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Islanders News: Not enough skin in the game

Meanwhile: Johnny Boychuk exits with scary cut to the face.

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Montreal Canadiens v New York Islanders
Cake walk.
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The New York Islanders were outplayed by the Montreal Canadiens again, adding to their woes at a really poor time to be collecting woes.

Islanders News

Barry Trotz was not pleased, said they’re not putting the work in nor have enough guys playing the right way, “north-south,” etc. When he said “You can’t win a game on the first shift” I initially heard “We can’t win a game for shit” but alas, no. It was just in my head.

Anyway, just an awful night, with Thomas Greiss pulled, a putrid power play, and Johnny Boychuk leaving with a scary skate-to-face injury. [LHH | Isles | Newsday | Post | NHL]

Word was that Boychuk’s eyesight is not threatened, however. Still, scary scene.

  • Thomas Hickey discussed how his professional life has taken a turn at the same time his brother has been battling glioblastoma, another terrible form of cancer that I wish would go right to hell. [Athletic]
  • On the latest PTIsles podcast, Joe talked to Peter Schwartz about the jersey retirements, and other ceremonies he’s never missed.
  • Prospect Report: Ilya Sorokin’s record and then some. [Isles]
  • As a longtime fixture of the Nashville community, Trotz’s thoughts were with them in the aftermath of a devastating tornado. [Newsday]


Among last night’s NHL scores: The Penguins finally end their six-game losing streak and extend their lead over the Isles, but the Smurfs lost at home in regulation.

  • A new puck with electronic tracking technology will be unveiled for the playoffs. [TSN]
  • CHANGE DA RULES: The GMs are voting to alter the definition interpretation of offside, allowing skates to be off the ice so that they aren’t taking away good goals for silly reasons. [Sportsnet | NHL | TSN]
  • The Hurricanes will be missing their two goalies for at least another week. [NHL]
  • The Canadiens are headed for another playoff miss but Claude Julien’s job is reportedly safe... [NHL]
  • ...but surely it’s next year or else for both Julien and GM Marc Bergevin. [Sportsnet]
  • Red Berenson is retired from playing and coaching now, but the man who once scored six goals in an NHL game still does all kinds of gritty ol’ north things. [MLive]
  • Meet the woman aiming to be the NHL’s first female ref. [Sportsnet]