Well, that sucked. The worst part is that it was those festering warts Tony DeAngelo and Chris Kreider that scored their most important goals, each after both exhibited their classic scummy behavior—DeAngelo with his uncontrolled rage that resulted in interference on Anders Lee, Kreider with his net-crashing trash that got him a goalie interference penalty.
Barry Trotz: not a fan of Derick Brassard’s penalty.
"I thought our performance was good. At the end of the day we took an unnecessary cross-checking penalty. I felt like we deserved at least one point." - Barry Trotz pic.twitter.com/0qjQGqwzv3— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) January 17, 2020
- VIDEO: Neil Best describes the atmosphere of last night’s game at the Coliseum. [Newsday]
- Even Rangers fans missed games at the Coliseum. I did, too. But still. Eat my shorts. [Newsday]
- It was discussed yesterday, but it’s still pretty cool, even if it may not have much an effect on the NHL’s decision-making: Nassau County Executive Laura Curran wrote to the league to let the Islanders play all home games in 2020-21 at the Coliseum. [Newsday]
- Remember Kevin Poulin? He’s playing for the Red Wings AHL team and scored his first point in four years—and four countries. [MLive]
Last night’s NHL scores include the Penguins (to the Bruins), Flyers (to the Canadiens), and Hurricanes (to the Blue Jackets) all lost in regulation, so that’s good. The Capitals beat the Devils, though, behind Alex Ovechkin’s 25th career hat trick. One of his goals was his 30th of the season, tying a record for most 30-goal seasons, the 15th time he’s done that in his career. In his 15th NHL season. Including the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. I mean, I hate him, but you gotta marvel at him.
- Pete DeBoer won his first game as Golden Knights coach. What a weird scenario. [NHL]
- Martin Brodeur is in the Devils’ front office now, and he sees a big role for himself there, like team president. I wish I could just appoint myself team president. [NHL]
- What makes a good NHL pest? Start with Matthew Tkachuk’s dumb haircut, for one. [ESPN]
Not Hockey, Nor Even Sports
Folks, national treasure Betty White is 98 freakin’ years old today. And still going strong, from what I’ve seen. I don’t think I’ve ever known of someone that was 98. 100, sure, but not 98!