Apologies for the delay, folks. I was locked out of my SBN account and the email with which I created the account was given a Viking funeral long ago. But I have resolved the issue and I can bring you the Bitty goodness after a satisfying win to take the Islanders closer to a Stanley Cup than they’ve ever been in my lifetime (born in ‘94).
Game 3 Recaps
- As told by Jenny, the tying goal and game-winner came from some unlikely sources: Matt Martin and Leo Komarov. [LHH]
- Semyon Varlamov bounced back nicely from his Game 2 meltdown and was sharp. [Newsday]
- Barry Trotz’s decision to go back to Varlamov paid off handsomely. [Newsday]
- The first period was so-so for the Islanders, but the second period was excellent. [NHL]
- Even the power play contributed. [Islanders]
- Throughout their nine postseason wins, the Islanders have allowed only one (1) goal in the third period. Clampdown. [NYI Skinny]
It was a good game, folks.
#Isles Game 3 KPI Scorecard NYI 3 PHI 1— Carey Haber (@habermetrics) August 30, 2020
- Pulock-Pelech just continuing to establish themselves as one of the top pairings left in the bubble
- Eberle with some good comeback production after a rough few games.
- Varlamov was huge when he needed to be pic.twitter.com/zJG2fAglg7
Matt Martin’s face, with Derick Brassard egging it on, when Martin thinks the question in French is directed at him:
This was great lol #Isles pic.twitter.com/hWPiUMN4Cl— Rob Taub (@RTaub_) August 30, 2020
- With the back-to-back, there’s already a preview of tonight’s Game 4 available. [Islanders]
- Trotz has been pushing all the right buttons, on and off the ice. [Best @ Newsday]
- Scott Wheeler makes sense of the Islanders, “the NHL’s most effective team.” [The Athletic]
Last night’s other NHL scores include the Lightning holding off the Bruins to put them on the brink and the Golden Knights stifling the Canucks to take a 2-1 series lead.
- During the Tampa Bay-Boston game, Nick Ritchie crossed the line and boarded Yanni Gourde. Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy defended the play, somehow.
- Andrei Svechnikov has one year left on his ELC but is open to discussing an extension with the Hurricanes. [NHL]
- Chris Drury took himself out of the running for Panthers GM, but Eddie Olcyzk, Kevin Weekes, and Peter Chiarelli are still in it. [NY Post]
- The Athletic assembled a panel to discuss the NHL’s response to the protested games.