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Islanders News: Saved by Lee and Kuhnhackl

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It looked like a second loss to the lowly Devils in one week. Hockey is funny that way.

New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils
Imagine if they’d stuck with that sweet look instead of chasing the ‘90s-era “none more black” fad.
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A game the Islanders had in reasonable position to win looked like it would be a Devils comeback win before it became an Islanders comeback win. Ahhh, hockey.

Somehow after playing three games in four days in three different locations, the Islanders escaped with a refreshing but not comfortable two wins...and now no games until Saturday.

Islanders News

  • About last night: So many things! They scored goals (four, even!), they tied it up late after giving up a deflating go-ahead goal, they survived some mistakes in the third and OT to somehow win, Anders Lee scored off the rush for the second game in a row, and Ryan Pulock took out the goalie’s teeth with a slapper. [LHH | Newsday | NHL | Isles | Post | Islanders Insight | All About the Jersey]
  • Nick Leddy is back to using his elite mobility wisely and dangerously. [Isles]
  • This sounds weird out of context but is legit: The day after the Predators fired Peter Laviolette, Barry Trotz lauded how Nashville under David Poile stays loyal to the people they hire. [Newsday]
  • Kieffer Bellows and Sebastian Aho are doing quite well. [Bridgeport Report]
  • The cutest and sweetest Islanders fan story you’ll see today, surely. [NHL]
  • Listen up: Catching up with Anders Lee on Star Wars, his Kancer Jam, and more. [THN]
  • You’ve seen a few versions of this, probably, but grizzled veteran Johnny Boychuk has been a help to now-20-year-old rookie Noah Dobson. [Post]

“This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy...”

Barry Trotz agreed with all of us: Overtime was a bit of a chaotic (yet entertaining) mess. The team’s disciplined resilience was nice, though. Down a goal late, they did not force plays, they stuck to the system and got rewarded:

No But Seriously, the Goalie Lost Some Teeth

I don’t know how a goalie continues and concentrates under what I imagine is considerable pain:

Elsewhere

Last night’s other NHL scores include another win for the Capitals, and another loss for the Predators with their new coach.

  • The Predators announced John Hynes, recently of the Devils, as their replacement for Laviolette. Hmm. [NHL | On The Forecheck]
  • Former Sound Tiger and Grabner trade piece Carter Verhaeghe scored a hat trick as the Lightning put up nine on the Canucks. [Sportsnet]
  • Justin Williams has ended his fall sabbatical to re-sign with the Hurricanes. [NHL | Canes]
  • Dustin Byfuglien’s cap hit and uncertain status hangs over the Jets’ ability to make any moves. [NHL]
  • Ermehgrd, the Rangers calling up a goalie to have three on the roster is totally a disaster reminiscent of the Isles’ J-F Berube days, right? (He won his debut against the Avalanche.) [Post]
  • Old friend and idol Frans Nielsen had a couple of goals — yikes, just his second and third of the season — last night for the Wings. [NHL]