Well, that was disappointing. Extraordinarily frustrating game — seemed that, once again, the Islanders were unable to generate much below the dots. Another team out-Trotzing them, so to speak, by keeping play at the perimeter. It wasn’t that the Islanders played poorly. They were just unable to connect on anything. It gave the impression that they played poorly, but they did control play for large portions of the game. Though, they were playing from behind, creating a score effects type scenario.
No matter. They know they need these points as badly as we know they do, and a quick peek at the standings should let you know that, as well. Gotta get them next time. A home-and-home sweep of an AHL team is a good place to start. Senators Tuesday and Thursday.
Barry Trotz addresses the media, indicating some of the guys were feeling ill:
- On the fourth line, Casey Cizikas left and returned probably to get sick in the third period, while Matt Martin has missed two in a row and Cal Clutterbuck left toward the end of the second. [Newsday]
- If anyone can get them back on track, it’s Trotz. Time to show the world why he really deserves that Jack Adams Trophy. [Newsday]
- The Sound Tigers won their 7th in a row yesterday by defeating the Flyers’ AHL team, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. [CT Post | BST]
- Isles co-owner Jon Ledecky says Belmont is still “on track for the 2021-22 season.” [Newsday]
- Andrew Gross joined Hockey Night in New York to talk Islanders.
Yesterday’s NHL scores include the Capitals defeating the Rangers in the shootout because Alex Georgiev attempted to stop Alex Ovechkin by throwing his stick at him, and Blake Wheeler scored four goals en route to the Jets’ 5-2 win over the Blue Jackets. As you probably know by now, Washington has moved back into first place in the Metro, the Islanders in second.
- Erik Karlsson came back from his latest injury too soon and probably aggravated it, so he and the Sharks going to be “extra cautious” this time around. [NHL]
- The Hurricanes keep proving they’re the real deal. So much so, that they even got Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield to attend the game Friday night to join in the Storm Surge celebration. [NHL]
- Sad news from this morning: the legendary Ted Lindsay has passed away at the age of 93. “Terrible” Ted was a prolific scorer, a feared fighter, a four time Stanley Cup champion, a man who laid the groundwork for an NHL players union a decade before the NHLPA came into existence (which made him an enemy of the league’s six owners) and an instant Hall of Famer, having been inducted in 1966. The Red Wings icon will be missed. Rest in Peace. [NHL.com]