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Islanders News: Very glad to not be dreading anything today

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The Islanders greatly improved their chances last night.

Tampa Bay Lightning v New York Islanders - Game Three
This was the right time to do this and was very satisfying.
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Man, that was much-needed. I’m glad I’m not sitting here writing a pre- post-mortem of the Islanders-Lightning series. The Islanders are back in it, now.

Islanders News

Recaps from the Game 3 victory:

  • The Lightning erased a 3-1 deficit but the Islanders didn’t quit. [LHH]
  • Brock Nelson had the game-winner with his patented wrist shot with 3:25 left in regulation. [Islanders]
  • That Nelson got it was extra special, given the beating he took in Game 2. [Newsday]
  • The win was a testament to the Islanders’ resolve. They didn’t let Tampa’s comeback deflate them. [NHL]
  • They were truly resilient in pushing the play. [Newsday]
  • And they did it all with Casey Cizikas, who was deemed unfit to play. [Newsday]
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau had himself a hell of a game, which was no surprise to the Senators fans that watched him for years. [Sportsnet]
  • Semyon Varlamov was great, too. He really kept the Islanders in it with some big saves throughout the game. [Newsday]
  • Nelson’s late game-winner was the latest game-winner for the Isles in a playoff game since the Shawn Bates penalty shot. [NYI Skinny]
  • PHOTOS: Relive the beauty. [Newsday]

Let’s hear from the guys. First up, Adam Pelech and Cal Clutterbuck, goal-scorers.

And the other goal-scorers, Nelson, Pageau, and Anthony Beauvillier.

And finally, the boss.

Onto the news.

  • LISTEN: The Newsday crew chats about the Islanders making a series out of this. [Island Ice Podcast]
  • Andy Greene knows the significance of 9/11. That was the first meaningful hockey game played on the anniversary. [Newsday]
  • Matt Martin has been doing it all this postseason: hitting, fighting, and scoring big goals. [Newsday]
  • The Islanders are very much embracing their underdog status. It’s where they’re at their best. [ESPN]
  • This may not shock you, but Barry Trotz is an incredibly honest and genuine person who’s had an impact on people’s lives throughout every stage of his hockey career. [Winnipeg Sun]
  • Old friend Jack Capuano is “no doubt” pulling for the Isles. Brings a tear to my eye. [Newsday]
  • Isles frontman Jon Ledecky and OVG CEO Tim Leiweke discussed UBS Arena and the future of the Coliseum. [AM NY]
  • The Islanders are down in the series, but Offside Tavern, staying open until the Islanders are eliminated, are all-in on their chances. [News12 LI]

Elsewhere

  • David Pagnotta reported that Robin Lehner agreed to a five-year deal with the Golden Knights, but Lehner denied the report. [NHL]
  • NHL free agency will open at noon on October 9. As we all expected. [NHL]
  • A long-time Canadiens scout believes that an under-the-radar trade legendary GM Sam Pollock made with the Colorado Rockies in 1976 was meant to target Wayne Gretzky if he was forced to enter the 1980 NHL Draft. [TSN]
  • It’s starting to look a lot like the ugly early 2000s for the Penguins. I don’t like them, but I don’t want to see them suffer financially. [PensBurgh]