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Islanders News: Point saved in Pageau debut; no review of Trouba/Dal Colle

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Overtime was an absolute dud, but the thrill of the Islanders karma-fueled, hockey gods-smiting comeback was pretty intense.

Also, welcome to the Island, J-G Pageau.

Islanders News

  • About last night: So many mixed feelings for what definitely felt like a loss, but didn’t totally feel like a loss, and definitely felt like a general overall screwjob. A “character point” but also some concern with Andy Greene and Michael Dal Colle leaving with injuries. [LHH | Newsday | Isles | Athletic | NHL | Post]
  • The game carried playoff-like intensity, even if one team’s definitely not gonna be in the playoffs. [Newsday]
  • Lou Lamoriello’s attempt to acquire Zach Parise was classic Lou, says a guy who used to work with him and writes about him often. [Post]
  • Big night for Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who, as Islanders media staffer Cory Wright noted: “finished the game with a goal, 17 PIMs, two shots, three hits, and won 10-of-14 face-offs. Also fought a guy who had five inches and nearly 30 lbs. on him to stick up for a teammate.” It’s been a hectic few days for Pageau. [Post]
  • Podcast: Mike and Dan react to the trade deadline, and the Islanders actually getting a guy lots of teams wanted. [Islanders Anxiety]
  • Arthur Staple and Mark Parrish also discuss the deadline, including the Parise trade attempt and what it will be like for Andrew Ladd to come back into the fold after almost being part of that aborted deal. [No Sleep Till Belmont]
  • If you view deadline activity as a GM sending messages to his team, then Lou gave the squad a reward. [Forbes]
  • The Sound Tigers are looking at another 3-in-3 weekend. [BST]
  • About Dal Colle: He was clocked in the head by a guy who left his feet. But:


Among last night’s other NHL scores, the Flyers and Capitals won, while the Hurricanes and Blue Jackets lost in regulation.

  • Robin Lehner is pretty excited to be on a contender again. [NHL]
  • Zach Parise is “not disappointed” to still be with the Wild, he swears. [Athletic]
  • Joe Thornton is not excited and rather disappointed that he wasn’t traded to a contender. [NHL | Athletic]
  • On that note, here are five players who won and five players who lost at the deadline. [THN]
  • Because the Leafs were embarrassed despite scoring on their first two shots against an emergency backup, the league GMs will likely revisit the policy. [NHL]
  • Speaking of which, Mr. and Mrs. Ayres are enjoying their 15 minutes of fame, being feted by the Hurricanes. [Athletic]
  • Vladimir Tarasenko, who was once thought lost until the playoffs, is likely to return before the end of the regular season. [NHL]
  • The Seattle expansion team has reached an agreement for free rail transport to games. [NHL]
  • The Islanders were crazy to send a first-round pick for Pageau but the Lightning were bold and brilliant for sending one for Barclay Goodrow. [Athletic trade deadline review]