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Islanders News: What is this ‘loss’ nonsense?

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“We tried to play cute. We don’t play that way.”

NHL: New York Islanders at Buffalo Sabres
Y’all thought you were cute but Barry doesn’t do “cute.”
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Did last night feel really weird to you? Granted, I’m still pinching myself at the Islanders’ first-place position and nightly robotic discipline...but at the same time it feels shocking to see a regulation loss, and by more than a goal.

Two regulation losses in five games, what is this madness?!

Of course it was close all night, until a late insurance marker — and even after that, Nick Leddy’s crossbar shot nearly brought them right back to a goal down — so easily filed under: Win some, lose some. Though Barry Trotz (see his post-gamer below) felt they tried to “play cute” and “had a lot of passengers” (Hey, remember when so many of y’all acted like that was a phrase only Cappy uses?) but assumes the performance was an outlier.

Islanders News

  • About last night: Jenny drew the firewatching duties, opining, “If you didn’t see this one live, you didn’t miss a lot.” Especially the first two periods. [LHH | Newsday | NHL | Isles | Die By The Blade | NYI Skinny]
  • Now matter how the rest of this goes, the Islanders are already on track to make some history with their defensive performance and their record in back-to-backs. [NBC Sports]
  • UFA-to-be Brock Nelson expects to survive the trade deadline, but of course no one knows what Lou Lamoriello really has in mind. [Newsday]
  • Bridgeport Report: A gutsy, victorious weekend. [Sound Tigers]
  • Using horse racing news to deduce that the Islanders arena at Belmont is a sure thing. Also: Ratner having concrete poured in the Coliseum executive toilets? [Horse Racing Insider]

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include the Blue Jackets beating the Capitals in regulation, the Hurricanes dispatching the Senators, and the Flyers winning again.

  • The Sharks have been on an Islanders-esque run, surging to a position of control at the top of the West. [NBC Sports]
  • Evgeni Malkin was suspended one game for his wild stick swing. [NHL]
  • Corey Crawford says he is better from concussion issues, but not sure when he’ll return. [Second City Hockey]
  • On the Canucks’ unending quest for a third goalie — including tossing in an unprepared junior goalie on an emergency basis — and one crazy undrafted rookie debut. [Athletic]
  • Five Questions With: Wayne Simmonds. [NHL]
  • These are contracts that have haunted the Rangers. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Brett Connolly is having another career year. [Japers’ Rink]
  • Eddie Olczyk shares how he learned of a few of the times he was traded, and one of them is a classic. [Athletic]
  • Sens fans are getting restless with Guy Boucher, but bringing him back this season was always an obvious stopgap move. [Silver Seven]