for starters for the Maple Leafs and Canadiens, whose back-ups haven’t been cutting it. Frederik Andersen and Carey Price must be tired. [TSN]
- The data shows most NHL GMs get to hire three coaches with a given team before they’re out on their ass. [The Athletic]
- Goalie Manon Rhéaume, the first woman to ever play in the NHL and a Team Canada icon, is getting a life-sized bronze statute in Quebec City. [The Ice Garden]