They take their streak out west with them. Hopefully, this western trip goes a bit better than their previous two.
The players that spoke about it were confused, too, but Barry Trotz tries to make some sense of the bizarre ruling on the Carolina OT winner, which began with a puck knocked down with a high-stick that the refs and the league claim was below Andrei Svechnikov’s “normal shoulder height.” Sure, okay.
“They felt it wasn’t over the shoulders. Because it didn’t go directly in the net, the high stick is [based on] the shoulders and not the crossbar. They felt it wasn’t over the shoulders, therefore it’s in play and a good goal.” - Barry Trotz pic.twitter.com/VT10vNwoTK— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) March 7, 2020
I mean, even ‘Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour thought it was coming back.
- This was published before the game, but the Islanders are still in the hunt despite having lost five straight at that time (and even in their sixth straight loss, they wound up in the first wild card spot). [Newsday]
- The Islanders had a power play that would have stretched into OT had they not converted in regulation, but Mathew Barzal’s unwise high-stick negated that and set Carolina up for the win. Can’t stop shooting ourselves in the foot. [Newsday]
- The Sound Tigers won a 6-4 showdown with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night. Kieffer Bellows had two goals to surpass the 20-goal mark and Oliver Wahlstrom added one of his own. [Sound Tigers]
- Bridgeport lost last night, though. 5-2 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Wahlstrom had another goal, though. [Sound Tigers] The Sound Tigers play the Phantoms again this afternoon, at 3:00 p.m., and it’s on NHL Network.
- Stan Fischler writes about Patrick Flatley, or as he calls him, the “Chairman of the Boards.” [Maven’s Memories]
- Johnny Boychuk’s tweet about his facial cut made DGB’s Three Stars of Comedy section in his Grab Bag. [The Athletic]
Yesterday’s NHL scores include the Capitals beating the Penguins in regulation, the Devils topping the Rangers in regulation, and the Oilers beating the Hurricanes in regulation. Also, the Flyers won their ninth straight over the Sabres and the Panthers beat the Canadiens.
- The commissioner has some updates for everyone regarding coronavirus in the locker room and the media. [NHL]
- Roberto Luongo just became the first Panthers player to have his number retired. He leaves behind a Hall of Fame legacy but he never won a Stanley Cup. The Canadiens’ Carey Price can’t help but relate as he stares down a third straight playoffs-free spring. [Sportsnet]
- Three guys traded near the deadline killing it with their new teams: Jason Zucker with the Pens, Tyler Toffoli with the Canucks, and old friend Robin Lehner with the Golden Knights. [Yahoo]
- What the hell is the Seattle team name gonna be? [ESPN]