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Islanders News: How Matt Bertani helped the Islanders win their first series in 23 years

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The challenge heard ‘round the world, they’re calling it.

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Thar she blows!
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Islanders News

Back in 2016, the Islanders won Game 3 of their First Round series with the Panthers on a Thomas Hickey overtime blast, which set them up nicely for a 6-game series win. But they were down 2-0 in the game, in danger of going down 3-0 before Matt Bertani came through with a clutch offsides challenge. [The Athletic]

Here’s another Game 3 where the home Islanders trailed and came back to win in OT:

  • Mat Barzal is a fast guy. Just where did he get that burst of speed? [Sportsnet]
  • NEW! Arthur Staple runs down the Top 10 Islanders moments of the past 20 years (with a couple of honorable mentions). Enjoy the memories and brace yourself for the Bottom 10 moments coming soon.
  • If you live in or near Garden City, where many of the players and staff live, they’ve got a boatload of restaurant recommendations. [The Athletic]
  • Speaking of which, the guys really love living on Long Island. Some even stay year-round. [Islanders]
  • The Islanders, for all their misgivings on the ice over the last decade-plus, have always been really good people. Arthur Staple has a few feel-good stories from his tenure. [The Athletic]
  • Butch Goring answered a bunch of questions about the 1980 Stanley Cup run. [Islanders]
  • So did Clark Gillies. [Islanders]
  • As it turns out, neither of those guys might be Islanders had then-announcer Tim Ryan not encouraged owner Roy Boe to hire Bill Torrey as GM. [Newsday]
  • Barry Trotz joined Joel Quenneville and Dave Tippett in a Zoom call of elite NHL coaches. [NHL]
  • The team site caught up with Ryan Pulock, who is back in Manitoba and, with an ER nurse for a girlfriend, has seen firsthand what COVID-19 is like. [Islanders]
  • High praise: Larry Brooks ranked the 7 all-time best New York-New Jersey hockey teams, and in ranking the dynasty Islanders number one on that list, he called them the “greatest hockey team in NHL history.” [NY Post]
  • In ranking the best individual regular-season performances, he also put Mike Bossy scoring two late goals in his 50th game of 1981 to complete a hat trick and the first 50-in-50 since Maurice Richard as number one. Wow, ol’ Brooksie must be softening. [NY Post]

Elsewhere

  • Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets have mutually agreed to a contract termination. Byfuglien, if he plays again, is a free agent. [Sportsnet]
  • The Devils spoke with former Panthers and Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant as they begin their coaching interviews. Gotta think he’s the top candidate right now. [The Athletic]
  • Mikhail Grigorenko is attempting an NHL return with the Blue Jackets, but the contract was initially rejected by the NHL Central Registry; they have to wait until July 1, which the parties will do. [NHL]
  • The NHL is thinking about keeping the draft alive in June, though not sure if they’d go virtual. And there are kinks to be worked out with regard to conditional picks. Also, seems like the NHL is now considering using one arena per division to try to finish out the regular season and playoffs. [Sportsnet]