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Islanders News: What a win!

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That was a perfect ending to a much-needed win.

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NHL: Montreal Canadiens at New York Islanders
That’s our captain!
Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Folks, that game was so good that I overslept. I was late to work and forgot to write these Bits for you. My sincerest apologies for my tardiness.

On the bright side, with the Islanders now 8 points up on the second wild card, the Islanders are virtual locks to qualify for the playoffs. Am I too greedy to ask for home ice still?

Islanders News

Recaps from a thriller: LHH | Newsday | Islanders | NHL | NYI Skinny | HEOTP

The coach speaks:

  • Last night’s game was a perfect example of how critical the fourth line is to the Islanders’ success. [Newsday]
  • Now that the Islanders “Core Four” defensemen have grown into their skill, Nick Leddy may be expendable in the right package. [The Athletic]
  • Barry Trotz was once thought to be a shoo-in for the Jack Adams, but the field has grown. [THN]

Trotz would pick Lightning coach Jon Cooper for the award:

  • Speaking of legendary non-playing hockey folks, PTIsles appreciates Bill Torrey with Jiggs McDonald.
  • Check out the Islanders Fan Hub on MSG for a chance to win “cool stuff.” [MSG]

Elsewhere

Last night’s NHL scores include the Penguins defeating the Sabres 5-0 and the Capitals beating the Flyers 5-2, so last night’s win was extra important to keep pace down the stretch.

  • Bob McKenzie has the latest on Jon Cooper, whose contract with the Lightning expires this season, and whether or not an extension has been discussed. [Nichols on Hockey]
  • The SharksRadim Simek will have surgery to repair his knee, likely ending his season. [Fear the Fin]
  • The scouts are pleased with the earlier Draft Lottery. [THN]
  • Why, exactly, is Keith Gretzky qualified to be an NHL GM? [C&B]
  • Both the NWHL and CWHL want to merge into one league, and the NHL may help them out. [ESPN]
  • Magic occurred on ice in this minor league game between the Manitoba Moose and Texas Stars. [Deadspin]
  • Did you know: at one point the Los Angeles Lakers explored leaving the Staples Center to return to the LA Forum? [LA Times]